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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Sen. Tom Harkin

Friday, May 2, 2014

On May 15, the civil and human rights community will honor Sen. Tom Harkin with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for his lifelong commitment to equality and equal opportunity.

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Categories: The Leadership Conference

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Over One Thousand Law Professors and Deans Express Concern Over Blocked Adegbile Nomination

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A letter from more than 1,000 law professors and deans this week questioned the message the Senate sent in March when it filibustered the nomination of Debo Adegbile as assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice.

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Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies

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White House Releases Report on Big Data and Privacy

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Following a 90-day review of big data policies, the White House today released “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values” – a move that was applauded by civil rights groups for its emphasis on critical civil rights concerns.

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Categories: Discrimination, Media & Technology

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Minimum Wage Bill Blocked in Senate

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Senate today voted (54-42) to block consideration of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S.2223), denying higher wages for millions of Americans, including a disproportionate number of African Americans, Latinos, women, and LGBT workers. The bill needed 60 votes in order to advance to a vote on the Senate floor.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Eliseo Medina

Friday, April 25, 2014

On May 15, the civil and human rights community will honor Eliseo Medina with its highest honor, the Hubert. H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award. Medina is one of the nation’s most ardent and successful labor organizers and an expert at building diverse coalitions among local community and national partners.

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Categories: Immigration, The Leadership Conference

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Voter Initiative Banning Race-Conscious Admissions

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In a 6-2 decision today in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (companion case Schuette v. Cantrell), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling and upheld a Michigan voter initiative that bans the practice of race-conscious admissions to the state’s public universities.

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Categories: Education, Equal Opportunity, Promoting Diversity

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Randi Weingarten

Friday, April 18, 2014

On May 15, the civil and human rights community will honor American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for her lifelong commitment to improving America’s education system.

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Categories: Education, The Leadership Conference

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Civil and Human Rights Groups React to Reports of Updated Profiling Guidance

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

When George W. Bush said in a presidential debate in 2000 that “we ought to do everything we can to end racial profiling,” the civil and human rights community hoped that his encouraging statement would lead to federal policy. However, his administration’s profiling guidance, released in 2003 and still to date unreformed, was inadequate 11 years ago and is even less sufficient in 2014 as it continues to affect millions of Americans from a range of racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

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Categories: Human Rights, Racial Profiling

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Civil and Human Rights Community Fights for Educational Opportunity

Friday, April 11, 2014

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education this year, civil and human rights groups are fighting for educational equity on a number of fronts to make the promise of Brown a reality.

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Categories: Education

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Obama to Sign Executive Orders on Equal Pay, Senate to Vote on Paycheck Fairness Act

Monday, April 7, 2014

President Obama on Tuesday will sign two executive orders on equal pay, one that bans retaliation against employees of federal contractors for discussing their wages, and one that instructs the Department of Labor to create new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit data on employee compensation.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Women's Rights

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