From The Daily Beast:
It’s the latest move in an ongoing shakeup at the anti-hate organization that began when a cofounder left under a cloud.
Kelly Weill, Reporter Updated 10.28.19
The leader of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project is stepping down amid an ongoing leadership shakeup at the anti-hate organization.
Heidi Beirich will leave the SPLC, ending a 20-year run with the organization, she told staffers Monday. Her exit follows several resignations and terminations of SPLC leadership this year—including its cofounder, who was fired amid sexual harassment allegations, and a deputy legal director who said the organization had “more work to do” to guarantee a respectful workplace.
Beirich has worked for the SPLC for 20 years. An expert on the neo-Confederate movement, she led the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, which produced much of the center’s front-facing journalism including its Intelligence Report magazine and Hatewatch blog. …
But the SPLC has been undergoing institutional upheaval since March, when the center fired cofounder Morris Dees….
Beirich was among those who supported Dees’ ouster, multiple people familiar with the organization told The Daily Beast.
… SPLC President Richard Cohen resigned the following week “in order to give the organization the best chance to heal.”
Other March resignations included SPLC legal director Rhonda Brownstein and deputy legal director Meredith Horton.