The SPLC Action Fund announced two new endorsements ahead of the general election.
The fund supports Moshae Donald, the Democratic nominee for Mobile County District Attorney, and Ashley Bell, the Democratic nominee for Shelby County District Judge.
“Alabama’s criminal justice system is riddled with racial inequities ranging from arrests and over-incarceration to a flawed system of fees and fines that too often impede successful reinstatement,” said Brandon Jones, director of political campaigns of the SPLC Action Fund, in a press release. . “We need to have officials — including district attorneys — committed to addressing these inequities and putting fairness first. Moshae Donald has demonstrated that she will, and we are proud to support her. »
Statement from SPLC Action Fund identifies Donald’s commitment to “rehabilitative juvenile justice” and intent to use “prosecutory discretion” in low-level marijuana possession cases and cases abortion as key platforms that have earned his support.
“As a black woman born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, the site of one of the last known lynchings in the United States, to be endorsed by the very organization that helped bring the Klan to justice in Alabama in name of The Family of Michael Donald…it really is an affirmation that I am on the right side of reform and progress,” Donald said.
Jones said judges are critical in addressing racial injustices in the prison system and Bell would focus on those issues.
“In the Shelby County race, we believe Ashley Bell is the most community-focused and has demonstrated her commitment to putting fairness first,” the SPLC Action Fund said in a statement.
The SPLC Action Fund focuses 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 reinventing the political, economic and social systems that support them – to create a world where all can prosper. To this end, the organization is directing its work and resources towards four key impact areas that we believe will lead to transformational change:
- Decriminalize and decarcerate black and brown people
- Expand voting rights and civic engagement among communities of color
- Addressing the Root Causes of Poverty in the South
- Dismantle White Nationalism and Protect Democracy