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Following the racially charged events in Jena, La., the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program is offering educators a set of strategies to combat bias incidents at school and defuse tensions before they erupt into violence.

An activist lawyer who for 30 years has provided courageous and effective representation to farmworkers and immigrants has been selected as the winner of the 2007 Morris Dees Justice Award, which is named for the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A preacher who once had breakfast with President Bush is at the heart of a ferocious anti-gay movement that has emerged in evangelical churches serving tens of thousands of Slavic immigrants on the West Coast. This aggressive movement is the subject of the cover story of the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report.

More than 4 million students across the country will step into their school cafeterias and out of their cliques on Nov. 13 as part of the sixth annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a project designed to foster respect and understanding in schools and communities.

Responding to growing economic inequality in the United States and the lack of education about the issue, the Southern Poverty Law Center's renowned Teaching Tolerance program today released a set of lesson plans to help educators teach students about the nature, scope and history of poverty.

Children in Mississippi's broken juvenile courts often find their future hinges on overworked public defenders they meet only minutes before a court appearance, according to a report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In commemoration of the upcoming 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, the Spring 2008 issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance magazine includes a special teaching package about the civil rights leader and an exclusive essay by Congressman John Lewis that examines King's legacy.

Darius was only 9 when he was locked up. For two months, he languished in a juvenile facility — alone, frightened. He missed his 10th birthday party. He missed Thanksgiving. He missed his stepfather's funeral.

The state of Mississippi has decided to close the state's notorious Columbia Training School, seven months after the Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state to stop the physical and sexual abuse of teenage girls confined there.

Led by three states on the southern border, the number of hate groups operating in America has swelled by 48 percent since 2000, a staggering increase mainly attributable to the anti-immigrant fervor sweeping the country, according to the "Year in Hate" issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report released today.