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Alabama Celebrates Confederate Memorial Day, SPLC Calls for Holiday Removal

State offices are closed Monday in Alabama and Mississippi for Confederate Memorial Day. Alabama and Mississippi have two more Confederate-related state holidays besides Confederate Memorial Day. Both states jointly observe Robert E. Lee Day with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January, and Alabama marks the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in February. Mississippi marks Davis’s birthday on federal…

City of Montgomery Settles Panhandling Lawsuit

The Southern Poverty Law Center announced Tuesday the city of Montgomery has settled a lawsuit on behalf of people who pandhandle. The lawsuit was filed in February by the SPLC, ACLU of Alabama, and the National Homelessness Law Center on behalf of people who panhandle filed the lawsuit last February. As part of the settlement the city of Montgomery will…

SPLC Unveils New Mural by Local Artist and Activist

The John Lewis Voting Rights Mural that was unveiled on Friday, Sept. 25. The mural was commissioned by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and painted by local artist and activist, Michelle Browder along with two of her students. The mural depicts the ongoing voting rights movement and honors the late Congressman John Lewis, and the late U.S Supreme Court…

Montgomery-Based Southern Poverty Law Center Names New President and CEO

Photo of Margaret Huang – From SPLC The Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center has announced that Margaret Huang has been named as the SPLC’s new president and chief executive officer. She will take her position on April 20. In a news release, the SPLC says Huang, who is executive director of Amnesty International USA, has devoted her 25-year career to…

SPLC Lawsuit Accuses MPS of Expelling Two Lee High School Students without Due Process

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed two lawsuits Wednesday against the Montgomery County Board of Education for arbitrarily expelling students in violation of their due process rights under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The complaint is the latest in a string of lawsuits the SPLC has filed against Alabama school districts for disregarding students’ due process rights…

SPLC Employees Seek to Unionize

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Employees of the watchdog organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center, are filing for union representation. A supermajority of employees has requested representation by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, Local 32035 of The News Guild-Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, the union announced this week. “We ask SPLC’s senior leaders to respect the desire of its dedicated employees to…

Former Aide to Michelle Obama to Review SPLC Workplace Practices

A one-time aide to former first lady Michelle Obama will review workplace practices at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery that recently fired its founder Morris Dees. A statement from the SPLC says attorney Tina Tchen will conduct a “top-to-bottom” review of the liberal nonprofit organization. The law center is best known for its work monitoring extremist groups and…

States Face Restrictions on Property Seizures

SCOTUS unamiously rules states are limited, just as the Federal Government is, by the U.S. Constitution.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is ruling unanimously that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states. The outcome Wednesday could help an Indiana man recover the $40,000 Land Rover police seized when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of…

SPLC: Suicide Crisis in Alabama Prisons

Sen. Cam Ward: "Rate is higher than it should be."

AP-AL–Inmate Suicides Advocacy group: Alabama has prison suicide crisis MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An advocacy group says Alabama officials have failed to address a rising suicide rate in state prisons despite a federal court order to improve conditions for mentally ill inmates. Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen said Friday it’s an emergency the state must address. The organization…

Proud Boys Founder Sues SPLC Over Hate Group Label

The founder of a far-right men’s group called the Proud Boys is suing the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling the organization a hate group. Gavin McInnes filed the defamation lawsuit Monday in federal court in Alabama. The lawsuit contends the designation is false and damaged his career. McInnes was a co-founder of Vice Media. He founded the Proud Boys,…