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Latest Press Releases

Courts Change Lives: New Videos Explain What’s at Stake in Our Federal Courts

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

WASHINGTON –The Leadership Conference Education Fund today launched CourtsChangeLives.org, a new online resource featuring three videos emphasizing the consequential role our federal courts play in interpreting and upholding the law. The videos highlight immigration, equal pay, and police brutality as just a few examples of how courts affect marginalized communities. “Every day federal judges make … Read More

Hearings for Kavanaugh Set Before Senators and Public Have Opportunity to Review His White House Records

Friday, August 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Ashley Allison, executive vice president, campaigns & programs of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the announcement that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley intends to hold hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh starting September 4, 2018: “One of the most important roles of the Senate … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

#AgainstHate: New Website Remembers Charlottesville, Demands Action

Thursday, August 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville tragedy, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights launched a website with key resources and specific actions to fight hate. “Now more than ever, we must fight white supremacy and hate in all its forms,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Groundswell of Opposition Tells Commerce Department to Scrap the Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – More than 250,000 individuals and organizations urged the Commerce Department to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census, citing the threat to census accuracy in all communities that will undermine the fair allocation of political representation, public resources, and private investment for the next decade. The organizations represent millions of people from every … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

In The New York Times Editorial, The Leadership Conference President and CEO Talks Census

Saturday, August 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a Q&A published by The New York Times Editorial Board, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, discusses why weaponizing the 2020 Census with a citizenship question is bad for the census, our communities, and our nation. “[T]he mandate of the decennial census is one thing … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

National Archives Must Release Kavanaugh’s Full White House Record

Thursday, August 2, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the announcement by the National Archives that it is unable to respond to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s limited request for a small portion of Brett Kavanaugh’s White House records until the end of … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

140+ Civil Rights Groups Call on Commerce Department to Strike Unnecessary Citizenship Question

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with 145 national, state, and local organizations today urged the Department of Commerce to drop the citizenship question from the 2020 Census form. The groups write in part: “There is one constitutional purpose for the decennial census: to apportion seats in the U.S. House of … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil Rights Leaders and Senators Discuss #WhatsAtStake for LGBTQ Rights in SCOTUS Fight

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights hosted a telephone press briefing with civil rights leaders and senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today to discuss what’s at stake for LGBTQ rights in the Supreme Court vacancy and nomination process. The speakers emphasized how nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s troubling record on … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

Confirmation of Kavanaugh Protégé Britt Grant Poses Threat to Civil and Human Rights

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement following the Senate’s 52-46 vote to confirm nominee Britt Grant to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals: “Ms. Grant’s confirmation continues the Senate Republicans’ packing of our federal courts with Trump loyalists and ideologues. Grant earned a … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

More than 100 Civil Rights, Digital Justice, and Community-Based Organizations Raise Concerns About Pretrial Risk Assessment

Monday, July 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, a broad coalition of more than 100 civil rights, digital justice, and community-based organizations released a shared statement of civil rights concerns highlighting concerns with the adoption of algorithmic-based decisionmaking tools (also known as risk assessment instruments) as a substitution for ending money bail. These tools use data to forecast an individual’s … Read More

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#TodayItsCake: New Video Emphasizes Importance of Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision for All

Monday, July 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – Following the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court decision, The Leadership Conference Education Fund launched a video on the decision’s importance in the fight for civil rights protections for all. “With the recent Supreme Court vacancy, now more than ever our civil and human rights are at stake,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

The People Deserve to See Kavanaugh’s Full Record

Friday, July 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s narrow request that limits the amount of Kavanaugh’s record that the Senate – and the American people – will be able to review as part of his confirmation process: “Today, … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Trump Administration Fails to Reunite Families and Congress Must Demand Answers

Thursday, July 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Trump administration failed to meet a court-ordered family reunification deadline:  “In one fell swoop, the Trump administration ripped away thousands of children from their parents, then deported hundreds of parents without their children. The … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Department of Education to Student Borrowers: We Will Not Have Your Back

Thursday, July 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Department of Education’s proposed new borrower defense rules: “With these borrower defense draft rules, the Department of Education is once again proposing to fail our nation’s students and fail to enforce our nation’s laws. … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

PRESS CALL: Civil Rights Leaders, Senators Outline #WhatsAtStake for LGBTQ Rights in SCOTUS Fight

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. ET, civil rights leaders and senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will hold a telephone press briefing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and what’s at stake for the protection of LGBTQ rights. RSVP requested to voorhees@civilrights.org. WHEN: WEDNESDAY, August 1 at 11:00 a.m. … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

131 Groups Fight to Remove 2020 Census Citizenship Question

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, Muslim Advocates, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and 125 other grassroots, advocacy, labor, legal services, and other organizations on Tuesday submitted … Read More

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PRESS CALL MONDAY: Civil Rights, Digital Justice, and Community-Based Organizations Representing Millions Discuss Need to Reform Bail Systems Without Risk Assessment Algorithms

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET, civil rights, digital justice, and community-based organizations will hold a telephone press briefing to highlight their opposition to, and concerns with, the adoption of algorithmic risk assessment tools as a substitution for ending money bail. These tools use potentially inaccurate and biased data to forecast … Read More

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In The Nation, The Leadership Conference Says ‘Make Your Voice Heard’ on 2020 Census

Monday, July 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – In an opinion piece published by The Nation, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, underscores the importance of submitting a public comment to censuscounts.org to urge the removal of the citizenship question from the 2020 Census form. Gupta stresses the importance of a fair and accurate … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Discuss #WhatsAtStake for Voting Rights in SCOTUS Fight

Monday, July 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights hosted a telephone press briefing with other civil rights leaders today to outline and emphasize Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s threatening record to voting rights. The speakers underscored the dangerous implications of more restrictive voting rights for marginalized communities. A recording of the press … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases, Voting Rights

ADVISORY – Press Call Monday: #WhatsAtStake for Voting Rights in SCOTUS Fight

Friday, July 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, July 23 at 10:15 a.m. ET, civil rights leaders will hold a telephone press briefing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his threatening record on voting rights. Speakers will reflect on what’s at stake, especially for marginalized communities. RSVP requested to voorhees@civilrights.org. WHEN: Monday, July 23 at 10:15 a.m. ET … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Press Releases, Voting Rights

Senate Committee Republicans Cram Through More Ideological Judicial Nominees

Thursday, July 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote to advance Appeals Court nominees Britt Grant for the Eleventh Circuit and David Porter for the Third Circuit: “Senate Republicans continue Trump’s court packing with two more extremist nominees: Grant … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Bounds Withdrawal Shows Need for Senate to Fully Vet Nominees

Thursday, July 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the withdrawal of the nomination of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Ryan Bounds: “Today we saw some Republican senators exercise independence and refuse to be a rubber stamp. Judicial nominees must disclose all of … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Senate Eviscerates Checks and Balances by Advancing Extremist Nominee Bounds

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement following the party-line vote to advance Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Ryan Bounds: “The Senate’s complete disregard for its long-standing procedures and traditions reached new lows today. By advancing Bounds’ nomination, the Republican-led Senate is cramming … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund Welcome New Campaigns Staff

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, announced the addition of two new senior staff members: LaShawn Warren, senior vice president of campaigns and programs and Lena Zwarensteyn, fair courts campaign director. “We are fortunate to welcome these two talented additions to our … Read More

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