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Southern Poverty Law Center is infecting the sphere of nonprofits and foundations – Capital Research Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) never fails to disappoint.

GuideStar, a reference website about nonprofits, has announced it will label 46 organizations hate groups based on SPLC recommendations. And what do these groups have in common? Very little.

Among these so-called hate groups is the Family Research Council (FRC), an established charity that advocates for family values and pro-life legislation. Another is FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a nonpartisan group with over 1.3 million members.

SPLCs blatantly partisan findings reduce these groups and others to the level of the Ku Klux Klan. SPLC continues its long campaign of social justice activism, smearing reputable nonprofits on the Right by painting with the broadest brush possible.

Worse, SPLCs listing has repeatedly led to the very hate crimes they protest against. In 2013, a shooter entered FRCs headquarter to kill as many as possible because SPLC had identified the organization as a hate group because they support traditional marriage.

In March of this year, Charles Murray, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who supports same-sex marriage and who was a part of the never Trump wing of the Republican party, was disrupted and assaulted by protesters during a speech at Middlebury University, and a professor escorting him was left with a concussion.

CRC has investigated SPLC before, calling it a wellspring of manufactured hate that advances a radical, partisan agenda. And just a few months ago, Tina Trent exposed SPLCs efforts to inculcate elementary school students with their extremist left-wing ideology.

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Jerry Garcia’s Guitar Helps Raise $3.8 Million for SPLC – Dan’s Papers

Arlan Ettinger, who for a long time owned an estate in Remsenberg and since then has been a frequent visitor to the Hamptons, has a long history of auctioning off serious antique collectionodd things and artifacts of the Hamptonsmostly at venues such as the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. It was there, I recall, that he famously auctioned off hundreds or rare John F. Kennedy artifacts several years ago. One year, he conducted an enormous auction of abstract expressionist paintings at the Armory, including a painting painted by Willem de Kooning on the toilet seat from the outhouse of a home in Bridgehampton during a party there in the 1950s. (It didnt sell.) Last year, Ettinger held an auction of the contents of the antique store Urban Archaeology.

This auction included an iron statue that once stood at LEtoile on the Champs-Elyses, but had in recent years sat in front of Urban Archeology on Main Street Bridgehampton.

That is just the tip of the iceberg of remarkable things that Ettinger, through his company Guernseys, has auctioned off. One time, he took up an entire armory auctioning off the contents of the ocean liner U.S.S. United States. He has also auctioned off items involving Rosa Parks, Princess Diana, Elvis Presley, John Coltrane, Mickey Mantle and The Beatles.

But last week was the topper. It was in most of the media the next dayan astonishing thing. It was one single item. A guitar. And it sold for $1.9 million, one of the largest amounts ever paid for a guitar. The proceeds raised are to go to charity. But herelet me tell you what Ettinger told me about it when I asked one week before the auction.

When Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead passed away in the mid-1990s, his two most prized guitarsWolf and Tiger, beloved by millions of Deadheadswere willed to Doug Irwin, who was the luthier who had made those instruments for Jerry 25 years earlier, he told me. Guernseys featured them in an auction we held 15 years ago at Studio 54, where the two together sold for about $1.75 millon, both far eclipsing the prior world record for any single guitar ever sold.

Tiger, which was played by Jerry at the end of his career, was sold to an NFL team owner and entered his substantial guitar collection. Wolf, played by Jerry during the very heart of his career, was sold to Dan Pritzker, a musician and philanthropist. Over the following years, Pritzker became a friend of mine. Three months ago, he called to voice his concern over the new government. He then indicated that he wanted to do something meaningful with Wolf. He proceeded to re-consign it back to us with instructions to re-auction it and giveall the proceedsto the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which is dedicated to fighting racism, poverty and assorted hate groups [neo-Nazis, the KKK, etc.] in the courts.

Accordingly, on the evening ofMay 31at NYCs Brooklyn Bowl, we will do just that. This one-lot auction will be surrounded by hours of great rock & roll provided by more than two dozen noted musicians all of whom have volunteered their time. All receipts from ticket sales will go to SPLC. And Morris Dees, co-founder of SPLC, will be there, as will many accomplished people including Jerry Garcias daughter, Trixie. At a divisive time like this, we all need positive events.

I went to this auction to see what would happen. The Brooklyn Bowl is a bowling alley with four bars, a restaurant, a stage and a dance floor that can accommodate about 1,000 people. It was packed.

The bands played for an hour, mostly covers of old Grateful Dead songs, and the crowd cheered the musicians on when Wolf was brought out to become the lead guitar for the evening. (It WANTED to be played!) At 10 p.m., Ettinger went onstage, and the bidding started at $900,000.

The bidding went up and up, and when it finally came to a halt, the winner paid $1.9 million (a bid of $1.6 million plus a $300,000 buyers premium). The music resumed and continued into the small hours. The winning bidder was Brian Halligan, CEO of the software company Hubspot, based in Boston. He said hed lend it out to any member of Jerry Garcias family anytime. And at other times, hed give it a good home and play it himself.

Halligan told Rolling Stone afterwards that the auction was a chance to indulge two passions of mine at the same time: social justice and the Grateful Dead.

In addition to the $1.9 million paid, an additional donation doubling the winning bid amount was made anonymously. So SPLC received $3.8 million. What a night!

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SPLC, Bogalusa City Court reach partial settlement in debtors … – Southern Poverty Law Center

The court will issue a refund to people who, within the last two years, paid a $50 extension fee to receive more time to pay fines and court costs. The refund will be given to anyone who paid the fee on or after June 21, 2015, and completes a claim form by the citys deadline. Its estimated that 100 people could be eligible.

The SPLC filed the lawsuit in June 2016.

Were pleased the Bogalusa City Court will return money to people entangled in this harmful practice, said Sam Brooke, SPLC deputy legal director. Nobody should be jailed or threatened with jail if they are too poor to pay a fine. This agreement is an important step forward, but a small step. The rest of our case will go forward because we believe serious unconstitutional practices are likely to continue in the court.

Judge Robert J. Black required anyone who needed additional time to pay fines and court costs to pay $50 as a condition of avoiding jail for nonpayment, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit describes how the judge created this illegal fee, which is not authorized by state law, to help fund the court.

One plaintiff in the case was jailed for being unable to pay a fine for stealing $5 worth of food to feed his family. He was released after a family member paid the extension fee.

The Bogalusa City Court relies on extension fees and court costs to cover funding shortfalls that range from 20 to 30 percent each year. The lawsuit alleges that the courts reliance on these costs and fees creates a perverse and unconstitutional financial incentive for Black to find defendants guilty, charge illegal fees and jail them for nonpayment.

Despite the partial settlement, numerous issues remain, including whether the city court is adequately taking into account peoples ability to pay before punishing them for outstanding fines.

Individuals seeking a refund need to send a completed form to the Bogalusa City Court Clerks Office at 202 Arkansas Ave., Bogalusa, LA 70427. People who paid the extension fee on or after June 21, 2015, should receive a claim form in the mail at their last known address. Claim forms may also be obtained at the court clerks office.

After a completed form is verified, the court will issue a $50 check. It may be cashed for no fee at the Citizens Savings Bank at 1725 Sullivan Dr., Bogalusa, Louisiana 70427.

Anyone with questions about whether they are entitled to a refund may contact the Bogalusa City Court Clerks Office.

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Andrew Anglin Raises More Than $150000, Still Hiding from SPLC Lawsuit – Southern Poverty Law Center

Anglin orchestrated a harassment campaign last December against Tanya Gersh, a Montana real estate agent, that resulted in a deluge of anti-Semitic threats and messages to her family, including her 12-year-old son.

Even with contributions from 1,912 individuals, Anglin, who constantly alleges spending 18 hours a day on the computer, remains in hiding, penning petulant articles for the Stormer and counting the proceeds generated from his personal victim narrative.

You must contribute to the Daily Stormer Legal Defense Fund, writes Azzmador, one of the sites most recognizable contributors. If you are a person who cares about the existence of our race and a future for White children, this is not an option.

Despite his lieutenants outcries for support, Anglin has been conspicuously silent about the SPLCs legal complaint given his predilection for both strident anti-Semitism and pleas for financial contributions.

The goal is to ethnically cleanse White nations of non-Whites and establish an authoritarian government, Anglin wrote in August 2016. Many people also believe the Jews should be exterminated. The end goal is ethnic cleansing by any means necessary.

Anglin, who has been banned from almost every mainstream fundraising and ad revenue platform for his vitriol, also frequently complains that his readers rarely donate.

Its all going to work out and well keep on rolling, but please do consider contributing, because very few people do, and it is hard going, he wrote in a post this February. We definitely could use more money.

In the same post, he implored members of physical Daily Stormer Book Clubs groups of readers who meet in person in multiple locations around the country to pass around a hat to raise money for him. Coincidentally, lastFridayAnglin announced a major push to organize new chapters and recruit new members.

On May 16, well known Internet gadfly Chuck Johnson, who founded Wesearchr, the home of the Daily Stormers legal defense fund, announced that he released a 5 figure amount of money to a lawyer representing Andrew Auernheimer (AKA Weev) a notorious neo-Nazi hacker who provides technical support to the Daily Stormer and, presumably, Anglin.

And yet, Anglin hasnt surfaced. Nor has he or a lawyer offered any statement regarding the lawsuit. As more time passes, his anti-Semitic bravado is giving way to the familiar trope of the self-interested, white nationalist embezzler.

The extremist Internets preeminent stone thrower appears to have lost his edge when it comes to fighting the race war offline.

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Liberty Counsel Responds to SPLC Lawsuit – Canada Free Press

Jenkins and the SPLC will have to respond to the legal arguments, and at some point, the federal court will make its ruling

BURLINGTON, VT – Today, Liberty Counsel filed a comprehensive response in federal court to the lawsuit backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in the case of Jenkins v. Miller, et al. The legal Memorandum of Law is 116 pages, not counting affidavits. Liberty Counsel also filed a second Motion and Memorandum of Law raising Vermonts anti-SLAPP, which prevents suits designed to restrict free speech.

While living in Virginia, Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins entered into a Vermont same-sex civil union. Lisa gave birth to her biological child, Isabella. For a brief period, they moved to Vermont. There Lisa became a Christian and left the lesbian relationship. Lisa moved back to Virginia and a visitation battle ensued between the laws of Vermont (which recognized the civil union) and Virginia (which did not). Liberty Counsel represented Lisa from late 2004 until she disappeared in September 2009.

A Vermont state court judge granted Janet visitation of Lisas biological child, even though she was not the biological or adoptive parent and Vermont precedent did not recognize such parental rights. Isabella knew very little about Janet as she was a baby at the time of the split. Lisa complied with the visitation orders, but she raised concerns to the Vermont judge which he never addressed. Lisa presented evidence that Janet read Heather Has Two Mommies to Isabella and told her she was her mommy. Janet bathed naked with her, which greatly upset young Isabella. Lisa advised the court that Isabella was having emotional problems over the visitation. She began wetting her bed, clinging to Lisa, and even tried to harm herself. The case became a nationally watched legal battle because it was the first case in the country pitting the opposing laws on same-sex civil unions of two different states.

While the litigation and appeals were still proceeding in September 2009, Lisa stopped communicating. She did not respond to emails and her voicemail filled up. The last communication from Lisa was about a week prior to her disappearance in which she stated she was interviewing for a job in Virginia. Without any warning or hint of her plan to disappear, Lisa ceased all communication. We advised the Vermont court we had lost contact with Lisa and requested to withdraw, but the Vermont court denied the request. The withdrawal was later effectuated in 2010.

During the Obama administration, a federal prosecutor filed criminal charges against two Mennonite ministers associated with a Mennonite community in Nicaragua, both of them with the last name of Miller (Ken and Timothy), but with no relationship to Lisa. A third person in Northern Virginia was also charged. All three have been convicted of helping Lisa flee the country. The criminal investigation is complete and at least one of the criminal defendants is on appeal. Lisa had no prior association with the Mennonites.

Janet Jenkins, the former lesbian partner of Lisa, filed a civil complaint in a Vermont federal court in 2012, claiming the alleged defendants participated in helping Lisa flee. The 2012 lawsuit did not name Liberty Counsel, Rena Lindevaldsen or Mat Staver. Lindevaldsen worked on the Lisa Miller case with Liberty Counsel.

In late 2016, Jenkins moved to amend her lawsuit to include Liberty Counsel, Lindevaldsen and Staver. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) then joined the suit as the lead counsel for Jenkins.

The SPLC is a dangerous group because it creates a Hate Map listing hate groups. Mark Potock, with the SPLC, in an interview admitted: Our criteria for a hate group, first of all, have nothing to do with criminality, or violence, or any kind of guess were making about this group could be dangerous. Its strictly ideological.

This false labeling has serious consequences. After the founder of Chick-fil-A said he believed marriage is between a man and a woman, Floyd Corkins went online to the SPLC Hate Map, entered the Family Research Councils (FRC) office in Washington, D.C. fully-armed and carrying Chick-fil-A sandwiches. He intended to commit mass murder and rub the sandwiches in the faces of the dead bodies. Fortunately, the security guard wrestled Corkins to the ground. However, he was shot in the process. Corkins later confessed to the FBI that he sought to kill as many people at FRC after reading about the group on the SPLC Hate Map. Corkins is now in prison, but the SPLC refuses to take down its false and dangerous statements.

Mark Potok is on video in a public meeting stating: Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them…

During the Obama administration, the SPLC frequently visited the White House. The SPLC even peddled its false ideological propaganda for some in the military until their extremism and false reporting got the group removed.

The Philanthropy Roundtable recently published an article about the SPLC pointing out the false labeling. The SPLC even labeled famed surgeon Dr. Ben Carson as a hater. The SPLC rakes in millions of dollars each year and has huge financial reserves, causing some to wonder what nonprofit work the SPLC does.

The Motions and Memoranda of Law to Dismiss the suit against Liberty Counsel, Staver and Lindevaldsen dismantle the Jenkins lawsuit, which has the sole purpose of harassing and destroying Liberty Counsel, Staver and Lindevaldsen. First, Jenkins complaint admits that Liberty Counsel, Staver and Lindevaldsen have always maintained they had no knowledge of Lisas plan to flee and had no part in her disappearance. Indeed, Lisa was always counseled to obey the court orders. The litigation was still in progress. Without any hint of her plan, Lisa disappeared with Isabella. Second, there are too many legal arguments to list here, but the Memoranda of Law demolishes the baseless complaint.

The lawsuit by Janet Jenkins, with the backing of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is designed solely to harass and destroy, said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. In the nearly eight years since Lisa Miller disappeared, and with the intense investigation conducted on this case by the federal government and Janet Jenkins, there is not one shred of evidence that points to Liberty Counsel, Rena Lindevaldsen or me. But the facts and the law are irrelevant to Janet Jenkins and the SPLC. The SPLCs motivation for joining this suit is to publicize their dangerous agenda. Ultimately, they want to destroy us. But that will not happen. The truth, a word the SPLC does not like, shall prevail, said Staver.

Jenkins and the SPLC will have to respond to the legal arguments, and at some point, the federal court will make its ruling.

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Auction of legendary guitar to benefit SPLC – Southern Poverty Law Center

Jerry Garcias famed Wolf guitar was offered by an unnamed supporter of the SPLC and was purchased by Brian Halligan, chief executive of HubSpot and co-author of Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History.

Halligans pre-premium bid of $1.6 million was anonymously matched, so the SPLC will receive a total of $3.2 million for its work fighting hate and discrimination.

Halligan is a self-proclaimed Deadhead who journeyed with the band for years. He doesnt plan to sell or trade the instrument but said he would lend it out for special performances on occasion. He told Rolling Stone that the auction gave him the opportunity to indulge two passions of mine at the same time: social justice and the Grateful Dead.

Were deeply touched that people want to take this kind of action in light of the current challenges facing our country, said SPLC President Richard Cohen. The act of donating such a prized possession is extraordinary and will significantly help our work over the next four years as we fight to protect the ideals of our democracy.

Doug Irwin built the customized guitar in 1973, and Garcia first played it at the Pirates Ball in New York City. He last played it in 1989 during a concert with the Grateful Dead at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. The guitar takes its name from an inlay of a wolf sticker Garcia initially placed on it just below the tailpiece.

Last nights event featured an all-star concert coordinated by well-known drummer Joe Russo, which was dubbed Joe Russos Friends With Benefits. Guitarists Neal Casal, Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton and Cass McCombs each played Wolf during the concert, and other performers included John Scofield, Nels Cline, Jonathan Goldberger, Dave Harrington, Coachemea Gastelum, Billy Martin, Erik Deutsch, Dave Dreiwitz, Jon Shaw, Eric D. Johnson, Delicate Steve, and Alecia Chakour.

Elden Rosenthal, an SPLC board member who attended the event, said the atmosphere was electric when Russo plugged in Wolf.

We are grateful to everyone who worked tirelessly to make last night such a special and fun event, but we especially want to thank Peter Shapiro with Brooklyn Bowl and Arlen Ettinger of Guernseys Auction, Cohen said.

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SPLC President: Social norms fraying as hate rises in Trump’s America – Southern Poverty Law Center

Gianforte did not answer the question. Instead, he grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him to the ground. Then he began punching the reporter, yelling, Im sick and tired of you guys. Get the hell out of here!

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault. The next day, Montanas voters elected him to Congress.

Welcome to Donald Trumps America.

Its an America where the social norms that stitch our society together the unwritten rules of common decency and civilized behavior that have been built up over generations are unraveling before our very eyes.

Trumps racially charged, xenophobic campaign, coupled with his attacks on so-called political correctness, not only energized the white supremacist movement but gave people a license to act on their worst instincts their anger, their prejudices, their resentments.

Its getting ugly out there. And the ugliness isnt likely to subside any time soon.

The president has unearthed some demons, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina, told the Washington Post. Ive talked to a number of people about it back home. They say, Well, look, if the president can say whatever, why cant I say whatever? Hes given them license.

The gloves are off.

But it isnt just rude speech were talking about. Sometimes, hateful speech is a prelude to violence.

On Memorial Day weekend, two men on a commuter train in Portland were stabbed to death and another injured when they stood up to man who was harassing a pair of women, one wearing a hijab, with what police described as hate speech. In Washington, two Native American men were intentionally run over by a white man screaming racial slurs. One died and the other was hospitalized.

We first detected what we called the Trump Effect more than a year ago when our Teaching Tolerance project surveyed 2,000 educators in its network. A large majority of the teachers reported that Trumps campaign rhetoric was inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom and causing a sharp uptick in the bullying of minority children. I think Trumps rude and brash behavior teaches my students that they can act like that, wrote one teacher.

A second survey of 10,000 teachers in November reinforced the findings. Then, we documented nearly 900 bias-related incidents across the country in the first 10 days after the election. Many of the perpetrators referenced Trump or his campaign slogans.

This came after we all witnessed repeated instances of violence at Trumps campaign rallies, sometimes encouraged by the candidate.

Now, some right-wing politicians and activists are openly embracing the rhetoric of violence and in some cases violence itself as a political tactic.

During a recent shoving match that passed for legislative debate in Texas, a Republican state representative threatened to shoot a Democratic, Latino colleague after becoming angry about Latino protesters in the gallery.

After the Gianforte incident, Christian right radio host Dave Daubenmire cheered the assault and praised both Gianforte and Trump for their aggression. The only thing that is going to save Western civilization is a more aggressive, a more violent Christianity, he said.

Meanwhile, in Portland, the local GOP chair suggested using far-right, antigovernment militias armed paramilitary groups steeped in paranoia and often racism to protect Republican politicians when they make public appearances.

Were getting into uncharted territory here: Trumps America, where divided we shall surely fall.

