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ICE’s Extreme Vetting Initiative will be Inaccurate and Biased — and Civil Rights Groups are Speaking Out

Thursday, November 16, 2017

What does it mean to be a “positively contributing member of society” who “makes contributions to the national interest? Under a little-noticed provision in President Trump’s January 2017 executive order known as the Muslim ban, every traveler to the United States would be screened against these criteria. If you’re baffled by this standard, so are … Read More

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How the FCC Could Roll Back Hard Fought Civil Rights Advances

Friday, November 3, 2017

Under the Communications Act, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is obligated to “make available … to all people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, a rapid, efficient, Nationwide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges.” Our nation’s communication … Read More

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Civil Rights and Public Interest Groups Express Support for FCC’s Lifeline Modernization Proposal

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) request for comments on its proposal to modernize the Lifeline program to include broadband, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights submitted comments to the FCC on August 31 strongly supporting the proposal and offering recommendations for the modernization effort. Created in 1984 under President Reagan, … Read More

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Civil Rights, Media, and Consumer Groups Release Principles for Lifeline Modernization

Thursday, June 11, 2015

On June 10, a broad coalition of more than 50 civil rights, media, public interest, and labor groups issued a public letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler, urging the FCC to rapidly update the Lifeline program to support broadband access for low-income people. In its letter, the groups also detail a set … Read More

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GAO Report Bolsters Need for Lifeline Broadband Expansion

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Lifeline program allows our nation’s most vulnerable communities to maintain telephone service that would otherwise be unaffordable – service that is essential for connecting with loved ones, searching for employment, pursuing further education goals, engaging fully as citizens, and calling 911. But a recent GAO report, commissioned by Sen. John Thune, R. S.D., to … Read More

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