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

3 hours 13 min ago
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

6 hours 59 min ago
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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Accusations in a Mirror: How the Radical Right Blames Rising Political Violence on the Left

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 10:02
In early April, Congress held its first hearing on white nationalism since the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. What was supposed to be an opportunity to address the rising threat of far-right extremism was, at certain points, upended by conservatives who insisted the real threat came from the left.

SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:53
Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator – proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:53
Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator – proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:53
Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator – proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

SPLC Action Fund: Louisiana criminal justice reform bills a good start, but more work remains

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 12:27
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed two bills into law this week that will improve transparency in police activities and save taxpayer money by eliminating lengthy sentences that are not warranted.

Weekend Read: The Changing Demographics of Mass Incarceration

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:46
After decades of constructing a system of mass incarceration, it appears that our nation is beginning to turn the tide.

Louisiana law will increase transparency in public school discipline and policing

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:25
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill today that will help ensure schools are transparent in their student disciplinary practices and school policing programs.

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