The social norms we observe allow us to build a society that aspires to fairness, equality and a common good that makes the world better for all of us. These norms are expressed in the worlds great religions, and theyre taught to generations of children in our schools, in our homes and in other institutions.

Once theyre cast aside, my guess is that it will be a serious challenge to get them back.

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SPLC Hit List | National Review – National Review

In the under-appreciated film Bowfinger one of Eddie Murphys characters is a paranoid movie-star nitwit who meticulously combs through a proposed script to count the number of times the letter K is used:

Kit: The letter K appears in this script 1,456 times. Thats perfectly divisible by 3.

Freddy: So what? So what you saying?

Kit: What am I saying? KKK appears in this script 486 times!

This was my first thought when I read the Southern Poverty Law Centers latest screed attacking my organization, the Center for Immigration Studies. But rather than simply counting the Ks in my name, the SPLCs Inspector Javerts spent what must have been weeks combing through hundreds of weekly CIS roundups of immigration-related commentary from all sides. Then they researched the hundreds of columnists and bloggers whose pieces had been included investigating their personal lives and statements in other articles in order to find objectionable material (some of it anti-Semitic), which we are then somehow responsible for. This is proof that were a hate group.

Interestingly, the SPLC didnt do a similar background check on all the pro-amnesty, open-borders authors who were also linked. For instance, our most recent email included a New York Times op-ed by a progressive Austin city councilman (Id love to see what hes said elsewhere), a piece from the New York Daily News by some lefty politicians, and other pieces from Cato, Reason, and The Intercept.

Not that it matters, since the roundup the opinion counterpart to a roundup of academic journal articles, government reports, and the like is an educational exercise intended to present the range of commentary on immigration. Theres a lot on Vdare.com, for instance that I dont like (inclusion of their links was the first thing the SPLC gumshoes sputtered about), but it publishes on immigration all the time and to exclude them because the Ministry of Truth disapproves would be to offer a false picture to readers.

As an aside, I love the photo of me they used to illustrate my badness; I can almost hear Homer Simpson saying, Listen to the music! Hes evil!

But theres a serious point here. The SPLCs hate group designation is obviously part of a blacklist campaign, as I wrote in the Washington Post a while back. But the frequency of violence directed against the SPLCs targets means its no longer just a tool of intimidation its a literal hit list. And by now the SPLC knows its a hit list; it might as well be titled, Will no one rid me of this turbulent immigration restrictionist? After the armed attack on the Family Research Council, the assaults and attempted assaults against Charles Murray and Heather Mac Donald and Milo whats-his-name, and the recent poisoning of Robert Spencer (of Jihad Watch fame, whom Jeremy Carl wrote about here the other day), the SPLC can no longer claim innocence.

I have always been inclined to agree with Charlie Cookes contention that we shouldnt blame the acts of crazies on the responsible participants in political debate. But the SPLC is no longer a responsible actor. There will, of course, always be the demented and the fanatic who will commit evil to promote their ends, whether on abortion or guns or immigration.

But the lefts virtual monopoly of the prestige media, that medias uncritical promotion of the SPLC as legitimate, and leftists foot soldiersproven record of taking their cues from the SPLCshate group hit listmean that inclusion represents a physical threat to the safety of those listed. As Carl quoted Robert Spencer saying about his poisoning, [t]he lesson I learned was that media demonization of those who dissent from the leftist line is a direct incitement to violence.

Ive received only one death threat so far, but the SPLC issued the hit on CIS only a few months ago. I anticipate more.

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SPLC suit: Mississippi violates binding obligation to provide ‘uniform’ system of public education – Southern Poverty Law Center

Mississippi enshrined this requirement in the education clause of its Constitution, which the state ratified in 1869. The following year, Congress passed a law, commonly called the Readmission Act, allowing Mississippi to regain full statehood. The Readmission Act requires that the education rights then granted in the state constitution never be diminished.

Over more than a century, however, state lawmakers have diluted the education clause multiple times. The violations began in 1890, at the start of the Jim Crow era, when delegates to the states Constitutional Convention crafted new governing documents with the explicit intention of disenfranchising African Americans by withholding education. Each subsequent change has further watered down the education clause. Today, because of this historical malfeasance, the states public schools are anything but uniform.

Read a timeline of Mississippi’s rollback of its constitutional mandate to provide a “uniform system of free public schools for all children.”

Mississippi is failing its most vulnerable children those living in the shadow of a Jim Crow system that deliberately undermined education rights in the name of white supremacy, said Will Bardwell, senior staff attorney in the SPLCs Jackson office. The states education system is shamefully inequitable and anything but uniform.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Northern Division, on behalf of four African-American mothers whose children attend kindergarten and first grade in the Jackson Public School District and the Yazoo City Municipal School District. Both of these districts have been given an F rating by the Mississippi Department of Education.

These children deserve the same strong start as any other students in their state and we are committed to seeing that they get it, said Brad Elias from OMelveny & Myers LLP, a national law firm that is handling the case pro bono.

Students at the schools attended by the plaintiffs children are overwhelmingly African-American. They lack textbooks, literature, basic supplies, experienced teachers, sports and other extracurricular activities, tutoring programs, and even toilet paper. Plaintiff Dorothy Haymer, whose 6-year-old daughter is in kindergarten at Webster Elementary, spent $100 this year for sanitary supplies for the school. At Raines Elementary, which is more than 99 percent African-American, the paint is peeling off the walls, water spots are visible on the ceilings, and lunches sometimes have curdled milk and rotten fruit. Plaintiff Precious Hughes describes the school as old, dark and gloomy like a jail. Just 10 percent of students at Raines are proficient in reading and 4 percent are proficient in math.

The suit alleges that the schools, both rated D by the state, suffer far worse conditions and outcomes than students at schools that are predominantly white and predominantly wealthy. Nearby schools with majority-white student bodies have all of the resources lacked by Raines and Webster and receive an A rating from the state. At one neighboring elementary school, the student body is more than 70 percent white; about 73 percent of its students are proficient in reading and 71 percent proficient in math.

Thirteen of the states 19 school districts that receive an F rating are more than 95 percent African-American. The remaining six range from 81 percent to 91 percent African-American. The states top five highest-performing school districts are predominantly white. The differences reflect the disparities found in schools across the state based on whether a schools enrollment is predominantly African-American or predominantly white.

Rita and Bill Bender of the law firm of Skellenger Bender in Seattle are also serving as co-counsel. It is their hope that this litigation will provide Mississippi with an important opportunity to finally confront and redress this most painful denial of a basic right of all children.

Indigo Williams joined the suit as a plaintiff in the hope that it will result in better opportunities for her 6-year-old son, who attends Raines. All I want is whats fair for my son and for all of the students like him in Mississippi, Williams said. These children deserve what the state promised: public schools that treat all children equally no matter their race.

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Southern Poverty Law Center is infecting the sphere of nonprofits and foundations – Capital Research Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) never fails to disappoint. GuideStar, a reference website about nonprofits, has announced it will label 46 organizations hate groups based on SPLC recommendations. And what do these groups have in common? Very little. Among these so-called hate groups is the Family Research Council (FRC), an established charity that advocates for family values and pro-life legislation. Another is FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a nonpartisan group with over 1.3 million members. SPLCs blatantly partisan findings reduce these groups and others to the level of the Ku Klux Klan. SPLC continues its long campaign of social justice activism, smearing reputable nonprofits on the Right by painting with the broadest brush possible. Worse, SPLCs listing has repeatedly led to the very hate crimes they protest against. In 2013, a shooter entered FRCs headquarter to kill as many as possible because SPLC had identified the organization as a hate group because they support traditional marriage. In March of this year, Charles Murray, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who supports same-sex marriage and who was a part of the never Trump wing of the Republican party, was disrupted and assaulted by protesters during a speech at Middlebury University, and a professor escorting him was left with a concussion. CRC has investigated SPLC before, calling it a wellspring of manufactured hate that advances a radical, partisan agenda. And just a few months ago, Tina Trent exposed SPLCs efforts to inculcate elementary school students with their extremist left-wing ideology.

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Jerry Garcia’s Guitar Helps Raise $3.8 Million for SPLC – Dan’s Papers

Arlan Ettinger, who for a long time owned an estate in Remsenberg and since then has been a frequent visitor to the Hamptons, has a long history of auctioning off serious antique collectionodd things and artifacts of the Hamptonsmostly at venues such as the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. It was there, I recall, that he famously auctioned off hundreds or rare John F. Kennedy artifacts several years ago. One year, he conducted an enormous auction of abstract expressionist paintings at the Armory, including a painting painted by Willem de Kooning on the toilet seat from the outhouse of a home in Bridgehampton during a party there in the 1950s. (It didnt sell.) Last year, Ettinger held an auction of the contents of the antique store Urban Archaeology. This auction included an iron statue that once stood at LEtoile on the Champs-Elyses, but had in recent years sat in front of Urban Archeology on Main Street Bridgehampton. That is just the tip of the iceberg of remarkable things that Ettinger, through his company Guernseys, has auctioned off. One time, he took up an entire armory auctioning off the contents of the ocean liner U.S.S. United States. He has also auctioned off items involving Rosa Parks, Princess Diana, Elvis Presley, John Coltrane, Mickey Mantle and The Beatles. But last week was the topper. It was in most of the media the next dayan astonishing thing. It was one single item. A guitar. And it sold for $1.9 million, one of the largest amounts ever paid for a guitar. The proceeds raised are to go to charity. But herelet me tell you what Ettinger told me about it when I asked one week before the auction. When Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead passed away in the mid-1990s, his two most prized guitarsWolf and Tiger, beloved by millions of Deadheadswere willed to Doug Irwin, who was the luthier who had made those instruments for Jerry 25 years earlier, he told me. Guernseys featured them in an auction we held 15 years ago at Studio 54, where the two together sold for about $1.75 millon, both far eclipsing the prior world record for any single guitar ever sold. Tiger, which was played by Jerry at the end of his career, was sold to an NFL team owner and entered his substantial guitar collection. Wolf, played by Jerry during the very heart of his career, was sold to Dan Pritzker, a musician and philanthropist. Over the following years, Pritzker became a friend of mine. Three months ago, he called to voice his concern over the new government. He then indicated that he wanted to do something meaningful with Wolf. He proceeded to re-consign it back to us with instructions to re-auction it and giveall the proceedsto the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which is dedicated to fighting racism, poverty and assorted hate groups [neo-Nazis, the KKK, etc.] in the courts. Accordingly, on the evening ofMay 31at NYCs Brooklyn Bowl, we will do just that. This one-lot auction will be surrounded by hours of great rock & roll provided by more than two dozen noted musicians all of whom have volunteered their time. All receipts from ticket sales will go to SPLC. And Morris Dees, co-founder of SPLC, will be there, as will many accomplished people including Jerry Garcias daughter, Trixie. At a divisive time like this, we all need positive events. I went to this auction to see what would happen. The Brooklyn Bowl is a bowling alley with four bars, a restaurant, a stage and a dance floor that can accommodate about 1,000 people. It was packed. The bands played for an hour, mostly covers of old Grateful Dead songs, and the crowd cheered the musicians on when Wolf was brought out to become the lead guitar for the evening. (It WANTED to be played!) At 10 p.m., Ettinger went onstage, and the bidding started at $900,000. The bidding went up and up, and when it finally came to a halt, the winner paid $1.9 million (a bid of $1.6 million plus a $300,000 buyers premium). The music resumed and continued into the small hours. The winning bidder was Brian Halligan, CEO of the software company Hubspot, based in Boston. He said hed lend it out to any member of Jerry Garcias family anytime. And at other times, hed give it a good home and play it himself. Halligan told Rolling Stone afterwards that the auction was a chance to indulge two passions of mine at the same time: social justice and the Grateful Dead. In addition to the $1.9 million paid, an additional donation doubling the winning bid amount was made anonymously. So SPLC received $3.8 million. What a night!

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SPLC, Bogalusa City Court reach partial settlement in debtors … – Southern Poverty Law Center

The court will issue a refund to people who, within the last two years, paid a $50 extension fee to receive more time to pay fines and court costs. The refund will be given to anyone who paid the fee on or after June 21, 2015, and completes a claim form by the citys deadline. Its estimated that 100 people could be eligible. The SPLC filed the lawsuit in June 2016. Were pleased the Bogalusa City Court will return money to people entangled in this harmful practice, said Sam Brooke, SPLC deputy legal director. Nobody should be jailed or threatened with jail if they are too poor to pay a fine. This agreement is an important step forward, but a small step. The rest of our case will go forward because we believe serious unconstitutional practices are likely to continue in the court. Judge Robert J. Black required anyone who needed additional time to pay fines and court costs to pay $50 as a condition of avoiding jail for nonpayment, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit describes how the judge created this illegal fee, which is not authorized by state law, to help fund the court. One plaintiff in the case was jailed for being unable to pay a fine for stealing $5 worth of food to feed his family. He was released after a family member paid the extension fee. The Bogalusa City Court relies on extension fees and court costs to cover funding shortfalls that range from 20 to 30 percent each year. The lawsuit alleges that the courts reliance on these costs and fees creates a perverse and unconstitutional financial incentive for Black to find defendants guilty, charge illegal fees and jail them for nonpayment. Despite the partial settlement, numerous issues remain, including whether the city court is adequately taking into account peoples ability to pay before punishing them for outstanding fines. Individuals seeking a refund need to send a completed form to the Bogalusa City Court Clerks Office at 202 Arkansas Ave., Bogalusa, LA 70427. People who paid the extension fee on or after June 21, 2015, should receive a claim form in the mail at their last known address. Claim forms may also be obtained at the court clerks office. After a completed form is verified, the court will issue a $50 check. It may be cashed for no fee at the Citizens Savings Bank at 1725 Sullivan Dr., Bogalusa, Louisiana 70427. Anyone with questions about whether they are entitled to a refund may contact the Bogalusa City Court Clerks Office.

