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Founded on the heels of America's civil rights movement, the Southern Poverty Law Center burnished its name with legal wins over white-supremist groups and helped integrate institutions like the Alabama State Police.

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Perkins points blame at SPLC for shootingupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 20:14:00

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins points finger at the Southern Poverty Law Center for shooting.

Complaint claims school district discriminated against Latino studentsupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 21:43:00

Two advocacy groups filed a federal complaint Tuesday alleging a North Carolina school district's treatment of three Latino families was discriminatory because it did not provide important information in Spanish.

Civil rights groups urge immigrants to use hot lineupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 21:22:00

The Southern Poverty Law Center is advocating a legal hot line for immigrants in Alabama in response to a recent change to that state's immigration law, the center said Wednesday.

Alleged members of white supremacist group charged in Floridaupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 16:22:00

More than a dozen alleged members of American Front, a down-on-its-luck white supremacist group, were charged Friday in Florida with participating in paramilitary training, prosecutors said.

11th arrest linked to Florida white supremacist groupupdated: Thu May 10 2012 16:38:00

An 11th suspect linked to a central Florida white supremacist group has been arrested and another individual was being sought, authorities said Thursday.

Members of white supremacist group arrested in Floridaupdated: Wed May 09 2012 17:21:00

Railroad ties, cement pilings and other debris reportedly mark the entrance to Marcus and Partricia Faella's rural Florida compound, situated on the edge of a wildlife management area marketed by tourism officials as a good spot for hikers, campers and bird watchers.

Zimmerman brother: We've gotten threatsupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 20:02:00

Robert Zimmerman Jr. talks exclusively with Piers Morgan about how his family is getting threats since Trayvon's death.

Trayvon Martin case stirs extremists, groups sayupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 20:02:00

The national conversation over Trayvon Martin's killing is loud and intense. In some places, it's also vile and violent.

Mississippi lawmakers pass controversial immigration billupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 05:34:00

Another controversial immigration bill is on the horizon in the South, a regional battleground that has seen a number of states pass reforms on illegal immigration.

Selma marchers take up immigration causeupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 05:34:00

Selma civil rights marchers take up the cause of immigration. CNN's Gustavo Valdes reports.

Alabama immigration law foes seek automakers' supportupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 00:01:00

Groups seeking to repeal a controversial Alabama immigration law are asking the state's highly influential auto manufacturing industry to join their cause.

Snapshots of 9/11 rememberedupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 12:11:00

A look back at the memorials honoring those lost ten years ago on 9/11/01.

School district to reconsider allowing teachers to discuss homosexuality in the classroomupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 12:47:00

The school board representing Minnesota's largest school district on Monday night will consider scrapping a controversial policy requiring teachers not to discuss homosexuality in school.

Bullied kids: We're treated like trashupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 12:47:00

Anderson Cooper talks to students suing a school to change a policy prohibiting teachers from discussing homosexuality.

Lawsuit challenges Alabama county policies on marriage licensesupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 22:05:00

A lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center is challenging policies in several Alabama counties that, the center says, bar undocumented immigrants from getting marriage licenses.

Neutrality policy impacting bullying?updated: Thu Jul 28 2011 08:26:00

Rosalind Wiseman and Candi Cushman weigh in on a Minnesota school district's neutrality policy on homosexuality.

Groups challenge 'anti-gay harassment' in Minnesota school districtupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 15:38:00

Two advocacy organizations filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Minnesota's largest school district, challenging what they call "pervasive anti-gay harassment" in its schools, the groups said in a news release.

Jan. 2011: FBI probes backpack bombupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 08:22:00

CNN's Patrick Oppmann looks into the investigation of a backpack bomb found along an MLK Day parade route.

Suspect in attempted bombing at MLK Day parade accused of hate crimeupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 08:22:00

A superseding indictment in the attempted bombing of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Washington state accuses the suspect of a hate crime, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.

Suspect in attempted bombing at MLK Day parade pleads not guiltyupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 21:18:00

A suspect in the attempted bombing of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Washington state pleaded not guilty to the crime in U.S. Magistrate Court Wednesday, according to a federal law enforcement official.

Law Center: Suspect in MLK Day bomb attempt wrote on supremacist sitesupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 01:49:00

A suspect in the attempted bombing of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade frequently posted his beliefs on white supremacist websites, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.

Number of U.S. hate groups on the rise, report saysupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 14:40:00

The number of radical right groups in America -- including hate groups, "Patriot" groups and nativist groups -- increased in 2010 for the second year in a row, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Illegal immigrant women face risks, study saysupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 22:31:00

Unauthorized immigrant women do the jobs that put food on the plates of Americans, but face harassment and other challenges daily in the workplace, a study by the Southern Poverty Law Center found.

Advocates sue Louisiana school officials for handcuffing childupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 13:45:00

Rights advocates filed a class-action lawsuit against Louisiana school officials for repeatedly handcuffing and shackling a 6-year-old boy, attorneys for the advocates said Thursday.

Claims police shooting suspects had extremist 'anti-government' linksupdated: Sat May 22 2010 06:08:00

Two suspects accused of gunning down Arkansas police officers this week may have ties to extremist anti-government groups, two civil rights organizations say.

Police chief's son dies in Ark. shootingupdated: Sat May 22 2010 06:08:00

The son of the West Memphis Police Chief is one of two officers killed during a shooting in Arkansas.

