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Latest 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

In Huff Post Commentary, Vanita Gupta Urges Participation in Pivotal Midterms

Sunday, November 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a Huffington Post opinion piece today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights president and CEO Vanita Gupta emphasized the impact that next week’s midterm elections will have on the future of our democracy. “People’s lives hang in the balance,” said Gupta. “Our votes can move the nation to a place where … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil Rights Groups Show Solidarity with Victims of Hate in National Full-Page Ads

Sunday, November 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Communities Against Hate, and 83 other civil rights organizations today launched full-page advertisements in The New York Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in solidarity with victims of recent acts of hate and … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Trump Seeks to Incite Hate and Violence with Fake ‘Crisis’

Thursday, November 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump delivered remarks on his manufactured crisis at the southern border: “As the fires of hate smolder in the United States, once again we find the president with matches in one hand and … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Launch Voter Education Campaign for Georgia Voters with Pending Registrations

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund, The Campaign Legal Center, and Access Democracy launched a voter education campaign this week focused on Georgia’s voters with pending registrations. The groups sent postcard mailers and a series of text messages outlining what these impacted voters need to bring to the polls to ensure their ballots are … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Statement on Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue

Saturday, October 27, 2018

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh: “Acts of hatred targeting communities because of their faith, race, or ethnicity must stop. The mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue is unfortunately … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Scores the 115th Congress

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today released its ratings for every member of the 115th Congress. The Voting Record, which has been issued for every Congress since 1969, scores votes taken by every senator and representative on the legislative priorities of The Leadership Conference. The Voting Record grades members of … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Press Releases, Reports, Resources

Republicans Continue Sham Judicial Hearings

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – Kristine Lucius, executive vice president of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing today on pending judicial nominations including 9th Circuit nominee Eric Miller: “Senate Republicans continue attempts to remake the federal judiciary in President Trump’s image while the Senate is … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump Administration Attack on Transgender Rights

Sunday, October 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on reports the Trump administration plans to remove federal protections for transgender people: “This proposal is a cruel attempt to rob transgender people of their humanity. It defies the medical community, science, civil rights laws, the … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

Republicans Hold Sham Judicial Nominees Hearing

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – Kristine Lucius, executive vice president of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing today on pending judicial nominations: “Every other Senate committee cancelled their hearings during this recess, but Chairman Grassley is rushing through Trump’s extremist judicial nominees by moving forward … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Senate Judiciary Committee Must Halt Hearings on Trump’s Extremist Judicial Nominees

Monday, October 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – Kristine Lucius, executive vice president of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Chairman Grassley’s intent to hold Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on judicial nominations during the recess period: “The Senate is in recess, senators are out of town, every other committee postponed their hearings, but … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil Rights and Women’s Rights Advocates: Congress Must Enact Meaningful Workplace Harassment Protections

Monday, October 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), and more than 30 organizations released a call for urging legislative action to address and eliminate workplace harassment and discrimination. In a set of principles and priorities, the organizations provide guidance to lawmakers to … Read More

Senate Must Stop Rubberstamping Trump’s Takeover of Federal Courts

Thursday, October 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s consideration of 15 lower court judicial nominations without the normal time allotted for debate: “In recent weeks, people from all corners of our country have risen up and spoken out about how a … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Senators Must Reject Dreiband to Lead Civil Rights Agency

Thursday, October 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 50-47 to advance the nomination of Eric Dreiband as Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division: “Eric Dreiband is the wrong choice to lead the nation’s largest civil rights … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Nominations, Press Releases