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Latest Press Releases

Kobes Confirmation Puts Civil Rights in the Eighth Circuit into Jeopardy

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Jonathan Kobes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit: “Kobes’ confirmation exemplifies Republicans’ rush to transform the judiciary in Trump’s anti-civil rights image. His background shows a … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Attorney General Nominee Barr Must Protect Civil Rights and Be Independent

Friday, December 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s intent to nominate William P. Barr as the next Attorney General: “The Justice Department must strive to achieve justice for all. For the past two years, Department of Justice officials have rolled back … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Nominations, Press Releases

VIDEO: Leaders Press Civil and Human Rights Agenda at ‘Bend Toward Justice’ Conference

Friday, December 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of national and local activists and leaders heard from a wide range of speakers and learned skills to take back to their communities during The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ “Bend Toward Justice” conference held on Tuesday. “The enduring belief in a more perfect union has always fueled our fight for … Read More

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The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund Welcome New Staff

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, announced the addition of three new senior staff members: Andrew Ansel, director of institutional giving; Tamara Elaine Chrisler, managing director of policy and government affairs; and Beth Lynk, Census Counts campaign director. “We are excited to welcome … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Farr’s Defeated Nomination is a Victory for Civil Rights

Thursday, November 29, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the nomination of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina was defeated: “This is what placing country over party to protect our courts looks like. Today’s defeat of … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

ADVISORY: Civil and Human Rights Coalition Hosts ‘Bend Toward Justice’ Conference

Thursday, November 29, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will host its “Bend Toward Justice” conference on Tuesday, December 4 in Washington, DC. Attendees will hear from a wide range of speakers on pressing civil and human rights issues of the day. Each year, The Leadership Conference brings together its member organizations for an annual … Read More

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Kobes Advancement Continues Senate Republicans’ Attack on Federal Judiciary

Thursday, November 29, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate voted, on a party-line basis, to advance the nomination of Jonathan Kobes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit: “Advancing Kobes’ nomination is yet another demonstration of the Trump administration … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Facebook Must Change Policies and Practices to Protect Civil and Human Rights

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Color Of Change sent a letter to Facebook urging the company to “take immediate steps to build and restore public faith…in the aftermath of revelations detailing ways the company has undermined our democracy and civil society.” While Facebook is currently conducting a much-needed civil rights … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Senate Must Reject Farr to Protect Civil and Human Rights

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate advanced the nomination of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina: “Advancing Farr’s nomination is a disgrace and senators who support him should be ashamed. Farr’s … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Unite to Oppose the Nomination of Thomas Farr

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — Today, leaders from NAACP, Repairers of The Breach, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund hosted a press call denouncing President Trump’s nomination of Thomas Farr. Each participant expressed strong opposition to the nomination of Thomas Farr to the Eastern District of North Carolina. The following statements were made: … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases, Voting Rights

Trump Administration Must Respect Confidentiality of Census Information

Monday, November 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, released the following statement regarding documents made available during litigation that indicate the Trump administration was discussing potential ways to share census information with other agencies, in violation of federal law: “There is no debate about whether to keep census information protected – … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil Rights Leaders Urge Protection of Voting Rights and Counting Every Vote

Friday, November 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – Leaders from civil rights groups today discussed the importance of protecting voting rights for all following the midterm elections and ongoing ballot counting across the country. Issues covered included expanding language access, historic barriers to voting for African-American and Latino voters, election protection, and the importance of restoring the Voting Rights Act. Audio … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Department of Education Aims to Silence Survivors of Sexual Violence and Harassment

Friday, November 16, 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 Title IX regulation:  “This draft rule is a cruel attempt to silence sexual assault survivors and limit their educational opportunity and could lead schools to do even less to prevent … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Senators Must Reject McConnell’s Attempt to Pack Court with Extreme Nominees

Thursday, November 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture to advance the nominations of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of North Carolina and Jonathan Kobes to the U.S. Court of Appeals … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Policing Reform Overhaul Needed to Ensure Safety for All

Thursday, November 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – Lynda Garcia, policing campaign director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the release of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights police use of force report: “Law enforcement’s main goal is to protect and serve all people no matter their race, gender, gender identity, ability, immigration status, … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

PRESS CALL: Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Ongoing Threats to Voting Rights

Thursday, November 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Friday, November 16, at 3 p.m. EST, leaders from civil rights groups will discuss the importance of protecting voting rights for all following the midterm elections and ongoing ballot counting across the country. RSVP requested to voorhees@civilrights.org. WHEN: FRIDAY, November 16, at 3p.m. EST WHO: Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

House Democratic Staff Diversity Effort is Step in Right Direction

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement in support of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s letter on staff diversity: “The American people last week elected the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history, with more than 100 women joining the 116th Congress. The congressional … Read More

Categories: Diversity, Press Releases

Hate Crimes Rise Shows Need for Better Data, Policies and Rhetoric

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president & CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the release of the 2018 FBI hate crimes report: “These numbers are disappointing, but not surprising. The Trump administration’s divisive rhetoric and discriminatory policies fuel the flames of bigotry and acts of hatred throughout our … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Senate Panel Should Approve Dillingham to Lead Census Bureau

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement in advance of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ consideration of the nomination of Stephen Dillingham to be Director of the Census Bureau: “We urge the committee to advance the nomination of Dr. … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Demand Every Georgian Ballot be Counted

Friday, November 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following statement regarding the unresolved ballot crisis in Georgia: “This election presented Georgia voters with unnecessary and manufactured obstacles to the ballot, including voter purges, poll closures, long … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Sessions Gutted Key Tool for Department of Justice to Fix Unconstitutional Conduct

Thursday, November 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ issuance of a memorandum to gut the Department of Justice’s use of consent decrees: “Jeff Sessions’ parting act was another attack on the core mission of the Department of Justice. The … Read More

Trump Cannot Change Immigration Laws Through Executive Action

Thursday, November 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice’s proposed changes to asylum regulations:  “No president can change the law through executive action. Our country is still governed by laws, including those that provide a … Read More

Categories: Human Rights, Immigration, Press Releases

Sessions Firing Shows Trump Demands Loyalty, Not Independence, from Attorney General

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “Attorney General Sessions led an unprecedented attack on the Constitution and our civil rights. From abandoning important police reform measures to advancing anti-immigrant measures to defending discrimination … Read More

Categories: Nominations, Press Releases

In BuzzFeed Commentary, Ashley Allison Urges Values-Based Voting in Midterms

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a Buzzfeedopinion piece, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights executive vice president of campaigns and programs Ashley Allison emphasized the importance of everyone’s vote in today’s midterm elections in demanding change to our democracy to reflect all communities and all our country’s values. “In America, to use our voice — and to … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Sessions Shamelessly Seeks to Bypass Judicial Review of DACA

Monday, November 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a petition to circumvent three separate U.S. Courts of Appeals on litigation concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.   “The day before an election that will … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases