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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Blasts Presidential Commission on Election ‘Integrity’

Thursday, May 11, 2017

WASHINGTON— Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement based on reports that President Trump is set to announce the creation of a “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” through an Executive Order: “This executive order is a farce, plain and simple, and a seemingly naked … Read More

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Civil Rights, Education, and Research Groups: OMB Must Maintain Critical Data Collection on Preschool Suspension

Thursday, May 11, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, 149 national, state and local groups urged the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to maintain the question about preschool/child care suspension and expulsion in the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). This data fills a crucial gap in the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) by including data from … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds FHFA Director Mel Watt for Calling to Strengthen Fannie, Freddie Finances

Thursday, May 11, 2017

WASHINGTON— Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement regarding Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt’s testimony today before the Senate Banking Committee: “We commend Director Watt for voicing strong concerns about a five-year-old policy that threatens the financial stability of the mortgage giants … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Fully Vet Trump’s Judicial Nominees

Monday, May 8, 2017

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s expected nominations today to fill critical circuit court vacancies: “We urge senators to use extreme caution and fully vet the backgrounds of the judicial nominees announced by President Trump today. He must not be … Read More

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38 Civil Rights Groups Urge Texas Governor Abbott To Veto S.B. 4

Friday, May 5, 2017

WASHINGTON— Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 37 national civil rights groups sent a letter to Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, urging him to veto S.B. 4. The legislation would drastically and unwisely expand the involvement of state and local law enforcement authorities in the enforcement of federal immigration laws, and raises … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Renewed Attempt to Take Health Care Away from Millions of Americans

Thursday, May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement ahead of the House Republican’s attempt today to undermine the Affordable Care Act: “Today, the House Republican leadership will attempt, yet again, to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. We continue to urge Congress to end its cruel … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams Trump’s Executive Order to Allow Partisan Politics in the Pulpit and Undermine Women’s Health

Thursday, May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s Executive Order to overturn the Johnson Amendment, which precludes tax-exempt organizations, including places of worship, from engaging in any political campaign activity and would curtail the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act: “Well … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Opposes Mark Green as Secretary of the Army

Thursday, May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON—The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today called on the Senate Armed Services Committee to reject President Trump’s intended nominee for Secretary of the Army, Mark E. Green. “One of the strengths of our military is its diversity. Our service secretaries must stand for all of the brave men and women who serve. … Read More

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2nd Annual Poll Shows Black and Latino Parents and Families Continue to See Disparities in Education

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Anzalone Liszt Grove Research released the 2nd annual “New Education Majority” Poll. The poll explores how Black and Latino parents and families view the American education system’s success in educating their children. The poll’s findings come at a critically important time for U.S. public education as … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Express Concerns to Congress About Increase in Hate Incidents Based on Religious Background

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

WASHINGTON—Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, civil rights leaders today raised their concerns about the rise in hate incidents based on religion, as well as other protected classes. The witnesses included Vanita Gupta, incoming president and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO and national director, Anti-Defamation League; and … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Introduction of the Equality Act of 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on today’s introduction by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) of the Equality Act of 2017, which would provide nationwide protections against discrimination in housing, credit, education, employment, and public accommodations for the LGBTQ … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Airbnb Anti-Discrimination Agreement with State of California

Friday, April 28, 2017

WASHINGTON— Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the voluntary agreement between the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and Airbnb addressing steps to prevent and combat bias and discrimination on Airbnb’s platform. The agreement follows a complaint filed by DFEH … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Trump’s First 100 Days Marked by Utter Contempt for Civil Rights

Thursday, April 27, 2017

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the upcoming “first 100 days” of the administration of President Donald J. Trump: “In the first 100 days of his presidency, Donald Trump has shown utter contempt for the protection of civil rights and civil liberties, … Read More

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Press Call Briefing: Annual Poll of Black and Latino Parents and Families Underscores Clear Sense of Educational Inequity

Thursday, April 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 3 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Anzalone Liszt Grove Research will host a one-hour telephone press briefing to discuss the second annual “New Education Majority” poll that captures the views of parents and families of color on education. The poll’s findings come at a critically important … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Lauds Effort to Support Working Families by Raising Federal Minimum Wage to $15 by 2024

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON— Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the announcement of the Raise the Wage Act of 2017 by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). The bill incrementally raises the federal minimum … Read More

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25 Civil Rights and Education Groups to DeVos: Do Not Rubber Stamp ESSA State Plans

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, 25 civil rights and education groups sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos calling for a thorough and robust review of state accountability plans submitted to the department, as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Department of Education plays a critical role in safeguarding educational equity for … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Misnamed ‘Working Families Flexibility Act’

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON— Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the House Committee on Education and the Workplace approved H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act: “The Working Families Flexibility Act is misnamed – it neither supports working families nor provides flexibility. If passed, this … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Slams Trump Executive Order to Abdicate Federal Responsibility in Educational Opportunity

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the announcement of President Trump’s executive order directing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to conduct a study on the federal government’s role in education: “President Trump’s executive order may be presented as a … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams Trump’s Tax Plan

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON—Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following President Trump’s tax announcement: “President Trump’s tax announcement today was light on details but one thing is clear – it’s about tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of working families, especially communities of color. … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Illinois State Legislators to Pass Commonsense Justice System Reform

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WASHINGTON—The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today began airing radio ads in Illinois, urging constituents to contact their state legislators to enact commonsense justice system reforms. The ads call for support on House Bill 2373, bipartisan legislation that would remove some of the barriers to re-entry for people with certain arrest or conviction … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Urge DeVos to Nominate Civil Rights Head and Call for Hearing on Nominee

Monday, April 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, civil rights groups sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expressing deep concern about the department’s commitment to protect all students’ civil rights in the wake of Candice Jackson’s recent appointment to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Acting Assistant Secretary. Additionally, … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition to Honor Wade Henderson with 2017 Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award

Monday, April 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights announced today it will honor Wade Henderson with the civil and human rights coalition’s highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award. Henderson, who is stepping down after more than 20 years as president and CEO of The Leadership Conference and The … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch

Friday, April 7, 2017

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States: “The confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is an unhappy day to those Americans committed to justice and equality … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Baltimore Consent Decree

Friday, April 7, 2017

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar’s approval today of a consent decree between the city and police department of Baltimore and the United States government: “Today’s order by Judge Bredar entering the consent decree agreed to … Read More

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