The following statement regarding a federal judge’s dismissal of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s lawsuit over the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state is by Naomi Tsu, deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Foreign college students who paid thousands of dollars to spend their summer living and working in the United States as part of a federal cultural exchange program were exploited by a labor broker who used the program as a source of cheap labor for businesses in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to a federal complaint filed by the SPLC.
A poultry processing company in Guntersville, Alabama, ignored worker complaints about dangerous and unsanitary working conditions, ultimately firing two whistleblowers, according to SPLC complaints filed with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
As the nation heads into the first presidential election since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, more than 500 people gathered in Minneapolis last night for a screening of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s voting rights documentary, Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot.
The SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project recognized five teachers with the 2016 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching – a biennial award given to K-12 educators nationwide who excel at promoting respect and a passion for justice among students.
The Southern Poverty Law Center strongly condemns the possible inclusion of an anti-gay, conversion therapy plank in the Republican Party platform that will be adopted at the party’s convention next week.