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The Clooney Foundation for Justice gives $1 million grant to help Southern Poverty Law Center combat hate groups – Southern Poverty Law Center

Through the generous support of George & Amal Clooney, the initiative announced today is made possible by a $1 million grant from the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

The Clooney Foundation for Justice was established in 2016 to advance justice in courtrooms, classrooms and communities around the world. It was co-founded by George and Amal Clooney, who serve as the foundation’s presidents.

The SPLC is the premier U.S. nonprofit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists. It currently tracks more than 1,600 extremist groups operating across the country, and has used litigation to win crushing court judgments against 10 major white supremacist organizations and 50 individuals who led them or participated in violent acts.

“We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States. What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate,” said George and Amal Clooney.

Like George and Amal Clooney, we were shocked by the size, ugliness, and ferocity of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, said SPLC President Richard Cohen. It was a reflection of just how much Trumps incendiary campaign and presidency has energized the radical right.We are deeply grateful to the Clooney Foundation for standing with us at this critical moment in our countrys fight against hate.

More details about this joint initiative will be announced at a later date.

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SPLC: Detention center must provide detained immigrants with law library access – Southern Poverty Law Center

The letter outlines practices at the Folkston ICE Processing Center that violate the due process rights of detainees, particularly detainees representing themselves because they cannot afford an attorney. It also describes how the practices violate the Performance Based National Detention Standards that provide guidelines for the operation of such facilities. The Folkston facility is operated by GEO Group, Inc.

The expense of hiring an attorney, combined with language barriers and the remote, rural location of most detention facilities, prevent many detained immigrants from hiring their own lawyers, said Lisa Graybill, SPLC deputy legal director. As a result, they routinely represent themselves in court. They desperately need access to the law library to put together their cases. Failure to provide this access blatantly disregards their rights to fair legal representation and due process.

The letter demands remedies to violations that include the following:

Unrepresented detained asylum seekers having been reaching out to our law clinic over the past few months complaining about lack of access to the law library, said Curran, a clinical professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law. Many of those we have encountered difficulty preparing their asylum cases and or applications to seek parole.

The lack of library access also has implications for the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI), a SPLC project that provides pro bono representation to detained immigrants and plans to offer its services at the Folkston facility later this year.

To ensure that volunteer attorneys can provide the best representation for Folkston detainees, it is critical that our clients have full access to the law librarys resources as they work with attorneys on their case, said Dan Werner, SIFI director. The detention center should not be creating obstacles that prevent these detainees from effectively presenting their case in court.

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Apple Accepting Donations for Southern Poverty Law Center – Fortune

Apple is now accepting donations for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Following the tragic events in Charlottesville , Va. earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an e-mail to employees discussing his stance on the matter and what the company would be doing to support those who stand up to hate. Among the initiatives, he said that Apple would donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Cook also promised a donations button for the SPLC in his company’s iTunes digital store.

On Sunday, Apple ( aapl ) officially launched that tool, giving users the opportunity to donate to the SPLC. The donations will be used to support the SPLC’s mission to monitor extremist and hate groups and alert law enforcement to their activities.

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Apple’s decision is part of a broader initiative by companies both in and out of the technology industry to support efforts aimed squarely at extremist groups following the violent Charlottesville demonstrations.

Apple has also banned white supremacy groups from using its Apple Pay mobile payments tool. Some groups were allegedly using Apple Pay to facilitate payments for purchases made through their sites.

SPLC donations are available in increments ranging from $5 to $200. Those who access iTunes from their Macs or mobile devices, like iPhones, will be able to make a quick donation through their iTunes accounts. Apple will donate 100% of the proceeds to the SPLC.

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JP Morgan To Donate To SPLC And ADL After Charlottesville – The Daily Caller

JPMorgan will donate $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League(ADL) in response to the violent protests that took place in Charlottesville, Va., in early August.

Peter Scher, head of corporate responsibility and chairman of JPMorgan, wrote a letter to staff Monday wherein he asserted the bank stands in support of all those who reject racism and violence, and pledged to support both the SPLC and ADL in their campaign of tracking, exposing and fighting hate groups and other extremist organizations.

Scher announced that the bank will launch a two-for-one match for employee donations to groups that promote human and civil rights.