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Andrew Anglin Raises More Than $150000, Still Hiding from SPLC Lawsuit – Southern Poverty Law Center

Anglin orchestrated a harassment campaign last December against Tanya Gersh, a Montana real estate agent, that resulted in a deluge of anti-Semitic threats and messages to her family, including her 12-year-old son. Even with contributions from 1,912 individuals, Anglin, who constantly alleges spending 18 hours a day on the computer, remains in hiding, penning petulant articles for the Stormer and counting the proceeds generated from his personal victim narrative. You must contribute to the Daily Stormer Legal Defense Fund, writes Azzmador, one of the sites most recognizable contributors. If you are a person who cares about the existence of our race and a future for White children, this is not an option. Despite his lieutenants outcries for support, Anglin has been conspicuously silent about the SPLCs legal complaint given his predilection for both strident anti-Semitism and pleas for financial contributions. The goal is to ethnically cleanse White nations of non-Whites and establish an authoritarian government, Anglin wrote in August 2016. Many people also believe the Jews should be exterminated. The end goal is ethnic cleansing by any means necessary. Anglin, who has been banned from almost every mainstream fundraising and ad revenue platform for his vitriol, also frequently complains that his readers rarely donate. Its all going to work out and well keep on rolling, but please do consider contributing, because very few people do, and it is hard going, he wrote in a post this February. We definitely could use more money. In the same post, he implored members of physical Daily Stormer Book Clubs groups of readers who meet in person in multiple locations around the country to pass around a hat to raise money for him. Coincidentally, lastFridayAnglin announced a major push to organize new chapters and recruit new members. On May 16, well known Internet gadfly Chuck Johnson, who founded Wesearchr, the home of the Daily Stormers legal defense fund, announced that he released a 5 figure amount of money to a lawyer representing Andrew Auernheimer (AKA Weev) a notorious neo-Nazi hacker who provides technical support to the Daily Stormer and, presumably, Anglin. And yet, Anglin hasnt surfaced. Nor has he or a lawyer offered any statement regarding the lawsuit. As more time passes, his anti-Semitic bravado is giving way to the familiar trope of the self-interested, white nationalist embezzler. The extremist Internets preeminent stone thrower appears to have lost his edge when it comes to fighting the race war offline.

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Liberty Counsel Responds to SPLC Lawsuit – Canada Free Press

Jenkins and the SPLC will have to respond to the legal arguments, and at some point, the federal court will make its ruling BURLINGTON, VT – Today, Liberty Counsel filed a comprehensive response in federal court to the lawsuit backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in the case of Jenkins v. Miller, et al. The legal Memorandum of Law is 116 pages, not counting affidavits. Liberty Counsel also filed a second Motion and Memorandum of Law raising Vermonts anti-SLAPP, which prevents suits designed to restrict free speech. While living in Virginia, Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins entered into a Vermont same-sex civil union. Lisa gave birth to her biological child, Isabella. For a brief period, they moved to Vermont. There Lisa became a Christian and left the lesbian relationship. Lisa moved back to Virginia and a visitation battle ensued between the laws of Vermont (which recognized the civil union) and Virginia (which did not). Liberty Counsel represented Lisa from late 2004 until she disappeared in September 2009. A Vermont state court judge granted Janet visitation of Lisas biological child, even though she was not the biological or adoptive parent and Vermont precedent did not recognize such parental rights. Isabella knew very little about Janet as she was a baby at the time of the split. Lisa complied with the visitation orders, but she raised concerns to the Vermont judge which he never addressed. Lisa presented evidence that Janet read Heather Has Two Mommies to Isabella and told her she was her mommy. Janet bathed naked with her, which greatly upset young Isabella. Lisa advised the court that Isabella was having emotional problems over the visitation. She began wetting her bed, clinging to Lisa, and even tried to harm herself. The case became a nationally watched legal battle because it was the first case in the country pitting the opposing laws on same-sex civil unions of two different states. While the litigation and appeals were still proceeding in September 2009, Lisa stopped communicating. She did not respond to emails and her voicemail filled up. The last communication from Lisa was about a week prior to her disappearance in which she stated she was interviewing for a job in Virginia. Without any warning or hint of her plan to disappear, Lisa ceased all communication. We advised the Vermont court we had lost contact with Lisa and requested to withdraw, but the Vermont court denied the request. The withdrawal was later effectuated in 2010. During the Obama administration, a federal prosecutor filed criminal charges against two Mennonite ministers associated with a Mennonite community in Nicaragua, both of them with the last name of Miller (Ken and Timothy), but with no relationship to Lisa. A third person in Northern Virginia was also charged. All three have been convicted of helping Lisa flee the country. The criminal investigation is complete and at least one of the criminal defendants is on appeal. Lisa had no prior association with the Mennonites. Janet Jenkins, the former lesbian partner of Lisa, filed a civil complaint in a Vermont federal court in 2012, claiming the alleged defendants participated in helping Lisa flee. The 2012 lawsuit did not name Liberty Counsel, Rena Lindevaldsen or Mat Staver. Lindevaldsen worked on the Lisa Miller case with Liberty Counsel. In late 2016, Jenkins moved to amend her lawsuit to include Liberty Counsel, Lindevaldsen and Staver. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) then joined the suit as the lead counsel for Jenkins. The SPLC is a dangerous group because it creates a Hate Map listing hate groups. Mark Potock, with the SPLC, in an interview admitted: Our criteria for a hate group, first of all, have nothing to do with criminality, or violence, or any kind of guess were making about this group could be dangerous. Its strictly ideological. This false labeling has serious consequences. After the founder of Chick-fil-A said he believed marriage is between a man and a woman, Floyd Corkins went online to the SPLC Hate Map, entered the Family Research Councils (FRC) office in Washington, D.C. fully-armed and carrying Chick-fil-A sandwiches. He intended to commit mass murder and rub the sandwiches in the faces of the dead bodies. Fortunately, the security guard wrestled Corkins to the ground. However, he was shot in the process. Corkins later confessed to the FBI that he sought to kill as many people at FRC after reading about the group on the SPLC Hate Map. Corkins is now in prison, but the SPLC refuses to take down its false and dangerous statements. Mark Potok is on video in a public meeting stating: Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them… During the Obama administration, the SPLC frequently visited the White House. The SPLC even peddled its false ideological propaganda for some in the military until their extremism and false reporting got the group removed. The Philanthropy Roundtable recently published an article about the SPLC pointing out the false labeling. The SPLC even labeled famed surgeon Dr. Ben Carson as a hater. The SPLC rakes in millions of dollars each year and has huge financial reserves, causing some to wonder what nonprofit work the SPLC does. The Motions and Memoranda of Law to Dismiss the suit against Liberty Counsel, Staver and Lindevaldsen dismantle the Jenkins lawsuit, which has the sole purpose of harassing and destroying Liberty Counsel, Staver and Lindevaldsen. First, Jenkins complaint admits that Liberty Counsel, Staver and Lindevaldsen have always maintained they had no knowledge of Lisas plan to flee and had no part in her disappearance. Indeed, Lisa was always counseled to obey the court orders. The litigation was still in progress. Without any hint of her plan, Lisa disappeared with Isabella. Second, there are too many legal arguments to list here, but the Memoranda of Law demolishes the baseless complaint. The lawsuit by Janet Jenkins, with the backing of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is designed solely to harass and destroy, said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. In the nearly eight years since Lisa Miller disappeared, and with the intense investigation conducted on this case by the federal government and Janet Jenkins, there is not one shred of evidence that points to Liberty Counsel, Rena Lindevaldsen or me. But the facts and the law are irrelevant to Janet Jenkins and the SPLC. The SPLCs motivation for joining this suit is to publicize their dangerous agenda. Ultimately, they want to destroy us. But that will not happen. The truth, a word the SPLC does not like, shall prevail, said Staver. Jenkins and the SPLC will have to respond to the legal arguments, and at some point, the federal court will make its ruling. Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics. Please adhere to our commenting policy to avoid being banned. As a privately owned website, we reserve the right to remove any comment and ban any user at any time. Comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, anti-Semitism, or personal or abusive attacks on other users may be removed and result in a ban. — Follow these instructions on registering:

