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SPLC: Sentencing of James Alex Fields Jr., who killed Heather Heyer at ‘Unite the Right,’ will not heal victims or their families

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:37
James Alex Fields Jr., who was sentenced to life in prison today for murdering a woman who was protesting a white supremacist rally two years ago, is a remorseless killer and a domestic terrorist.

Florida Man Arrested for Racist Threats Once Attacked an African American Police Officer

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 10:06
A long string of felony charges and a tip-off from the Department of Homeland Security led to the arrest of a Florida man for racist and antisemitic threats posted to Gab and Bitchute.

Charlottesville Federal Court Sentences James Alex Fields to Life in Prison for 'Unite the Right' Killing

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 05:57
A neo-Nazi sympathizer from Ohio received two consecutive and 27 concurrent life sentences in federal prison for killing a counterprotester and injuring others in the aftermath of 2017’s racist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

SPLC: Supreme Court decision not to stop politicians from rigging voting maps hurts our democracy

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 13:25
The Supreme Court decided today that federal courts have no role in regulating state legislatures’ gross abuses of power when drawing political lines.

Far-Right Extremists Are Calling for Terrorism on the Messaging App Telegram

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 13:07
Neo-Nazis, white nationalists and antigovernment extremists are publishing volumes of propaganda advocating terrorism and mass shootings on Telegram, a Hatewatch review of hundreds of channels on that app reveals.

White Nationalist Shieldwall Network Member Arrested in Alleged Anti-LGBTQ Attack Invokes Domestic Terror Ideology on Facebook

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 09:33
Three members of the Shieldwall Network (SWN), an Arkansas-based white nationalist group founded by longtime movement leader Billy Roper, were arrested last week in connection with second-degree battery.

Horrific detention center conditions expose Trump’s true immigration policy: unmitigated, unrelenting cruelty

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 14:27
A year ago, America awoke to the shocking images of children being held in cages – children who had been stolen from their asylum-seeking parents at the border by an administration that had no plan to reunite them.

White Nationalist Threats Against Transgender People Are Escalating

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 10:41
Transphobic rhetoric, some of it violent, appears to be increasing among white nationalists and neo-Nazis as the fight for transgender rights gains visibility and public support.

A Mighty Girl

Twenty-three years ago today, Keshia Thomas was 18 years old when the KKK held a rally in her home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hundreds of protesters turned out to tell the white supremacist organization that they were not welcome in the progressive college town. At one point during the event, a man with a SS tattoo and wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with a Confederate flag ended up on the protesters’ side of the fence and a small group began to chase him. He was quickly knocked to the ground and kicked and hit with placard sticks.

As people began to shout, “Kill the Nazi,” the high school student, fearing that mob mentality had taken over, decided to act. Thomas threw herself on top of one of the men she had come to protest, protecting him from the blows, and told the crowd that you “can’t beat goodness into a person.” In discussing her motivation for this courageous act after the event, she stated, “Someone had to step out of the pack and say, ‘this isn’t right’… I knew what it was like to be hurt. The many times that that happened, I wish someone would have stood up for me… violence is violence – nobody deserves to be hurt, especially not for an idea.”

Thomas never heard from the man after that day but months later, a young man came up to her to say thanks, telling her that the man she had protected was his father. For Thomas, learning that he had a son brought even greater significance to her heroic act. As she observed, “For the most part, people who hurt… they come from hurt. It is a cycle. Let’s say they had killed him or hurt him really bad. How does the son feel? Does he carry on the violence?”

Mark Brunner, the student photographer who took this now-famous photograph, added that what was so remarkable was who Thomas saved: “She put herself at physical risk to protect someone who, in my opinion, would not have done the same for her. Who does that in this world?”

In response to those who argued that the man deserved a beating or more, Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator Leonard Pitts Jr. offered this short reflection in The Miami Herald: “That some in Ann Arbor have been heard grumbling that she should have left the man to his fate, only speaks of how far they have drifted from their own humanity. And of the crying need to get it back.
Keshia’s choice was to affirm what they have lost.
Keshia’s choice was human.
Keshia’s choice was hope.”