Apples CEO Tim Cook announced Thursday that the company would donate $1 million a piece to both the SPLC and ADL. Cook also said that he will match Apple employees donations two-for-one to either of those groups or other human rights organizations through the end of September, which could be where Scher got the idea. (RELATED: Apple Gives $1 Million To SPLC In Wake Of Charlottesville)

JPMorgans CEO Jamie Dimon wrote a letter to staff following the Charlottesville protests.

I strongly disagree with President Trumps reaction to the events that took place in Charlottesville over the past several days, Dimon said. There is no room for equivocation here: the evil on display by these perpetrators of hate should be condemned and has no place in a country that draws strength from our diversity and humanity.

President Donald Trump faced an onslaught of negative press and attacks from congressional Republicans last week, who said the president did not do enough to specifically call out the perpetrators of the violence in Charlottesville. The protests ended in injuries and one death after a car allegedly driven by a white supremacist barreled into a crowd Saturday afternoon during clashes between white nationalists, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and other groups.

The president said in the wake of the protests on Aug. 14 that he condemned violence on many sides, but he failed to call out white supremacist groups specifically. Trump amended his comments the following afternoon, saying that he thinks there is blame on both sides.

Chief executives from top U.S. companies left the presidents manufacturing, strategy and policy forum councils Wednesday afternoon in response to the presidents remarks.

Dimon notably served on the presidents strategy and policy forum council and heads the Business Roundtable, one of the most prominent lobbying groups in Washington, D.C.

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SPLC asks Alabama to restore voters to ‘active’ status by next month – Alabama Today

Last Tuesday, Alabama voters across the state fund themselves listed as inactive when they arrived at the polls to vote in the special U.S. Senate primary.

Now the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is askingAlabama Secretary of State John Merrill to reinstate those roughly340,162 Alabamian voters before the September 26 Senate runoff.

According to the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) as well as state laws, every four years cards are sent to voters to verify voter addresses in order to maintain their active voting status. If theyre marked return to sender twice, the voter is put on the inactive list.

In a Friday letter to Merrill, the SPLC said they believers voters were inaccurately moved to inactive and the states process wasdeeply flawed and that it wasimperative you take immediate corrective action to return inactive voters to the active voting list.

Inactive voters are able to restore their active status by filling out a form at the polls, but the SPLC says that process may dissuade voters from showing up to vote.

Voters who are unsure of their voting status may check it online here.

To check via phone voters can call the Secretary of States Office at (334) 242-7210 or at their local board of registrars office.

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‘Hate map’ website identifies neo-Nazi group in Taylorville – The State Journal-Register

Steven Spearie Correspondent

TAYLORVILLE — A neo-Nazi group identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as operating in Taylorville doesn’t appear to be active in the area, according to police authorities there.

The Aryan Nations Sadistic Souls Motorcycle Club is one of 917 hate groups listed by the center, based in Montgomery, Alabama, which includes a “hate map” of such groups on its website.

The SPLC’s map has been getting attention throughout the country for the past week after a gathering of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12 turned violent when an Ohio man was charged with second-degree murder for driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring others.

Taylorville police chief Brian Hile said he was aware of one individual from the city who was formerly affiliated with the group whose main activity is in Wood River, in the Metro East area.

Hile wouldn’t identify the individual during a recent interview.

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said he hadn’t heard of the group until The State Journal-Register contacted him.

Reached late last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigations couldn’t confirm or deny an active investigation of the group.

Hile said the individual may have been used to try to recruit other members in the Taylorville area. The person in question, added Hile, was never arrested for any activities regarding his affiliation and he wasn’t displaying colors or symbols of the club, which include a Totenkopf skull and crossbones, used by several Nazi units during World War II, and SS lightning bolts.

Most members have added an Aryan Nations patch to their colors, according to an article by the Anti-Defamation League, a group that fights hate and anti-Semitism.

Hile said the department “would have intel” if club members had assembled or planned to assemble in Taylorville, a city of about 11,000 about 30 miles southeast of Springfield.

He added that he and a couple of members of the police department have attended criminal outlaw identification classes and were schooled in what to look for, particularly related to gang colors and emblems.

Sadistic Souls’ website states that it is “the militant arm” of the Aryan Nation.

