The SPLC today welcomed the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to intervene in an SPLC civil rights lawsuit challenging the brutality and inhumane conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans.
In testimony submitted to the U.S Senate today, the SPLC urged the federal government to place a high priority on fighting domestic extremism in the wake of last month’s massacre of Sikh worshippers and a series of other attacks and plots in recent months.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed suit today against a Louisiana sheriff who is refusing to release public documents that could confirm concerns that the rights of immigrants detained in Louisiana have been systematically violated
The new issue of the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance magazine, released today, celebrates the upcoming golden anniversaries of pivotal moments in the civil rights movement and provides insights to help teachers delve into the complexities of the movement and explore the lesser-known characters who shaped it.
In 1999, Republican National Committee Chair Jim Nicholson called for party members to shun the Council of Conservative Citizens, a group that described African-Americans as “a retrograde species of humanity.”
“A member of the party of Lincoln should not belong to such an organization,” Nicholson said at the time.
The SPLC and a coalition of human rights groups are calling on public officials not to attend the upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., because its host, the Family Research Council, has spread demonizing lies about the LGBT community, and because one of its co-sponsors, the American Family Association, has linked homosexuality to the Holocaust.
On Aug. 15, a man walked into the D.C. office of the Family Research Council (FRC) and shot the building manager in the arm before he was subdued and taken into custody.
At a news conference the next day, FRC President Tony Perkins claimed that the SPLC had encouraged the attack by listing his organization as a hate group. The attacker, Perkins said, “was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center,”
To help school districts create a supportive learning environment for all students, the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project has released a best practices guide for engaging limited English proficient (LEP) students and their families.
A federal court has granted class action status in the SPLC’s lawsuit against the Birmingham Police Department, meaning the organization will represent all current and future students who could be exposed to pepper spray at the hands of police officers stationed in the city’s schools.
Children of undocumented immigrants who live in Florida will no longer be forced to pay out-of-state tuition rates as the result of a court ruling in an SPLC lawsuit challenging the state’s tuition policy.