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Senate Judiciary Committee Vote Timing Shows Republicans Are Not Taking Sexual Assault Allegations Seriously

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Chairman Chuck Grassley’s scheduling of a committee vote for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for this Friday: “Chairman Grassley’s decision to schedule a committee vote less than 24 hours after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testifies shows that … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

After Trump’s Attacks, Senate Republicans Must Respect Survivors of Sexual Assault

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the remarks by President Donald J. Trump attacking survivors of sexual assault: “The leader of the Republican party is again blaming sexual assault survivors. This must stop. And it will only stop if members of … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases, Uncategorized

With New Allegations of Sexual Assault and No FBI Investigation in Sight, Kavanaugh Must Withdraw

Sunday, September 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on new allegations of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh: “It is appalling that some Senate Republicans learned of this new credible sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh last week, and instead of calling for the FBI … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Chairman Grassley Ignores Dr. Blasey Ford’s Reasonable Requests

Friday, September 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Chairman Chuck Grassley’s disregard of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s reasonable requests for her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh: “Chairman Grassley’s arbitrary deadlines and unprecedented demands are … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

New Video Shows Chilling Threat of Trump Supreme Court Takeover

Thursday, September 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today released a video, “Stop Trump’s Supreme Court Takeover,” illustrating the real and immediate threat of politicizing the non-partisan, impartial branch of federal government by confirming Brett Kavanaugh. The video features president and CEO Vanita Gupta urging people to call their senators to halt his nomination. … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

John Legend Issues a Call to Action Featured in New Digital Ad Launched by 14 Leading Social Justice Organizations in Opposition to Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Contact: LDF Media / 212-965-2200 / media@naacpldf.org A diverse coalition of social justice organizations today unveiled a new digital ad featuring singer-songwriter actor John Legend that urges viewers to contact their senators and tell them to vote ‘no’ on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The organizations include the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Senators Must Respect Wishes of Dr. Blasey Ford and Support FBI Investigation before Hearings

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney’s request that an FBI investigation be a ‘first step’ before hearings are held: “No survivor of sexual assault should be forced to share their story in public, let alone before … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Allegations Must Be Investigated, Senate Should Halt Nomination

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued this statement following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s announcement of a hearing this coming Monday on the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: “Senate Republicans’ attempt to rush through Kavanaugh’s confirmation has reached new lows in the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

113 Civil Rights and Education Groups Urge Secretary DeVos to Keep Children Safe and Firearms Out of Schools

Monday, September 17, 2018

WASHINGTON— The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 112 national, state, and local civil rights and education groups wrote a letter today to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos opposing the use of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) funds to purchase firearms and firearms training. The groups write: “ESSA is not intended to fund firearms … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Call for Investigation on Kavanaugh Assault Allegations; Senate Must Halt Votes

Sunday, September 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – Following Christine Blasey Ford’s decision to speak publicly about her assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 88 civil rights groups issued the below statement: “Dr. Ford did not want to make her accusations public, but after her letter was reported on, she courageously … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Following Assault Survivor’s Courageous Disclosure, Senate Must Halt Kavanaugh’s Nomination

Sunday, September 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Christine Blasey Ford’s decision to speak publicly about her assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: “Christine Blasey Ford did not want to make her allegations public, but after her letter was leaked to … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases, Uncategorized

More Secrecy and Evasion Proves Need to Halt Kavanaugh’s Nomination

Friday, September 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the news of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: “Kavanaugh is being considered for a lifetime position on the Supreme Court. The sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh is the latest cause for … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: This is No Time for More Extreme Trump Judges

Thursday, September 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement following today’s Senate Judiciary Committee meeting:  “Senate Republicans continue to cram more Trump loyalists onto the federal courts, disregarding committee rules and policies in the process. Their partisan court packing tactics, both in the lower courts and … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil Rights and Education Groups: Students of Color Must Be Protected from For-Profit College Exploitation

Thursday, September 13, 2018

WASHINGTON—The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 22 civil rights and education groups submitted a Federal Register comment today opposing the department’s proposal to rescind the 2014 gainful employment regulations. These regulations were designed to ensure that educational programs facilitating student borrowing provide an education that enables students to repay their loans. They … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Federal Civil Rights Commission Finds Voting Rights Under Attack

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ briefing report, An Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States: “This report puts a federal imprimatur on what we have been saying: the right to … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Back-to-School Video Campaign Urges DeVos to Reverse Course and Protect Students’ Rights

Monday, September 10, 2018

WASHINGTON—This back-to-school season, The Leadership Conference Education Fund launched a new video campaign, “Students Deserve Better.” The campaign aims to ignite viewers to call on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education to reverse course and uphold civil rights for all students. “Secretary DeVos’ mean-spirited attacks on students’ civil rights are a direct … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

As NFL Season Kicks Off, Civil and Human Rights Group Supports Those Who #KneelAgainstInjustice

Sunday, September 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund released a new video to show solidarity with athletes who continue to kneel in protest of racial injustice. The video recognizes the protest and patriotism that these athletes are demonstrating in raising concerns about racial inequality, mass incarceration, and other criminal justice issues that continue to disproportionately affect communities … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Hearing Shows Kavanaugh Must Not Be Confirmed

Friday, September 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the conclusion of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing: “At the end of these four days, one thing is crystal clear—Brett Kavanaugh must not be confirmed to the Supreme Court. He offered no assurance that … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Jailing Children Does Not Make Us Safer or Stronger

Thursday, September 6, 2018

WASHINGTON –  Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposal to withdraw from the Flores Settlement Agreement. The Flores Agreement is a set of protections for underage migrant … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Kavanaugh’s ‘Confidential’ Records: What Else Are They Hiding?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the continuing need for the Senate to request all of Brett Kavanaugh’s records from his time in the George W. Bush White House: “As we learned this morning, Brett Kavanaugh, when he was a White … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Day Two: Deflection and Concealment

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the second day of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing: “Day two of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing was marked by continued obfuscation, deflection, and concealment. Time and again, Kavanaugh was evasive about his previous statements … Read More

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In USA Today Commentary, Civil and Human Rights Leader Lambasts Corrupt Records Process

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a USA Today opinion piece, Lena Zwarensteyn, fair courts campaign director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, discusses the unprecedented, partisan, and dangerous records review process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “Day two of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing has made clear that too many questions from his political operative … Read More

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Day One: Shameless Sham Hearing

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the first day of the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: “Today was more of the same sad, shameless sham. Committee Republicans willfully refused to focus on how Kavanaugh would rule as a … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Sham Kavanaugh Hearing Should Not Move Forward

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in advance the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: “We know enough about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s record to understand his confirmation would threaten the protection of civil and human rights for all. … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Mounting Opposition to Kavanaugh from Civil and Human Rights Groups

Monday, September 3, 2018

WASHINGTON — Ahead of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, many additional civil and human rights groups have joined The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ letter in opposition to this controversial nominee. The coalition’s opposition letter to Kavanaugh has garnered more than 180 signatories. Since the coalition’s July 17 letter … Read More

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