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Auction of legendary guitar to benefit SPLC – Southern Poverty Law Center

Jerry Garcias famed Wolf guitar was offered by an unnamed supporter of the SPLC and was purchased by Brian Halligan, chief executive of HubSpot and co-author of Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History. Halligans pre-premium bid of $1.6 million was anonymously matched, so the SPLC will receive a total of $3.2 million for its work fighting hate and discrimination. Halligan is a self-proclaimed Deadhead who journeyed with the band for years. He doesnt plan to sell or trade the instrument but said he would lend it out for special performances on occasion. He told Rolling Stone that the auction gave him the opportunity to indulge two passions of mine at the same time: social justice and the Grateful Dead. Were deeply touched that people want to take this kind of action in light of the current challenges facing our country, said SPLC President Richard Cohen. The act of donating such a prized possession is extraordinary and will significantly help our work over the next four years as we fight to protect the ideals of our democracy. Doug Irwin built the customized guitar in 1973, and Garcia first played it at the Pirates Ball in New York City. He last played it in 1989 during a concert with the Grateful Dead at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. The guitar takes its name from an inlay of a wolf sticker Garcia initially placed on it just below the tailpiece. Last nights event featured an all-star concert coordinated by well-known drummer Joe Russo, which was dubbed Joe Russos Friends With Benefits. Guitarists Neal Casal, Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton and Cass McCombs each played Wolf during the concert, and other performers included John Scofield, Nels Cline, Jonathan Goldberger, Dave Harrington, Coachemea Gastelum, Billy Martin, Erik Deutsch, Dave Dreiwitz, Jon Shaw, Eric D. Johnson, Delicate Steve, and Alecia Chakour. Elden Rosenthal, an SPLC board member who attended the event, said the atmosphere was electric when Russo plugged in Wolf. We are grateful to everyone who worked tirelessly to make last night such a special and fun event, but we especially want to thank Peter Shapiro with Brooklyn Bowl and Arlen Ettinger of Guernseys Auction, Cohen said.

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SPLC President: Social norms fraying as hate rises in Trump’s America – Southern Poverty Law Center

Gianforte did not answer the question. Instead, he grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him to the ground. Then he began punching the reporter, yelling, Im sick and tired of you guys. Get the hell out of here! Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault. The next day, Montanas voters elected him to Congress. Welcome to Donald Trumps America. Its an America where the social norms that stitch our society together the unwritten rules of common decency and civilized behavior that have been built up over generations are unraveling before our very eyes. Trumps racially charged, xenophobic campaign, coupled with his attacks on so-called political correctness, not only energized the white supremacist movement but gave people a license to act on their worst instincts their anger, their prejudices, their resentments. Its getting ugly out there. And the ugliness isnt likely to subside any time soon. The president has unearthed some demons, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina, told the Washington Post. Ive talked to a number of people about it back home. They say, Well, look, if the president can say whatever, why cant I say whatever? Hes given them license. The gloves are off. But it isnt just rude speech were talking about. Sometimes, hateful speech is a prelude to violence. On Memorial Day weekend, two men on a commuter train in Portland were stabbed to death and another injured when they stood up to man who was harassing a pair of women, one wearing a hijab, with what police described as hate speech. In Washington, two Native American men were intentionally run over by a white man screaming racial slurs. One died and the other was hospitalized. We first detected what we called the Trump Effect more than a year ago when our Teaching Tolerance project surveyed 2,000 educators in its network. A large majority of the teachers reported that Trumps campaign rhetoric was inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom and causing a sharp uptick in the bullying of minority children. I think Trumps rude and brash behavior teaches my students that they can act like that, wrote one teacher. A second survey of 10,000 teachers in November reinforced the findings. Then, we documented nearly 900 bias-related incidents across the country in the first 10 days after the election. Many of the perpetrators referenced Trump or his campaign slogans. This came after we all witnessed repeated instances of violence at Trumps campaign rallies, sometimes encouraged by the candidate. Now, some right-wing politicians and activists are openly embracing the rhetoric of violence and in some cases violence itself as a political tactic. During a recent shoving match that passed for legislative debate in Texas, a Republican state representative threatened to shoot a Democratic, Latino colleague after becoming angry about Latino protesters in the gallery. After the Gianforte incident, Christian right radio host Dave Daubenmire cheered the assault and praised both Gianforte and Trump for their aggression. The only thing that is going to save Western civilization is a more aggressive, a more violent Christianity, he said. Meanwhile, in Portland, the local GOP chair suggested using far-right, antigovernment militias armed paramilitary groups steeped in paranoia and often racism to protect Republican politicians when they make public appearances. Were getting into uncharted territory here: Trumps America, where divided we shall surely fall. The social norms we observe allow us to build a society that aspires to fairness, equality and a common good that makes the world better for all of us. These norms are expressed in the worlds great religions, and theyre taught to generations of children in our schools, in our homes and in other institutions. Once theyre cast aside, my guess is that it will be a serious challenge to get them back.

