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Press Release 04.27.20

Post-Pandemic America Must Have Stronger Civil and Human Rights Protections

WASHINGTON – A united civil rights community urged Congress to ensure that our nation emerges after the COVID-19 pandemic as a more equitable, healthy, and just society. In the first comprehensive letter to lawmakers on the COVID-19 crisis from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, leading activists noted the spotlight that COVID-19 is shining on America’s longstanding institutional racism and systemic inequality. To build a stronger America, members of Congress must craft laws to protect public health more effectively, preserve and strengthen our public institutions, and ensure that our eventual economic recovery works for everyone.

Press Release 04.20.20

Turn Up Tuesdays Arrives in New York to Fight for the Right to Vote

NEW YORK – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, with its campaign And Still I Vote and in partnership with Common Cause New York, will hold multiple events this week to mobilize voters and urge officials in New York to ensure fair, free, and safe elections in 2020. These activities are part of Turn Up Tuesdays, a weekly, national call to action that focuses on a state in the country that needs to do more to ensure we have a fair and safe election in November.

Press Release 04.15.20

Civil Rights Groups: Vote by Mail Improvements Needed for Ohioans

CLEVELAND - Voting rights advocates urged Ohio election officials to improve the state’s flawed vote by mail system to ensure fair and safe 2020 elections -- particularly in light of Ohio’s upcoming election on April 28th which will be conducted almost entirely by mail, due to COVID-19 concerns. In today’s telephone press briefing, advocates from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, All Voting is Local, and local voting rights organizations warned that voters may be disenfranchised unless Ohio lawmakers and election officials act now for future elections.

Press Release 04.14.20

Press Call – Civil Rights Groups: Improvements Needed for Ohioans to Vote by Mail

CLEVELAND - On Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. EDT, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and All Voting is Local will host a telephone press briefing with Ohio voting rights organizations to discuss the voter advocacy work taking place in advance of the state’s rescheduled primary election. The conversation will also cover what Ohio’s election officials need to do to ensure that all voters are heard through the ballot, now and in November. Ohio’s election was moved from March 17 to April 28 over concerns about COVID-19. The election will also now be held almost entirely by mail.

Press Release 04.13.20

Civil Rights Groups Announce ‘Turn Up Tuesdays’ to Mobilize Communities to Fight for the Right to Vote

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and All Voting is Local, with its joint campaign And Still I Vote, launched Turn Up Tuesdays, a weekly, national call to action to mobilize voters and urge officials to ensure fair and safe elections in 2020. Kicking off in Ohio on Tuesday, April 14, Turn Up Tuesdays is dedicated to ensuring that the election process in upcoming primaries does not encounter the disarray that voters experienced in Wisconsin’s election on April 7. Ohio’s primary election is currently scheduled for April 28 after a postponement in response to COVID-19 concerns.

Press Release 04.13.20

150+ Groups: We Can Protect Democracy Even as We Safeguard Our Health

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, our Voting Rights Task Force co-chairs, and more than 150 organizations called on Congress to fully fund and direct states and counties to administer the 2020 elections in a safe, fair, and accessible manner. The groups advocated for the implementation of vote-by-mail, the expansion of early voting, and viable in-person voting options.

Press Release 03.27.20

Compromise Bill Supports Many, But Congress Must Do Much More

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passage of the third Congressional COVID-19 relief package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act:

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