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SPLC sues Alabama school board for unfairly blocking two high school seniors from their graduation

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 10:40
Two black Alabama high school seniors were unfairly suspended and barred from their graduation ceremony following an incident involving law enforcement, students and parents, according to two separate complaints the SPLC filed this week.

Teaching Tolerance magazine explores social justice educators’ use of social media

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 07:22
José Vilson co-founded the EduColor collective the same year that George Zimmerman – who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin – was acquitted of murder, and #BlackLivesMatter was born.

Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 14:00
Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as “criminals.” He has called them “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.”

White Shadow: David Duke's Lasting Influence on American White Supremacy

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:36
For a failed perennial candidate, David Duke is casting a long political shadow.

SPLC: Congress should dismiss President Trump’s dubious ‘merit-based’ immigration plan in favor of real reform

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 14:27
President Trump made a speech in The White House Rose Garden today about a plan to move U.S. immigration toward a “merit-based system” that would prioritize high-skilled workers over those with family members who are already in the country.

Weekend Read: Our “irredeemably dysfunctional” immigration courts

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:16
On January 1, 1892, Ellis Island opened as an immigration inspection station. More than 40 percent of people currently living in the United States are among, or are descendants of, the 12 million immigrants who passed through its doors.

Mysterious Neo-Nazi Advocated Terrorism for Six Years Before Disappearance

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:51
“Alexander Slavros,” a pseudonymous Eastern European essayist and founder of the neo-fascist forum Iron March, no longer appears online under that alias – but his ideology, rooted in thoughts of violence, racial conquest and fascist purity, is spreading.

Mysterious Neo-Nazi Advocated Terrorism for Six Years Before Disappearance

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:51
“Alexander Slavros,” a pseudonymous Eastern European essayist and founder of the neo-fascist forum Iron March, no longer appears online under that alias – but his ideology, rooted in thoughts of violence, racial conquest and fascist purity, is spreading.

Setting the record straight: Real talk about immigration courts

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:47
The Trump administration’s recent “fact sheet” on U.S. immigration proceedings excludes critical information about the immigration system and only serves to spread misinformation and distrust of immigrants and asylum seekers.

SPLC launches voting rights legal team, testifies before U.S. House panel in Alabama

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:16
Ever since state and local law enforcement officers attacked peaceful civil rights marchers with billy clubs and tear gas on “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, Alabama has been at the epicenter of the fight for voting rights.

Following SPLC lawsuit, judge grants New Orleans students the chance to walk on graduation day

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:50
A state court in Louisiana issued an injunction today that allowed six high school seniors to participate in graduation ceremonies at their New Orleans charter school after they were banned from doing so following a minor senior prank last month.

Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups Co-Sponsor United Nations Event

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:06
The United Nations will serve as the venue for anti-LGBTQ hate groups when it hosts the “It Takes a Family” event Wednesday.

Florida governor signs disastrous private school voucher bill

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 14:07
By signing S.B. 7070 into law yesterday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis set his state on the path to further decimate its public schools through an unprecedented expansion of private school vouchers.

SPLC Action Fund: Alabama House Bill 380 would limit paroles, increase prison overcrowding

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:38
The Alabama House of Representatives this week passed House Bill 380 (HB 380), which would give the governor more control over the state parole board and set minimum sentences that incarcerated people must serve before they can be released on parole.

SPLC argues in court against “turnback” policy that blocks immigrants from seeking asylum

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:27
After three MS-13 gang members threatened Dinora and her 17-year-old daughter with death, they kidnapped them from their home in Honduras and repeatedly raped them. 

Weekend Read: Brown v. Board of Education and modern-day segregation

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:38
Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous ruling that outlawed racial segregation in public schools as a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

After Judge’s Ruling, Charlottesville May Be Stuck With Statues of Confederate Generals Lee, Jackson

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:25
A judge has ruled that a civil rights-era law forbidding the removal of “war memorials” applies to Confederate statues that became flashpoints during a deadly Virginia gathering of white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

Extremists Purge Hateful Messages After Christchurch Massacre

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 07:21
A network of far-right extremists is self-censoring, and in at least one instance mass-deleting, content from several key online communities following the devastating terror attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Lawsuit challenges massive overuse of solitary in Florida prisons

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 07:47
Admire Harvard has spent nearly 10 years locked up in solitary confinement in the Florida prison system.  

SPLC Action Fund: Demand transparency, accountability in Louisiana schools

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 14:28
The Louisiana House Education Committee today voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 160, which would require school districts in the state to collect data on school climate and school discipline.

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