Posted on June 13, 2024

Massive Layoffs at SPLC — ’Gutted Its Staff by a Quarter’

Caleb Taylor, 1819 News, June 13, 2024

The Montgomery-based, left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) laid off over 60 employees on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the SPLC employee union said on X Wednesday night that the nonprofit SPLC, “an organization with nearly a billion dollars in reserves, given an F rating by CharityWatch for ‘hoarding’ donations — gutted its staff by a quarter.”

“SPLC’s decision has a catastrophic impact on the organization’s work in support of immigrants seeking justice and its mission to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements and advance human rights through support of educators,” the SPLC union spokesperson said. “CEO and President Margaret Huang announced that the cuts would allow greater ‘focus’ on racial justice, but failed to explain how eliminating immigrant justice work and anti-racist education work served that goal. More than 60 SPLC Union members, including five Union stewards and our Union Chair, were informed that they would be losing their jobs. {snip}”