Nearly 30 members of Congress joined veterans of the civil rights movement, clergy and others at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery on March 7 to honor the martyrs whose names are inscribed there. About 200 people took part in the ceremony.

The number of hate groups operating in the United States continued to rise in 2008 and has grown by 54 percent since 2000 — an increase fueled last year by immigration fears, a failing economy and the successful campaign of Barack Obama.

A recent federal appeals court ruling in an SPLC lawsuit involving fees paid by foreign guestworkers illustrates the need for reform of a program that results in widespread exploitation, workers and their advocates said.

In one of the largest settlements involving federal education law for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, school officials in Palm Beach County, Fla., have agreed to boost the counseling and psychological services needed to help these students succeed in the classroom.

Three Washington, D.C., organizations most responsible for blocking comprehensive immigration reform in 2007 are part of a network of groups created by a man who has been at the heart of the white nationalist movement for decades, according to a report issued today by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

On the Death of Millard Fuller

02/03/2009

Millard Fuller, founder of the house-building nonprofit Habitat for Humanity, died today in Americus, Ga., after a sudden illness.

President Obama may have smashed the ultimate political barrier to African Americans, but his presidency and the deepening economic crisis are creating the perfect storm for white supremacists intent on swelling their ranks.

Celebrate This Day

01/19/2009

An inaugural message from Morris Dees

The Southern Poverty Law Center and a coalition of immigrant rights advocates have filed a federal lawsuit challenging last-minute changes to the nation's guestworker program by the Bush administration, charging that the new rules shred worker protections and make it easier to replace U.S. workers with temporary foreign labor.

Participants in a University of Virginia-sponsored tour of civil rights sites in Georgia and Alabama will spend an afternoon at the Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC).