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Latest Press Releases

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

Senate Judiciary Committee Continues Assault on Federal Judiciary

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 Judiciary Committee Republicans advanced the nomination of Jonathan Kobes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit: “For Senate Republicans, packing the bench with dangerous and unqualified judicial nominees is now … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Senate Must Stop Trump Takeover of Federal Courts, Reject Fast Tracking of Judicial Nominees

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the judicial nominations pending before the Senate: “The panicked rush to confirm Kavanaugh is only the latest example of Senate Republicans’ desperate attempts to take over the federal courts. Senate Republicans refuse to take seriously … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

AUDIO: Civil Rights Advocates Discuss Risks in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard affirmative action trial, civil rights organizations and education experts hosted a press briefing to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in higher education, as well as the threats this case poses to efforts to expand opportunity in higher education. A recording of today’s … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Public Charge Rule Aims To Further Punish Immigrant Families

Wednesday, October 10, 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’s proposed public charge rule published today: “The ‘public charge’ rule is the latest act of spite from an administration that ripped children from their parents’ arms and continues to violate … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Press Call Briefing: Civil Rights Advocates to Outline Risks in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard

Monday, October 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard affirmative action trial, civil rights organizations and education experts will host a one-hour telephone press briefing on Wednesday, October 10, at 1 p.m. ET. Advocates will discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in higher education, as well as the threats this case poses … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: We are Undeterred

Saturday, October 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued this statement following the 50-48 vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: “All around the country, millions of people rose up for what they believed in. We marched, we rallied, we demanded to be seen and heard, … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Van Dyke Verdict Is Step Toward Police Accountability

Friday, October 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Lynda Garcia, policing campaign director for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of murder in the killing of Laquan McDonald: “This jury verdict is a critical step toward restoring community trust. Chicago’s police department has a … Read More

Kavanaugh is Unfit to Serve: All Senators Must Vote No

Friday, October 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued this statement following the 51-49 vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination for a final vote by the Senate: “Senate Majority Leader McConnell continues to do everything in his power to rush this Supreme Court nomination, despite an … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Supports Public Safety for Ohioans

Friday, October 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in support of Ohio ballot initiative Issue 1 “To Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs”:  “Thanks to more than 700,000 Ohioans who came together to get Issue 1 on the … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Despite Lies and Evasion, McConnell ‘Plows Right Through’ to Senate Vote on Kavanaugh

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filing cloture to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate: “It is preposterous that McConnell is scheduling a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination before the FBI has even finished its … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

AUDIO: Former Officials Outline FBI Investigation Process on SCOTUS Nominees

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, former officials from the FBI, the Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the White House Counsel’s Office held a telephone press briefing on the process of FBI background investigations on judicial nominees. All four speakers have extensive experience working on judicial nominations and discussed their … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

PRESS CALL: Former Officials Outline FBI Investigation Process on SCOTUS Nominees

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, October 3, at 12:30 p.m. ET, former officials from the FBI, Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the White House Counsel’s Office will hold a telephone press briefing on the process of FBI background investigations on judicial nominees. All four speakers have extensive experience working … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund Expand Staff

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, announced the addition of two new staff members: Gabrielle C. Sherb, vice president for development and Leigh M. Chapman, director of the voting rights program. “As The Leadership Conference continues to expand, we gladly welcome two … Read More

Categories: Press Releases