Southern Poverty Law Center Cuts Over 60 Jobs Amid Restructuring

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is laying off more than 60 employees as part of an organizational restructuring, according to the SPLC Union. Although the SPLC did not specify the exact number of layoffs, it confirmed that significant changes are underway within the organization.

The SPLC Union issued a strong statement on Thursday, criticizing the decision. “Today, the Southern Poverty Law Center — an organization with nearly a billion dollars in reserves, given an F rating by CharityWatch for ‘hoarding’ donations — gutted its staff by a quarter,” the statement read, as reported by The Associated Press. The union highlighted the negative impact these layoffs would have on the SPLC’s efforts to support immigrants, fight white supremacy, and promote human rights.

Despite the union’s criticism, the SPLC defended the layoffs as a necessary step. The organization emphasized that these reductions were difficult but essential to ensure its continued effectiveness.

The SPLC is known for its work in fighting hate groups and advocating for civil rights. However, the decision to lay off a significant portion of its staff raises questions about its future operations and ability to fulfill its mission. The organization must now navigate the challenges of maintaining its advocacy efforts with a reduced workforce.