Members are expected to uphold an 88-part constitution “to secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” It also states that forced integration is “deliberate and malicious genocide, particularly for a People like the White race, who are now a small minority in the world.”

Racial tensions remain on edge following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, that began with white nationalists protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee there. President Donald Trump has drew criticism for saying “there is blame on both sides” for the violence that erupted.

Sadistic Souls’ president, 55-year-old white supremacist Dennis Michael McGiffen of Wood River, has a long affiliation with white supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nations.

McGiffen received a seven-year sentence following his 1998 arrest on federal weapons and explosives charges. McGiffen was part of a group called The New Order that allegedly plotted to rob banks and attack blacks, Jews and civil rights organizations, including an attempted assassination of SPLC co-founder and chief trial counsel Morris Dees.

On the ANSS website, McGiffen wrote that Dees “and the rest of the anti-white thugs (are attempting) to crush white pride.”

McGiffen, a gym and fight club owner, didn’t return email requests for an interview.

The Sadistic Souls’ website didn’t refer to the incident in Charlottesville.

According to its website, the SPLC “hate map” was compiled using “hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.” Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing.

Identified hate groups in the U.S. have almost doubled since 1999.

The SPLC didn’t return a phone call or email to The State Journal-Register seeking information on why the Taylorville club was listed.

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SPLC also notes New Black Panther chapter in Springfield

TheSouthern Poverty Law Center’s online “hate map” also includes one Springfield-based group, The New Black Panther Party, one of 20 of the party’s chapters and one of 193 black separatist groups listed on the map.

The SPLC characterizes the New Black Panther Party, founded in 1989 under Aaron Michaels, as “a virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers.”

The Springfield group, which has about 10 members since being founded in 2015, maintains a Facebook page as the New Black Panther Party For Self-Defense–Springfield, IL. The SPLC website lists three chapters under “New Black Panther Party For Self Defense,” but puts the Springfield group in the other category.

A spokesperson for the Springfield group said he was aware of the SPLC listing and that the term “hate group” stigmatizes the party’s work.

“It’s not black hate,” said Keith Muhammad, who lives in Springfield and serves as a regional field marshal for the party. “(Our party) hasn’t done anything hateful.

“We say power to all people. It’s about lifting our own people up.”

Muhammad, who has met with both Mayor Jim Langfelder and Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow about the group’s work, said it is more patterned after the original Black Panther Party, co-founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.

Muhammad said he hasn’t personally approached the SPLC about the listing, adding that “the best way to rectify that is by our actions.”

A spokesperson for the Springfield Police Department said Monday there were no police reports on file regarding the NBPP in the city.

Commander Kurt Banks said the department was aware of the group’s presence, but that its listing as a “hate group” on the SPLC website didn’t immediately make it a target for law enforcement.

“They can say and do whatever they want (within the law),” said Banks.

A media representative from the SPLC didn’t return emails or phone calls about the specific actions of the NBPP in Springfield.

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Apple CEO Pledges $2 Million to SPLC and ADL, Attacks Trump …

The Washington Post reportsthat Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an internal email to all Apple employees outlining his own thoughts on the recent events in Charlottesville, his disappointment in President Trumps response and his dedication to donating $2 million combined to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Cook stated in the email that hate is a cancer and said, I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.

Cook outlined Apples plans to donate to the SPLC and the ADL, saying, Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30.

The full letter from Cook reads:

Team,

Like so many of you, equality is at the core of my beliefs and values. The events of the past several days have been deeply troubling for me, and Ive heard from many people at Apple who are saddened, outraged or confused.

What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country. Hate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path. Its scars last generations. History has taught us this time and time again, both in the United States and countries around the world.

We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it. This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality. I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.

Regardless of your political views, we must all stand together on this one point that we are all equal. As a company, through our actions, our products and our voice, we will always work to ensure that everyone is treated equally and with respect.

I believe Apple has led by example, and were going to keep doing that. We have always welcomed people from every walk of life to our stores around the world and showed them that Apple is inclusive of everyone. We empower people to share their views and express themselves through our products.

In the wake of the tragic and repulsive events in Charlottesville, we are stepping up to help organizations who work to rid our country of hate. Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30.

