Southern Poverty Law Center

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an American 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal advocacy organization. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, it is known for its legal cases against white supremacist groups, for its classification of hate groups. The SPLC was founded by Morris Dees, Joseph J. Levin Jr., and Julian Bond in 1971 as a civil rights law firm in Montgomery.

In 1980, the SPLC began a litigation strategy of filing civil suits for monetary damages on behalf of the victims of violence from the Ku Klux Klan. The SPLC also became involved in other civil rights causes, including cases to challenge what it sees as institutional racial segregation and discrimination, inhumane and unconstitutional conditions in prisons and detention centers, discrimination based on sexual orientation, mistreatment of illegal immigrants, and the unconstitutional mixing of church and state. The SPLC has provided information about hate groups to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement agencies.

Since the 2000s, the SPLC's classification and listings of hate groups (organizations it has assessed either "attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics") and extremists have often been described as authoritative and are widely accepted and cited in academic and media coverage of such groups and related issues. The SPLC's listings have also been the subject of criticism from those who argue that some of the SPLC's listings are overbroad, politically motivated, or unwarranted. There have also been accusations of misuse or unnecessarily extravagant use of funds by the organization, leading some employees to call the headquarters "Poverty Palace".

In 2014 some mainstream media sources claimed that the FBI severed ties with SPLC but this was apparently not true.[1][2]

In 2019, founder Morris Dees was fired following accusations of sexual harassment, which was followed by President Richard Cohen's resignation. An outside consultant, Tina Tchen, was brought in to review workplace practices, particularly relating to accusations of racial and sexual harassment. Margaret Huang, who was formerly the Chief Executive at Amnesty International USA, was named as president and

2023: SPLC lawyer Thomas Webb Jurgens is facing domestic terrorism charges. He is innocent until proven guilty.

Hate Sites

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Despite this, the more targeted rebuke of self-titled 'men's rights activism' and online male supremacy - a philosophy the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as "a hateful ideology advocating for the subjugation of women" - constitutes a much more targeted blurring of the line between comic-book villainy and real-life figures. [3]

While making The Red Pill Cassie Jaye contacted SPLC who confirmed that they did not consider A Voice for Men to be a hate site.

In 2018 the SPLC classified A Voice for Men as a male supremacy hate site.[4][5]

Article claims that a blog post was from 2022 but it links to an article on AVfM from 2011.[6] Another link is dead.

Apple donoated USD1M in 2017.

For the fiscal year ending October 31, 2021, SPLC reported revenue of $133 million and total assets of $801 million, including $770 million in investments.[7]

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