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The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is actually a hate group, classifies anything to the right of Obama as a hate group. Anyoneor thingthat disagrees with their ideology is a hater.

The fraud is because the BLM, radical Islam, abortion, cop killers, etc. are not considered haters. The SPLC supports illegal immigration and sanctuary cities (not the rule of law), promotes reverse racism, and political correctness. It sets the standards for its so-called hate maps, which led to Floyd Corkins’ attack at the Family Research Council in 2012.

The SPLC was founded by a leftist who sought to enrich himself by appealing to liberals. It vastly overstates the number in its doom and gloom fund raising (look up Morris Dees’ history). It does not label leftist groups as haters, but Dr. Ben Carson has been.

Rep. Hamm and Sen. Raatz were correct in saying no hate crime bill is needed. Hate crime bills are like SPLC’s map a way for liberals to exact extra judicial punishment upon the right. The SPLC has an agenda.

This is no different than the left’s anti-discrimination laws that cause discrimination against people who don’t agree with them or their demonomics. It is liberal fascism.

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Louisianans rally for criminal justice reform with the SPLC – Southern Poverty Law Center

The roughly 600 people at the Capitol Thursday far surpassed organizers goal of 250 people. They came from across the state and included faith leaders, community advocates, former prisoners, families with loved ones behind bars and crime survivors. The rally was organized by Louisianans for Prison Alternatives, a statewide, bipartisan coalition led in part by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A majority of Louisianans support criminal justice reform, said Lisa Graybill, SPLC deputy legal director. Its time for legislators to listen to their constituents and support legislation that will result in a safer and more cost-effective criminal justice system.

Louisiana imprisons a larger proportion of its population than any other state. It also has an incarceration rate nearly five times that of Iran and 13 times that of China. A vast majority of its prisoners are there for low-level, nonviolent offenses.

A task force recently analyzed Louisianas criminal justice system and recommended a reform package of 10 bills. The recommendations would reduce the states prison population by 13 percent over the next 10 years saving taxpayers $305 million.

The reform tackles the incarceration problem from multiple angles: Among the reforms are proposals for community supervision programs; limiting habitual offender penalties to serious offenders; extending the possibility of parole to juveniles serving life sentences; tailoring fines and fees to a persons ability to pay; and mandating that savings from these reforms be used to further reduce the prison population.

The SPLC is leading similar reform efforts across the Southeast, a region where prison populations have swelled and change is desperately needed.

At the rally in Baton Rouge, speakers stressed the power of people making their voices heard.

Dont just tell them (legislators) to vote for it, said Syrita Steib-Martin, who founded Operation Restoration, which helps women and girls successfully re-enter society after incarceration. Tell them how the criminal justice system affects you personally. Thats whats going to make the difference.

Flozell Daniels, president of Foundation for Louisiana and a member of the Justice Reinvestment Task Force that analyzed the states criminal justice system, reminded the crowd of how change happens.

It only happens when you show up, Daniels said.

He spoke to the crowd about his personal experiences with the criminal justice system, noting that his brother and son were incarcerated. Daniels son was later murdered a death that remains unsolved.

Daniels then led the crowd in a chant: We cannot wait to decarcerate.

Attendees took the speakers advice and spoke to lawmakers in the Legislature, where Louisianans for Prison Alternatives was recognized on the House floor.

Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, compared the effort, which can seem daunting in a deeply conservative state, to eating an elephant.

One bite at a time, Smith said.

Photography: Edmund Fountain/ACLU

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SPLC challenges funding of charter schools – OneNewsNow

A lawsuit against Mississippi filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center threatens the future of that state’s charter schools, but a defense attorney believes state funding for the schools is constitutional.

The SPLC contends the state’s constitution specifically, sections 206 and 208 doesn’t allow property taxes to be used for public charter schools. Mike Hurst, director of the Mississippi Justice Institute, argues just the opposite is true: that the constitution clearly authorizes the funding of charter schools with tax dollars.

“The Mississippi Constitution authorizes these schools and it specifically authorizes local tax dollars to follow local school children to the public schools that they attend,” he says. “I think that at the end of the day, justice will prevail [and] these kids will be allowed to continue to attend charter public schools.”

Section 206 of the Mississippi Constitution created a state education trust fund and allows local districts to levy property taxes; and Section 208 requires state funds to go to what are termed “free schools.”

