The armed takeover of a federal government building in Oregon comes amid a renewed expansion of the far-right, antigovernment militia movement in the wake of the 2014 standoff between federal agents and heavily armed antigovernment activists in the Nevada desert.
The Southern Poverty Law Center had a highly successful year in 2015. We won justice for exploited workers, schoolchildren subjected to shocking cruelty, poor people thrown into modern-day debtors’ prisons, and many others.
A gay-to-straight “conversion therapy” provider found by a New Jersey jury to have violated the state’s consumer fraud protections will permanently cease operations and dissolve its corporate entity as part of a settlement that precludes an appeal of a jury’s verdict in the landmark lawsuit.
President Obama and Congress recently took an important step toward closing the achievement gap in our nation’s schools and stemming the tide of students needlessly pushed out of class and into the school-to-prison pipeline.
The far-right backlash against our civil rights progress reaches the U.S. Supreme Court this week with two critically important cases that could dramatically set back efforts to achieve racial equality in our nation.