An estimated 1 million students across the country will step out of their cliques and challenge stereotypes today as part of National Mix It Up at Lunch Day – an event designed to foster respect among students by asking them to sit with someone new at lunch for just one day.

The SPLC urged federal officials today to investigate Louisiana’s Coordinated System of Care program, which is failing to prevent young people with severe behavioral health needs from being unnecessarily funneled into detention centers and hospitals.

SPLC helps pass legislation allowing Louisiana students to return to public school after being denied enrollment because of their age.

The SPLC demanded today that 55 New Orleans schools change their enrollment practices to comply with federal law. Many are illegally requiring Social Security numbers.

SPLC staffers traveled to St. Louis on Oct. 10 to take part in the Ferguson October campaign. They joined thousands of peaceful protesters from across the United States in marching through St. Louis for justice.

An SPLC staff attorney recounts how a tearful meeting with a scared child at a Mississippi juvenile detention center led to a federal lawsuit and a settlement agreement to hold the lock-up accountable for its abuses.

Alabama has agreed that it will not publish a list naming immigrants allegedly “unlawfully present” in the state. The settlement agreement blocks the final provision of the state’s harsh anti-immigrant law that the SPLC challenged in court.

The head of the GOP surprisingly invoked the names of anti-LGBT extremists as he defended his party’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

Security lapses at the White House are a serious matter for the nation’s first black president, a man who is portrayed by the radical right as a threat to America.

The LGBT community and Muslims were among those demonized at the weekend political conference that attracted several possible presidential candidates.