Hurst, who is representing several charter school parents, told the Clarion-Ledger in early April that the SPLC destroyed its own case during arguments in the case:

“I think when the SPLC admitted that the other types of public schools [the Mississippi School of Math and Science, for example] we have around the state and that the Mississippi Legislature has authorized to receive both state and local funding are constitutional, I don’t see how they can argue that public charter schools are unconstitutional. They are the same type of setup. It’s a contradiction in their argument.

The attorney doubts the case will make it to trial.

“I think the judge heard the legal arguments; I think there are no factual issues between the parties; and frankly, I think the judge will rule on the motion and whichever party is not satisfied will appeal to the next level,” he offers.

Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas has set May 10 for proposed findings and June 21 for any required rebuttals.

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SPLC: Six hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi violate regulations protecting low-income patients – Southern Poverty Law Center

The SPLC discovered that the hospitals, which are believed to benefit from a tax-exempt, nonprofit status due to their mission to serve patients regardless of income, are failing to comply with IRS regulations requiring such hospitals to maintain a financial assistance policy that outlines the assistance provided by the hospital as well as its billing and collection practices.

The hospitals are also failing to widely publicize their financial assistance policies a failure that may deter the uninsured or underinsured from seeking necessary treatment at the hospitals. Several of the hospitals appear to be filing collections lawsuits against hundreds of patients who may not have been informed of possible financial assistance and the actions the hospital may take to collect debt.

The regulations governing tax-exempt hospitals were put into place for a good reason, said Sara Zampierin, SPLC senior staff attorney. And thats to ensure that no one has to forego medically necessary treatment because they are poor. If these hospitals are committed to serving all members of their communities, they must meet their obligations.

Letters were sent to six hospitals that are believed to maintain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The hospitals have three weeks to respond to the SPLCs request to provide a compliant policy and make it widely available to the public. If the hospitals do not respond, the SPLC intends to file a formal complaint with the IRS.

We hope we can work with the hospitals to address our concerns in a collaborative manner and bring their financial assistance policies into compliance, Zampierin said.

The letters also asked that the hospitals review their records to determine whether any patients qualifying for financial assistance were subjected to unjust collection actions. The SPLC urged debt forgiveness in those cases.

The six hospitals contacted by the SPLC include:

Scott Regional Hospital and North Mississippi Medical Center West Point are part of hospital networks that consist of several hospitals that cover dozens of counties in Mississippi and Alabama. The SPLCs letters note that the absence of a compliant financial assistance policy at one hospital as well as the failure to make any financial assistance policy widely available to the public suggests that other hospitals in the network may not be in compliance with regulations.

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SPLC sues neo-Nazi leader who targeted Jewish woman in anti-Semitic harassment campaign – Southern Poverty Law Center

The lawsuit describes how Andrew Anglin used his web forum, the Daily Stormer the leading extremist website in the country to publish 30 articles urging his followers to launch a troll storm against Tanya Gersh, a real estate agent in Whitefish, Montana. Gersh, her husband and 12-year-old son have received more than 700 harassing messages since December.

The intimidation began after Anglin accused Gersh of attempting to extort money from the mother of Richard Spencer. The younger Spencer heads the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist organization.

Anglin and Spencer are both prominent leaders of the alt-right movement that rallied white nationalists behind President Donald Trumps campaign.

Andrew Anglin knew he had an online army primed to attack with the click of a mouse, said SPLC President Richard Cohen. We intend to hold him accountable for the suffering he has caused Ms. Gersh and to send a strong message to those who use their online platforms as weapons of intimidation.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, Missoula Division, seeks compensatory and punitive damages. It accuses Anglin of invading Gershs privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. It also outlines how his campaign violated the Montana Anti-Intimidation Act.

Theres no place in Montana for the hate Andrew Anglin unleashed from the darkest corners of the internet, said co-counsel John Morrison, a partner with Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson, & Deola. The attack on Tanya Gersh was an attack on all of us.

Anglin, whose website attracts hundreds of thousands of readers each month, is a key figure in the alt-right movement, which was energized by Trumps campaign. The day after the election, he wrote, Our Glorious Leader has ascended to God Emperor. Make no mistake about it: we did this. If it were not for us, it wouldnt have been possible.

Anglin also encouraged his followers after the election to harass Muslims and any foreigners you see. He wrote, We want these people to feel unwanted. We want them to feel that everything around them is against them. And we want them to be afraid.

Within the first 10 days after the election, the SPLC documented nearly 900 bias-related incidents across the country, many of them done in Trumps name.

The Daily Stormer, which has established 31 physical chapters in the United States and more in Canada, has been designated a hate group by the SPLC. It takes its name from the Nazi propaganda sheet known as Der Strmer.

