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Latest 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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In Second #SaveSCOTUS Video, Civil and Human Rights Coalition Says #StopKavanaugh

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights released a video today in response to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, highlights the Senate’s duty to put country over party and reject Kavanaugh’s nomination The video details the threat Kavanaugh poses to American civil and … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

100+ Civil, Human Rights Groups Urge Senate to Oppose Brett Kavanaugh

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WASHINGTON—The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and more than 100 national, state, and local organizations today wrote a letter to the Senate urging them to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. “The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of our … Read More

Senate Moves to Vote on Extremist Nominee Andrew Oldham

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passage, on a party-line basis, of a cloture petition to schedule a floor vote for Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Andrew Oldham: “While much of the national attention is on the Supreme Court … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Supreme Court Nomination

Monday, July 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Following President Trump’s announcement of his intent to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Alliance for Justice, and People For the American Way hosted a telephone press briefing with other civil rights leaders to … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Brett Kavanaugh is Unfit to Serve on Supreme Court

Monday, July 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s announcement that he intends to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: “Brett Kavanaugh is a direct threat to our civil and human … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

In Huff Post Commentary, The Leadership Conference Emphasizes Threat to Voting Rights with Supreme Court Vacancy

Friday, July 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a commentary in Huff Post, Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, discusses the danger the country faces in protecting voting rights in the wake of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. “Replacing Justice Kennedy with a justice who shares Trump’s extreme position would leave millions … Read More

Categories: Nominations, Press Releases, Voting Rights

NEW TIME – 10:00 PM ET TODAY: Civil Rights Leaders to Discuss Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Friday, July 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Following President Trump’s announcement of his nomination for the Supreme Court, tonight at 10:00 PM ET, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Alliance for Justice, and People For the American Way will host a telephone press briefing with other civil rights leaders to discuss the significance of his pick and the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

DeVos and Sessions Rescind Key Guidance on School Diversity

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

WASHINGTON — Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement following reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will rescind guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice that provides a roadmap to implement voluntary diversity and integration programs consistent with Supreme … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

#SaveSCOTUS: New Website Outlines Significance of Supreme Court Vacancy

Thursday, June 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – In the wake of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights launched a new website, SaveSCOTUS.org, to serve as a resource platform for critical information about the importance of the Supreme Court and the need for President Trump to nominate an independent, fair-minded justice who will protect the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Senate Judiciary Republicans Advance ‘Crusading Ideologue’ Brasher

Thursday, June 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to advance the nomination of Andrew Brasher for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama: “Mr. Brasher is a crusading ideologue who has advanced … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Implications of Justice Kennedy Retirement

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON –The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other organizations today hosted a telephone press briefing on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Civil rights leaders outlined what’s at stake in the wake of his retirement, the need for an independent and fair-minded justice, and the importance of opposing any nominee … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

4:30PM ET TODAY: Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today at 4:30 p.m. ET, civil rights leaders will hold a telephone press briefing on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The speakers will reflect on what’s at stake in the wake of his retirement, and the importance of opposing any nominee who will not be an independent and fair-minded justice. … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Statement on the Retirement of Justice Kennedy

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on the announcement that Justice Kennedy plans to retire at the end of the current Supreme Court term: “During his three decades of service on the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy was the fifth and deciding … Read More

Hate Crimes Charges Filed Against Charlottesville White Supremacist

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Department of Justice filed federal hate crimes charges against James Alex Fields Jr., the driver accused of killing and harming counterprotesters at the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia: “This is a very … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, Press Releases

In USA Today Opinion Piece, The Leadership Conference and the Casey Foundation Highlight Urgency of Counting Kids in 2020 Census

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a USA Today opinion piece, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, discuss the repercussions of undercounting millions of young children in the 2020 Census. “We are on the verge of making such a … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Janus Decision Threatens Economic Security of Working People

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31: “The aggressively activist decision today by five members of the Supreme Court in Janus … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups to OCR Head Ken Marcus: Enforce Civil Rights for All Students

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 23 civil rights groups today sent a letter to Kenneth Marcus, the irresponsibly confirmed assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Throughout the confirmation process for assistant secretary, Marcus gave troubling statements that demonstrated his unwillingness and inability to enforce … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

At Public Hearing: The Leadership Conference Advocates to Eliminate Tipped Minimum Wage in New York

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – During a hearing convened today by the New York Commissioner of Labor to evaluate the possibility of ending the tipped minimum wage in that state, Emily Chatterjee, senior counsel for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, will offer testimony in support of the proposal. Earlier this year, The Leadership Conference’s sister … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Supreme Court Sides with Bigotry, Endorses Muslim Ban

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii: “The Supreme Court endorsed a regression of freedom and liberty today, by permitting a Muslim ban that reflects one of the most xenophobic, nativist chapters in … Read More

Supreme Court Decision Silences Minority Voters

Monday, June 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Abbott v. Perez: “The decision by five justices of the Supreme Court to silence the voices of Latino and Black voters by permitting discriminatory redistricting plans is beyond … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Press Releases

The American People Need Answers

Thursday, June 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after President Trump continued to signal a retreat from his family separation policies: “As the president bragged about the number of attendees at his rally yesterday, the American people are only concerned about one number: the … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

In Pride Month Advocate Commentary, The Leadership Conference Highlights Threat to LGBTQ Rights by Extreme Judicial Nominees

Thursday, June 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a commentary in The Advocate, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, reflects on the dangers that Trump’s judicial nominees pose to the LGBTQ community. “By the end of 2017, the civil rights group Lambda Legal found that one in three of the president’s judicial nominees … Read More

Categories: LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

Trump Order Does Not Fix Crisis He Started

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration enforcement: “Once again, this is a problem of the president’s own making. His administration flagrantly unleashed a cruel policy to tear away immigrant babies and children from their families, … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases