Children in Mississippi's broken juvenile courts often find their future hinges on overworked public defenders they meet only minutes before a court appearance, according to a report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Responding to growing economic inequality in the United States and the lack of education about the issue, the Southern Poverty Law Center's renowned Teaching Tolerance program today released a set of lesson plans to help educators teach students about the nature, scope and history of poverty.
More than 4 million students across the country will step into their school cafeterias and out of their cliques on Nov. 13 as part of the sixth annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a project designed to foster respect and understanding in schools and communities.
Programs that teach tolerance and defuse racial tension in schools are the key to preventing racially explosive events like those in Jena, La., Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen testified during a congressional hearing today.
A preacher who once had breakfast with President Bush is at the heart of a ferocious anti-gay movement that has emerged in evangelical churches serving tens of thousands of Slavic immigrants on the West Coast. This aggressive movement is the subject of the cover story of the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report.
An activist lawyer who for 30 years has provided courageous and effective representation to farmworkers and immigrants has been selected as the winner of the 2007 Morris Dees Justice Award, which is named for the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Following the racially charged events in Jena, La., the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program is offering educators a set of strategies to combat bias incidents at school and defuse tensions before they erupt into violence.
To Reed Walters, the prosecutor in the Jena Six case, his job is a simple one. As he explained in a recent New York Times op-ed piece, "For 16 years, it has been my job as the district attorney to review each criminal case brought to me by the police department or the sheriff, match the facts to any applicable laws and seek justice for those who have been harmed." Just the facts, ma'am.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) today submitted to Congress and President Bush the names of more than 20,000 people who signed a petition demanding an end to the shameful exploitation of foreign guestworkers lured to this country by U.S. companies.