SPLC sues Florida officials to keep citizens from losing right to vote again
The citizens of Florida voted last November to end lifetime voting bans for people with felony convictions who’d completed their sentences, re-enfranchising 1.4 million people. But a new law from the Florida Legislature threatens to take that right away again. Senate Bill 7066 requires people convicted of a crime to pay off all their fines and other court-ordered financial obligations before regaining their voting rights. The SPLC filed a federal lawsuit against Florida officials, declaring that the law is an unconstitutional, Jim Crow-era poll tax that discriminates against people based on their wealth.
READ MORESPLC urges Supreme Court to preserve workplace protections for LGBTQ people
The SPLC filed a “friend of the court” brief to the Supreme Court last week as it considers three cases, all of which address the question of whether the prohibition on discrimination “because of sex” found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The brief urges the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of LGBTQ employees who have workplace discrimination cases before the court and explains the cascading harms that not just LGBTQ individuals but also their families and communities would experience if the court excludes LGBTQ people from Title VII’s protections.
READ MOREDetained journalist Manuel Duran’s case ordered reopened
Our client, Manuel Duran, is a journalist from El Salvador and has been detained for over 15 months by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The journalist was arrested in April 2018 while covering a Memphis protest focused on local law enforcement’s practice of detaining suspected immigrants and handing them over to ICE. The Board of Immigration Appeals this week ordered his case reopened, paving the way for an asylum claim and possible release, after considering the increasingly dangerous conditions reporters face in El Salvador.
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Fri 18 October 2019 1:15 PM