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Karen Baynes-Dunning named interim president and CEO

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 14:48
We’re proud to announce that the Southern Poverty Law Center’s board of directors has voted unanimously to name Karen Baynes-Dunning as our interim president and CEO.

White Supremacist Symbol Found Spray-Painted at the Site of Fire, Civil Rights Center Says

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:52
Someone painted a white supremacist symbol at the scene where fire ravaged a building tied to the civil rights movement, according to a statement from the Highlander Research and Education Center.

Following SPLC investigation, Mississippi city agrees to overhaul fine and bail practices

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 08:18
The city council of Meridian, Mississippi, approved an agreement today with the SPLC that will end the city’s practice of incarcerating residents who are unable to pay fines and fees, and to stop using secured money bail in misdemeanor cases.

Alabama Voting Rights Project helps 2,000 people cast ballots in Alabama, but many more do not know they can vote

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 09:59
Rodney Lofton had never cast a ballot before a felony conviction stripped him of his voting rights in 2015.

Solitary Confinement: Inhumane, Ineffective, and Wasteful

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 14:21
Around the world and increasingly in the United States, there’s a growing consensus that solitary confinement of incarcerated persons is, at best, an ineffective and inhumane practice with little or no carceral benefit and, at worst, outright torture.

SPLC: Conversion therapy provider continues to secretly operate nearly four years after jury finds practices unconscionable

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 09:32
The SPLC this week filed a motion asking a judge to institute contempt proceedings against JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), now known as JIFGA (Jewish Institute for Global Awareness), for violating an injunction entered over three years ago requiring that it permanently cease all operations and completely halt all elements of its fraudulent gay-to-straight “conversion therapy” program.

Federal judge rules against Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 08:26
A federal judge this week ruled against the Trump administration’s approval of Medicaid waiver projects in Kentucky and Arkansas that include work mandates and other cuts to health coverage.

SPLC statement on judge’s order blocking Trump administration’s Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 15:12
A federal judge today rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to require people who depend on Medicaid to work in exchange for health benefits in Kentucky and Arkansas.

SPLC reacts to Facebook policy on white nationalism

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 14:35
The internet, and social media in particular, continues to be a powerful tool used by the radical right to accelerate the spread of hate into the mainstream. 

Gab Moves to Withdraw SEC Filing Amid Growing Financial Challenges

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:21
Gab, best known for operating an online space where white supremacists organize, abruptly withdrew its request to sell stocks to finance the company.

James Alex Fields Jr., Who Killed Heather Heyer at 'Unite the Right,' Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 11:21
The white supremacist sympathizer who plowed a car into a crowd and killed a woman after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to 29 federal hate crimes.

A message to SPLC supporters

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 11:36
My name is Bryan Fair. I’m an African-American professor of constitutional law.

A note to SPLC supporters

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 11:36
My name is Bryan Fair. I’m an African-American professor of constitutional law.

World Congress of Families Lists Speakers for Upcoming Gathering

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 10:23
Below is a list of speakers for the upcoming meeting of the anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families in Verona, Italy. To read the full story about the gathering, click here.

Anti-LGBT Hate Group World Congress of Families to Convene in Verona

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 10:14
World Congress of Families (WCF), an anti-LGBT hate group and project of the like-minded International Organization for the Family (IOF), is holding its annual gathering in Verona, Italy, barely six months after the last one in Chisinau, Moldova.

Weekend Read: When it comes to health care, the stakes – and obstacles – are high for LGBT Southerners

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 09:50
When Dr. Thomas Dobbs practiced in Hattiesburg, in southeast Mississippi, some patients drove almost four hours to see him.  

The Infowars Crowd Finds Common Cause With New Zealand Terrorist

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:18
In the conspiracy swamps of Infowars, the white nationalist who allegedly shot and killed worshippers at two New Zealand mosques last week was wrong for killing people, but his anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim manifesto showed he was operating on the right set of ideas.

Colton Fears Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 13:16
A Houston man has been sentenced to five years in prison in Florida for his role in an armed confrontation with protesters following a speaking engagement by Richard Spencer on Oct. 19, 2017.

Anti-Muslim Figure Brigitte Gabriel To Embark on Nationwide Tour in Support of New Book

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:53
Brigitte Gabriel is going on tour. The notorious anti-Muslim hate group leader will set out on a multi-city book tour spanning the next five months. She is expected to kick things off in Florida in late March.

'White Helmet' Attacker in Deandre Harris Beating Identified as Alek Rhyne Hyer of Gainesville, Florida

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:06
The identity of a man wearing a white helmet seen in video of the beating of Deandre Harris after the racist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been a mystery for nearly 18 months.

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