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Teaching Tolerance
September 12, 2010

Rural American schools are facing many of the same problems found in urban schools, but often with fewer resources and a public that mistakenly believes poverty, school closings and high dropout rates aren't rural school problems, according to the Fall 2010 issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine, released today.

Hate & Extremism
September 08, 2010

A community in northern Idaho is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Southern Poverty Law Center's courtroom victory over the Aryan Nations, a violent neo-Nazi group whose compound served as an organizing hub for leading white supremacists.

News
September 03, 2010

For the last few days, an “educational analyst” for Focus on the Family has been getting a lot of press. She’s been suggesting that anti-bullying efforts that draw attention to the harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students are part of a “gay agenda” to “sneak homosexuality lessons into classrooms.”

News
August 23, 2010

The widow of an elderly black man shot to death by a white police officer last year has reached a settlement with the town of Homer, La., closing a lawsuit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center on her behalf.

Immigrant Justice
August 22, 2010

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Immigration Project and civil rights attorney Brian Spears filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today against two Cobb County police officers over the stop, arrest and beating of an unarmed Latino man. They also joined the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) to call on the federal government to terminate the county's 287(g) agreement due to the civil rights abuses perpetuated by the program. 

Hate & Extremism
August 12, 2010

The “sovereign citizens” movement, based on a bizarre ideology promoted by a father-son team that murdered two police officers recently in West Memphis, Ark., is growing at a rapid pace, according to the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, released today.

Immigrant Justice
August 11, 2010

The Southern Poverty Law Center today filed a federal lawsuit against Mississippi authorities who took a newborn baby from a Mexican immigrant mother and placed the child with a white couple. The SPLC also has appealed an earlier gag order that prohibited the mother and her lawyers from speaking publicly about her family’s ordeal despite the mother’s request to waive confidentiality rules of the youth court.

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