In the coming days, iTunes will offer users an easy way to join us in directly supporting the work of the SPLC. Dr. Martin Luther King said, Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter. So, we will continue to speak up. These have been dark days, but I remain as optimistic as ever that the future is bright. Apple can and will play an important role in bringing about positive change.

Best,

Tim

The SPLC has been accused of using its list of hate figures as a political tool to silence conservatives in the past. In a 2010 article, journalist Ken Silverstein called the group essentially a fraud, stating that the group had a habit of casually labeling organizations as hate groups.’ Silverstein continued to say, In doing so the SPLC shuts down debate, stifles free speech, and most of all, raises a pile of money, very little of which is used on behalf of poor people.

In June of this year, author, columnist, and former Islamic extremist Maajid Nawaz announced that he would be taking a defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Lawsuit Center for listing him as an anti-Muslim extremist. Nawaz stated,You know who else lists heretics who are deemed to be speaking against the accepted custom within Muslim communities? The jihadists. We know what happens when you list heretics among Muslims in this way. They end up dead. Nawaz further stated that he believes that groups like the SPLC are putting Muslim reformers who speak out against the current interpretation of Islam in danger.

The SPLC was identified by convicted domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins as the inspiration for his attack on the Family Research Council in 2012.

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter@LucasNolan_or email him atlnolan@breitbart.com.

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CNN Promotes Slanderous SPLC List – American Lens

This is CNN going utterly insane, says Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center.

Yesterday, CNN published the Southern Poverty Law Centers misleading list of hate groups, a propaganda piece that has been used to smear conservative organizations and has inspired violent attacks.

The list equates organizations like Family Research Council, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the American Family Association with actual hate groups simply because SPLC disagrees with the policy positions of these organizations.

In 2012, a gunman injured a security guard while attempting to gain access to FRCs headquarters in Washington, DC. The suspect later told FBI investigators that he targeted FRC because it was listed as an anti-gay group by SPLC and planned to kill as many people as possible and then to smear the [Chick-fil-A] sandwiches on their faces as a political statement.

In a more recent incident, LifeSiteNews reported the gunman who wounded U.S. Representative Steve Scalise in June had liked SPLCs Facebook page, in addition to other leftist groups.

CNN originally ran the list under the headline Here are all the active hate groups where you live, which has since been changed to The Southern Poverty Law Centers list of hate groups. The piece has also been edited to remove the list with this note:

Editors Note: The headline on this story has been changed to more closely align with the content of the piece, which clearly indicates that the data on hate groups is from the Southern Poverty Law Center. This story has also been updated to provide direct links to the full list from the SPLC as opposed to publishing the entire list here.

Obviously, publishing SPLCs politically motivated list that aims to slander conservative organizations was an unwise decision on CNNs part. However, the editors at CNN only had to look back to June of this year to realize why promoting SPLCs propaganda is controversial.

Earlier this summer, Guidestars non-profit database added SPLCs hate group tag to a number of organizations profiles before being forced to retract by the immediate backlash from conservatives.

Gainor further explained his quote above, They (CNN) are serving as a platform for a radical left-wing hate group that exists solely to bash conservatives.

Remember, if youre paying for cable, youre helping fund CNNs irresponsibility and political positions which you can view here. Is it time to cut the cord? Heres a step-by-step guide if youre tired of CNNs action; with over 1 million cancelling their cable subscriptions last quarter, you can be sure former viewers are starting to have an impact.

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Apple is now taking donations for the Southern Poverty Law Center through iTunes – The Verge

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an e-mail to company employees, stating his disagreement with President Donald Trumps comments concerning the violence in Charlottesville. He indicated that Apple will make a $2 million donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, and said that users would soon be able to donate directly to the SPLC through iTunes. That feature has just gone live.

A new page appears on the iTunes desktop and mobile storefronts, and can be found under the New Music, Hot Tracks, and Recent Releases sections. Users can donate in $5, $`0, $25, $50, $100, and $200 increments.

The page states that 100 percent of donations will be transferred to the civil rights organization. Apple wont share user information with the SPLC, and wont qualify to be claimed as a taxable donation.

