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Latest Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Reject Flawed Budget Proposal

Thursday, October 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the budget resolution pending before the Senate: “Budgets are a reflection of our values, but the Senate Republican proposal is out of step with the values of most people in America. It is just a … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Pans Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of Thomas Farr

Thursday, October 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted, on a party-line basis, to advance the nomination of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina: “Thomas Farr has devoted much of … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Rebukes Attorney General Sessions’ Oversight Hearing Testimony

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ appearance before a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing: “President Trump has emboldened and enabled hate and division in our country – and Attorney General Sessions is a powerful leader of … Read More

Civil Rights Leaders Urge Senate Judiciary Committee to Oppose District Court Nominee Thomas Farr

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, national and local civil rights leaders held a telephone press briefing to call on the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject Thomas Farr’s nomination to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The committee is expected to vote on Farr’s nomination on Thursday, October 19. A recording of today’s … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Raises Serious Concerns About Attorney General Sessions’ Job Performance on Eve of Oversight Hearing

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the eve of the oversight hearing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, raising serious concerns about the Justice Department’s record on issues that are critically important to the civil and human rights community. The hearing marks the … Read More

In Cleveland Plain Dealer Op-Ed, Vanita Gupta Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down Ohio Voter Restriction Law

Sunday, October 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – As a new Supreme Court term begins, Justices will soon consider Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the State of Ohio illegally purged voters from its rolls in 2016, effectively marginalizing thousands of voters. With oral arguments in the case approaching, Vanita Gupta, president … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Trump’s Move to End Health Care Subsidies

Friday, October 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s move to end subsidies for certain health care plans: “Health care is a fundamental right for all in America. President Trump’s actions today attack that fundamental right and threaten the lives of millions. … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump’s Executive Order to Undermine Health Care

Thursday, October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s heath care Executive Order: “Now that President Trump and the Republican Congress failed to end the Affordable Care Act by legislation, the president is sabotaging the law by executive action. Today’s move is … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

2020 Census Threatened by Insufficient Funding, Warns Civil and Human Rights Coalition Leader in Congressional Testimony

Thursday, October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON—Today, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to testify about planning and preparations for the 2020 Census. “Our coalition views an accurate and fair census, and the collection of useful, objective data about our nation’s people, housing, … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Introduction of the 2020 American Census Investment Act

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the 2020 American Census Investment Act, introduced today by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.): “It may be 2017, but the 2020 Census has already begun, and it’s clear more resources are needed to ensure a successful … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

New Report Highlights Opportunities and Risks for the First “High Tech” Census

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI) released “Counting Everyone in the Digital Age: The Implications of Technology Use in the 2020 Decennial Census for the Count of Disadvantaged Groups,” a report that addresses how proposed Internet and automation technologies will affect 2020 Census enumeration for groups … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump’s Immigration Principles

Monday, October 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the immigration principles released by the White House last night: “Last night, the White House put forth a list of demands that is meant to kill any hope for a bipartisan agreement to save Dreamers … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Trump-Sessions Guidance for License to Discriminate Against LGBTQ People

Friday, October 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Attorney General Sessions’ guidance issued today: “This guidance is totally unnecessary, and is yet another mean-spirited attack against the LGBTQ community, people of color, and other minorities. This guidance is designed to do one thing … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Blasts Trump’s Rollback of Contraception Mandate

Friday, October 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s new rule that will roll back the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act: “This is a direct attack on women’s rights. The Trump administration is using the guise of religious liberty … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Rebukes Sessions’ Rescission of Title VII Policy Protecting Transgender Workers

Thursday, October 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ reversal of a Justice Department policy that clarified that transgender workers are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:  “This announcement is the latest example … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams House Budget Proposal and Calls for One that Promotes Opportunity for All

Thursday, October 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the House passage of their budget resolution: “The federal budget is a representation of our country’s moral values. Congress has a responsibility to fund the programs that support America’s working families while making critical … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Senate Committee for Advancing Nominations of Eric Dreiband to Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; Joan Larsen and Amy Barrett to U.S. Courts of Appeals

Thursday, October 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the party line advancement by the Senate Judiciary Committee of Eric Dreiband’s nomination for Assistant Attorney General to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and Amy Barrett and Joan Larsen to U.S. Courts … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Judiciary, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Justice System Reform

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on today’s bipartisan Senate introduction of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017, a bill that will slow the growth of our federal prison population by reducing lengthy sentences for certain people convicted … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Trump to Nominate HHS Secretary Dedicated to the Health of All

Friday, September 29, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price: “Secretary Price’s gross misuse of taxpayer funds may have been the ultimate cause for his resignation, but he failed in many ways to honor the … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Supreme Court to Uphold Workers’ Rights

Thursday, September 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the former chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Labor in the Obama administration, issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a challenge to … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Lambastes Republican Tax Principles

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Republican tax principles announced today: “The tax cut proposal put forward by the Trump administration and Republican leadership today is Robin Hood in reverse. Instead of investing in working families and communities throughout our … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Supports the Disability Integration Act

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Disability Integration Act: “Community integration of people with disabilities is a deeply important civil rights issue. The Disability Integration Act builds upon the historic Americans with Disabilities Act, and the promise of the U.S. … Read More

Categories: Disability Rights, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Lauds Demise of Graham-Cassidy Bill

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the reports that the Senate will not be voting on the Graham-Cassidy legislation to undermine the Affordable Care Act: “The latest partisan attempt to take health care away from millions of people has failed again, … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Blasts Graham-Cassidy Bill Following Partial CBO Score

Monday, September 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its partial analysis of the “Graham-Cassidy” proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act: “There is no bipartisan support in the Senate for taking away health care from millions … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

237 Organizations Urge Senators to Oppose the Graham-Cassidy Plan

Monday, September 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Health Law Program, the National Partnership for Women & Families, along with 234 other organizations, sent a letter to Senators urging them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal to eliminate affordable quality health care for millions of Americans by gutting the Affordable Care Act … Read More

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