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Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC, Mark Potok, Morris Dees, Heidi Beirich)

Left-wing group co-founded by Morris Dees. In the past has sued the Klan and taken other legitimate actions towards civil rights. However, since the near-demise of the KKK, they've lately spent some time spreading scare stories about a rise in "hate", naming "hate groups", and strongly supporting illegal immigration; those keep the donations rolling in.

Past or current member of the Border Human Rights Working Group headed by the Mexican government-linked Peter Schey. Frequently cited by the mainstream media as a credible source. Their Mark Potok misled about hate crime statistics, with his claims since repeated countless times by the MSM.

See also "The church of Morris Dees" from Harpers Magazine (link, link), the quotes from Jim Tharpe of the Montgomery Advertiser here, a "watch" site here, "Southern Poverty Law Center Pushes Twisted Definition of 'Hate'" (link), this, Mark Potok, and Heidi Beirich.

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FBI delinks SPLC, Anti-Defamation League; ADL not at all happy - 03/26/14

... supposed anti-hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti Defamation League as "Resources". Some time recently, the FBI silently removed those two organizations from the set of links in that Resources section. According to [3], the FBI says of this change: "Upon review, the Civil Rights program only provides links to resources within the federal government... While we appreciate...

Evangelical Immigration Table supports bad personal and public policy (Sojourners, Focus on the Family, Richard Land) - 06/12/12

... women." However, Ralls' claim that the Southern Poverty Law Center has named Focus on the Family as a "hate group" doesn't appear to be accurate; the SPLC only listed them as "anti-gay" (splcenter . org/get-informed/intelligence-report/ browse-all-issues/2005/spring/a-mighty-army). Focus on the Family avoided the dreaded asterisk. For a similar example of trouble in paradise, see this from 2010.

Is SPLC legal director Mary Bauer credible? (Alabama, immigration) - 06/01/12

... quote from Mary Bauer of the Southern Poverty Law Center (link): ...employers have so far escaped sanctions [under Alabama's new immigration law]. One section assigns escalating penalties for employers caught hiring undocumented workers, ranging from a three-year probation for the offending company to a permanent suspension of all business licenses in the state. Officials report virtually no...

Wade Henderson, UAW, SPLC join to harm Alabama over immigration law (LCCHR, Cindy Estrada, Mary Bauer) - 06/01/12

... Bauer (legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center) In order to support illegal immigration, those groups will try waging economic war against Alabama (link): "Our message to the Legislature is simple. If we can't appeal to your humanity, we then will appeal to your pocketbooks," Henderson said in a conference call with reporters. ...Henderson said there will be "targeted advertising" to...

Brave New Foundation, Rachel Maddow think you're gullible (FAIR, immigration, SB1070) - 04/25/12

... includes Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Pablo Alvarado of NDLON; see those links for background information. [2] The quote above is the verbatim of the graphic, including its two grammatical errors: accusation needs to be pluralized, and "complementary" ("something that completes") should be "complimentary". The transcript of the Maddow show is less inaccurate than the...

ACLU, SEIU, SPLC, NILC, MALDEF, PRLDEF sue South Carolina over new immigration law - 10/12/11

... government on immigration), * Southern Poverty Law Center (at least an indirect link to that same government), * National Immigration Law Center, * Service Employees International Union (as a plaintiff), * Southern Regional Joint Board of Workers United (as a plaintiff), * MALDEF, * PRLDEF, * Appleseed, * and smaller local groups. 1. A list of the people involved is at [1]. The complaint is at...

Mexico, 15 other countries file brief against Alabama immigration law; Mexico/DOJ/ACLU/SPLC/churches all on same side - 08/05/11

... American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Department of Justice, the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, and the Mexican government are all involved in the same suit and are all on the same side against the will of the great majority of Americans. From this: "They want to make sure their citizens are treated cor­rectly, and they have a sover­...

SPLC, ACLU, NILC sue Alabama over new immigration law (HB56) - 07/09/11

... government on immigration), the Southern Poverty Law Center (at least an indirect link to that same government), the National Immigration Law Center, the Asian Law Caucus, and the Asian American Justice Center. 1. Excerpts from the press release are at [1], and a list of the attorneys involved is at [2]. 2. See Georgia, Indiana, Utah, and Arizona for information on other suits by the same groups...

Mexico, other countries file briefs in ACLU /SPLC suit over Georgia immigration law - 06/16/11

The Mexican government and 10 other countries [1] have filed amicus briefs in a lawsuit that seeks to block Georgia's new immigration law. As previously discussed, three of the far-left groups involved in the suit are directly linked to the Mexican government, making that country's direct involvement just the icing on the cake. See a list of the groups involved at the last link. Part of Mexico's...

Ask SPLC to denounce racism involving ACLU's Georgia immigration suit (Workers United, SEIU) - 06/04/11

The Southern Poverty Law Center is one of the groups suing Georgia over that state's new immigration law; see the link for the details. A leader of one of the SPLC's compatriots in the suit has made a racist (and ageist) statement about the suit. Let's try to get the SPLC to denounce his comments, despite the fact that he's on their side. That shouldn't be that difficult, should it? The SPLC has...

Mexico-linked groups, ACLU, NILC, SPLC, SEIU sue Georgia over Arizona-style immigration law (+ADL, Mexico join) - 06/03/11

... Immigration Law Center, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The first two have recently also sued Indiana and Utah. The Service Employees International Union is one of the many plaintiffs in the Georgia suit; they're also involved in the Utah suit. The ACLU's press release is at [1]. The ACLU is one of the groups that's directly linked to the Mexican government. Another group linked to the...

Supreme Court upholds 2007 Arizona immigration enforcement law; eVerify; losing: US Chamber, DOJ, Berman, NCLR, ADL, SPLC, AILA, SEIU, LULAC - 05/26/11

... associated group of Barack Obama) * Southern Poverty Law Center * Service Employees International Union * National Day Laborer Organizing Network(NDLON) * National Immigrant Justice Center * American Immigration Council * Asian American Justice Center * Asian American Institute * Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund * Asian Law Caucus * Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern...

DHS uses Giffords shooting to push loose borders political agenda (Jared Lee Loughner, American Renaissance) - 01/09/11

... quote from Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center who, to his slight credit, admits that Taylor isn't anti-Semitic. [3] A newer report by Fox (link) only refers to the memo as a "law enforcement memo based on information provided by the Department of Homeland Security". [4] From this: An official familiar with the Arizona shooting investigation said Sunday that local authorities are...

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, several others shot; Palin, Tea Party candidate - 01/08/11

... quote from Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Meanwhile, from this: Jared Taylor called DHS' views "scurrilous" and took especial issue with the reference to his group being "anti-ZOG." "That is complete nonsense," he said. "I have absolutely no idea what DHS is talking about. We have never used the term 'ZOG.' We have never thought in those terms. If this is the level of research we...

Southern Enrichment Law Center: pics of Morris Dees' house - 08/07/10

... the manse of Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Misleading about immigration and related topics and enabling illegal immigration has been very good for the SPLC and also very good for Dees himself, as can be seen in the photos (link; article formerly located here; via this). Knick knacks to be found in the pictures include a decorative rickshaw, some sort of sculpture with what...

SPLC promoted Bill Ayers, didn't reveal terrorist past - 07/15/10

... Tolerance" - a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center - offered a laudatory interview with Bill Ayers, the former Weather Underground terrorist. They only referred to how he "literally walked out of jail into his first teaching position" and the fact that he was a "radical anti-Vietnam War activist" without revealing that he was a domestic terrorist and a largely unrepentant one at that....

Linda Sanchez bases smear of laws like Arizona's on non-credible SPLC, Andrea Nill - 06/03/10

... (FAIR), helped write the law. The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled FAIR a hate group, a designation that the organization disputes. The groups that Sanchez considers credible sources are in fact not very credible at all. Please refer to the dozens of posts at the following links to find out just how little credence one should give to the opinions of those listed: * Southern Poverty Law...

Meet the 'Patriots': SPLC lies and misleads (Bachmann, Al Garza, Joseph Farah, Taitz...) - 04/18/10

If you trust the Southern Poverty Law Center to tell you the truth - and to be interested in getting the truth in the first place - please see the following as well as the other posts at the last link. The latest example of how you can't trust them comes from "Meet the 'Patriots'" (splcenter.org/get-informed/publications/the-patriots?page=0,0) which lies about at least two of the people on the...