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The Clooney Foundation for Justice gives $1 million grant to help Southern Poverty Law Center combat hate groups – Southern Poverty Law Center

Through the generous support of George & Amal Clooney, the initiative announced today is made possible by a $1 million grant from the Clooney Foundation for Justice. The Clooney Foundation for Justice was established in 2016 to advance justice in courtrooms, classrooms and communities around the world. It was co-founded by George and Amal Clooney, who serve as the foundation’s presidents. The SPLC is the premier U.S. nonprofit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists. It currently tracks more than 1,600 extremist groups operating across the country, and has used litigation to win crushing court judgments against 10 major white supremacist organizations and 50 individuals who led them or participated in violent acts. “We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States. What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate,” said George and Amal Clooney. Like George and Amal Clooney, we were shocked by the size, ugliness, and ferocity of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, said SPLC President Richard Cohen. It was a reflection of just how much Trumps incendiary campaign and presidency has energized the radical right.We are deeply grateful to the Clooney Foundation for standing with us at this critical moment in our countrys fight against hate. More details about this joint initiative will be announced at a later date.

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SPLC: Detention center must provide detained immigrants with law library access – Southern Poverty Law Center

The letter outlines practices at the Folkston ICE Processing Center that violate the due process rights of detainees, particularly detainees representing themselves because they cannot afford an attorney. It also describes how the practices violate the Performance Based National Detention Standards that provide guidelines for the operation of such facilities. The Folkston facility is operated by GEO Group, Inc. The expense of hiring an attorney, combined with language barriers and the remote, rural location of most detention facilities, prevent many detained immigrants from hiring their own lawyers, said Lisa Graybill, SPLC deputy legal director. As a result, they routinely represent themselves in court. They desperately need access to the law library to put together their cases. Failure to provide this access blatantly disregards their rights to fair legal representation and due process. The letter demands remedies to violations that include the following: Unrepresented detained asylum seekers having been reaching out to our law clinic over the past few months complaining about lack of access to the law library, said Curran, a clinical professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law. Many of those we have encountered difficulty preparing their asylum cases and or applications to seek parole. The lack of library access also has implications for the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI), a SPLC project that provides pro bono representation to detained immigrants and plans to offer its services at the Folkston facility later this year. To ensure that volunteer attorneys can provide the best representation for Folkston detainees, it is critical that our clients have full access to the law librarys resources as they work with attorneys on their case, said Dan Werner, SIFI director. The detention center should not be creating obstacles that prevent these detainees from effectively presenting their case in court.

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Apple Accepting Donations for Southern Poverty Law Center – Fortune

Apple is now accepting donations for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Following the tragic events in Charlottesville , Va. earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an e-mail to employees discussing his stance on the matter and what the company would be doing to support those who stand up to hate. Among the initiatives, he said that Apple would donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Cook also promised a donations button for the SPLC in his company’s iTunes digital store. On Sunday, Apple ( aapl ) officially launched that tool, giving users the opportunity to donate to the SPLC. The donations will be used to support the SPLC’s mission to monitor extremist and hate groups and alert law enforcement to their activities. Get Data Sheet , Fortune s technology newsletter Apple’s decision is part of a broader initiative by companies both in and out of the technology industry to support efforts aimed squarely at extremist groups following the violent Charlottesville demonstrations. Apple has also banned white supremacy groups from using its Apple Pay mobile payments tool. Some groups were allegedly using Apple Pay to facilitate payments for purchases made through their sites. SPLC donations are available in increments ranging from $5 to $200. Those who access iTunes from their Macs or mobile devices, like iPhones, will be able to make a quick donation through their iTunes accounts. Apple will donate 100% of the proceeds to the SPLC.

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JP Morgan To Donate To SPLC And ADL After Charlottesville – The Daily Caller