Some of its readers do more than issue threats. Dylann Roof, who massacred nine African Americans in Charleston in 2015, posted on the site. Thomas Mair, the neo-Nazi assassin who last year killed Jo Cox, a British member of Parliament, was a regular reader. And just last month, another Daily Stormer reader, James Jackson, was charged with murder and terrorism after carrying out a plan to go to New York City to kill a black man at random.

The lawsuit is similar to litigation the SPLC has used to win crushing court judgments against 10 major white supremacist organizations and 50 individuals who led them or participated in violent acts. The legal strategy, however, has been adapted for the digital age.

Gersh was targeted after she agreed to help Sherry Spencer sell a commercial building she owned in Whitefish, where both women live. There were rumors that the building would be a target for protests around the time that a video of Richard Spencers speech to a white nationalist conference in Washington, D.C., went viral. In the video, taken days after the 2016 election, he declares, Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory! as white nationalists respond with Nazi salutes.

Gersh agreed to help sell the building after Sherry Spencer reached out to her. Anglin launched the troll storm after Spencer changed her mind and published an article attacking Gersh.

Tell them you are sickened by their Jew agenda, Anglin wrote under the headline Jews Targeting Richard Spencers Mother for Harassment and Extortion TAKE ACTION! The post included Gershs contact information. It also included photographs of Gersh, her husband and son. One was altered to include a yellow Star of David with the label Jude an allusion to the emblem the Nazi regime required Jews to wear during World War II.

Anglin launched his campaign of harassment and intimidation with these words: Lets Hit Em Up. Are yall ready for an old fashioned Troll Storm? Because AYO its that time, fam.

The article prompted hundreds of threatening telephone calls, voicemails, texts, emails, social media messages, letters and postcards. Among them:

Thanks for demonstrating why your race needs to be collectively ovened.

You have no idea what you are doing, six million are only the beginning.

We are going to keep track of you for the rest of your life.

You will be driven to the brink of suicide & We will be there to take pleasure in your pain & eventual end.

One message included an image of Gersh being sprayed with a green gas, along with the words: Hickory dickory dock, the kike ran up the clock. The clock struck three and the Internet Nazis trolls gassed the rest of them.

An email to her husband read: Put your uppity slut wife Tanya back in her cage, you rat-faced kike. Day of the rope soon for your entire family.

Gershs son received a tweet with the image of an open oven and the message: psst kid, theres a free Xbox One inside this oven. Anglin referred to him as a creepy little faggot.

There were also phone calls that consisted only of the sound of gunshots.

The campaign escalated to the point that Anglin planned an armed march in Whitefish that he threatened would end at Gershs home. He promoted the march, which never materialized, with an image that superimposed Gersh, her son and two other Jewish residents on a picture of the front gate of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The threats have taken an emotional and physical toll on Gersh. She experiences panic attacks and fears answering the phone. She often goes to bed in tears and wakes up crying. She has trouble leaving her home and feels anxiety in crowds. She has gained weight, has lost hair and is in physical pain. She has been prescribed medication and has sought other treatment, including trauma therapy.

This attack has been one long nightmare that has changed me forever in so many ways, Gersh said. No one should endure what Ive experienced. And with the love and support of my family and others, we will take a stand against hate.

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Southern Poverty Law Center sues political website for harassment – JURIST

[JURIST] The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the founder of the website The Daily Stormer. SPLC filed the suit on behalf of a Montana woman who claims [SPLC press release] to have been targeted by the website with an anti-Semitic harassment campaign. According to the suit, the founder Andrew Anglin published [Chicago Tribune report] over 30 articles encouraging his followings to launch a “troll storm” against the woman and her family, who claim to have received more than 700 harassing messages since December. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the District of Montana Missoula Division [official website] and seeks compensatory and punitive damages claiming invasion of privacy as well as intentionally inflicting emotional distress. The suit also claims that Anglin’s actions violate the Montana Anti-Intimidation Act.

There has been an alarming rise in anti-Semitism worldwide. In February UK lawmakers stated in a report [JURIST report] that the country needs to take action against rising anti-Semitism. In January the UN General Assembly held a daylong informal meeting [JURIST report] devoted to anti-Semitism in response to a global increase in violence against Jews. The meeting was requested by 37 countries in a letter to the General Assembly president in October. Also in January French police arrested 54 people [JURIST report] for verbally supporting or threatening terrorist acts in the wake of the terrorist attacks at the offices of French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. Also that month a French court upheld the ban [JURIST report] on a performance by French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala that was deemed anti-Semitic and generated much discussion [JURIST op-ed].

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Chickasha Public Schools invite public for tour of SPLC Program – Chickasha Express Star

The community of Chickasha has been heavily involved in the last two school board meetings and Superintendent David Cash said he is happy to see the community involved in the education of the students.

Chickasha Public Schools has nearly complete one entire school year of the Students Personalized Learning Campus and for Cash he is hoping the community sees the impact in the upcoming community tours of the SPLC program and at Grand Elementary.

We are trying to get the positives out to the community and let them ask any questions and just trying to be available, Cash said. Change is sometimes difficult and so we want to get out and be able to tell people what is happening in their school system and the positives that is going on and if they have questions we want to be a resource and be able to explain what is happening.

Cash has said they have had several coffee events and community events including the Tuesday morning tour at the schools and has given him a chance to talk to citizens about the school district.

Currently the district has 13 of the 20 slots taken for the 8 a.m.- noon tour of the high school and Grand Elementary and Cash said they will divide it into two small groups so citizens can learn about the programs.

We are really going to get in what we are doing curriculum wise and what those changes are looking like, Cash said. And quite honestly get people firsthand information and let them talk to students and staff about the changes that have occurred in the last year at the high school and at the elementary as well.

Since this is one of the first tours given to the public, Cash said the reason for the tour being so small is so it will be less of a distraction for the schools and hopes the community gets to see the positive happenings in Chickasha Public Schools.

We want the group small enough so they feel comfortable for them to be able to ask questions, Cash said. They will have a chance to speak to the people who are doing the work. We are going to be talking about the whys again and we are going to talk a bit about why did we even look at do something different and then and go and let them see with their own eyes what is happening.

If interested in signing up for the tour please contact the Chickasha Public Schools administrator office at 405-222-6500.

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SPLC: Don’t protest Spencer, that’s what he wants – The Auburn Plainsman

By Chip Brownlee | Community Editor | 04/12/17 3:23pm Source | via V@s on Flikr

Richard Spencer was scheduled to speak at the University on April 18.

The Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal center focusing on civil rights litigation and advocacy against white supremacist groups, is calling for students to ignore, not protest, Richard Spencer’s visit to campus next week.

“We’ve talked to some students who are organizing counter-protests or are planning to go and confront him and such,” said Lecia Brooks, outreach director for the SPLC. “We highly recommend against that.”

Spencer, famous for being punched at an anti-Trump protest in January, plans to speak on Auburn’s campus later this month, Spencer has confirmed on his Twitter. He will speak on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Foy Hall Auditorium.

He launched his college tour in December at Texas A&M, a few months after another controversial commentator, Milo Yiannopoulos, launched his “Dangerous F*ggot Tour” oncollege campuses. Yiannopoulos, who also avows white supremacist views, spoke at Auburn in October.

“Richard wanted to jump on this bandwagon as well,” Brooks said. “He was so enamored by all of the media attention and the protestors that showed up at Texas A&M, that he announced that he was going to launch his own college campus tour.”

Spencer is known for coining the term “alt-right” and drew about 275 attendees to an event in Washington, D.C. last year for his National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank. At the event, Spencer led members in Nazi salutes for then-President-electDonald Trump.

In an interview with Mother Jones, Spencer said college campuses are the best place for the alt-right to prove they can attract supporters in the real world.

“People in college are at this point in their lives where they are actually open to alternative perspectives, for better and for worse,” he said. “I think you do need to get them while they are young. I think rewiring the neurons of someone over 50 is effectively impossible.”

Since the launch of his tour, Spencer has held several events at college campuses.

“I’ll be talking about Trump and the Syria situation. I’ll be talking about the alt-right. I’ll be talking about identity,” Spencer said in a video announcing the event. “If this event is anything like my other ones, it is going to be wild.”

Brooks said the SPLC isencouraging students to avoid the area completely and not give Spencer any attention. Brooks is currently working to book an off-campus location for an alternative event to offset Spencer’s.

“This is evidence of the alt-right’s concerted effort to recruit college students to white nationalism,” Brooks said. “We hope this alternative event will pull everyone away from campus and Richard Spencer that evening because that would be most hurtful to him not to have anyone show up.”

“We can’t keep people from attending who are interested in his message,” Brooks said.”Butpeople who want to send a message that they disagree with him and what he stands for away, we’re encouraging them to come off campus and not give him any attention at all.”

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Letter: SPLC a fraud – Palladium-Item

Subscribe today for full access on your desktop, tablet, and mobile device. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is actually a hate group, classifies anything to the right of Obama as a hate group. Try Another Audio CAPTCHA Image CAPTCHA Help CancelSend A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. The Palladium-Item 3:01 p.m. ET April 22, 2017 Note pad(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is actually a hate group, classifies anything to the right of Obama as a hate group. Anyoneor thingthat disagrees with their ideology is a hater. The fraud is because the BLM, radical Islam, abortion, cop killers, etc. are not considered haters. The SPLC supports illegal immigration and sanctuary cities (not the rule of law), promotes reverse racism, and political correctness. It sets the standards for its so-called hate maps, which led to Floyd Corkins’ attack at the Family Research Council in 2012. The SPLC was founded by a leftist who sought to enrich himself by appealing to liberals. It vastly overstates the number in its doom and gloom fund raising (look up Morris Dees’ history). It does not label leftist groups as haters, but Dr. Ben Carson has been. Rep. Hamm and Sen. Raatz were correct in saying no hate crime bill is needed. Hate crime bills are like SPLC’s map a way for liberals to exact extra judicial punishment upon the right. The SPLC has an agenda. This is no different than the left’s anti-discrimination laws that cause discrimination against people who don’t agree with them or their demonomics. It is liberal fascism. Robert M. Ray Richmond Read or Share this story: http://pinews.co/2pPXyOC 0) { %> 0) { %>

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Louisianans rally for criminal justice reform with the SPLC – Southern Poverty Law Center

The roughly 600 people at the Capitol Thursday far surpassed organizers goal of 250 people. They came from across the state and included faith leaders, community advocates, former prisoners, families with loved ones behind bars and crime survivors. The rally was organized by Louisianans for Prison Alternatives, a statewide, bipartisan coalition led in part by the Southern Poverty Law Center. A majority of Louisianans support criminal justice reform, said Lisa Graybill, SPLC deputy legal director. Its time for legislators to listen to their constituents and support legislation that will result in a safer and more cost-effective criminal justice system. Louisiana imprisons a larger proportion of its population than any other state. It also has an incarceration rate nearly five times that of Iran and 13 times that of China. A vast majority of its prisoners are there for low-level, nonviolent offenses. A task force recently analyzed Louisianas criminal justice system and recommended a reform package of 10 bills. The recommendations would reduce the states prison population by 13 percent over the next 10 years saving taxpayers $305 million. The reform tackles the incarceration problem from multiple angles: Among the reforms are proposals for community supervision programs; limiting habitual offender penalties to serious offenders; extending the possibility of parole to juveniles serving life sentences; tailoring fines and fees to a persons ability to pay; and mandating that savings from these reforms be used to further reduce the prison population. The SPLC is leading similar reform efforts across the Southeast, a region where prison populations have swelled and change is desperately needed. At the rally in Baton Rouge, speakers stressed the power of people making their voices heard. Dont just tell them (legislators) to vote for it, said Syrita Steib-Martin, who founded Operation Restoration, which helps women and girls successfully re-enter society after incarceration. Tell them how the criminal justice system affects you personally. Thats whats going to make the difference. Flozell Daniels, president of Foundation for Louisiana and a member of the Justice Reinvestment Task Force that analyzed the states criminal justice system, reminded the crowd of how change happens. It only happens when you show up, Daniels said. He spoke to the crowd about his personal experiences with the criminal justice system, noting that his brother and son were incarcerated. Daniels son was later murdered a death that remains unsolved. Daniels then led the crowd in a chant: We cannot wait to decarcerate. Attendees took the speakers advice and spoke to lawmakers in the Legislature, where Louisianans for Prison Alternatives was recognized on the House floor. Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, compared the effort, which can seem daunting in a deeply conservative state, to eating an elephant. One bite at a time, Smith said. Photography: Edmund Fountain/ACLU

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SPLC challenges funding of charter schools – OneNewsNow

