The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy. Its Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes anti-bias documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that reduce prejudice and promote educational equity in our nation’s schools.

500 Pens’ volunteers initially came together to cover news for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program. While the scope of what we cover has expanded, we are grateful for the continued opportunity to write many of our stories in partnership with Teaching Tolerance and SPLC on Campus. Below are links to some stories that 500 Pens’ writers have covered for Teaching Tolerance’s magazine and website:

  • Trolls Under The Bridge Online by Andrea King Collier; March 20, 2017  
    “Just as nearly 6,000 tweets go into the world every second of every day, so do countless bullying attacks, penned by individuals with a desire to silence, intimidate, upset or control other internet users…”
  • Fake News And Teachable Moments by Katie Mgongolwa; March 6, 2017 
    “Although fake news has been around as long as real news, it has recently entered the classroom with a newfound boldness…”
  • Standing Up for the Undocumented by Lisa Applegate; March 3, 2017 
    “In an attempt to ease concerns from families, as well as provide clear direction for teachers and staff, some school districts are taking a public stand to protect and educate students who may be undocumented…”