SPLC - Poverty Palace

In 2005, construction was well under way on the Southern Poverty Law Center's new "Poverty Palace" headquarters in Montgomery, Alabama. 

The SPLC 2003 IRS 990 form alone (available to the public) values "land, buildings, and equipment" at $24,799,159 (2003 form 990, page 3, Line 57a).15  

Thus, the SPLC - a “non-profit” law center dedicated to eliminating poverty - now has a new six-story $24 million headquarters. In addition, in October, 2005, the SPLC completed construction on a new two-story $5.5 million Civil Rights Memorial Center.

Construction in 2005:

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The photos below show the buildings nearing completion. In the words of James Howard Kunstler:

Here and there around the rest of the downtown, other weird experiments in American post-war anti-urbanism presented themselves, most notably a 'building' designed to look like a small-scaled Death Star, all black reflective glass, canted concrete and steel walls – which turned out to belong to Morris Dees' renowned Southern Poverty Law Center -- deployed directly across the street from the modest white clapboard-with-green-shutters house once occupied by Jefferson Davis after Richmond fell and the Confederate leadership skeedaddled further south25... You put up a building that looks like the Fuhrer Bunker. It dishonors the site and it even dishonors your mission of social justice. The design of the building makes social justice appear despotic.26"

 

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