A lawsuit against Mississippi filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center threatens the future of that state’s charter schools, but a defense attorney believes state funding for the schools is constitutional. The SPLC contends the state’s constitution specifically, sections 206 and 208 doesn’t allow property taxes to be used for public charter schools. Mike Hurst, director of the Mississippi Justice Institute, argues just the opposite is true: that the constitution clearly authorizes the funding of charter schools with tax dollars. “The Mississippi Constitution authorizes these schools and it specifically authorizes local tax dollars to follow local school children to the public schools that they attend,” he says. “I think that at the end of the day, justice will prevail [and] these kids will be allowed to continue to attend charter public schools.” Section 206 of the Mississippi Constitution created a state education trust fund and allows local districts to levy property taxes; and Section 208 requires state funds to go to what are termed “free schools.” Hurst, who is representing several charter school parents, told the Clarion-Ledger in early April that the SPLC destroyed its own case during arguments in the case: “I think when the SPLC admitted that the other types of public schools [the Mississippi School of Math and Science, for example] we have around the state and that the Mississippi Legislature has authorized to receive both state and local funding are constitutional, I don’t see how they can argue that public charter schools are unconstitutional. They are the same type of setup. It’s a contradiction in their argument. The attorney doubts the case will make it to trial. “I think the judge heard the legal arguments; I think there are no factual issues between the parties; and frankly, I think the judge will rule on the motion and whichever party is not satisfied will appeal to the next level,” he offers. Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas has set May 10 for proposed findings and June 21 for any required rebuttals. We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article – NOT another reader’s comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved.

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SPLC: Six hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi violate regulations protecting low-income patients – Southern Poverty Law Center

The SPLC discovered that the hospitals, which are believed to benefit from a tax-exempt, nonprofit status due to their mission to serve patients regardless of income, are failing to comply with IRS regulations requiring such hospitals to maintain a financial assistance policy that outlines the assistance provided by the hospital as well as its billing and collection practices. The hospitals are also failing to widely publicize their financial assistance policies a failure that may deter the uninsured or underinsured from seeking necessary treatment at the hospitals. Several of the hospitals appear to be filing collections lawsuits against hundreds of patients who may not have been informed of possible financial assistance and the actions the hospital may take to collect debt. The regulations governing tax-exempt hospitals were put into place for a good reason, said Sara Zampierin, SPLC senior staff attorney. And thats to ensure that no one has to forego medically necessary treatment because they are poor. If these hospitals are committed to serving all members of their communities, they must meet their obligations. Letters were sent to six hospitals that are believed to maintain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The hospitals have three weeks to respond to the SPLCs request to provide a compliant policy and make it widely available to the public. If the hospitals do not respond, the SPLC intends to file a formal complaint with the IRS. We hope we can work with the hospitals to address our concerns in a collaborative manner and bring their financial assistance policies into compliance, Zampierin said. The letters also asked that the hospitals review their records to determine whether any patients qualifying for financial assistance were subjected to unjust collection actions. The SPLC urged debt forgiveness in those cases. The six hospitals contacted by the SPLC include: Scott Regional Hospital and North Mississippi Medical Center West Point are part of hospital networks that consist of several hospitals that cover dozens of counties in Mississippi and Alabama. The SPLCs letters note that the absence of a compliant financial assistance policy at one hospital as well as the failure to make any financial assistance policy widely available to the public suggests that other hospitals in the network may not be in compliance with regulations.

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SPLC sues neo-Nazi leader who targeted Jewish woman in anti-Semitic harassment campaign – Southern Poverty Law Center

