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Stalking Mosques and Trading Information, Back Woods Survivalist Squad Merges Anti-Islam Fever With Militia Tactics

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:52
Back Woods Survivalist Squad (BWSS), a group of Patriot movement extremists, has been using Facebook to coordinate surveillance on mosques around the country, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.

What the Supreme Court ruling could mean for civil asset forfeiture

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 09:34
As the U.S. Supreme Court pointed out on Feb. 20, the constitutional clause that protects Americans from having to pay “excessive fines” traces its lineage to the Magna Carta, which set forth certain rights in England more than 800 years ago.

Four Things to Know About Next Week's 'Patriotism Over Socialism' Rally in Arizona

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:09
A U.S. congressman and the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party are both listed as speakers at an event that will also be attended by multiple hate groups.

Weekend Read: Alabama’s illegal - and deadly - prison system

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:52
We’ve been locked in a legal battle with the state of Alabama for the past five years over the sickening mistreatment of people in its prisons who have medical and mental health needs.

Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:02
Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old man accused of burning three historically black churches in Louisiana, was influenced by “black metal,” police say – a music genre sometimes tied to organized hate.

White Supremacist Chris Cantwell Takes Hiatus to Avoid 'Another Crying Nazi Moment'

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:22
Christopher Cantwell, a prolific white supremacist radio host, put his broadcasting work on hiatus, citing “serious personal problems” as the reason behind his decision in a post on his website.

Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:26
About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called “No Syrian refugees for NY.”

Cuban men thrown into Louisiana prisons despite legal asylum requests

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 08:56
Suicide. Self-harm. Medical neglect. Isolated in segregation. Quarantined and left without legal counsel.

SPLC launches digital initiative to promote honest discussion of Confederate history

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:22
The SPLC launched a digital initiative this month that seeks to correct the false narratives of the “Lost Cause” mythology, which idolizes people who fought against the United States in order to preserve slavery.

Judge temporarily blocks Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 19:08
A federal judge today ordered the Trump administration to immediately stop forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait there for their hearings in immigration court.

Alabama city holds 'Amnesty Week,' part of SPLC settlement of federal lawsuit over private probation scheme

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:38
The city of Gardendale, Alabama, today began a week in which it will allow people who are facing municipal offenses to clear their cases, without being arrested.

Alabama city holds “Amnesty Week,” part of SPLC settlement of federal lawsuit over private probation scheme

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:38
The city of Gardendale, Alabama, today began a week in which it will allow people who are facing municipal offenses to clear their cases, without being arrested.

White Professors of African Studies Targeted With Death Threats

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:44
Ten professors, who are white or presumed to be white, have received death threats from a black nationalist organization that accuses them of “desecrating the tombs of Gods and Goddesses.”

Twitter locked me out of my account for reporting on extremists

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 13:30
Twitter temporarily suspended my account this week after I posted a tweet that opposed far-right extremism.

SPLC Report: End solitary confinement in Florida

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 14:11
Solitary confinement is a wasteful and destructive practice that does not improve public safety, and harms the mental health of those subjected to it.

SPLC files claims against Trump administration on behalf of parents and children who suffered harm from family separation policy

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:17
Facing gang violence and extortion in Guatemala, J.V.S. and his 5-year-old daughter fled their home to seek refuge in the U.S.

SPLC seeks release of detained journalist whose work challenged ICE, a year after he was arrested

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 07:02
Memphis journalist Manuel Duran filed a habeas petition yesterday, seeking his immediate release from detention. 

DOJ: Conditions in Alabama prisons likely unconstitutional

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 13:55
The Alabama prison system is already fighting a years-long SPLC lawsuit over the neglect of prisoners with medical and mental health needs. Now, the U.S. Justice Department is threatening to sue the state because its prisons are beset by “rampant violence,” “unchecked extortion,” and “severe and widespread sexual abuse.”

WCF Verona: Where the 'Wind of Change' Marked a Sea Change in Hate Group's Strategy

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:17
Anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families (WCF) used its annual gathering to signal a strategy shift for gaining support for its anti-LGBTQ and anti pro-choice policies.

Karen Baynes-Dunning named interim president and CEO

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.

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