JPMorgan will donate $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League(ADL) in response to the violent protests that took place in Charlottesville, Va., in early August. Peter Scher, head of corporate responsibility and chairman of JPMorgan, wrote a letter to staff Monday wherein he asserted the bank stands in support of all those who reject racism and violence, and pledged to support both the SPLC and ADL in their campaign of tracking, exposing and fighting hate groups and other extremist organizations. Scher announced that the bank will launch a two-for-one match for employee donations to groups that promote human and civil rights. Apples CEO Tim Cook announced Thursday that the company would donate $1 million a piece to both the SPLC and ADL. Cook also said that he will match Apple employees donations two-for-one to either of those groups or other human rights organizations through the end of September, which could be where Scher got the idea. (RELATED: Apple Gives $1 Million To SPLC In Wake Of Charlottesville) JPMorgans CEO Jamie Dimon wrote a letter to staff following the Charlottesville protests. I strongly disagree with President Trumps reaction to the events that took place in Charlottesville over the past several days, Dimon said. There is no room for equivocation here: the evil on display by these perpetrators of hate should be condemned and has no place in a country that draws strength from our diversity and humanity. President Donald Trump faced an onslaught of negative press and attacks from congressional Republicans last week, who said the president did not do enough to specifically call out the perpetrators of the violence in Charlottesville. The protests ended in injuries and one death after a car allegedly driven by a white supremacist barreled into a crowd Saturday afternoon during clashes between white nationalists, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and other groups. The president said in the wake of the protests on Aug. 14 that he condemned violence on many sides, but he failed to call out white supremacist groups specifically. Trump amended his comments the following afternoon, saying that he thinks there is blame on both sides. Chief executives from top U.S. companies left the presidents manufacturing, strategy and policy forum councils Wednesday afternoon in response to the presidents remarks. Dimon notably served on the presidents strategy and policy forum council and heads the Business Roundtable, one of the most prominent lobbying groups in Washington, D.C. Follow Robert on Twitter Send tips to [emailprotected] Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [emailprotected].

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SPLC asks Alabama to restore voters to ‘active’ status by next month – Alabama Today

Last Tuesday, Alabama voters across the state fund themselves listed as inactive when they arrived at the polls to vote in the special U.S. Senate primary. Now the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is askingAlabama Secretary of State John Merrill to reinstate those roughly340,162 Alabamian voters before the September 26 Senate runoff. According to the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) as well as state laws, every four years cards are sent to voters to verify voter addresses in order to maintain their active voting status. If theyre marked return to sender twice, the voter is put on the inactive list. In a Friday letter to Merrill, the SPLC said they believers voters were inaccurately moved to inactive and the states process wasdeeply flawed and that it wasimperative you take immediate corrective action to return inactive voters to the active voting list. Inactive voters are able to restore their active status by filling out a form at the polls, but the SPLC says that process may dissuade voters from showing up to vote. Voters who are unsure of their voting status may check it online here. To check via phone voters can call the Secretary of States Office at (334) 242-7210 or at their local board of registrars office.

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‘Hate map’ website identifies neo-Nazi group in Taylorville – The State Journal-Register

