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Children of color pushed out of Alabama schools over social media posts

July 10, 2015

By Sharada Jambulapati Jamie’s father was murdered violently while she was in middle school. To honor his memory, her family made sweatshirts with an airbrushed…

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A historic day for America, marriage equality is the law of the land

June 26, 2015

By Richard Cohen, SPLC President What a great day for our country! With today’s historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling, marriage equality for the LGBT community is…

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The FBI has no idea how many hate crimes happen in America each year

June 22, 2015

By J. Richard Cohen A white man and apartheid admirer walked into a black church Wednesday night and killed nine people. He reportedly said he had…

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Florida student feels hopeless, humiliated because of school’s punitive culture

June 10, 2015

By Amir Whitaker “I don’t have rights,” the 15-year-old boy tells me. His mother begins to sob uncontrollably. She sees the hopelessness in her son’s…

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Police in schools put vulnerable students at risk of being unnecessarily pushed into justice system

June 2, 2015

Parents and educators may assume that police patrolling school hallways make for safer schools, but mounting evidence is showing that the practice can needlessly push…

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Reforming Government Systems and Policies That Could Mean the Difference Between Students’ Incarceration and Graduation

May 13, 2015

Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) uses legal…

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Underlying dynamics of civil unrest in Baltimore are same as identified 50 years ago

May 12, 2015

By Richard Cohen The indictment of six Baltimore police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray was greeted with cheers from many in Baltimore…

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SPLC President Richard Cohen urges Congress not to tamper with birthright citizenship

May 5, 2015

Altering the 14th Amendment’s promise of citizenship to all children born within the United States would undermine one of our nation’s bedrock principles and risk creating…

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Teaching Tolerance recognizes 104 schools for ‘Mix It Up at Lunch Day’ efforts

April 28, 2015

The SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project today named 104 schools as Mix It Up Model Schools for their exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among students and…

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20 Years Later: Hatewatch Looks Back at the Oklahoma City Bombing

April 20, 2015

On April 19, 1995 – 20 years ago Sunday – a truck bomb brought down the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing…

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SPLC lawsuit demands necessary health care for transgender inmate in Georgia prison

April 14, 2015

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections on behalf of a transgender woman who has been…

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Helping an immigrant teen stay in school

April 7, 2015

By Nadia Salazar Sandi It was a Friday morning when I headed to meet with Hugo.* This was one of the first interviews I had…

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