The state of Mississippi closed one of the most dangerous prisons in America today, six years after the Southern Poverty Law Center and other advocates sued the state to protect youthful offenders from rampant violence and sexual assault at the facility operated by a string of private, for-profit companies.
A city ordinance that criminalized the failure to pay a water bill was repealed by the city council in the town of Chickasaw, Alabama, last night in response to a Southern Poverty Law Center letter advising the city’s municipal judge that the ordinance is unconstitutional.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s voting rights documentary, Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot, was recently screened multiple times in Mexico City as part of the U.S. Embassy’s program on the civil rights movement.
The incendiary rhetoric and behavior dominating this year’s presidential campaign may have left teachers across the country wondering if they should teach about the election at all, but a few teacher-tested tips can help them engage young students in discussions about the democratic process, according to the new issue Teaching Tolerance magazine, released today.
In response to a complaint by the SPLC, the for-profit company that operates the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia has installed a long-delayed videoconferencing system so that detained immigrants can speak to their attorneys.
Amid a presidential campaign marked by inflammatory rhetoric spilling into classrooms across the country, the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project today launched an initiative to encourage schools and communities to set a positive example for schoolchildren by committing to civil and respectful discussions about the presidential election.