Southern Poverty Law Center sues state of Alabama

July 8, 2011

Today, the Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama and HB 560, set to take effect on 1 September. In an email to subscribers of the SPLC newsletter, Morris Dees writes, “Today we filed a lawsuit against Alabama’s new, draconian anti-immigrant law. The New York Times calls it “the most extreme” in the nation. It makes Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation look like child’s play.” Here’s a snippet from the SPLC website:

“We have filed this lawsuit today because Alabama’s immigration law is blatantly unconstitutional,” said SPLC Legal Director Mary Bauer. “This law revisits the state’s painful racial past and tramples the rights of all Alabama residents. It should never become the law of the land.”


captain of US to Gaza boat imprisoned

July 3, 2011

The Greek Coast Guard seized The Audacity of Hope, the US boat trying to sail to Gaza, and jailed the captain. For more information, visit the USToGaza website. With Hilary Clinton’s recent comments that the actions of the Freedom Flotilla II are “provocative” and “dangerous,” we can see the Obama administration’s continued dismal record on Palestine — the Arab Spring apparently skipped straight to winter when it comes to Gaza and the occupied territories. Paul Murphy criticizes Clinton’s comments well:

Clinton’s comments are disgraceful. She has essentially given the green light to Israeli Defence Forces to use violence against participants in the flotilla. She has ignored the reasoning behind the need for such a mission, the criminal and illegal blockade of Gaza, which is resulting in enormous suffering for the Palestinian masses.

Many of the 36 passengers on board are staying on the ship in solidarity. How long before anyone from the US government protests the treatment of the captain of The Audacity of Hope or the seizing of the ship? I’m not holding my breath…