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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

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The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Poverty & Welfare

There has long been a close association between the struggle for civil rights and the fight against poverty in the United States. The drive to dismantle segregation and defeat discrimination has been centered on the need to open the gates of economic opportunity, mostly closed to minorities, women, and other by both governmental and private action. 

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Says Balanced Budget Amendment Would Be 'Disastrous'

July 29, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today urged lawmakers to oppose a proposed balanced budget amendment being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Opposes Boehner 'Budget Control Act of 2011'

July 28, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The "Budget Control Act of 2011" under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives would have a "devastating effect" on people of color, young children, students, older Americans, women, the jobless, and the uninsured, warned The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Reid Deficit Reduction Package

July 26, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

In contrast to proposals that would weaken Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D. NV, has proposed a deficit reduction package that would preserve these vital programs.

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National Advocacy Groups: Deficit Reduction Cannot Increase Poverty

June 27, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Leaders from 25 prominent national religious, civil rights, charitable, economic research, and low-income advocacy organizations are urging the White House and leaders of both parties in the House and Senate to ensure that any deficit reduction plan does not cut programs for low-income families and does not increase poverty.

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Advocates Say Proposed Medicaid Changes Would Disproportionately Hurt Vulnerable Communities

June 10, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Plans circulating in Congress to modify the Medicaid health care program threaten to put millions of America’s most vulnerable citizens – minorities, seniors, children, and people with disabilities – at risk, warn civil and human rights advocates.

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Advocacy Groups Outline Principles for a Fair 2012 Budget

May 24, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

A coalition of more than 110 civil rights, labor, economic, and other advocacy groups says current negotiations over the FY2012 budget in Washington are going in the wrong direction and pose a threat to the economy and millions of Americans.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls Obama Budget Plan ‘Fair’ to Low- and Moderate-Income Americans

April 15, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 organizations, welcomed the Obama administration’s $4 trillion deficit reduction plan released this week.

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Report: Maintenance of Bank-Owned Properties Violates Fair Housing Standards

April 13, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Four fair housing organizations discovered severe racial disparities in how lenders secure and maintain foreclosed properties, according to a report released by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA).

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Ryan's 'Draconian' Budget Resolution

April 12, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 organizations, is calling on Congress to reject the Fiscal Year 2012 budget resolution put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

"The Ryan budget makes cuts that are extreme and irresponsible, slashing or eliminating many services that are needed by communities represented by The Leadership Conference, including vulnerable and low-income people such as young children, students, older people, the jobless, and the uninsured," said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, and Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president, in a letter to members of Congress.

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