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Theo Shaw remembers searching through a law book for answers while sitting in a jail cell. It was 2006. Shaw and Robert Bailey Jr. were two teenagers desperate to find something in the law that could help them get out of jail. “We were looking for hope,” Shaw said. “We were looking to file anything we needed to file to get out.”

Despite a settlement agreement to end the abusive conditions at Mississippi’s largest juvenile detention facility, a court monitor's report shows that officials at the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center have failed to meet even one of the agreement’s 71 provisions.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is going to court today to help domestic farmworkers and foreign guestworkers recover millions of dollars in wages they were never paid after performing backbreaking work.

Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello appeared yesterday on CNN to discuss National Mix It Up at Lunch Day and to address the American Family Association’s (AFA) bizarre attack on the anti-bias program.
Profiled here are 15 political candidates who are linked to hate groups or who promote extremist propaganda.

George McGovern: A man of principle and compassion


It's a sad occasion for our country. My great friend George McGovern died yesterday at the age of 90. Senator McGovern was a true American hero.

Hannah Bradley and her classmates simply wanted to raise awareness about anti-gay bullying at their high school. So on Oct. 11 – National Coming Out Day – the students wore name tags stating their orientation.

Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello is encouraging schools nationwide to participate in National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, set for Oct. 30.

Where does the GOP stand on gay bashing?


In 1999, Republican National Committee Chair Jim Nicholson called for party members to shun the Council of Conservative Citizens, a group that described African-Americans as “a retrograde species of humanity.”


“A member of the party of Lincoln should not belong to such an organization,” Nicholson said at the time.

This past spring, one of my friends at Hardin County High School in Savannah, Tenn. wore a T-shirt on the Day of Silence – a national observance to raise awareness of anti-gay bullying and harassment. Her shirt displayed the slogan, "Lesbian and Proud."