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Children's Rights
July 07, 2010

Children at a New Orleans elementary school are subjected to unlawful seizures and arrests – including handcuffing and shackling – for minor violations of school rules, according to a SPLC lawsuit filed on behalf of a 6-year-old boy who was brutally handcuffed and shackled to a chair by a school security officer.

Teaching Tolerance
July 01, 2010

Fifty years ago this month, Harper Lee published her American classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Set in the Deep South in the 1930s, the poignant story of racial injustice remains timeless. Its influence on my decision to take up civil rights law was profound.

Hate & Extremism
July 01, 2010

Posters on neo-Nazi web forums are publicly calling for the torture and murder of Congressman Pete Stark (D-Calif.) over comments he made on June 26 during a Fremont, Calif., town hall meeting. The Youtube video of the event has gone viral among racist and anti-immigration groups.

News
June 16, 2010

The Southern Poverty Law Center's appeal in Beck v. Alabama led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring the "kill 'em or let 'em go" provision unconstitutional—a ruling that brought Gilbert Beck a new trial and paved the way for new trials for many of the 43 people on Alabama's death row at the time.

Immigrant Justice
June 11, 2010

A settlement agreement has been approved in a lawsuit filed by the SPLC on behalf of migrant farmworkers who said they were not paid the wages they were owed by subsidiaries of Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc.

Teaching Tolerance
June 10, 2010

The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) has honored the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance magazine as the 2009 Periodical of the Year in its Distinguished Achievement Award adult category.

Immigrant Justice
June 03, 2010

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) today called on federal officials to end an immigration enforcement agreement with Mecklenburg County, N.C., citing immigration proceedings launched against a man whose actions led to the firing of a police officer accused of sexually assaulting women. 

Teaching Tolerance
May 20, 2010

Anti-gay bullying is one of the few remaining forms of bigotry that can go unchecked on school campuses. The SPLC’s new documentary film and teaching kit will offer powerful lessons for students and educators, showing viewers that anti-gay bullying is wrong – morally and legally.

Immigrant Justice
May 14, 2010

The Southern Poverty Law Center today denounced the felony charge brought against a Georgia college student by a local sheriff’s department following a decision by federal immigration authorities to release her. The student, Jessica Colotl, was brought to this country as a child by her parents.

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