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December 1, 2010 | Tim Rutten
The Southern Poverty Law Center is an organization with deep roots in the civil rights movement. Its ingenious lawsuits helped break the back of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist factions, and in recent years, it has joined the Anti-Defamation League as a reliable monitor of hate groups. The Family Research Council is an influential Washington-based advocacy group with deep roots in the religious right. Its annual political forum, the Values Voter Summit, has become a nearly obligatory stop for ambitious Republican office-seekers hoping to win the support of so-called values voters.
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April 14, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce
AURORA, Mo. - The elderly man was well known in this slightly faded farm town for his failed attempts at elective office, his libertarian leanings, his Southern charm. But Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also went by the name of Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., was known even more for his white supremacist beliefs that led him to try to incite a race war, pepper local papers with anti-immigrant letters and get into a shouting match with a Jewish student at Missouri State University. Police arrested Cross on Sunday on suspicion of shooting and killing a 14-year-old Boy Scout and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., and a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted living center.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2001
Chapman University on Monday presented its Albert Schweitzer Award of Excellence to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based organization that monitors hate groups. Jim Carnes, director of the Center's Teaching Tolerance Project and editor of Teaching Tolerance magazine, accepted the award in a ceremony on campus. The award is the highest service honor Chapman gives.
NATIONAL
February 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The number of far-right militias, extremist patriot groups and hate organizations in the U.S. dropped last year for the first time since 1999, but the organizations are becoming "leaner and meaner," the Southern Poverty Law Center reported Tuesday. The center attributed the drop to, among other factors, an improving economy and a gridlocked Congress that made little progress on flash point issues like gun control and immigration.  The absorption of some radical-right ideas into mainstream legislative proposals also helped cut down on the number of far-right groups operating in the U.S. to about 2,035 in 2013, the civil-rights advocacy group said . That's down 14% from 2,367 in 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1995
"Data-Gathering by Militias, Neo-Nazis Sets Off Violence Alarms" (Sept. 11) spotlights the activities of Aryan Nations and the militia movement in intelligence-gathering operations with some ominous overtones. Those of us who feel deeply that America was meant to be a nation of tolerance are surely troubled by the suspicion, hate and agitation being stirred up by some of these groups. One bright beacon of hope for me is the excellent Teaching Tolerance magazine and education program sponsored by another arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
NEWS
March 8, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A man who left the Ku Klux Klan because it wasn't radical enough, a retired Illinois prison guard and a construction worker plotted to bomb buildings, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, and kill a federal judge, prosecutors said. Federal authorities said the men are members of a white supremacist group called The New Order. They were arrested Feb. 23 in raids at their southern Illinois homes, where authorities found guns, a pipe bomb and hand grenades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1999
Act. Unite. Support the victims. Create an alternative. This is advice offered in "Ten Ways To Fight Hate," a slender manual published by the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal and educational organization that monitors hate groups and promotes the teaching of tolerance. The center calls its booklet a community response guide to hate crimes. We can attest that the advice is worthwhile--because we've seen it practiced here in the San Fernando Valley.
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Michael McGough
Does a watchdog group that monitors "hate" groups bear any responsibility for Wednesday's shooting of a security guard at the conservative Family Research Council in Washington? Some conservatives seem to think so. According to the Associated Press, the suspect in the shooting is Floyd Corkins II, who had volunteered for a local gay rights group. The FBI said he had 15 sandwiches from Chick-fil-A in his backpack. Gay rights groups have called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A because of its chief executive's opposition to same-sex marriage.
NATIONAL
February 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The number of far-right militias, extremist patriot groups and hate organizations in the U.S. dropped last year for the first time since 1999, but the organizations are becoming "leaner and meaner," the Southern Poverty Law Center reported Tuesday. The center attributed the drop to, among other factors, an improving economy and a gridlocked Congress that made little progress on flash point issues like gun control and immigration.  The absorption of some radical-right ideas into mainstream legislative proposals also helped cut down on the number of far-right groups operating in the U.S. to about 2,035 in 2013, the civil-rights advocacy group said . That's down 14% from 2,367 in 2012.