The lawsuit describes how Andrew Anglin used his web forum, the Daily Stormer the leading extremist website in the country to publish 30 articles urging his followers to launch a troll storm against Tanya Gersh, a real estate agent in Whitefish, Montana. Gersh, her husband and 12-year-old son have received more than 700 harassing messages since December. The intimidation began after Anglin accused Gersh of attempting to extort money from the mother of Richard Spencer. The younger Spencer heads the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist organization. Anglin and Spencer are both prominent leaders of the alt-right movement that rallied white nationalists behind President Donald Trumps campaign. Andrew Anglin knew he had an online army primed to attack with the click of a mouse, said SPLC President Richard Cohen. We intend to hold him accountable for the suffering he has caused Ms. Gersh and to send a strong message to those who use their online platforms as weapons of intimidation. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, Missoula Division, seeks compensatory and punitive damages. It accuses Anglin of invading Gershs privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. It also outlines how his campaign violated the Montana Anti-Intimidation Act. Theres no place in Montana for the hate Andrew Anglin unleashed from the darkest corners of the internet, said co-counsel John Morrison, a partner with Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson, & Deola. The attack on Tanya Gersh was an attack on all of us. Anglin, whose website attracts hundreds of thousands of readers each month, is a key figure in the alt-right movement, which was energized by Trumps campaign. The day after the election, he wrote, Our Glorious Leader has ascended to God Emperor. Make no mistake about it: we did this. If it were not for us, it wouldnt have been possible. Anglin also encouraged his followers after the election to harass Muslims and any foreigners you see. He wrote, We want these people to feel unwanted. We want them to feel that everything around them is against them. And we want them to be afraid. Within the first 10 days after the election, the SPLC documented nearly 900 bias-related incidents across the country, many of them done in Trumps name. The Daily Stormer, which has established 31 physical chapters in the United States and more in Canada, has been designated a hate group by the SPLC. It takes its name from the Nazi propaganda sheet known as Der Strmer. Some of its readers do more than issue threats. Dylann Roof, who massacred nine African Americans in Charleston in 2015, posted on the site. Thomas Mair, the neo-Nazi assassin who last year killed Jo Cox, a British member of Parliament, was a regular reader. And just last month, another Daily Stormer reader, James Jackson, was charged with murder and terrorism after carrying out a plan to go to New York City to kill a black man at random. The lawsuit is similar to litigation the SPLC has used to win crushing court judgments against 10 major white supremacist organizations and 50 individuals who led them or participated in violent acts. The legal strategy, however, has been adapted for the digital age. Gersh was targeted after she agreed to help Sherry Spencer sell a commercial building she owned in Whitefish, where both women live. There were rumors that the building would be a target for protests around the time that a video of Richard Spencers speech to a white nationalist conference in Washington, D.C., went viral. In the video, taken days after the 2016 election, he declares, Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory! as white nationalists respond with Nazi salutes. Gersh agreed to help sell the building after Sherry Spencer reached out to her. Anglin launched the troll storm after Spencer changed her mind and published an article attacking Gersh. Tell them you are sickened by their Jew agenda, Anglin wrote under the headline Jews Targeting Richard Spencers Mother for Harassment and Extortion TAKE ACTION! The post included Gershs contact information. It also included photographs of Gersh, her husband and son. One was altered to include a yellow Star of David with the label Jude an allusion to the emblem the Nazi regime required Jews to wear during World War II. Anglin launched his campaign of harassment and intimidation with these words: Lets Hit Em Up. Are yall ready for an old fashioned Troll Storm? Because AYO its that time, fam. The article prompted hundreds of threatening telephone calls, voicemails, texts, emails, social media messages, letters and postcards. Among them: Thanks for demonstrating why your race needs to be collectively ovened. You have no idea what you are doing, six million are only the beginning. We are going to keep track of you for the rest of your life. You will be driven to the brink of suicide & We will be there to take pleasure in your pain & eventual end. One message included an image of Gersh being sprayed with a green gas, along with the words: Hickory dickory dock, the kike ran up the clock. The clock struck three and the Internet Nazis trolls gassed the rest of them. An email to her husband read: Put your uppity slut wife Tanya back in her cage, you rat-faced kike. Day of the rope soon for your entire family. Gershs son received a tweet with the image of an open oven and the message: psst kid, theres a free Xbox One inside this oven. Anglin referred to him as a creepy little faggot. There were also phone calls that consisted only of the sound of gunshots. The campaign escalated to the point that Anglin planned an armed march in Whitefish that he threatened would end at Gershs home. He promoted the march, which never materialized, with an image that superimposed Gersh, her son and two other Jewish residents on a picture of the front gate of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The threats have taken an emotional and physical toll on Gersh. She experiences panic attacks and fears answering the phone. She often goes to bed in tears and wakes up crying. She has trouble leaving her home and feels anxiety in crowds. She has gained weight, has lost hair and is in physical pain. She has been prescribed medication and has sought other treatment, including trauma therapy. This attack has been one long nightmare that has changed me forever in so many ways, Gersh said. No one should endure what Ive experienced. And with the love and support of my family and others, we will take a stand against hate.

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Southern Poverty Law Center sues political website for harassment – JURIST

[JURIST] The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the founder of the website The Daily Stormer. SPLC filed the suit on behalf of a Montana woman who claims [SPLC press release] to have been targeted by the website with an anti-Semitic harassment campaign. According to the suit, the founder Andrew Anglin published [Chicago Tribune report] over 30 articles encouraging his followings to launch a “troll storm” against the woman and her family, who claim to have received more than 700 harassing messages since December. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the District of Montana Missoula Division [official website] and seeks compensatory and punitive damages claiming invasion of privacy as well as intentionally inflicting emotional distress. The suit also claims that Anglin’s actions violate the Montana Anti-Intimidation Act. There has been an alarming rise in anti-Semitism worldwide. In February UK lawmakers stated in a report [JURIST report] that the country needs to take action against rising anti-Semitism. In January the UN General Assembly held a daylong informal meeting [JURIST report] devoted to anti-Semitism in response to a global increase in violence against Jews. The meeting was requested by 37 countries in a letter to the General Assembly president in October. Also in January French police arrested 54 people [JURIST report] for verbally supporting or threatening terrorist acts in the wake of the terrorist attacks at the offices of French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. Also that month a French court upheld the ban [JURIST report] on a performance by French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala that was deemed anti-Semitic and generated much discussion [JURIST op-ed].

