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.
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.
Alabama’s vicious anti-immigrant law, which passed in 2011 amid warnings that it was unconstitutional, has been effectively gutted by an agreement the SPLC and other civil rights groups have reached with the state to permanently block key provisions of the law – adding Alabama to a list of states that have seen their anti-immigrant laws stopped by federal lawsuits.
A coalition of human rights groups is calling on members of Congress and other public officials not to speak at the upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., because the event host and its key co-sponsor – the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) – have long records of vilifying the LGBT community and spreading other forms of bigotry.
As House Democrats introduced immigration reform legislation this week, the Southern Poverty Law Center urged lawmakers to protect the human and civil rights of vulnerable low-skill workers as they consider ways to bring 11 million immigrants out of the shadows.
The SPLC has reached an agreement with Florida’s Polk County School Board that will ensure children held at the Central County Jail receive an appropriate education vital to helping them return to their communities.
A federal judge denied a motion today by the Birmingham Police Department in Alabama to dismiss an SPLC lawsuit challenging the use of pepper spray on Birmingham public schoolchildren – a ruling that allows the case to move forward.
TheSouthern Poverty Law Center today announced the appointment of Lisa A. Sahulka of St. Petersburg, Fla., as chief operating officer. Former chief financial officer for the Juvenile Welfare Board (JWB) of Pinellas County, Fla., Sahulka assumed her new role as a member of the SPLC senior leadership team effective Sept. 16, 2013.
Though schools across the nation have adopted anti-bullying policies that protect victims and punish perpetrators, they may be missing an opportunity to address the causes of bullying and help students break free of this behavior, according to the latest issue ofTeaching Tolerance magazine, released today by the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project.