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.
The federal government has engaged in a needlessly aggressive – and potentially unconstitutional – act against immigrants with recent raids in Atlanta and elsewhere that targeted women and children from Central America, according to a report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR).
A minor at the Sumter Correctional Institution in Florida was brutally beaten and raped as part of a prison initiation ritual that was ignored by a guard, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Florida Institutional Legal Services Project of Florida Legal Services.
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary censured a circuit court judge today who forced defendants unable to pay court debt to give blood or face jail time – three months after the SPLC filed an ethics complaint against the judge.
An SPLC client who served time in a modern-day debtors’ prison in Alabama when she couldn’t pay fines for minor traffic tickets told her story to congressional staffers on Capitol Hill and called for action to prevent others from going to jail simply for being poor.
When it comes to technology in the classroom, educators shouldn’t be satisfied by the sight of students focused on the glow of a screen, but should ask what uses of technology actually help all students in diverse U.S. classrooms learn, grow and thrive, according to research highlighted in the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance magazine, released today.
Last month, the New Orleans City Council voted to take down four monuments honoring the Confederacy and its heroes, resulting in a federal court challenge by preservation groups and a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.