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Senators Fail Democracy by Blocking Consideration of Key Voting Rights Bill

WASHINGTON —Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the U.S. Senate failed to amend the filibuster to allow an up or down vote on the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act: “The Senate has blocked a simple vote on our most […]

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Advocates Continue Fight to Protect 2020 Census After SCOTUS Punts on Trump’s Unlawful Apportionment Policy

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2020 – After the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the Trump administration’s unlawful executive memorandum in Trump v. New York as premature, Beth Lynk, director of the Census Counts Campaign at The Leadership Education Fund, issued the following statement: “Although the Supreme Court did not rule on the merits of […]

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150 Civil Rights and Public Interest Groups Urge Senate to Oppose Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination

WASHINGTON, October 6, 2020 — The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, joined by 149 other organizations, today urged the Senate to oppose the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The letter reflects the broad range of problematic issues in Judge […]

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Civil Rights Groups Urge California Voters to Reinstate Affirmative Action in Higher Ed

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2020 – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and more than 70 civil rights and education organizations today wrote in support of California’s Proposition 16, which would reinstate affirmative action in public higher education and afford all Californians equal opportunity to fully participate in society. Prop. 16 would repeal Prop. […]

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Civil Rights Groups Voice Support for Southern Poverty Law Center in Response to RNC Resolution

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2020 – In response to a resolution adopted by the Republican National Committee “refuting the legitimacy of the Southern Poverty Law Center to identify hate groups,” and saying that “the federal government should not view [SPLC] as a legitimate foundation equipped to provide actionable information,” 25 civil rights groups issued the following statement: […]

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Advocates Call on Congress to Fund Elections Immediately

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2020 – Civil rights advocates hosted a press briefing call today to outline the need for immediate election funding in the new COVID-19 relief package to protect the integrity of the general election. Speakers included Rep. Terri Sewell and Calif. Secretary of State Alex Padilla, as well as leaders from The Leadership Conference […]

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Trump’s Unconstitutional Memo Tries to Redefine Who Counts as ‘Persons’

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2020 — Following President Trump’s unconstitutional memorandum banning undocumented immigrants from counting toward congressional apportionment, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement: “This xenophobic action is unconstitutional. Undocumented immigrants live, work, and go to school in every state and they are part of […]

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: Facebook’s Civil Rights Audit Shows Need for Reforms

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2020 – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and leading civil rights groups issued the following statement on Facebook’s civil rights audit: This audit has laid bare what we already know — Facebook is a platform plagued by civil rights shortcomings. Facebook has an enormous impact on our civil rights — […]

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Civil Rights Leaders’ Statement on Justice in Policing Act

WASHINGTON June 8, 2020 – Leading national racial justice organizational leaders today issued a joint statement on the bicameral introduction of the Justice in Policing Act: “This nation is facing another crisis of police killing Black people. While these killings underscore how much systemic racism endures in our nation, this moment has been met with […]

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Civil Rights, Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Police to Protect Public Health while Safeguarding Rights

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2020 – Noting an increase in discriminatory policing practices during COVID-19, The Leadership Conference Education Fund released principles that provide actionable recommendations for law enforcement agencies across the country to better protect the health and safety of communities and officers during the pandemic and beyond. The principles, Public Safety During COVID-19 and […]

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101 Civil Rights Groups Call for Robust Funding for U.S. Postal Service

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2020 – Citing concerns about the financial insecurity facing the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 100 other civil rights groups called on Congress to support robust funding for the agency in the next coronavirus response package. The […]

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National Rights Groups Call for Pause in Judicial Confirmations Process

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2020— Forty pro-democracy and civil rights groups today joined in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, urging them to halt the process of federal judicial nominations and confirmations at this time.  The groups are members of the Fair Courts Task Force of The Leadership Conference on Civil and […]

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Voting Rights Groups: Elections Must Proceed While States Protect Public Health

WASHINGTON March 13, 2020 – The co-chairs of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Voting Rights Task Force issued the following statement on the state of Louisiana’s decision to postpone its presidential primary, originally scheduled for April 4, until June 20: “The current Coronavirus pandemic presents tremendous challenges to local authorities as they plan for […]

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The Leadership Conference Condemns Growing Number of Attacks on Faith Communities

WASHINGTON December 30, 2019 –  Ashley Allison, executive vice president of campaigns and programs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the recent attacks on faith communities: “The civil and human rights community is heartbroken and enraged by the recent attacks on communities of faith. We strongly condemn […]

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The Leadership Conference Statement on the Passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings

WASHINGTON October 17, 2019 – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings, Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee: “Elijah Cummings was a giant and the civil and human rights community has lost a dear friend […]

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Report: 1,688 Poll Closures ‘Divert’ U.S. Democracy

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2019 – Thirteen U.S. states closed a staggering 1,688 polling locations in just six years, according to a new report from The Leadership Conference Education Fund. The report, “Democracy Diverted: Polling Place Closures and the Right to Vote,” notes that 1,173 of the closures occurred between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections […]

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Civil Rights Advocates Continue to Fight to Ensure a Fair and Accurate 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2019 – Leading civil rights organizations held a telephone press briefing today to discuss Trump’s remarks regarding the citizenship question on the 2020 Census. “Trump has begrudgingly accepted what the Supreme Court, census experts, and three federal courts have told him – he cannot weaponize the 2020 Census by adding a citizenship […]

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Vanita Gupta: Democracy Wins: Citizenship Question Removed From 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2019 – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, issued the following statement on the U.S. government’s decision to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census and begin printing the forms: The people have spoken, the courts have spoken, and finally, the Trump administration has conceded – there […]

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Two-Thirds of Americans Report Hate Incidents Have Intensified Since 2016

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2019 – More than two-thirds of Americans say that hate incidents have intensified during the past two years, according to a new report released today by the Communities Against Hate initiative (CAH). The report, Hate Magnified: Communities in Crisis, documents where hate incidents occur, which communities are most likely to experience hate […]

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Kristine Lucius: Republicans Continue Sham Judicial Hearings

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2018 – Kristine Lucius, executive vice president of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing today on pending judicial nominations including 9th Circuit nominee Eric Miller: Senate Republicans continue attempts to remake the federal judiciary in President Trump’s image while […]