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Prof. Wade Henderson Calls on Alabama to Repeal Anti-Immigrant Legislation

Monday, March 12, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference and the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Public Interest Law, published an opinion article in Business Ethics commemorating the 47th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March of 1965 and calling for repeal of Alabama's recent anti-immigrant legislation.

"Now is the time to repeal the most recent spate of oppressive and backward-looking laws, which seek to revive the "legacy of bigotry and injustice” that President Johnson said we would overcome. H.B. 56 has kept children from attending school, stopped mothers and fathers from working, and isolated families who live in fear of being profiled or harassed. Voter suppression has once again returned in the form of narrowed voter windows, burdensome voter ID laws, and restrictions on registration.

Wade Henderson

Today’s repressive laws in Alabama and elsewhere recall the sins of the past. And this week, individuals of conscience from every background revive the spirit of Dr. King, Jimmie Lee Jones, Reverend Reeb, and countless others who were bold enough to stand up against naked bigotry when their lives were at stake.

Bigotry can’t be tweaked, it cannot hide behind evolved rhetoric or a genteel denial of freedom, and it cannot be allowed to metastasize within an America that’s as good as its ideals.  And so we all will continue to march – together."

Read the full opinion article in Business Ethics, "2012 Selma March Marks New Phase for Rights Movement." Professor Henderson was also quoted in the Montgomery Advertiser, "Activists rally for voting rights, against immigration laws during Selma-Montgomery March."

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