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A federal judge granted relief to residents across Tennessee today by ordering the state to provide hearings to residents whose Medicaid applications have been unreasonably delayed.

School policies and practices that can stigmatize and harm disadvantaged students – whether in the classroom or the lunchroom – are examined in the new issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine.

The SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project released today a first-of-its-kind literacy curriculum, Perspectives for a Diverse America, to help teachers across the country better engage their diverse students. 

An SPLC advocate shares the story of a teen she met in an Alabama prison and discusses the danger of sending minors to adult lock-ups.

Johnny Irion, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and Noel Casler have written a new song, World Gone Wrong, in response to the shooting in Ferguson, MO. While the song is available for free, they ask that listeners who download it make a donation to the SPLC.

MTV aired a powerful public service announcement about the protests in Ferguson, Missouri – part of a campaign designed with input from the SPLC and other organizations. The PSA is part of MTV’s “Look Different” campaign, which seeks to “erase the hidden racial, gender and anti-LGBT bias all around us.” 

The American Bar Association is presenting Alan Howard, who chairs the SPLC’s board of directors, with its 2014 Pro Bono Publico Award to honor his commitment to serving the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Attitudes may be shifting, but the laws in states like Alabama lag far behind, preventing LGBT people from having  their same-sex marriages recognized for legal purposes.

In Alabama, African-American children who were orphaned or neglected were routinely sent to live at a “reform school” for juvenile offenders, because state-licensed homes were segregated and few would accept black children. An early SPLC lawsuit changed that practice, opening the doors of such homes to all children in need.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and more than 100 of the nation’s civil rights and faith groups joined in filing a brief with the Supreme Court this week to oppose Arizona’s anti-immigrant law. Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070 is scheduled to come up for Supreme Court review in April.