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SPLC and Latin GRAMMY Award-winning band release song that teaches immigrants their rights

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:13
​The SPLC and the Latin GRAMMY Award-winning band Flor De Toloache launched a new song today whose lyrics teach immigrants about the rights they can exercise when interacting with law enforcement and immigration authorities.

Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson Wrote to Notorious Neo-Nazi Harold Covington

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:05
A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist wrote a letter to prominent white supremacist Harold Covington discussing the idea of a “white homeland” and using “focused violence” to achieve that goal.

SPLC lawsuit: ICE raid at Tennessee slaughterhouse violated workers’ constitutional rights

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 13:50
On a quiet, chilly morning in April 2018, Alma drove through the verdant Tennessee hillsides to the ramshackle slaughterhouse where she had been working on the kill floor for more than two years.

Following SPLC complaint, Louisiana bail bond companies ordered to repay millions in excess fees to New Orleans residents

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 13:36
The Louisiana Department of Insurance this week ordered most New Orleans-based bail bond companies, along with their insurance underwriters, to repay nearly $6 million in illegal profits they took from as many as 50,000 low-income residents and their families.

Feds: Coast Guard Lieutenant Has Neo-Nazi Ties, Had Hit List of Targets

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:09
An active duty U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed at the service’s Washington, D.C., headquarters sought to follow in the footsteps of a far-right European terrorist, a federal prosecutor said, and had a hit list of Democratic politicians and cable news hosts he wanted to kill.

Civil rights groups sue New Orleans for map of surveillance camera locations

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 09:56
Representing a Louisiana public defender, the SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana today filed suit against the City of New Orleans over its refusal to provide a map of the city’s 400 real-time surveillance cameras. Though the cameras themselves are publicly visible, the City of New Orleans has refused to comply with a public records request for a map of their locations.

Antigovernment Militia Leader Organizing Nationwide Protests This Weekend

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:56
The head of one of the nation’s most well-known antigovernment militias, the Three Percent Security Force (IIISF), is taking a lead role in organizing far-right rallies in all 50 U.S. state capitals this Saturday, Feb. 23.

Hate groups reach record high

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:13
The number of hate groups operating across America rose to a record high – 1,020 – in 2018 as President Trump continued to fan the flames of white resentment over immigration and the country’s changing demographics.

New hate map helps users explore landscape of hate

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 08:47
The Southern Poverty Law Center has introduced an updated, interactive hate map equipped with new features to help people better understand the hate groups operating in their state and across the country.

SPLC statement on Supreme Court’s denial of Trump administration’s request to immediately enforce asylum ban

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:38
The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the Trump administration’s request to immediately enforce a new policy of denying asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border between ports of entry.

Black Civil Rights Advocate Takes Control of Neo-Nazi Hate Group the National Socialist Movement

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:44
The antisemitic and neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement (NSM) is now under the control of a black civil rights advocate from California who once dissolved a notorious Ku Klux Klan chapter in Mississippi.

Weekend Read: No one cares if you miscarry. No one cares if you ever go home.

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:13
Tylenol for the pain. Diapers for the blood. Towels for underwear.

Here's New Mexico Militia Leader Johnny Horton Jr.'s Bizarre Arrest Record

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:55
Self-proclaimed New Mexico militia leader Johnny Horton Jr. sure can spin a heck of a tale.

Trump’s emergency declaration a threat to rule of law

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:41
President Trump has just declared a national emergency so that he can divert federal funds to pay for his border wall in order to satisfy the Ann Coulters of the world and his nativist base.

SPLC sues Trump administration for policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:12
The SPLC sued the Trump administration today over a new policy that forces asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait there while their cases are being considered.

'No Way' Gab Has 800,000 Users, Web Host Says

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:51
Gab, the floundering social media network that serves as an organizing hub for white supremacists, is inflating its number of users in federal securities filings relied on by investors and regulators, a software engineer for Gab’s web hosting company Sibyl System Ltd. tells Hatewatch.

Visions of Chaos: Weighing the Violent Legacy of Iron March

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:40
Brandon Russell, the 22-year-old founder of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, posted a PDF of an obscure textbook about paramilitary tactics to Iron March on the morning of May 17, 2017, and then his account on that website went dark.

SPLC responds to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s prison construction plan

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:19
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that her administration will seek bids for building three regional prisons for men, at an estimated cost of nearly $1 billion – part of a larger effort to address the state’s dangerous and overcrowded prison system

Judge: Alabama’s prison system violates Eighth Amendment, “deliberately indifferent” to mental health of people in solitary confinement

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 16:10
In another stunning rebuke of Alabama’s prison system, a federal judge ruled today that the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) violated the Eighth Amendment and that it was “deliberately indifferent” in its failure to adequately monitor the mental health of incarcerated people in solitary confinement.