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.
Today, the SPLC spends most of its time--and money--on a relentless fund-raising campaign, peddling memberships in the church of tolerance with all the zeal of a circuit rider passing the collection plate. "He's the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the civil rights movement," renowned anti- death-penalty lawyer Millard Farmer says of Dees, his former associate, "though I don!t mean to malign Jim and Tammy Faye."
The Center earned $44 million last year alone--$27 million from fund-raising and $17 million from stocks and other investments--but spent only $13 million on civil rights program , making it one of the most profitable charities in the country.
In the early 1960s, Morris Dees sat on the sidelines honing his direct-marketing skills and practicing law while the civil rights movement engulfed the South. "Morris and I...shared the overriding purpose of making a pile of money," recalls Dees's business partner, a lawyer named Millard Fuller (not to be confused with Millard Farmer). "We were not particular about how we did it; we just wanted to be independently rich."
The more money the SPLC receives, the less that goes to other civil rights organizations, many of which, including the NAACP, have struggled to stay out of bankruptcy.
Dees's compensation alone amounts to one quarter the annual budget of the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights, which handles several dozen death-penalty cases a year. "You are a fraud and a conman," the Southern Center's director, Stephen Bright, wrote in a 1996 letter to Dees, and proceeded to list his many reasons for thinking so, which included "your failure to respond to the most desperate needs of the poor and powerless despite your millions upon millions, your fund-raising techniques, the fact that you spend so much, accomplish so little, and promote yourself so shamelessly."
Soon the SPLC win move into a new six-story headquarters in downtown Montgomery, just across the street from its current headquarters, a building known locally as the Poverty Palace.