President Nelson Mandela’s death leaves human rights advocates across the world with an undeniable sense of loss. But amid the sorrow, we can take solace from the former South African president’s legacy.
With the support of thousands of people committed to equality, we’ve made great progress fighting hate and seeking justice in 2013, despite facing a historic backlash against the gains of the last 50 years – a radical attack on our country’s most fundamental ideals.
It’s tempting to write off the recent report of a black San Jose State University student being tormented by his white roommates as an isolated problem. The reality is, however, it’s a symptom of a larger problem on campuses across the nation.
In an interview with Oregon Public Radio, Portland lawyer Elden Rosenthal talks about serving as co-counsel to Morris Dees in one of the SPLC’s most famous cases – the lawsuit against the neo-Nazi group responsible for the brutal murder of Ethiopian student Mulugeta Seraw. Listen to the interview here.
As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, the turkey on their plates was most likely processed by workers enduring grueling conditions that threaten their health – conditions likely to become worse, according to food safety and worker rights experts. During a news conference organized by the SPLC and a coalition of other advocates, these experts urged federal agencies to slow down poultry processing line speeds to ensure safe food and safe workplaces.
To help protect law enforcement officers and communities from violent extremists, the SPLC has produced a training video that examines the threat of white supremacist prison gangs. More than 60,000 officers will receive the video free of charge along with their issue of the SPLC Intelligence Report.
One of the most violent neo-Nazi skinhead groups in the country, Volksfront, may be on the brink of collapse after revelations of its activities in the United Kingdom and other countries appear to have brought its international network to a screeching halt, according to the latest Intelligence Report, released today.
The SPLC is presenting evidence in a federal court trial in Tampa that children held in the Polk County, Fla., jail were routinely brutalized, subjected to verbal and physical abuse by guards, and denied proper health and rehabilitative services. The case illustrates why children should not be held in adult jails.
After the SPLC took action to protect a transgender teen’s rights, the La Feria Independent School District in Texas has agreed to allow his tuxedo photo to appear in the yearbook along with the other students in his class.
Florida prekindergarten programs are violating federal law by turning away children with diabetes and denying them an early childhood education, according to a discrimination complaint filed with the Department of Justice today by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner said there is not enough time remaining in 2013 to debate and pass immigration reform. It is almost as if the speaker believes his congressional colleagues cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. Members of Congress are not one-trick ponies, however, and Congress is capable of fixing the broken immigration system in the coming months.
School officials told Jeydon Loredo, a transgender student in Texas, that a photo of him in a tuxedo wouldn’t be published in the yearbook because it violated “community standards.” The SPLC is taking action to protect his rights.