For two uplifting picture books for children about the power of kindness, we highly recommend “Be Kind” for ages 3 to 7 (https://www.amightygirl.com/be-kind) and “I Walk With Vanessa” for ages 4 to 8 (https://www.amightygirl.com/i-walk-with-vanessa)

For an excellent bullying prevention guide that teaches kids how to stand up for themselves and others in a positive, productive manner, we highly recommend “Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends” for ages 7 to 12 at https://www.amightygirl.com/stand-up-for-yourself-and-your-…

For two wonderful books that help foster children’s compassion for others by giving them a visual way to think about kindness, we recommend “Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids” for ages 4 to 8 (https://www.amightygirl.com/have-you-filled-a-bucket-today) and its sequel “Growing Up With A Bucket Full Of Happiness” for ages 9 to 12 (https://www.amightygirl.com/growing-up-with-a-bucket-full-o…)

For stories for young readers that encourage them to take a stand on behalf of others — even in the face of opposition — we recommend “Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad” for ages 4 to 8 (https://www.amightygirl.com/unspoken), “Dare” for ages 4 to 8 (https://www.amightygirl.com/dare), “Bully” for ages 7 to 11 (https://www.amightygirl.com/bully), “The Lions of Little Rock” for ages 10 to 13 (https://www.amightygirl.com/the-lions-of-little-rock), and “To Kill A Mockingbird” for ages 12 and up (https://www.amightygirl.com/to-kill-a-mockingbird).

For more books for children and teens about overcoming racial prejudice, visit our “Racial & Ethnic Discrimination” section at http://amgrl.co/2wE6Jbl

And, for more inspiring stories of extraordinary girls and women around the world, you can sign-up for A Mighty Girl’s free weekly email newsletter at https://www.amightygirl.com/forms/newsletter

Categories: Anti Racism, Europe

Anti-LGBT Conference Showcases Breadth of a Church Movement's Hate

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 09:53
A network of anti-LGBT churches used its “Make America Straight Again” conference to move beyond its stock fallacies and hate-filled rhetoric and call for the government to begin rounding up and executing homosexuals.

SPLC urges Trump administration to drop proposal that would reduce benefits to low-income people

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 13:05
The SPLC today urged the Trump administration not to pursue a proposal that would cause millions of low-income people to lose assistance from programs that help them meet basic needs.

Weekend Read: The first Pride was a riot.

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:39
Police raids were frequent and expected among the gay bars in Greenwich Village in the late 1960s.

The Attorney General's Judges: How the U.S. Immigration Courts Became a Deportation Tool

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:00
The nation's immigration courts have been dysfunctional since their inception. 

Gab Waited Days to Remove a User Arrested for Inciting Violence

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:03
A man who authorities say wanted to start a race war stayed on the social network Gab for days after he was arrested for allegedly inciting violence on it, according to a Hatewatch review.

Report: Louisiana schools fall short on collecting, publishing policing data

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 14:44
As the presence of law enforcement officers in schools continue to grow in Louisiana and nationally, school policing data is not being made readily available to Louisiana’s citizens as required by federal law, according to a report that the Southern Poverty Law Center released today.

The Data Gap: School policing in Louisiana

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sun, 06/16/2019 - 18:49
Following the tragic 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, school districts across the country grappled with the question: “What makes a school safe?” 

Weekend Read: The painful persistence of corporal punishment

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 06:15
Across the country, numerous public institutions are legally responsible for children every day.

Judge orders ‘conversion therapy’ provider to permanently cease operations once again

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 07:09
A New Jersey state judge this week ordered the dissolution of an organization known as the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness (JIFGA) – which facilitated fraudulent gay-to-straight “conversion therapy” – after its directors violated an injunction entered four years ago requiring its predecessor to permanently cease all operations.

New report examines weaponization of immigration court system

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 14:25
The U.S. immigration court system has failed to fulfill the legal promise of fair and impartial case-by-case review, according to a new report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Innovation Law Lab.

SPLC Action Fund: Alabama joins other states with civil asset forfeiture reporting law, but does not go far enough to protect property owners

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 13:02
Across the country, police are using a tool called civil asset forfeiture to seize millions of dollars in cash and property they claim have been involved in criminal activity.

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