Latest Southern Poverty Law Center News

Neo-Nazi website founder refuses to be in US for deposition

Apr. 9, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

A neo-Nazi website operator said Tuesday that he refuses to be present in the U.S. for questioning under oath in a lawsuit that accuses him of unleashing an anti-Semitic "troll storm" against a Montana real estate agent's family. The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin says he lives abroad and claims it's too...

Judge: Neo-Nazi website founder must be in US for deposition

Apr. 8, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

A neo-Nazi website operator must be present in the U.S. for questioning under oath in a lawsuit accusing him of orchestrating an anti-Semitic "troll storm" against a Montana real estate agent's family, a federal judge has ruled. The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin says he lives abroad and says it's too...

Interim leader appointed at Southern Poverty Law Center

Apr. 2, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Southern Poverty Law Center has named an interim president after its founder was fired and its president resigned. The Alabama-based civil rights group announced Tuesday that Karen Baynes-Dunning is interim president. Baynes-Dunning, a former judge, served on the SPLC board...

Conservative congress on family sharply divides Italy

Mar. 30, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Verona — the city of Romeo and Juliet — was the backdrop for a culture clash Saturday, as it hosted both a conservative congress on family values and a march by civic groups who denounced the event as a movement to limit LGBT and women's rights. The World Congress of...

Watchdog group's leader steps down after founder's firing

Mar. 22, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The head of the Southern Poverty Law Center on Friday announced that he is stepping down, the latest high-profile departure from the watchdog organization best known for its work monitoring extremist groups. Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen sent an email to staff...

Judge scrutinizes Trump's policy shift on asylum seekers

Mar. 22, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge appeared skeptical Friday of one of the key arguments that civil liberties groups have made to try to block the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico until their cases are heard. Judge Richard Seeborg also had tough questions for a Justice...

Former Obama aide to review civil rights law firm

Mar. 20, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A one-time aide to former first lady Michelle Obama will review workplace practices at a prominent civil rights law firm that fired its founder. A statement from the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center says attorney Tina Tchen will conduct a "top-to-bottom" review of the...

Jeanine Pirro case squeezes Fox News in two directions

Mar. 19, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The apparent suspension of Jeanine Pirro is squeezing Fox News Channel in two directions. A prominent Muslim-American civil rights organization is calling for advertisers to boycott Fox News, while another group is petitioning to have the weekend host reinstated. Pirro wasn't on the air...

Mosque shooter a white nationalist seeking revenge

Mar. 15, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead on Friday tried to make a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants. He was angry about attacks in Europe that were...

High-profile firing adds to troubles for watchdog group

Mar. 15, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The high-profile firing of the co-founder of a liberal group best known for monitoring hate organizations is only the latest trouble for the nonprofit, which got its start handling civil rights cases in the Deep South. At least three lawsuits filed by U.S. conservatives are pending...