• The SPLC had moved away from its early work in such poverty law fields as death-penalty cases, employment rights, and voting rights because Dees had learned that he could take in more money by exaggerating the size and menace of the Klan. An editorial that accompanied the series said that while the Klan “deserves the scorn of all reasonable people,” it had become “a farce” and that center critics were justified in saying that it “focuses on the anti-Klan theme not because the Klan is a major threat, but because it plays well with liberal donors.”77 “The market is still wide open for the product, which is black pain and white guilt,” said one of the SPLC’s disillusioned former attorneys, a black woman.78
• Black attorneys who had worked at the center complained of systematic discrimination against them at the center. Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree said: “My students have come back with disappointing experiences…. It’s particularly disappointing to encounter racism at a civil rights organization.”79
• The SPLC raised huge amounts of money from fundraising campaigns that described urgent needs but used much of the money to pile up an enormous endowment and pay handsome salaries to its top executives.
• Three organizations that monitored charities nationwide “criticized the Law Center for misleading donors and spending too little on programs.”80 Donors to the SPLC often had no idea of its vast wealth and were duped into thinking that it was tottering on the brink of financial disaster. In fact, it operated from an office building so stylish that local wags sarcastically called it “The Poverty Palace.”
In 1994, the Advertiser published a nine-part series that pulled back the veil on the Southern Poverty Law Center and its charismatic leader, Morris Dees. In the series, which drew not only from the experiences of former staffers disillusioned by their time at the center but also from attorneys who had worked with Dees, he was described with such terms as phony, egotistical, ruthless, petty, and amoral. He was portrayed as a man motivated primarily by self-aggrandizement, “who carefully grooms his image to appeal to generous donors.”76
The paper revealed that:
The Center for Immigration Studies
“Immigration and the SPLC: How the Southern Poverty Law Center Invented a Smear, Served La Raza, Manipulated the Press, and Duped its Donors"authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jerry Kammer, will be released at a panel discussion on Thursday, March 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the Murrow Room of the National Press Club, 14th & F streets NW. The report will be online at www.cis.org.
Check it out when you can. This is the organization that ANDY SHER of this very "paper" (comic book) relies on for journalism.
Two peas in a pod...
“Immigration and the SPLC: How the Southern Poverty Law Center Invented a Smear, Served La Raza, Manipulated the Press, and Duped its Donors"
Check it out when you can. This is the organization that Andy Sher of this very "paper" relies on for journalism. Two peas in a pod...
Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center. 60 Minutes contemplates investigating the background of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center - talk to Dees' ex wife and daughter and others who know him. Talk to former employees and journalists who have investigated the Center. Explore their fundraising practices, including the "Expect More Bombs" direct mail campaign. Look at where center money comes from and where it goes. Do some digging on Dees - I suspect you will find a story.
Gee, Mr. Sher:
I'd like to know if you're on the center's payroll since you neglected to cover the points of question I've posed to you in two emails about this center.
That is a Spanish name and one that you and a cousin of mine in Cuba share. Gracias!
This is an important issue with many, many facets. Yes, the legislation will ensure that all who want to drive and are granted the privilege to drive by virtue of the state, will be able to understand, read and speak English well enough to not endanger others.
I am not talking about knowing English so well that they are ready to be a professor in a university setting or recite the Gettysburg address. One great benefit from having to take the exam in English will ensure they will grasp English and truly be able to realize the American dream. Just as thousands of previous immigrants did decades ago.
When there are opposing views, inevitably rivalry is born. To me growing up in boston, there is no greater rivalry than the red sox v the yankees.
But in america, the love of baseball is unrivaled. Children in the poorest countries play baseball w broomsticks and any round bounceable object they can get their hands on. Isn't our country great?
Go red sox!
Representatives, Senators and readers,
My friend who died as a proud American Marine sent me this one night shortly after he was deployed to Iraq.
He gave his life fighting for our country and it is my goal to honor him by fighting for our language as he fought for American values and freedom!
It is an honor to do my part for our brave men and women.
I believe in the United States of America, as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies. — William Tyler Page
I resent this reporter's assertion, implication, or suggestion that I support hate or racism because I choose to support HB 262.
As a young child, I endured being called names, I tolerated hatred from other kids because I was "darker' than they were, because my last name was Garcia, because I spoke Spanish and Italian IN ADDITION to English.
Because when my parents came to a school event or to a teacher conference, their English wasn't that good. Or because I had to be their translator.
I used all that to fuel my desire to learn more English and become better with the language. I also chose to use that to FUEL my knowledge of American history and be a better American!! After all, this was to be my new country, so why not take it seriously!!
Here is my personal position that no one has influenced, no one has put words in my mouth and no one has forced onto me.
I believe our government should implement a moratorium on immigration until such time that our government can get its arms around the unsecure borders, the fraud that permeates with passports, visas, and other methods of illegal entry into our country. It was a lax system that allowed terrorists into our country who killed over 3,000 innocent people in 9/11.
Other countries have serious and strict regulations as it relates to immigration.
So if you want to justify your position and ignore the reality and truth of where our country is right now as it relates to a disastrous and irreparable result of loose immigration laws by throwing out relations to hatred and using this questionable "poverty" advocacy group as a credible source, then I do feel for your aimless ways.
Our country deserves better. In addition to what is written at the feet of the statue of liberty:
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of you teamming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Perhaps a disclaimer should have also read:
Freedom, liberty, prosperity is not free. We welcome you to be free, but let it be known---work, blood, sweat and tears are a necessity.