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SPLC Hit List | National Review – National Review

In the under-appreciated film Bowfinger one of Eddie Murphys characters is a paranoid movie-star nitwit who meticulously combs through a proposed script to count the number of times the letter K is used: Kit: The letter K appears in this script 1,456 times. Thats perfectly divisible by 3. Freddy: So what? So what you saying? Kit: What am I saying? KKK appears in this script 486 times! This was my first thought when I read the Southern Poverty Law Centers latest screed attacking my organization, the Center for Immigration Studies. But rather than simply counting the Ks in my name, the SPLCs Inspector Javerts spent what must have been weeks combing through hundreds of weekly CIS roundups of immigration-related commentary from all sides. Then they researched the hundreds of columnists and bloggers whose pieces had been included investigating their personal lives and statements in other articles in order to find objectionable material (some of it anti-Semitic), which we are then somehow responsible for. This is proof that were a hate group. Interestingly, the SPLC didnt do a similar background check on all the pro-amnesty, open-borders authors who were also linked. For instance, our most recent email included a New York Times op-ed by a progressive Austin city councilman (Id love to see what hes said elsewhere), a piece from the New York Daily News by some lefty politicians, and other pieces from Cato, Reason, and The Intercept. Not that it matters, since the roundup the opinion counterpart to a roundup of academic journal articles, government reports, and the like is an educational exercise intended to present the range of commentary on immigration. Theres a lot on Vdare.com, for instance that I dont like (inclusion of their links was the first thing the SPLC gumshoes sputtered about), but it publishes on immigration all the time and to exclude them because the Ministry of Truth disapproves would be to offer a false picture to readers. As an aside, I love the photo of me they used to illustrate my badness; I can almost hear Homer Simpson saying, Listen to the music! Hes evil! But theres a serious point here. The SPLCs hate group designation is obviously part of a blacklist campaign, as I wrote in the Washington Post a while back. But the frequency of violence directed against the SPLCs targets means its no longer just a tool of intimidation its a literal hit list. And by now the SPLC knows its a hit list; it might as well be titled, Will no one rid me of this turbulent immigration restrictionist? After the armed attack on the Family Research Council, the assaults and attempted assaults against Charles Murray and Heather Mac Donald and Milo whats-his-name, and the recent poisoning of Robert Spencer (of Jihad Watch fame, whom Jeremy Carl wrote about here the other day), the SPLC can no longer claim innocence. I have always been inclined to agree with Charlie Cookes contention that we shouldnt blame the acts of crazies on the responsible participants in political debate. But the SPLC is no longer a responsible actor. There will, of course, always be the demented and the fanatic who will commit evil to promote their ends, whether on abortion or guns or immigration. But the lefts virtual monopoly of the prestige media, that medias uncritical promotion of the SPLC as legitimate, and leftists foot soldiersproven record of taking their cues from the SPLCshate group hit listmean that inclusion represents a physical threat to the safety of those listed. As Carl quoted Robert Spencer saying about his poisoning, [t]he lesson I learned was that media demonization of those who dissent from the leftist line is a direct incitement to violence. Ive received only one death threat so far, but the SPLC issued the hit on CIS only a few months ago. I anticipate more.

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SPLC suit: Mississippi violates binding obligation to provide ‘uniform’ system of public education – Southern Poverty Law Center

Mississippi enshrined this requirement in the education clause of its Constitution, which the state ratified in 1869. The following year, Congress passed a law, commonly called the Readmission Act, allowing Mississippi to regain full statehood. The Readmission Act requires that the education rights then granted in the state constitution never be diminished. Over more than a century, however, state lawmakers have diluted the education clause multiple times. The violations began in 1890, at the start of the Jim Crow era, when delegates to the states Constitutional Convention crafted new governing documents with the explicit intention of disenfranchising African Americans by withholding education. Each subsequent change has further watered down the education clause. Today, because of this historical malfeasance, the states public schools are anything but uniform. Read a timeline of Mississippi’s rollback of its constitutional mandate to provide a “uniform system of free public schools for all children.” Mississippi is failing its most vulnerable children those living in the shadow of a Jim Crow system that deliberately undermined education rights in the name of white supremacy, said Will Bardwell, senior staff attorney in the SPLCs Jackson office. The states education system is shamefully inequitable and anything but uniform. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Northern Division, on behalf of four African-American mothers whose children attend kindergarten and first grade in the Jackson Public School District and the Yazoo City Municipal School District. Both of these districts have been given an F rating by the Mississippi Department of Education. These children deserve the same strong start as any other students in their state and we are committed to seeing that they get it, said Brad Elias from OMelveny & Myers LLP, a national law firm that is handling the case pro bono. Students at the schools attended by the plaintiffs children are overwhelmingly African-American. They lack textbooks, literature, basic supplies, experienced teachers, sports and other extracurricular activities, tutoring programs, and even toilet paper. Plaintiff Dorothy Haymer, whose 6-year-old daughter is in kindergarten at Webster Elementary, spent $100 this year for sanitary supplies for the school. At Raines Elementary, which is more than 99 percent African-American, the paint is peeling off the walls, water spots are visible on the ceilings, and lunches sometimes have curdled milk and rotten fruit. Plaintiff Precious Hughes describes the school as old, dark and gloomy like a jail. Just 10 percent of students at Raines are proficient in reading and 4 percent are proficient in math. The suit alleges that the schools, both rated D by the state, suffer far worse conditions and outcomes than students at schools that are predominantly white and predominantly wealthy. Nearby schools with majority-white student bodies have all of the resources lacked by Raines and Webster and receive an A rating from the state. At one neighboring elementary school, the student body is more than 70 percent white; about 73 percent of its students are proficient in reading and 71 percent proficient in math. Thirteen of the states 19 school districts that receive an F rating are more than 95 percent African-American. The remaining six range from 81 percent to 91 percent African-American. The states top five highest-performing school districts are predominantly white. The differences reflect the disparities found in schools across the state based on whether a schools enrollment is predominantly African-American or predominantly white. Rita and Bill Bender of the law firm of Skellenger Bender in Seattle are also serving as co-counsel. It is their hope that this litigation will provide Mississippi with an important opportunity to finally confront and redress this most painful denial of a basic right of all children. Indigo Williams joined the suit as a plaintiff in the hope that it will result in better opportunities for her 6-year-old son, who attends Raines. All I want is whats fair for my son and for all of the students like him in Mississippi, Williams said. These children deserve what the state promised: public schools that treat all children equally no matter their race. Photo credit: Roy Adkins

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