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Chickasha Public Schools invite public for tour of SPLC Program – Chickasha Express Star

The community of Chickasha has been heavily involved in the last two school board meetings and Superintendent David Cash said he is happy to see the community involved in the education of the students. Chickasha Public Schools has nearly complete one entire school year of the Students Personalized Learning Campus and for Cash he is hoping the community sees the impact in the upcoming community tours of the SPLC program and at Grand Elementary. We are trying to get the positives out to the community and let them ask any questions and just trying to be available, Cash said. Change is sometimes difficult and so we want to get out and be able to tell people what is happening in their school system and the positives that is going on and if they have questions we want to be a resource and be able to explain what is happening. Cash has said they have had several coffee events and community events including the Tuesday morning tour at the schools and has given him a chance to talk to citizens about the school district. Currently the district has 13 of the 20 slots taken for the 8 a.m.- noon tour of the high school and Grand Elementary and Cash said they will divide it into two small groups so citizens can learn about the programs. We are really going to get in what we are doing curriculum wise and what those changes are looking like, Cash said. And quite honestly get people firsthand information and let them talk to students and staff about the changes that have occurred in the last year at the high school and at the elementary as well. Since this is one of the first tours given to the public, Cash said the reason for the tour being so small is so it will be less of a distraction for the schools and hopes the community gets to see the positive happenings in Chickasha Public Schools. We want the group small enough so they feel comfortable for them to be able to ask questions, Cash said. They will have a chance to speak to the people who are doing the work. We are going to be talking about the whys again and we are going to talk a bit about why did we even look at do something different and then and go and let them see with their own eyes what is happening. If interested in signing up for the tour please contact the Chickasha Public Schools administrator office at 405-222-6500.

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SPLC: Don’t protest Spencer, that’s what he wants – The Auburn Plainsman

By Chip Brownlee | Community Editor | 04/12/17 3:23pm Source | via V@s on Flikr Richard Spencer was scheduled to speak at the University on April 18. The Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal center focusing on civil rights litigation and advocacy against white supremacist groups, is calling for students to ignore, not protest, Richard Spencer’s visit to campus next week. “We’ve talked to some students who are organizing counter-protests or are planning to go and confront him and such,” said Lecia Brooks, outreach director for the SPLC. “We highly recommend against that.” Spencer, famous for being punched at an anti-Trump protest in January, plans to speak on Auburn’s campus later this month, Spencer has confirmed on his Twitter. He will speak on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Foy Hall Auditorium. He launched his college tour in December at Texas A&M, a few months after another controversial commentator, Milo Yiannopoulos, launched his “Dangerous F*ggot Tour” oncollege campuses. Yiannopoulos, who also avows white supremacist views, spoke at Auburn in October. “Richard wanted to jump on this bandwagon as well,” Brooks said. “He was so enamored by all of the media attention and the protestors that showed up at Texas A&M, that he announced that he was going to launch his own college campus tour.” Spencer is known for coining the term “alt-right” and drew about 275 attendees to an event in Washington, D.C. last year for his National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank. At the event, Spencer led members in Nazi salutes for then-President-electDonald Trump. In an interview with Mother Jones, Spencer said college campuses are the best place for the alt-right to prove they can attract supporters in the real world. “People in college are at this point in their lives where they are actually open to alternative perspectives, for better and for worse,” he said. “I think you do need to get them while they are young. I think rewiring the neurons of someone over 50 is effectively impossible.” Since the launch of his tour, Spencer has held several events at college campuses. “I’ll be talking about Trump and the Syria situation. I’ll be talking about the alt-right. I’ll be talking about identity,” Spencer said in a video announcing the event. “If this event is anything like my other ones, it is going to be wild.” Brooks said the SPLC isencouraging students to avoid the area completely and not give Spencer any attention. Brooks is currently working to book an off-campus location for an alternative event to offset Spencer’s. “This is evidence of the alt-right’s concerted effort to recruit college students to white nationalism,” Brooks said. “We hope this alternative event will pull everyone away from campus and Richard Spencer that evening because that would be most hurtful to him not to have anyone show up.” “We can’t keep people from attending who are interested in his message,” Brooks said.”Butpeople who want to send a message that they disagree with him and what he stands for away, we’re encouraging them to come off campus and not give him any attention at all.”

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