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Latest Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Confirmation of Amy Barrett to U.S. Court of Appeals

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Professor Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit:  “Today’s vote continues the Senate Republicans’ record of rubber stamping all of President Trump’s judicial nominees. Our … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Nine Civil Rights Organizations Led By Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law File Amicus Brief In SCOTUS Case Regarding Discrimination In Public Accommodations

Monday, October 30, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A broad coalition of civil rights organizations led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed an amicus curiae or “friend of the court” brief Monday for the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which the justices will decide whether discrimination by businesses is … Read More

Interactive Online Map Pinpoints Communities at Greatest Risk for Census 2020 Undercount

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hard-To-Count resource identifies communities most likely to be harmed by underfunded census operations, most in need of focused outreach to ensure accurate count WASHINGTON— A new resource for public officials and community leaders identifies rural and urban areas across the country that are most at risk of undercounting if the Census Bureau does not have … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Leader McConnell’s Play on Judicial Nominees

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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 on four circuit court nominees today: “Mitch McConnell’s actions today to jam through four controversial appellate court nominees is dangerous and belittles the Senate’s role in analyzing the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Demands Thorough Review of Nominee to Lead Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights

Thursday, October 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the nomination of Kenneth L. Marcus to be the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education: “The Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights is one of the most important roles in the education … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of Allison Eid

Thursday, October 26, 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 Allison Eid to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit: “Justice Eid has a demonstrated record of conservative … Read More

Categories: Nominations, Press Releases

Press Webinar: Using New Tools to Identify Trouble Spots, Technology Pitfalls in 2020 Census

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m. ET, The Leadership Conference Education Fund (The Education Fund), the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI), and The Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) will host a webinar for media to introduce a searchable online … Read More

Categories: Census, 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

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

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