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Latest Press Releases

In Education Week, Former Civil Rights Directors Call for Schools Where All Students Can Learn and Thrive

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – In an Education Week commentary, the former heads of the civil rights offices at the Departments of Justice and Education call for school discipline guidelines that ensure safe, high-quality schools where students, teachers, and staff are treated with dignity and respect. The piece is co-authored by Vanita Gupta and Catherine E. Lhamon, the heads … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders: Fight to Save 2020 Census Just Beginning

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, hosted a telephone press briefing to discuss Secretary Ross’s decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. A recording of today’s call is available … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

PRESS CALL NOON ET TODAY: Civil Rights Leaders Condemn Politicization of 2020 Census with Citizenship Question

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

WASHINGTON –TODAY, March 27 at 12:00 p.m. ET, leading civil rights organizations and census experts will host a telephone press briefing to discuss Secretary Ross’s decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Civil rights leaders held a March 22 press call about the untimely, unnecessary, and unwise request. The same census experts from diverse communities will … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Secretary Ross Approves Ill-Advised Census Citizenship Question

Monday, March 26, 2018

Census Stakeholders to Fight to Save 2020 Census  WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Commerce Secretary included an untested question on citizenship status in his 2020 Census questions submission to Congress: “This was the wrong decision. Despite overwhelming bipartisan and … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Latest Version of Trump Transgender Service Ban Still Unconscionable and Unconstitutional

Saturday, March 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the latest iteration of President Trump’s transgender military service ban: “Hours after touting the importance of supporting a strong military, the Trump administration announced its latest version of the transgender service ban which would … Read More

Categories: LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Groups to Senate: Prison Reform Must Include Sentencing Provisions

Friday, March 23, 2018

WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other civil and human rights, criminal justice, and faith-based groups sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, expressing opposition to any efforts to pass prison reform legislation without including sentencing provisions. The groups urged McConnell and Schumer … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Omnibus Spending Bill Strongly Repudiates Trump Budget

Friday, March 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress: “How our government spends our money is a direct reflection of our values, and the $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page omnibus spending bill, overall, is a strong repudiation of the … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Immigration, Press Releases

Adding Citizenship Question to 2020 Census is Untimely, Unnecessary, and Unwise

Thursday, March 22, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, hosted a telephone press briefing to discuss the Department of Justice’s request to include a citizenship question in the upcoming census. The Census Bureau is required to submit questions … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Nearly 150 Civil Rights and Education Groups to DeVos: Leave Discipline Guidance in Place

Thursday, March 22, 2018

WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 145 local, state, and national civil and human rights and education groups sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos opposing any changes to or rescission of the 2014 school discipline guidance developed and released jointly by the U.S. Department of Education and Department … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Increasing Census Bureau Funding is a Step in Right Direction

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Congress’ increase in funding for the Census Bureau in the “omnibus” appropriations bill for 2018: “For far too long, the Census Bureau has operated without sufficient resources, jeopardizing a successful 2020 census. With the final 2018 appropriations … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

PRESS CALL TOMORROW: Civil Rights Leaders on Intrusive Census Citizenship Question

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. ET, leading civil rights organizations and census experts will host a telephone press briefing to discuss critical policy decisions affecting the 2020 Census, including the Department of Justice’s request to include a citizenship question in the upcoming census. The Census Bureau is required to submit to … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Proposed Citizenship Question to 2020 Census is Direct Evidence of a Skewed Political Agenda

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross testified before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee: “It’s no surprise that support for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census goes all the way up to President … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Experts React to Trump’s Plan to Escalate Drug War and Impose Death Penalty for Drug Offenses

Monday, March 19, 2018

Trump’s Misguided Approach Will Worsen the Overdose Crisis In New Hampshire today, President Trump announced a plan for his administration’s response to opioid addiction and overdose. Trump frequently characterized his plan as “getting tough” on drugs and reiterated calls for drug war strategies that evidence has shown fail to deter drug selling or drug use … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Agents of Change: Cecile Richards, Tarana Burke, and Dreamers to Receive Civil and Human Rights Community’s Highest Honor

Monday, March 19, 2018

42nd Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner to Honor Women Warriors and Brave Immigrant Youth WASHINGTON – The past year has marked a pivotal point in America’s civil rights history, with women’s rights, racial justice and immigration occupying the center of pitched battles to protect the victories of the past and … Read More

Police in Schools is Nothing More Than an Illusion of School Safety

Monday, March 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Advancement Project, National Disability Rights Network, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund hosted a telephone press briefing to discuss why current efforts in Congress and by the Trump administration to increase “school security” will not address the nation’s gun violence epidemic. Civil … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Education, Press Releases

Press Call Briefing: More Police in Schools Is Not the Solution to Gun Violence

Friday, March 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. ET, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Advancement Project, National Disability Rights Network, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund will host a telephone press briefing to discuss why current efforts in Congress and by the Trump administration to increase “school security” will … Read More

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House School Safety Bill Wrong Approach to the Problem

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the STOP School Violence Act: “Today’s House vote is a major disappointment. Legislation that should increase safety restrictions and limitations on gun purchases has instead become a ‘school … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Sessions Plans to Militarize Schools and Overpolice Children

Monday, March 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plan to militarize schools and overpolice children:  “Sessions’ plan is unacceptable and will harm our children – especially children of color. The Trump administration’s response to the epidemic of gun violence … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Education, Press Releases

Vanita Gupta and Senator Cortez Masto Urge Congress to Reject Housing Discrimination

Monday, March 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, (D-Nev.), penned an opinion piece for PBS Newshour highlighting how S. 2155, the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act,” would undermine one of our nation’s key civil rights laws and weaken consumer … Read More

Civil Rights Community to Acosta: Rescind the ‘Tip Rule’

Thursday, March 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with several organizations that serve on its Employment Task Force, today wrote Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, noting their deep concerns in light of reports suggesting that the department had prepared, but withheld, unfavorable economic analysis conducted by career employees. The analysis was on the … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Gun Safety Legislation Must Not Militarize, Overpolice Schools and Communities

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Congress to ‘heed voices of those affected by gun violence’ WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement as negotiations on legislation to curb gun violence unfold in Congress:  “The horrific Parkland murders are the latest in … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Education, Press Releases

Federal Appeals Court Finds LGBT Workers Are Protected Under Civil Rights Act

Monday, February 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation: “We applaud this ruling by the Second Circuit, … Read More

Janus v. AFSCME: This Case is About Civil and Human Rights

Monday, February 26, 2018

WASHINGTON—Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral arguments today in Janus v. AFSCME: “Standing in the way of strong unions, and blocking the pathway to economic security, does not create an America as good as its … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

DeVos Proposes Delay of Vital Special Education Rule

Monday, February 26, 2018

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Education’s proposal to delay implementation of a rule that enforces the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). “Once again, Secretary DeVos has chosen to shirk her responsibility to protect the civil … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Opposition to Marcus ED OCR Nomination Grows: Ahead of Senate Action, 61 Civil Rights Groups Sign Letter of Opposition

Thursday, February 22, 2018

WASHINGTON— Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter signed by 61 civil rights groups to the U.S. Senate urging senators to vote against confirming Kenneth Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The letter builds on one sent in January by 31 … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases