Stopping hate is really about stopping debate!

If you are in DC next week, you might want to stop by the National Press Club on Thursday for what should be a steamy session as the Center for Immigration Studies releases a new report on the tactics used by the Southern Poverty Law Center against anyone who disagrees with them on immigration (or anything else for that matter).

WASHINGTON (March 10, 2010) – After the collapse of the Senate amnesty bill in 2007, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) joined with the National Council of La Raza and others to launch a campaign to smear the three largest mainstream groups making a case for tighter enforcement and lower immigration. At the center of this campaign was the designation of the Federation for American Immigration Reform as a “hate group” and the spread of that taint to Numbers USA and the Center for Immigration Studies. The announced goal was to pressure journalists and policymakers not to meet or speak with these organizations. Touted as an effort to “stop the hate,” it was a thinly disguised move to stifle debate.

CIS will release a report next week examining the SPLC and its role in this campaign. “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.

For more information, go here.

Frequent visitors to this blog may remember that the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence from Portland, ME is affiliated with the Southern Poverty Law Center and is planning to “stop any debate” and vilify the citizens in four cities sometime soon.  See my report here.  One of those cities is nearby Frederick, MD.

I previously wrote about the Southern Poverty Law Center, here, when I wrote about their front man, Mark Potok, in a post that although over a year old is visited daily at RRW.

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