Policy Letters

Policy Letters

Letter Urging Rejection of New York’s ESSA Waiver Request

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Secretary DeVos, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 16 organizations listed below, we urge you to ensure that children receive the support and attention they deserve through the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As many of us … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

Oppose the Confirmation of Leonard Steven Grasz to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to the confirmation of Leonard … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Oppose the Confirmation of Stuart Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to the confirmation of Stuart … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Oppose the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” and Any Efforts to Repeal the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate Provision

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Health Law Program, and the National Partnership for Women & Families, we urge you to oppose the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” In addition to the overall inequity of the … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Health Care

Oppose the Confirmation of David Stras to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Monday, November 27, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to the confirmation of David … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Protect Lifeline and Diverse Media Ownership

Friday, November 17, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: Chairman Ajit Pai, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Dear Chairman Pai: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, we write to submit for the record our statement, “How the FCC Could Roll Back Hard Fought Civil Rights Advances.” The Leadership Conference is a coalition … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Media & Technology

Support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 (S. 1917)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States, we wish to express … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Criminal Justice

Oppose House tax bill, H.R. 1

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Representative, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States, I write to urge you to vote against H.R. … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Economic Security

Oppose the Confirmation of Don Willett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in opposition to the confirmation of Don Willett … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Oppose H.R. 3299, the “Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act”

Monday, November 13, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Representative, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, I urge you to oppose H.R. 3299, the “Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017.” H.R. 3299 would allow payday lenders and other non-bank institutions to use “rent-a-bank” arrangements to evade state usury laws … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Financial Services

The Leadership Conference Letter on Attorney General Sessions’ House Judiciary Committee Testimony

Monday, November 13, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: House Judiciary Committee Dear House Judiciary Committee Member, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I am writing … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Civil Rights Enforcement

Civil Rights Groups Express Concerns Regarding Florida’s Submitted State ESSA Plan

Thursday, November 9, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. November 9, 2017 The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 17 organizations listed below, we urge you to ensure that children receive the … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

Oppose the Confirmation of Brett Talley to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. November 8, 2017 Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to the … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Oppose the Confirmation of Gregory Katsas to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. November 7, 2017 Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in opposition to the confirmation … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Oppose the Confirmation of Allison Eid to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Recipent: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in opposition to the confirmation … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary

Letter Opposing H.R. 732, The “Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act”

Monday, October 23, 2017

Recipient: U.S. House of Representatives View the PDF of this letter here. October 23, 2017 OPPOSE H.R. 732, THE “STOP SETTLEMENT SLUSH FUNDS ACT” Dear Representative, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, I urge you to oppose H.R. 732, the “Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017.” H.R. 732 would … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter

Leadership Conference letter on Sessions Senate Judiciary Committee testimony

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Recipient: Senate Judiciary Committee Dear Senate Judiciary Committee Member, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I am writing … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Civil Rights Enforcement

Oppose the Confirmation of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Monday, October 16, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in opposition to the confirmation … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Nominations

Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform Must Include Both Front End and Back End Reform

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

View a PDF of this letter online here.  Recipients: House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee Dear Member of the House/Senate Judiciary Committee: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Human Rights Watch, we write to express our … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Criminal Justice

Oppose the Nomination of Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary of Labor

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Recipient: U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of approximately 200 national advocacy organizations, I am writing to express our opposition to the confirmation of Patrick … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Equal Opportunity

Leadership Conference letter regarding EEOC nominees

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of approximately 200 national advocacy organizations, I am writing to express our concerns regarding the nominations of Janet … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Equal Opportunity

Oppose the Graham-Cassidy Plan Which Will Destroy Medicaid, End the Medicaid Expansion, and Defund Planned Parenthood

Monday, September 25, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Health Law Program, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and the undersigned 234 organizations, we urge you to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal (Graham-Cassidy). This proposal will eliminate affordable quality … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Health Care

Letter Re: Concerns about Impact of Student Loan Servicing and Debt Collection Changes and Undermined Regulations on Black and Latino Borrowers

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: Secretary Betsy DeVos Dear Secretary DeVos: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

Post-Charlottesville Hate Crimes Summit Coalition Recommendations to the Department of Justice

Friday, September 15, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Recipient: John M. Gore, Acting Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Re: Hate Crimes Coalition Policy Recommendations Dear Acting Assistant Attorney General Gore: On behalf of the undersigned civil rights, religious, education, and professional organizations, we write to recommend concrete next steps that the Department can and … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Hate Crimes

Protect the Lifeline Program

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. September 13, 2017 PROTECT THE LIFELINE PROGRAM Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States, and the … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Media & Technology