Our country has changed dramatically since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, but few would argue that we have lived up to King’s dream. In fact, it seems the clock is winding backward.
Eighteen days after Martin Luther King Jr. gave his world-changing “I Have a Dream” speech at the conclusion of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, stark, unadulterated evil came to Birmingham, Ala.
SPLC client Chelsea Hughes, a lesbian mother, tells her story of fighting for visitation rights in Alabama, a state that refuses to recognize same-sex marriages and where LGBT parental rights are far from assured.
For the first time, a federal court has concluded that a medically unnecessary sex-assignment surgery on a child with an intersex condition could be a violation of the Constitution. This marks an important step forward in seeking justice for “M.C.,” a young man who was needlessly subjected to the procedure as an infant in the care of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
Three radical-right propagandists who spread extremist messages through racist cartoons, Internet videos and even tours glorifying Nazi landmarks are exposed in the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, released today.
An Alabama law that gives tax breaks to families transferring their children to successful schools discriminates against impoverished students in the state’s Black Belt region who are trapped in failing schools, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by the SPLC.
“For many students in the Black Belt, the promise of the Alabama Accountability Act is an empty one,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen.
Alabama’s Tallapoosa County Probate Office has ended its illegal practice of denying marriage licenses to people unable to provide proof of immigration status – a decision that closes a case the Southern Poverty Law Center brought against the office in 2012.
The Southern Poverty Law Center announced that five more lawsuits have been filed this week against Signal International LLC, accusing the shipbuilder and its network of recruiters and labor brokers of trafficking 500 Indian guest workers to the United States and forcing them to work under barbaric conditions.
Forty-eight years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. The message was clear: The voices of minority voters would no longer be silenced at the polls. Though our country has made progress since 1965, the flood of controversial voting laws pushed by states in the wake of this decision only underscores the need for the Voting Rights Act.