Clinton: U.S. mood similar to 1995updated: Mon Apr 19 2010 16:28:00

Bill Clinton sits down with CNN's Wolf Blitzer to talk about the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Militia arrests timed to prevent violence, official saysupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 10:33:00

Federal authorities decided to arrest members of the Hutaree militia group upon learning they were planning an exercise in April that might have included violence, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

'Christian warrior' militia accused in plot to kill policeupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 05:14:00

Nine people federal prosecutors say belong to a "Christian warrior" militia were accused Monday of plotting to kill a Michigan law enforcement officer and then attack other police at the funeral.

Extremists of any color or belief can commit terrorismupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 15:46:00

Within the last month, our country has witnessed two senseless, high-profile acts of criminal violence that would have been labeled terrorism if brown-skinned Arab Muslim men with foreign-sounding names had committed them.

Feds to investigate claims of police discriminationupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 17:36:00

The Justice Department and federal prosecutors will investigate allegations of discrimination against Latinos by police in Suffolk County, New York, officials said.

Latinos in Suffolk County face racial intolerance, report saysupdated: Fri Sep 04 2009 16:12:00

Latino immigrants living in Suffolk County, New York, have been living in an environment of intolerance and attacks against them, a report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center said.

Evangelist guilty of taking minors across state lines for sexupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 14:31:00

A jury in Arkansas convicted evangelist Tony Alamo on Friday of 10 federal counts of taking minors across state lines for sex, according to the court in the Western District in Arkansas.

Commentary: Hate crimes terrorize all of usupdated: Fri Jun 12 2009 06:48:00

To think there are some people who still argue that the law shouldn't categorize some offenses as hate crimes and allow for enhanced criminal penalties.

Hate groups riled up, researchers sayupdated: Thu Jun 11 2009 14:48:00

Hate groups have intensified their rhetoric in recent months, but this new energy hasn't necessarily translated to an increase in the rate of hate crimes in the U.S., according to some researchers.

Hate crime statisticsupdated: Thu Jun 11 2009 14:48:00

Lisa Sylvester reports on hate crime statistics in light of the shooting at DC's Holocaust Museum.

Poor Latinos are victims of abuse nationwide, activists sayupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 21:00:00

Low-income Latinos are routinely discriminated against in the South, a new report says, but the study's author and others say the problem exists nationwide, with millions of Spanish-speaking immigrants living "beyond the protection of the law."

Growing hate groups blame Obama, economyupdated: Thu Feb 26 2009 19:34:00

Don Black said he despises Barack Obama. And he said he believes illegal aliens undermine the economic fabric of the United States.

Report: Rise in hate groupsupdated: Thu Feb 26 2009 19:34:00

CNN's Jason Carroll says a new report shows a 54 percent rise of hate groups in the U.S. since 2000.

What would Dr. King say?updated: Fri Jan 16 2009 13:44:00

CNN's John Zarrella asks what would Martin Luther King Jr. say about Obama's victory?

White supremacists watched in lead up to Obama administrationupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 13:44:00

Hate crimes experts and law enforcement officials are closely watching white supremacists across the country as Barack Obama prepares next week to be sworn in as the first black president of the United States.

Jury awards $2.5 million to teen beaten by Klan membersupdated: Mon Nov 17 2008 12:02:00

A jury awarded $2.5 million in damages on Friday to a Kentucky teenager who was severely beaten by members of a Ku Klux Klan group because the Klansmen mistakenly thought he was an illegal Latino immigrant, the Southern Poverty Law Center said.

Group: Murder suspect has long history with Klanupdated: Fri Nov 14 2008 17:38:00

The suspect in the shooting of a woman killed during a Ku Klux Klan initiation has at least a seven-year history of Klan activity, according to an organization that tracks hate groups nationwide.

Death follows Klan riteupdated: Fri Nov 14 2008 17:38:00

Eight are arrested after a woman is killed during what police say was a KKK initiation ceremony. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

Noose incidents: Foolish pranks or pure hate?updated: Thu Nov 01 2007 07:26:00

The media spotlight might have shone most intensely on Jena, Louisiana, but a symbol of racial violence has been hung across America lately, spurring anger, resentment and a big question.

Dobbs: An answer for my criticsupdated: Tue May 29 2007 15:28:00

I've been, over the years, because of our reporting on controversial issues and my strongly held beliefs on those issues, attacked, and usually pretty vigorously, by both the left wing and the right wing of this nation's media, both mainstream and otherwise, and of course the politicians that form the extremes of our political spectrum.

Commentary: Minutemen have a right to be idioticupdated: Thu Oct 12 2006 09:03:00

When Minutemen founder Jim Gilchrist sent me an angry e-mail calling me a racist a while back, I shrugged it off as a pot-kettle thing.

Mistreating the guestsupdated: Mon May 22 2006 10:08:00

George W. Bush's insistence on a new guest-worker program as part of any immigration reform has infuriated many conservatives, but it is also sounding alarm bells among some immigrant-rights advocates. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) argues that many guest workers already in the U.S. are being cruelly exploited--sometimes in government jobs--and fears that any expansion will lead to more instances of what Mary Bauer, an SPLC lawyer, calls "indentured servitude."

Lone wolvesupdated: Tue Feb 01 2005 10:12:00

Wolves run in packs. They hunt that way. They live that way. The lone wolf is the exception. When it comes to the world of domestic terrorism that might not be the case.

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