WASHINGTON - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and 49 civil rights, public interest, labor, faith, and technology organizations issued the below statement ahead of today’s White House summit with technology companies on violent online extremism:
The Leadership Conference Will Mobilize 108 Civil Rights Groups Throughout the Country on Voting Rights
WASHINGTON — As the country marks the six-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder that gutted a critical section of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will launch a Shelby Week campaign, mobilizing 108 civil rights organizations to demand the restoration of the VRA and urge members of Congress to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA). These groups will hold rallies, events, and actions nationwide in 10 states to highlight rampant racial discrimination in the nation’s election systems and the need for comprehensive reform to respond to the rollback in voting rights that has resulted from the ruling.
COLUMBUS – Today, Mike Brickner, Ohio State Director for All Voting is Local, appeared before the Ohio House of Representatives State and Local Government Committee to testify in opposition of Senate Bill 22, a measure that would allow boards of elections to reduce the minimum number of poll workers at polling locations.
WASHINGTON – In an opinion piece in The Hill, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3), called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a floor vote on the democracy reform package, the For the People Act. Sarbanes, chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, helped lead efforts to pass the bill in the House of Representatives.
WASHINGTON – Leigh Chapman, voting rights program director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, will testify today before the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on “Protecting the Right to Vote: Best and Worst Practices.” Chapman’s testimony emphasizes the serious threat poll closures pose to achieving equal access to the ballot and discusses other efforts to stifle the voices of our most vulnerable communities.
CLEVELAND – Mike Brickner, Ohio state director of All Voting is Local, a collaborative campaign housed at The Leadership Conference Education Fund, will testify before the House Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Elections today during its “Voting Rights and Election Administration in Ohio” field hearing. In his testimony, Brickner emphasizes efforts to undercut voting rights in Ohio and urges policy makers to protect equal access to the ballot box.
WASHINGTON – Allyn Brooks-LaSure, executive vice president for communications at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Attorney General William Barr’s public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report:
WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Senate introduction of democracy reform package the For the People Act: