Southern Poverty Law Center

Subscribe to Southern Poverty Law Center feed
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.
Updated: 10 hours 30 min ago

SPLC statement on YouTube’s decision to remove hateful content

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:58
YouTube announced plans today to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service by removing thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies.

SPLC helps gay Honduran man win asylum

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:11
Juan Carlos Herrera-Zapata knew he was gay from the time he was a little boy.

Louisiana bills would increase transparency in law enforcement and public schools

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 07:32
The Louisiana Legislature this week passed legislation that will help ensure schools are complying with federal anti-discrimination laws, and, in a separate bill focused on law enforcement agencies, create a task force that will improve collection and reporting of data on basic law enforcement activities.

SPLC to Congress: Myth of ‘white genocide’ driving white nationalist terror attacks

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 12:42
The SPLC’s Lecia Brooks testified today before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (Committee on Oversight and Reform) about the need for federal action to confront the deadly white nationalist movement. Brooks delivered the following oral remarks to the subcommittee chaired by U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, in addition to written testimony.

SPLC sues Arizona groups for harassing churches that help immigrants

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 07:15
As the immigrants stepped off a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bus to receive assistance from a local Arizona church, a woman stood on church property and began shouting “fuera” (“get out” in Spanish) and “criminals” at them.

Weekend Read: Challenging the whitewashed history of women’s suffrage

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 12:48
Last week, members of the U.S. House of Representatives wore yellow roses to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment in the lower chamber on May 21, 1919.

Guest worker sexually harassed at gunpoint, cheated out of pay, and forced to live in dilapidated trailer

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 10:52
After another week of backbreaking, 12-hour days of raking pine straw and suckering tobacco in the hot sun, Esperanza awoke one night to the sound of Carlos, her boss, banging on the outside door of the dilapidated trailer she called home.

SPLC lawsuit: ICE illegally denying parole to asylum seekers in Southeast

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:30
The SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed suit today against the Trump administration for categorically denying release to hundreds of people who are languishing in immigration prisons after lawfully seeking asylum in the United States.

Delay of Harriet Tubman $20 bill undergirded by racism, misogyny

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 14:38
Throughout my life, Harriet Tubman symbolized strength, courage, and determination.

Weekend Read: Waging a New War on Poverty

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 09:32
The movement for racial justice in America is inextricably linked to the fight for economic justice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Pages