Andrea Nill promotes false Obama claim in smear of Lou Dobbs - 03/03/10

... Referring to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (perhaps more on that later), she writes (thinkprogress.org/2010/03/03/dobbs-splc-hate-groups): While campaigning in 2008, Obama himself accused Dobbs of "ginning things up" to such an extent that hate crimes against Latinos soared. The last sentence links links to the contemporaneous Huffington Post report at huffingtonpost.com/2008...

LULAC, Mark Potok of SPLC, NCLR, America's Voice, MMFA cheer & smear over Dobbs leaving - 11/12/09

There's a round-up of reaction from far-left groups to Lou Dobbs' announcement that he's leaving CNN here. The biases of the article's author (Victor Manuel Ramos of the Orlando Sentinel) are discussed in this separate post. The quotes below were offered at a press conference organized by Media Matters for America:

Howard Kurtz is still not a reliable source (Lou Dobbs) - 11/12/09

Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post offers "Anchor Lou Dobbs resigns from CNN" (link). Let me show some ways that he's still not a reliable source: Lou Dobbs, the most opinionated and divisive anchor at a cable network that bills itself as a straight-news oasis, resigned from CNN on Wednesday night... Some of the other CNN personalities - such as Rick Sanchez, Soledad OBrien, and Anderson Cooper...

Justice Department investigating Suffolk County (NY) Police (treatment of Latinos; follows SPLC report) - 10/08/09

Just over a month ago, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report alleging anti-Latino policing in Suffolk County (Long Island, New York). Now the Department of Justice has launched an investigation (link): Justice Department investigators “will seek to determine whether there are systemic violations of the Constitution or federal law” by the police, said Alejandro Miyar, a spokesman for...

Liza Mundy /WaPo lies about Obama certificate (+SPLC joins in) - 10/06/09

... Beirich, director of research at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Beirich says that a popular conspiracy theory among such groups is that the government is going to round up citizens and put them in camps operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Drop Dobbs: illegal activity-supporting racial power groups and far-left want Lou Dobbs off CNN - 09/17/09

... U.S.-Mexico border might be invalid) * Southern Poverty Law Center (misled about hate crime statistics) * Media Matters for America * Frank Sharry * Reform Immigration for America * Center for New Community * Hispanic Institute (see below) * Dolores Huerta Foundation (promoted demographic hegemony, hatred against Republicans) * National Hispanic Media Coalition * National Puerto Rican Coalition...

SPLC smears Steve Levy in quest to support illegal activity (Suffolk County, Long Island; CAP) - 09/02/09

The Southern Poverty Law Center has a new report entitled "Climate of Fear/Latino Immigrants in Suffolk County, N.Y." about that county on Long Island, New York (splcenter.org/news/item.jsp?aid=395). County executive Steve Levy has attempted to reduce illegal immigration in his county, such as by taking actions against residences where dozens of illegal aliens live; see this from 2005 and also...

Sources for DHS rightwing extremism report: ADL, SPLC, NYT, LAT, Dave Weigel... - 08/12/09

... large number of links to the Southern Poverty Law Center, including [1]. That SPLC link is misleading for the reasons outlined here and here. That misleading claim made it into DHS's report. * Several links to the Anti Defamation League. See the link for more on them. * "At Gun Show, Conservatives Panic About Obama" by Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent [2]. See his name's link for more...

Kentucky state hate crimes report smears Constitution Party (uses SPLC as source) - 06/22/09

... officials and news reports. Source: Southern Poverty Law Center.” A search for documents at ky.gov shows that the same language was used in their 2004 and 2005 reports. For a related case, see the report from the state of Missouri.

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights supports illegal immigration, misleads about hate crimes (SPLC, MALDEF, ADL, NCLR, NHMC...) - 06/19/09

... the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) have become increasingly concerned about the virulent anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric employed by a handful of groups and coalitions that have tried to position themselves as legitimate, mainstream advocates...

Casey Sanchez/SPLC, Frank Sharry, Andrea Nill/CAP smear FAIR over non-existent connection (Dave Bennion) - 06/17/09

... FAIR press release (link): The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has launched its most irresponsible attack to date against the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The SPLC claims that Shawna Forde, the alleged killer of a little girl and her father during an Arizona home invasion, had ties to FAIR. Although no association exists -- or ever has -- between Ms. Forde and FAIR, the...

