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Press Release 09.5.19

ADVISORY: Civil Rights Experts Ring Alarm on Poll Closure Epidemic, Urge Passage of Voting Rights Advancement Act

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund will hold a national press call on Tuesday, September 10, at 3 p.m. ET to discuss its newly released report, “Democracy Diverted: Polling Place Closures and the Right to Vote.” A second iteration of original research first released in 2016, the report analyzes 757 of 861 counties and county-level equivalents previously covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which the U.S. Supreme Court gutted in its Shelby County v. Holder decision. The report explains how and why polling place closures are having an increasingly detrimental impact on communities in states with histories of voter discrimination.

Press Release 09.4.19

Civil Rights Coalition: Time for Action on School Climate

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund released “Civil Rights Principles for Safe, Healthy, and Inclusive School Climates” today to urge policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure that all students can learn in safe, healthy, and inclusive environments. Fifty-seven civil rights and education organizations signed onto the principles, asking members of Congress to fulfill their role in helping educators and communities create and maintain safe schools that afford all students equal educational opportunities by incorporating these principles into all relevant legislation.

Press Release 08.23.19

ADVISORY: Higher Education Experts Host Media Briefing on Civil Rights Policy Briefs

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund will hold an ethnic media briefing on Friday, August 30, at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT to discuss our recently released policy recommendations for incorporating the Higher Education Civil Rights Coalition’s 10 civil rights principles into higher education legislation. The recommendations were drafted to engage and educate diverse stakeholders and policymakers seeking reform in higher education to offer meaningful equal opportunity and success for all students, especially students of color who have been historically marginalized.

Uncategorized 07.26.19

ADVISORY: Census Advocates, Local Officials Host Summit to Encourage Communities to Get Out the Count

CHICAGO – On August 1, at 12:15 p.m. CT, The Census Counts Campaign, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and State Voices will host a lunch with state and local elected officials during the Get Out the Count (GOTC) regional summit in Chicago, IL. Both groups bring together the States Count Action Network (S-CAN), a coalition of local census advocates, to discuss and plan 2020 Census GOTC efforts to reach hard-to-count communities.

Press Release 07.10.19

Policy Recommendations Advance Civil Rights in Higher Education

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund today released key recommendations for ways in which policymakers can protect civil rights through higher education policy. The 10 policy briefs, based on The Education Fund’s 2018 civil rights principles, articulate the changes needed to create a higher education system that offers meaningful equal opportunity and success for all students, particularly the historically marginalized.

Press Release 07.2.19

Democracy Wins: Citizenship Question Removed From 2020 Census

WASHINGTON – 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:

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