The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, describing the for-profit prison as a filthy, dangerous facility “operating in a perpetual state of crisis” where prisoners are at “grave risk of death and loss of limbs” and often resort to setting fires to receive medical attention. 

A bloody battle that erupted when anti-racists stormed a suburban Chicago restaurant and attacked white nationalists with bats and batons last year is just the latest skirmish in a decades-long war between white supremacists and “anti-fascists” that continues to rage, according to the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Reportreleased today.

The SPLC and other civil rights organizations asked the Louisiana Supreme Court today to overturn a state law that makes it a felony for immigrants to drive a vehicle without carrying proof that they are lawfully present.

A coalition of some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms today began filing a series of federal lawsuits to prosecute multiple human trafficking and racketeering allegations against a Gulf Coast marine services company and its network of recruiters and labor brokers. 

 

Registration is now open for the 12th annual National Mix It Up at Lunch Day event, sponsored by the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance program. More than 5,000 schools across the country are expected to take part in the event, set for Oct. 29.

A federal court in California today heard arguments from SPLC attorneys challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Title 38 – statutes that prevent the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from granting equal benefits to gay and lesbian veterans and their spouses.

Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish Head Start program is denying impoverished Latino preschoolers access to the program – violations of federal laws and regulations that have led the Southern Poverty Law Center to demand the program stop this discrimination.

When M.C., who was born with an intersex condition, was just 16 months old and in the care of the state of South Carolina, doctors performed sex assignment surgery to make him a girl. Now 8, M.C. identifies as a boy. This first-of-its kind lawsuit charges that the surgery violated his constitutional rights.

Mighty Times The Children's March

Fifty years after young people braved fire hoses and police dogs to end segregation in Birmingham, Ala., their courageous acts were commemorated in the nation’s capital last night as congressional staffers, SPLC members, civil rights advocates and journalists gathered for a screening of Teaching Tolerance’s Academy Award-winning documentary Mighty Times: The Children’s March.

A Louisiana school district at the center of a federal civil rights investigation prematurely pushes students out of classes for English language learners and ultimately “stifles educational opportunities” for these students, according to new findings uncovered by the Southern Poverty Law Center.