For most of his life, Ray McCarthy believed his father died in a car wreck before he was born. But six years ago, he learned the truth: His father was actually the victim of a civil rights-era shooting in Maryland in 1963. It was a secret his mother had kept for decades, most likely to prevent her son from growing up with anger and hatred over the death of his father, Reinaldo Colon Rodriguez.
In May, two Arkansas police officers were murdered after stopping a father-son team from the antigovernment "sovereign citizens" movement. Working with one of the officers' father, a police chief, the SPLC has created a training video to help officers recognize the threat when dealing with these extremists.
The Southern Poverty Law Center will present a free Minneapolis screening of the new Teaching Tolerance film Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History, Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Central Lutheran Church. SPLC Founder Morris Dees, President Richard Cohen and Jamie Nabozny, the student portrayed in the film, will speak at the event.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL), the Community Justice section of the Loyola Law Clinic in New Orleans, and the Southern Disability Law Center filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today against the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) on behalf of all New Orleans students with special needs. The lawsuit details LDE’s systemic failures to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to educational services and are protected from discrimination.
Given the current epidemic of anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) bullying and related student suicides across the country, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) calls on the Alabama State Department of Education (the SDE) to revise its Model Anti-Harassment Policy (the Model Policy) so that it protects all students, including LGBT students.
Online ordering is now available for educators interested in obtaining a free copy of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest Teaching Tolerance film – Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History.
Middle schools across the country are suspending children with alarming frequency, particularly in some large urban school districts, where numerous schools suspend a third or more of their black male students in a given year, according to a new study by education researchers Daniel J. Losen and Russell Skiba, and published today by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In a lawsuit backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a federal jury has found that imprisoned neo-Nazi leader Bill White and his now-defunct organization must pay $545,000 for racial slurs and threats directed against five black women.