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SPLC Action Fund Condemns Passage of Harmful Anti-Inclusion Bill in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Today, the SPLC Action Fund condemned the Alabama House’s passage of Alabama SB 129, a bill prohibiting local education boards, institutions of higher learning and state agencies from promoting or engaging in diversity, equity and inclusion programs and activities. Public employees and contractors who engage in these activities would be subject to discipline or termination.

“This unconscionable bill ignores the will of the people and threatens years of progress toward racial and social justice and LGBTQ+ rights for generations to come,” said Jerome Dees, Alabama policy director, SPLC Action Fund. “Yesterday, more than 100 college and university students entered the Alabama State House to voice their opposition to the bill. Students want diversity, equity and inclusion in their schools and institutions of higher learning because they know that when these programs are in place, they can freely be themselves without fear of harm.”

“This bill sets a dangerous precedent for our teachers and students,” continued Dees.

“We urge Gov. Kay Ivey to examine her conscience and reject the bill when it comes to her desk for signature. It is the only humane and just response to this anti-inclusive bill,” concluded Dees.