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SPLC Action Fund Supports Local Candidates in Mission to Dismantle White Supremacy, Strengthen Racial Justice and Advance Human Rights

Montgomery, Ala. – The SPLC Action Fund today announced its endorsement of Ashley Bell in the race for Shelby County District Court Judge, Place 1.

“The criminal justice system in Alabama is riddled with racial inequities from arrests, to overincarceration to a broken system of fees and fines that too often prevent successful reentry,” said Brandon Jones, director of political campaigns for the SPLC Action Fund. “Given the enormity of these challenges, it is essential we have judges who are centered in the community and put fairness before all else. We are proud to endorse Ashley Bell who has demonstrated she will do just that.”

The SPLC Action Fund is focused on communities of color, particularly in the Deep South, who face systemic oppression, poverty and structural racism. To overcome these injustices, the organization is committed to reimagining the political, economic and social systems that sustain them – to create a world where all people can thrive. To that end, the organization is directing its work and resources on four key impact areas that we believe will lead to transformational change:

  • Decriminalizing and decarcerating Black and Brown people
  • Expanding voting rights and civic engagement among communities of color  
  • Eliminating the root causes of poverty in the South
  • Dismantling white nationalism and protecting democracy


In pursuit of this bold agenda, the SPLC Action Fund supports candidates who share our commitment to addressing the deep inequities that plague our nation. 



SPLC Action Fund is a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people. SPLC Action Fund is the 501(c)4 affiliate organization to the Southern Poverty Law Center. For more information, visit