Obama, ADL, SPLC, Phil Gordon, Catherine Herridge, Shep Smith, Joan Walsh, Chris Matthews, others try to exploit shooting at Holocaust Museum - 06/11/09

... some say" (link). He quotes the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mark Potok: "I think this latest round of killing once again shows how ridiculous the criticism from the right of the Department of Homeland Security report was. That whole brouhaha was absurd... Rush Limbaugh and John Boehner can go on until the end of time about how [the report] was an attack on conservatives, but in reality it was...

America's Voice offers very lightweight hit piece on Jeff Sessions - 05/07/09

... anti-immigrant hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. That might make some members of Congress think twice about developing a relationship with the group, but clearly not Jeff Sessions. As detailed at the last link, the SPLC is not in any way a credible source. Some members of Congress are obviously dumb or far-left enough to put faith in what they say, but no one else should. [1]...

George Soros funding ACLU, SPLC immigration projects - 04/29/09

... involving are: Sam Brooke; lawyer; Southern Poverty Law Center; Montgomery, AL Brooke will engage in advocacy and public education to curb arbitrary detentions and abuses at Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the southeastern United States. Amalia Greenberg Delgado; lawyer; American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California; San Francisco, CA Greenberg Delgado will develop a...

SPLC: DHS rightwing extremist report mentions them and "tracks" theirs "fairly closely" (Harry Smith; +two errors) - 04/16/09

... a misleading report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. I say "almost" because of this: Mark Potok, director of the [SPLC's] intelligence project, said... he was generally pleased with the report... "Basically, the report tracks fairly closely with what we have been saying for some time now. They mention us a couple of times, though not by name," he said. Anyone who wants to do something...

Bennie Thompson "dumbfounded" by DHS rightwing extremist report - 04/16/09

... several organizations, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Anti-Defamation League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the National Abortion Federation, and others with long-standing experience in monitoring rightwing domestic terrorist groups and assessing their danger. Congress...

SPLC names "hate group" based on something they didn't promote - 04/10/09

The Southern Poverty Law Center publishes a list of "hate groups" which includes both true hate groups as well as those who simply disagree with the SPLC's support for illegal immigration and the like. That would be insignificant if it weren't for the fact that the mainstream media as well as even government agencies take them seriously. One group on the latest list is the Illinois Family...

Dennis Roddy /Pittsburgh PG, SPLC, LGF, HotAir, Kos use tragedy to smear opponents - 04/05/09

... Beirich, director of research at the Southern Poverty Law Center and an expert on political extremists. She called Mr. Poplawski's act, "a classic example of what happens when you start buying all this conspiracy stuff." Meanwhile, over at HotAir, one of their staffers links to the Little Green Footballs entry [1] with the title "Surprise: Pittsburgh cop-killer was anti-semitic, white...

SPLC, ADL used as sources for Missouri militia report? - 03/27/09

... Morris Dees and his ultra-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center. And if my hunch (a very educated hunch, I might add) is correct, it means that the DHS and various State police agencies around the country are allowing a left-wing special interest group to use them to harass, intimidate, and profile people with conservative political opinions. And, ALIPAC says this: ALIPAC is issuing a national...

SPLC live web chat: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 03/13/09

... March 18 at 2pm Eastern, the Southern Poverty Law Center will be conducting a live online webchat. You have to sign up beforehand here: splcenter.org/news/item.jsp?aid=368&splcnewsletter=newsgen-031109 Those participating include their president Richard Cohen and Mark Potok. Bearing in mind that signing up might end up in you being put on more than just a mailing list for donations, here are...

Clarissa Martinez/NCLR's offensive, misleading pro-illegal immigration editorial - 02/07/09

... designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center -- decided that he is better qualified than Latino civil rights leaders to speak to Latino views. What's next, David Duke writing about African American views on affirmative action? See their name's link for more on the SPLC. See the ethnic conformity for the "better qualified" bit. See hispanic civil rights for that part. As for the...

Carrie Johnson /WaPo smears opponents of Obama, immigration (rise in "hate", SPLC) - 01/11/09

... 2000, according to experts at the Southern Poverty Law Center, an independent organization that monitors racist movements... Although questions persist about the ability of such groups to carry out violent plans, several recent national developments have combined to worry analysts, said Mark Potok, chief of the law center's Intelligence Project. In addition to the economic downturn, he cited...