Posted on September 18, 2020

Our Vision for a Just Future

Margaret Huang, The Southern Poverty Law Center, September 16, 2020

Every four years, presidential elections provide an opportunity for significant reassessment of White House and federal agency policies, priorities and personnel {snip}  But, in these times, it’s clear that the person sworn in as president on Jan. 20, 2021 {snip} will be confronted with a number of unprecedented, urgent challenges. The pandemic has had a starkly disproportionate impact on Black, Indigenous and Latinx communities — revealing staggering inequities {snip}

At the same time, the killing of George Floyd and many other unarmed men and women of color by the police has driven thousands to sustained protests in the streets, energizing a decades-long movement calling not just for reform, but for a fundamental reimagining of policing and incarceration policies — and a deep reinvestment in community-based programs.


In our presidential transition document, Vision for a Just Future, the SPLC and the SPLC Action Fund recommend bold, transformative actions {snip}

The Vision outlines forward-looking, progressive actions to:

  • Confront hate and build trust in democratic ideals;
  • Promote a fair and equitable criminal justice system while working to end mass incarceration;
  • Promote a just, humane and welcoming immigration system;
  • Expand ballot access and eliminate discriminatory barriers to voting;
  • Promote health, safety and fairness in the workplace, schools and communities; and
  • Promote opportunity and combat discrimination in schools and in the workplace.