The following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s letter today to judges and court administrators about unconstitutional state court policies is by Sam Brooke, deputy legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Today, SPLC President Richard Cohen joined Rep. Terri Sewell, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Jim Clyburn, and others in Birmingham, Alabama, for the Congressional Forum on the Current State of Voting Rights in America. The following are his prepared remarks.
This morning during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” businessman Donald Trump repeatedly dodged questions about the Ku Klux Klan and notorious white nationalist David Duke, who announced recently his support for Trump’s campaign.
A Virginia-based group is committing consumer fraud by offering services it claims can convert people from gay to straight – deceptive practices that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) must stop, according to a federal complaint the Southern Poverty Law Center and other civil rights groups filed with the FTC today.
The number of extremist groups operating in the United States grew in 2015 – a year awash in deadly extremist violence and hateful rhetoric from mainstream political figures, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s annual census of hate groups and other extremist organizations.