Policy Letters

Policy Letters

LCCR Letter to Senate in Support of the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act

Thursday, May 1, 2003

Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil rights coalition representing people of color, women, children, older Americans, persons with disabilities, gays and lesbians, major religious organizations, labor unions, and civil and human rights groups, we urge you to support … Read More

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Cloture of Owen Filibuster

Thursday, May 1, 2003

Recipient: Senate Dear Senator: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we would like to thank you for voting “no” on cloture and stopping the confirmation of Priscilla Owen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. LCCR … Read More

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Letter to Secretary Paige on Comments re: “Christian” Values in Education

Friday, April 11, 2003

Recipient: The Honorable Roderick R. Paige The Honorable Roderick R. Paige Secretary of Education U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary Paige, On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, as well as the other … Read More

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LCCR Letter on IDEA Voucher Amendment

Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Recipient: U.S. Senate April 9, 2003 Dear Representative: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), we urge you to oppose school voucher amendments during committee consideration of the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The school voucher amendment under consideration is similar to the McKay voucher program currently being … Read More

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LCCR Letter on the Class Action Fairness Act of 2003

Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Recipient: April 9, 2003 Dear Senator: We write to express the opposition of the civil rights community to S. 274, the Class Action Fairness Act of 2003, a bill that would substantially alter the constitutional distribution of judicial power. If passed, this bill would: remove most state-law class actions into federal court; clog the federal … Read More

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LCCR letter re: Appropriation of Remaining HAVA Funding

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Recipient: Senate Make Election Reform a RealityMarch 27, 2003 Dear Member of Congress, We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to appropriate the remaining funds in the fiscal year 2003 supplemental appropriations process necessary to fully fund the “Help America Vote Act” (P.L. 107-252). The “Help America Vote Act” authorizes a total of $3.9 billion over … Read More

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LCCR Letter to House on H. Con. Res. 95 (Tax Cuts)

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Recipient: March 19, 2003 Dear Representative: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we write to urge your opposition to the irresponsible and inequitable budget plan (H. Con. Res. 95) reported by the House Budget Committee. The plan seriously undermines … Read More

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LCCR Letter to House on Bankruptcy Reform (H.R. 975 )

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Recipient: U.S. House of Representatives OPPOSE UNFAIR BANKRUPTCY “REFORM”March 18, 2003 Dear Representative: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil rights coalition, we write to express our strong opposition to the “Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2003” (H.R. 975). We urge … Read More

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Fair Taxes For All Letter to House on H. Con. Res. 95 (Tax Cuts)

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Recipient: Public Oppose H. Con. Res. 95: Irresponsible Tax Cuts to Pay for Draconian Budget CutsMarch 18, 2003 Dear Member: As co-chairs of the Fair Taxes For All Coalition, a network of more than 230 national, state and local organizations and coalitions – together representing millions of Americans – we are writing to urge your … Read More

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LCCR Letter to Senate on S. Con. Res. 23 (Tax Cuts)

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Recipient: U.S. Senate Oppose S. Con. Res. 23 Support Amendments to Lower the Bush Tax CutMarch 18, 2003 Dear Senator: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we write to urge your opposition to the irresponsible and inequitable budget plan … Read More

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HEA Reauthorization

Friday, March 14, 2003

Recipient: Secretary of Education Rod Paige The Honorable Rod Paige Secretary of Education U. S. Department of Education FB6, Room 7W301 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 ATTENTION: HEA Reauthorization Dear Secretary Paige: As organizations deeply concerned with the national problem of hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents, especially on college campuses, we submit the … Read More

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LCCR Letter Opposing the Nomination of Priscilla Owen

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Recipient: Senate The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch Chair Senate Judiciary Committee 104 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Hatch: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition with more than 180 national organizations, we write to express opposition … Read More

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Miguel Estrada Confirmation Vote

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Recipient: Arlen Specter The Honorable Arlen Specter United States Senate 711 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Specter: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we write to express our sincere disappointment in your support for moving … Read More

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LCCR Letter to Atty. General Ashcroft on Women Asylum-Seekers

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Recipient: Ashcroft The Honorable John D. Ashcroft Attorney General of the United States U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530 Dear Attorney General Ashcroft: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), we write to express our concern about the prospective issuance of a final rule that may reinstate … Read More

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LCCR Letter to Rep. Hastert and Rep. Sensenbrenner

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Recipient: Reps. Dennis Hastert and James Sensenbrenner February 13, 2003 The Honorable Dennis Hastert Speaker of the House U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Speaker Hastert and Chairman Sensenbrenner: On behalf of the Leadership Conference … Read More

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Filibuster of Miguel Estrada

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Recipient: Harry Reid The Honorable Harry Reid United States Senate 321 Capitol Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Reid: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition with more than 180 national organizations, we write to express our profound gratitude for … Read More

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LCCR Letter on Cook and Roberts

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Recipient: U.S. Senate A SECOND HEARING NEEDED FOR COOK AND ROBERTSFebruary 11, 2003 The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch Chair Senate Judiciary Committee 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy Ranking Member Senate Judiciary Committee 433 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Hatch and Senator Leahy: On … Read More

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LCCR Letter on Justice Deborah Cook

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Recipient: Senate February 11, 2003 The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch Chair Senate Judiciary Committee 104 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Hatch: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we write to express our serious concern regarding the … Read More

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LCCR Letter Opposing the Confirmation of Jeffrey Sutton

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Recipient: Senate February 11, 2003 The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch Chair Senate Judiciary Committee 104 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Hatch: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we write to express our opposition to the confirmation … Read More

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LCCR Opposes the Confirmation of Miguel Estrada

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Recipient: Orrin Hatch The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch Chair Senate Judiciary Committee 104 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Hatch: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we write to express our opposition to the confirmation of Miguel … Read More

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Support Kennedy Amendment and End Minority Health Disparities

Thursday, January 23, 2003

Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, strongly supports Senator Kennedy’s health disparities/minority health amendment to the Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (H.J. Res. 2), which will end health disparities in America by the year 2010. We believe … Read More

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LCCR Letter to Sen. Frist on Civil Rights Priorities

Monday, December 30, 2002

Recipient: U.S. Senate The Honorable William H. Frist Majority Leader United States Senate 416 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Frist: After your unanimous election as majority leader of the Senate on December 23, you promised to “heal the wounds of division” that have been so prominently reopened by the recent events … Read More

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LCCR Letter to the President re: Commitment to Civil Rights

Friday, December 20, 2002

Recipient: President Bush The Honorable George W. BushPresident of the United States of AmericaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: During your 2000 campaign for president, you spoke often of being a “uniter, not a divider.” In light of the recent events involving Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), and his statements in … Read More

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Dennis Shedd Is Not Supported by African Americans in South Carolina or in the Fourth Circuit

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Recipient: Senate November 18, 2002 Dear Senator: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we write to set the record straight regarding the lack of support within the African American community in South Carolina for the confirmation of Dennis Shedd to … Read More

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Confirmation of Dennis Shedd

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Recipient: Richard J. Durbin The Honorable Richard J. Durbin United States Senate 332 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Durbin: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition, I write to express our deep appreciation for your votes in opposition … Read More

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