The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) took aim at anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) bullying Tuesday with a free community screening of its new film, Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History, at the historic Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Amid reports of teen suicides related to bullying, students at more than 2,800 schools across the country are taking a stand to make their schools more welcoming places by participating in the ninth annual “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

For most of his life, Ray McCarthy believed his father died in a car wreck before he was born. But six years ago, he learned the truth: His father was actually the victim of a civil rights-era shooting in Maryland in 1963. It was a secret his mother had kept for decades, most likely to prevent her son from growing up with anger and hatred over the death of his father, Reinaldo Colon Rodriguez.

In May, two Arkansas police officers were murdered after stopping a father-son team from the antigovernment "sovereign citizens" movement. Working with one of the officers' father, a police chief, the SPLC has created a training video to help officers recognize the threat when dealing with these extremists.

The Southern Poverty Law Center will present a free Minneapolis screening of the new Teaching Tolerance film Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History, Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Central Lutheran Church. SPLC Founder Morris Dees, President Richard Cohen and Jamie Nabozny, the student portrayed in the film, will speak at the event.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL), the Community Justice section of the Loyola Law Clinic in New Orleans, and the Southern Disability Law Center filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today against the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) on behalf of all New Orleans students with special needs. The lawsuit details LDE’s systemic failures to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to educational services and are protected from discrimination.

Given the current epidemic of anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) bullying and related student suicides across the country, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) calls on the Alabama State Department of Education (the SDE) to revise its Model Anti-Harassment Policy (the Model Policy) so that it protects all students, including LGBT students.

Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History premiered in Washington, D.C. at an event that highlighted the destructive power and the tragic consequences of anti-gay bullying.

A lawyer who has worked tirelessly to correct systemic injustice in death penalty litigation in the United States has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Morris Dees Justice Award.

Online ordering is now available for educators interested in obtaining a free copy of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest Teaching Tolerance film – Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History.