NATIONAL
May 8, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
Law enforcement officials in central Florida have been rounding up members of a white supremacist group who were allegedly training with weapons at a rural Osceola County compound. The training was reportedly in preparation for a coming "race war. " The group was also planning a "disturbance" at Orlando City Hall to recruit new members, according to court documents. The arrests of the 10 alleged members of the neo-Nazi skinhead group American Front, or AF, came after a confidential informant infiltrated its Osceola County chapter and shared information about the group's plans with state investigators.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Efforts to limit gun violence and to bring about immigration reform have led to a growing backlash from the extreme right, including the so-called patriot and militia groups, a civil-rights group said Tuesday. In its latest report , the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extreme right-wing and hate groups, said that it had counted 1,360 patriot groups in 2012,  up about 7% from the 1,274 active in 2011. But that is also a rise of 813% since 2008, the year before President Obama, the nation's first elected African American president, took office.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
If the Pasadena Playhouse had decided to adopt a theme song when a dire economy and long-standing debts forced it to cease operations for most of 2010 while it tried to claw its way back to solvency, “Stand by Me,” the 1961 pop-soul classic sung by Ben E. King, would have fit the situation precisely. It turns out that Mike Stoller, who co-wrote and co-produced “Stand By Me,” among dozens of other indelible hits of the 1950s and 1960s on which he teamed with his partner, the late Jerry Leiber, was paying attention, along with his wife, musician Corky Hale Stoller.
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Michael McGough
Does a watchdog group that monitors "hate" groups bear any responsibility for Wednesday's shooting of a security guard at the conservative Family Research Council in Washington? Some conservatives seem to think so. According to the Associated Press, the suspect in the shooting is Floyd Corkins II, who had volunteered for a local gay rights group. The FBI said he had 15 sandwiches from Chick-fil-A in his backpack. Gay rights groups have called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A because of its chief executive's opposition to same-sex marriage.
NATIONAL
August 6, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators had “looked at” Sikh temple gunman Wade Michael Page more than once because of his associations with right-wing extremists and the possibility that he was providing funding to a domestic terrorist group, but law enforcement officials at the time determined there was not enough evidence of a crime to open an investigation, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, would not say Monday which law enforcement agency had considered investigating Page, or when.
NATIONAL
May 8, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
Law enforcement officials in central Florida have been rounding up members of a white supremacist group who were allegedly training with weapons at a rural Osceola County compound. The training was reportedly in preparation for a coming "race war. " The group was also planning a "disturbance" at Orlando City Hall to recruit new members, according to court documents. The arrests of the 10 alleged members of the neo-Nazi skinhead group American Front, or AF, came after a confidential informant infiltrated its Osceola County chapter and shared information about the group's plans with state investigators.
OPINION
October 24, 2011 | By Sam Wineburg
"Students' Knowledge of Civil Rights History Has Deteriorated," one headline announced. "Civil Rights Movement Education 'Dismal' in American Schools," declared another. The alarming headlines, which appeared in newspapers across the country, grew out of a report released three weeks ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center, "Teaching the Movement," which claims that the civil rights movement is widely ignored in history classrooms. By not teaching it, the report claims, American education is "failing in its responsibility to educate its citizens to be agents of change.
OPINION
March 3, 2007
Re "The Klan is not rising again," Opinion, Feb. 27 David J. Garrow's article, although possibly accurate regarding the actual Ku Klux Klan organization, is misleading. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has collected statistics on skinhead and similar hate groups for years, the number of such groups is very much on the rise. Whether or not they call themselves the KKK is irrelevant to the reality of the growth of hate groups in American society, particularly groups promoting hatred against Latinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2005 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Five months after a Corona high school student was killed in a racially motivated attack off campus, a civil rights legend came to Riverside County on Wednesday and told thousands of Corona and Norco educators that they had a pivotal role in teaching children about tolerance. Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center and a renowned civil rights attorney, told the teachers that the "keys to the gates of opportunity and justice" were in their hands.
OPINION
December 1, 2010 | Tim Rutten
The Southern Poverty Law Center is an organization with deep roots in the civil rights movement. Its ingenious lawsuits helped break the back of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist factions, and in recent years, it has joined the Anti-Defamation League as a reliable monitor of hate groups. The Family Research Council is an influential Washington-based advocacy group with deep roots in the religious right. Its annual political forum, the Values Voter Summit, has become a nearly obligatory stop for ambitious Republican office-seekers hoping to win the support of so-called values voters.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2010 | By David G. Savage and Richard Fausset
Nine members of a Michigan-based anti-government militia that posted its military exercises on the Internet and allegedly plotted to kill police officers were indicted in Detroit on Monday on conspiracy and weapons charges. The indictment said the Hutaree, which describes itself as a "Christian warrior" group, viewed all law enforcement as the enemy. It said members planned a violent act to get the attention of the police, possibly by killing an officer at a traffic stop, then attacking the funeral procession with explosives.
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