For more than 50 years, the Southern Poverty Law Center has been a catalyst for racial justice in the South. We’ve won lawsuits, we’ve helped pass legislation, we’ve helped build organizing capacity throughout the region. This work is getting harder.
Partisan and racial gerrymandering have allowed a right-wing extremist minority to claim a disproportionate amount of power at all levels of government. Changes in voting laws have diluted the political power of communities of color by making it harder for them to vote. And the will of the majority is blatantly disregarded by elected officials and judges.
Once, we were able to protect and expand rights and enact sweeping reforms through the courts. Politicians could be counted on to put the nation before their party. Those days are gone. With increasingly radical and intractable judges and elected leaders, it does not matter how good we are at filing lawsuits or lobbying lawmakers. No amount of persuasion will convince a conspiracy theorist or white supremacist in office to do the right thing.
New Southern Majority IE PAC will work to build political power for communities of color by supporting progressive candidates, especially Black and Brown citizens, running for local and county offices. We seek to help a new generation of leaders who represent the New American Majority win elected office in the South.