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Latest Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Shame Department of Education for Reinstating ECA

Thursday, January 17, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 12 national and local education and civil rights groups sent a letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education regarding the reaccreditation of the Education Corporation of America (ECA), a for-profit academic institution that historically and disproportionately disenfranchises black and brown … Read More

Minimum Wage Bill Will Give Poorest in America a Long-Overdue Raise

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019: “Earning a livable wage is a civil and human right. The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 is a significant step towards combatting the staggering … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Barr Proves He Will Not Protect Our Civil Rights as Attorney General

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

WASHINGTON – Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to William Barr’s performance during his confirmation hearing to be U.S. Attorney General: “William Barr had the opportunity today to prove to all of us that he could be the independent, … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Nominations, Press Releases

The House Rejects White Nationalism and White Supremacy in Long Overdue Act

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passage of H.Res. 41, a resolution Rejecting White Nationalism and White Supremacy: “White nationalism and white supremacy are antithetical to what makes this country great and have no place in our public discourse. These … Read More

Categories: Discrimination, Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Civil Rights, Census Advocates Applaud Ruling to Remove Citizenship Question

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, released the following statement after U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled in the New York cases to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census form: “Today’s decision vindicates what we know: the addition of the citizenship question was based, in Judge … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Rao is Unfit to Serve As a Federal Judge

Monday, January 14, 2019

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the nomination of Neomi Rao to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit: “What we know of Neomi Rao’s record makes perfectly clear that she is unfit to serve as a fair and … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

AUDIO: Senators Must Determine Whether AG Nominee Barr Will Enforce Civil Rights

Thursday, January 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – Ahead of Attorney General nominee William Barr’s confirmation hearings next week, civil rights organizations held a press call today to discuss the Department of Justice’s important civil rights enforcement role and the need for the Senate Judiciary Committee to determine whether Barr is committed to upholding the civil rights of all people. A recording … Read More

Categories: Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Demand Trump Administration Vigorously Protect Students from Discrimination

Thursday, January 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – In the last days of 2018, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice rescinded the joint Dear Colleague Letter on the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 119 state and national education and civil rights groups today sent a letter to the … Read More

Oval Office Address Doesn’t Excuse Trump’s Shutdown

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s oval office address: “Lies delivered from behind the Resolute Desk are still lies. Trump’s remarks tonight continue his campaign of fear and misinformation – a campaign that is short on reality and long … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

PRESS CALL: Barr’s Attorney General Nomination is a Threat to Civil Rights

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, January 10 at 11:00 a.m. ET, civil rights organizations will host a telephone press briefing to discuss William Barr’s concerning track record of enforcing our nation’s civil rights. As the nation’s top law enforcement officer and leader of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Attorney General is responsible for safeguarding our civil rights. … Read More

Categories: Press Releases

ADVISORY: Groups Show Broad Support for Democracy Reform and Pathway Ahead to Victory

Monday, January 7, 2019

WHAT: Press conference at which an unprecedented coalition of democracy, environmental, good government and other groups will detail the broad local, state and national support of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) and discuss its path to success post-introduction. Americans nationwide have demanded these proposed reforms. In light of voting rights suppression across many … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Whitney Herrington is New Executive Vice President and COO of The Leadership Conference & The Education Fund

Monday, January 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund named operations visionary Whitney Herrington as executive vice president and chief operating officer. “I am thrilled to welcome Whitney to work alongside a powerful coalition of passionate advocates,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference and … Read More

Categories: Press Releases

H.R. 1 Promises Democracy Reform and Congress Must Deliver

Friday, January 4, 2019

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued this statement following the introduction of democracy reform package H.R. 1 – the For The People Act: “This bill represents a significant step toward meaningful reform to bolster voting rights and improve campaign finance and ethics laws. Protecting … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Trump Administration Must Uphold Protections Against Discrimination

Thursday, January 3, 2019

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on reports that the Trump administration is seeking to roll back disparate impact regulations that provide anti-discrimination protections to people of color, women, and others: “Disparate impact theory, the recognition that unlawful discrimination can be identified … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Press Releases

Students Deserve Better: New Website Urges Department of Education to Protect Students’ Rights

Thursday, January 3, 2019

WASHINGTON—The Leadership Conference Education Fund today launched a new website, “Students Deserve Better,” to hold the Department of Education and its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) accountable for an unwillingness to protect students’ civil rights.  The campaign aims to empower parents and other education advocates to raise their voices and press Education Secretary Betsy DeVos … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

DeVos and DOJ Repeal Discipline Guidance that Clarifies Children’s Civil Rights

Friday, December 21, 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 Education and U.S. Department of Justice rescinded the Dear Colleague Letter on the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline. The guidance was issued jointly by both departments in January 2014: “This decision … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

75 Groups: Barr’s Nomination is Threat to Civil Rights

Thursday, December 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 74 civil rights, religious, and progressive groups sent a letter to the Senate expressing serious concerns about William Barr’s nomination to be U.S. Attorney General. William Barr’s track record raises serious concerns about his willingness to vigorously enforce our nation’s civil rights laws. As … Read More

Leader Schumer Stands Strong and Rejects Deal on Trump Judges

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s rejection of any package confirmation of Trump’s judicial nominees before the end of the year: “Our federal courts matter to every civil and human right, from access to health care … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Release Workplace Harassment Principles as Senator’s Report Shows Need for Federal Action

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Women’s Law Center, and more than 50 organizations released a series of principles and recommendations to Congress to strengthen and expand protections against workplace harassment for workers in the private and public sectors, and the military. The need for … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases, Women's Rights

ACLU and The Leadership Conference on Senate Passage of FIRST STEP Act

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Senate today passed (87-12) a revised version of the FIRST STEP Act. It is expected to pass quickly in the House of Representatives later this week. Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, had the following response: “The Senate’s bipartisan vote to pass the FIRST … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Children Deserve to be Safe in Schools, Not Have Their Rights Taken Away

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the School Safety Commission’s report: “The School Safety Commission report lays out policies and practices that make children less safe and deny them educational opportunities. It is unconscionable to use the very real horror of … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Bipartisan Justice System Reform Legislation Makes Modest But Important Changes

Monday, December 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement in support of the bipartisan justice system reform package, the FIRST STEP Act: “Bringing fairness and dignity to our justice system is one of the most important civil and human rights issues of our time. This … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Civil Rights, Digital, Community Groups Raise Serious Concerns About California Proposed Rules for Pretrial Justice

Monday, December 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Upturn, and a coalition of digital justice, racial justice, civil rights and community-based organizations, are raising serious concerns with Judicial Council of California’s proposed court rules that implement S.B. 10, California’s initiative to end money bail and adopt pretrial risk assessments. The Judicial Council has proposed … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Congress Finally Passes Stronger Bipartisan Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Protections

Thursday, December 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passage of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act by both the Senate and House: “We are pleased that Congress has finally passed a bill that expands and strengthens protections against workplace harassment … Read More

Coalition Releases Civil Rights Priorities for 116th Congress

Thursday, December 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights wrote members of the 116th Congress outlining the coalition’s legislative and oversight goals for the next two years. Achieving these priorities, which the coalition’s 11 task forces developed, would kickstart much-needed reforms to advance social and economic justice in this country. From the Civil Rights … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Press Releases