Steven Spearie Correspondent TAYLORVILLE — A neo-Nazi group identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as operating in Taylorville doesn’t appear to be active in the area, according to police authorities there. The Aryan Nations Sadistic Souls Motorcycle Club is one of 917 hate groups listed by the center, based in Montgomery, Alabama, which includes a “hate map” of such groups on its website. The SPLC’s map has been getting attention throughout the country for the past week after a gathering of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12 turned violent when an Ohio man was charged with second-degree murder for driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring others. Taylorville police chief Brian Hile said he was aware of one individual from the city who was formerly affiliated with the group whose main activity is in Wood River, in the Metro East area. Hile wouldn’t identify the individual during a recent interview. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said he hadn’t heard of the group until The State Journal-Register contacted him. Reached late last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigations couldn’t confirm or deny an active investigation of the group. Hile said the individual may have been used to try to recruit other members in the Taylorville area. The person in question, added Hile, was never arrested for any activities regarding his affiliation and he wasn’t displaying colors or symbols of the club, which include a Totenkopf skull and crossbones, used by several Nazi units during World War II, and SS lightning bolts. Most members have added an Aryan Nations patch to their colors, according to an article by the Anti-Defamation League, a group that fights hate and anti-Semitism. Hile said the department “would have intel” if club members had assembled or planned to assemble in Taylorville, a city of about 11,000 about 30 miles southeast of Springfield. He added that he and a couple of members of the police department have attended criminal outlaw identification classes and were schooled in what to look for, particularly related to gang colors and emblems. Sadistic Souls’ website states that it is “the militant arm” of the Aryan Nation. Members are expected to uphold an 88-part constitution “to secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” It also states that forced integration is “deliberate and malicious genocide, particularly for a People like the White race, who are now a small minority in the world.” Racial tensions remain on edge following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, that began with white nationalists protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee there. President Donald Trump has drew criticism for saying “there is blame on both sides” for the violence that erupted. Sadistic Souls’ president, 55-year-old white supremacist Dennis Michael McGiffen of Wood River, has a long affiliation with white supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nations. McGiffen received a seven-year sentence following his 1998 arrest on federal weapons and explosives charges. McGiffen was part of a group called The New Order that allegedly plotted to rob banks and attack blacks, Jews and civil rights organizations, including an attempted assassination of SPLC co-founder and chief trial counsel Morris Dees. On the ANSS website, McGiffen wrote that Dees “and the rest of the anti-white thugs (are attempting) to crush white pride.” McGiffen, a gym and fight club owner, didn’t return email requests for an interview. The Sadistic Souls’ website didn’t refer to the incident in Charlottesville. According to its website, the SPLC “hate map” was compiled using “hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.” Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing. Identified hate groups in the U.S. have almost doubled since 1999. The SPLC didn’t return a phone call or email to The State Journal-Register seeking information on why the Taylorville club was listed. — Steven Spearie contact: spearie@hotmail.com or follow on Facebook or Twitter (@StevenSpearie) *** SPLC also notes New Black Panther chapter in Springfield TheSouthern Poverty Law Center’s online “hate map” also includes one Springfield-based group, The New Black Panther Party, one of 20 of the party’s chapters and one of 193 black separatist groups listed on the map. The SPLC characterizes the New Black Panther Party, founded in 1989 under Aaron Michaels, as “a virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers.” The Springfield group, which has about 10 members since being founded in 2015, maintains a Facebook page as the New Black Panther Party For Self-Defense–Springfield, IL. The SPLC website lists three chapters under “New Black Panther Party For Self Defense,” but puts the Springfield group in the other category. A spokesperson for the Springfield group said he was aware of the SPLC listing and that the term “hate group” stigmatizes the party’s work. “It’s not black hate,” said Keith Muhammad, who lives in Springfield and serves as a regional field marshal for the party. “(Our party) hasn’t done anything hateful. “We say power to all people. It’s about lifting our own people up.” Muhammad, who has met with both Mayor Jim Langfelder and Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow about the group’s work, said it is more patterned after the original Black Panther Party, co-founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. Muhammad said he hasn’t personally approached the SPLC about the listing, adding that “the best way to rectify that is by our actions.” A spokesperson for the Springfield Police Department said Monday there were no police reports on file regarding the NBPP in the city. Commander Kurt Banks said the department was aware of the group’s presence, but that its listing as a “hate group” on the SPLC website didn’t immediately make it a target for law enforcement. “They can say and do whatever they want (within the law),” said Banks. A media representative from the SPLC didn’t return emails or phone calls about the specific actions of the NBPP in Springfield.

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Apple CEO Pledges $2 Million to SPLC and ADL, Attacks Trump …

The Washington Post reportsthat Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an internal email to all Apple employees outlining his own thoughts on the recent events in Charlottesville, his disappointment in President Trumps response and his dedication to donating $2 million combined to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Cook stated in the email that hate is a cancer and said, I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans. Cook outlined Apples plans to donate to the SPLC and the ADL, saying, Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30. The full letter from Cook reads: Team, Like so many of you, equality is at the core of my beliefs and values. The events of the past several days have been deeply troubling for me, and Ive heard from many people at Apple who are saddened, outraged or confused. What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country. Hate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path. Its scars last generations. History has taught us this time and time again, both in the United States and countries around the world. We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it. This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality. I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans. Regardless of your political views, we must all stand together on this one point that we are all equal. As a company, through our actions, our products and our voice, we will always work to ensure that everyone is treated equally and with respect. I believe Apple has led by example, and were going to keep doing that. We have always welcomed people from every walk of life to our stores around the world and showed them that Apple is inclusive of everyone. We empower people to share their views and express themselves through our products. In the wake of the tragic and repulsive events in Charlottesville, we are stepping up to help organizations who work to rid our country of hate. Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30. In the coming days, iTunes will offer users an easy way to join us in directly supporting the work of the SPLC. Dr. Martin Luther King said, Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter. So, we will continue to speak up. These have been dark days, but I remain as optimistic as ever that the future is bright. Apple can and will play an important role in bringing about positive change. Best, Tim The SPLC has been accused of using its list of hate figures as a political tool to silence conservatives in the past. In a 2010 article, journalist Ken Silverstein called the group essentially a fraud, stating that the group had a habit of casually labeling organizations as hate groups.’ Silverstein continued to say, In doing so the SPLC shuts down debate, stifles free speech, and most of all, raises a pile of money, very little of which is used on behalf of poor people. In June of this year, author, columnist, and former Islamic extremist Maajid Nawaz announced that he would be taking a defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Lawsuit Center for listing him as an anti-Muslim extremist. Nawaz stated,You know who else lists heretics who are deemed to be speaking against the accepted custom within Muslim communities? The jihadists. We know what happens when you list heretics among Muslims in this way. They end up dead. Nawaz further stated that he believes that groups like the SPLC are putting Muslim reformers who speak out against the current interpretation of Islam in danger. The SPLC was identified by convicted domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins as the inspiration for his attack on the Family Research Council in 2012. Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter@LucasNolan_or email him atlnolan@breitbart.com. P.S. DO YOU WANT MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS ONE DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX?SIGN UP FOR THE DAILY BREITBART NEWSLETTER.

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CNN Promotes Slanderous SPLC List – American Lens

This is CNN going utterly insane, says Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center. Yesterday, CNN published the Southern Poverty Law Centers misleading list of hate groups, a propaganda piece that has been used to smear conservative organizations and has inspired violent attacks. The list equates organizations like Family Research Council, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the American Family Association with actual hate groups simply because SPLC disagrees with the policy positions of these organizations. In 2012, a gunman injured a security guard while attempting to gain access to FRCs headquarters in Washington, DC. The suspect later told FBI investigators that he targeted FRC because it was listed as an anti-gay group by SPLC and planned to kill as many people as possible and then to smear the [Chick-fil-A] sandwiches on their faces as a political statement. In a more recent incident, LifeSiteNews reported the gunman who wounded U.S. Representative Steve Scalise in June had liked SPLCs Facebook page, in addition to other leftist groups. CNN originally ran the list under the headline Here are all the active hate groups where you live, which has since been changed to The Southern Poverty Law Centers list of hate groups. The piece has also been edited to remove the list with this note: Editors Note: The headline on this story has been changed to more closely align with the content of the piece, which clearly indicates that the data on hate groups is from the Southern Poverty Law Center. This story has also been updated to provide direct links to the full list from the SPLC as opposed to publishing the entire list here. Obviously, publishing SPLCs politically motivated list that aims to slander conservative organizations was an unwise decision on CNNs part. However, the editors at CNN only had to look back to June of this year to realize why promoting SPLCs propaganda is controversial. Earlier this summer, Guidestars non-profit database added SPLCs hate group tag to a number of organizations profiles before being forced to retract by the immediate backlash from conservatives. Gainor further explained his quote above, They (CNN) are serving as a platform for a radical left-wing hate group that exists solely to bash conservatives. Remember, if youre paying for cable, youre helping fund CNNs irresponsibility and political positions which you can view here. Is it time to cut the cord? Heres a step-by-step guide if youre tired of CNNs action; with over 1 million cancelling their cable subscriptions last quarter, you can be sure former viewers are starting to have an impact. This article was originally published at 2ndVote.com. Articles related to CNN and SPLC:

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Apple is now taking donations for the Southern Poverty Law Center through iTunes – The Verge

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an e-mail to company employees, stating his disagreement with President Donald Trumps comments concerning the violence in Charlottesville. He indicated that Apple will make a $2 million donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, and said that users would soon be able to donate directly to the SPLC through iTunes. That feature has just gone live. A new page appears on the iTunes desktop and mobile storefronts, and can be found under the New Music, Hot Tracks, and Recent Releases sections. Users can donate in $5, $`0, $25, $50, $100, and $200 increments. The page states that 100 percent of donations will be transferred to the civil rights organization. Apple wont share user information with the SPLC, and wont qualify to be claimed as a taxable donation.

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