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Latest Press Releases

The Fight to End Partisan Gerrymandering Continues

Monday, June 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Gill v. Whitford: “The fight to end partisan gerrymandering continues as the Supreme Court failed to provide clear guidance when it declined to strike down Wisconsin’s voting map … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil Rights Groups Urge: Make Your Voice Heard to #SaveTheCensus

Monday, June 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC launched a tool to facilitate participation in the public comment period on the questions proposed for the 2020 Census. The 60-day comment period, which ends on August 7, provides an … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Senate Committee Advances Two Additional Judicial Extremists, Furthers Trump’s Court Packing

Thursday, June 14, 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 voted along party lines to bring to the Senate floor nominees Allen Winsor for the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Florida and Patrick R. Wyrick for the U.S. … Read More

Radio Ads Remind Everyone: Undocumented Children Have Constitutional Right to Education

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund launched Spanish language radio ads in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Arkansas, and New Mexico regarding civil rights protections for undocumented students. The Constitution guarantees, and the Supreme Court’s Plyler v. Doe decision affirmed, all children in the United States have an equal right to attend … Read More

Categories: Education, Immigration, Press Releases

Supreme Court Undermines Right to Vote

Monday, June 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute:   “Five Justices on the Supreme Court today undermined the fundamental right to vote by making it easier for states to suppress the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Implications of Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

Thursday, June 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund and ACLU co-hosted a telephone press briefing today to outline the broad implications of the recent Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. A recording of the press briefing can be found here. On June 4, the Court ruled narrowly in favor of the … Read More

Marcus Must Correct Anti-Civil Rights Record of DeVos Education Department

Thursday, June 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed, on a party line vote, Kenneth Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. “Today the Senate irresponsibly confirmed an individual to lead the education … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Approval of Extreme Nominees by Senate Committee Signals Court Packing, Erosion of Norms

Thursday, June 7, 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 voted along party lines to bring to the Senate floor nominees Ryan Bounds for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and J. Campbell Barker for the Eastern District Court of Texas: … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Protecting Federal Discipline Guidance: The Leadership Conference Education Fund Speaks at First School Safety Commission Meeting

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – During the Department of Education’s first Federal Commission on School Safety listening session today, Liz King, director of education policy for The Leadership Conference Education Fund, will make remarks about the importance of protecting children from discrimination and reassert the civil rights community’s opposition to any changes to or rescission of the 2014 school … Read More

Categories: Press Releases

PRESS CALL THURSDAY: Civil Rights Leaders Outline Implications Following Masterpiece Ruling

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, June 7 at 4:00 p.m. ET, civil rights leaders will hold a telephone press briefing on the broad implications of the recent Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court ruled narrowly in favor of the Cakeshop owner but maintained the longstanding principle that business owners … Read More

Categories: Discrimination, Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

In CNN Opinion Piece, The Leadership Conference Says Fight for Equality Must Continue Following Masterpiece Ruling

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a CNN opinion piece, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, discussed the broader civil rights implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. This reflection follows the Court’s narrow ruling in favor of a Colorado cakeshop owner who … Read More

Supreme Court Affirms Businesses Must Be Open to All

Monday, June 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission:  “The Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling today limiting its decision to the specific facts of the case. The Court importantly … Read More

Categories: Discrimination, LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

160+ Civil Rights and Education Groups to DeVos: Clarify Legal Protections for Immigrant Children

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

WASHINGTON—Following her erroneous remarks last week at a House Education and the Workforce Committee oversight hearing, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and more than 160 civil rights and education groups called on Secretary Betsy DeVos to clarify that she understands and will enforce federal laws protecting the rights of immigrant children to … Read More

Senate Committee Approves Three More Extremist Judicial Nominees, Threatens Civil Rights

Thursday, May 24, 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 voted along party lines to approve U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit nominee Andrew Oldham, Louisiana district court nominee Wendy Vitter; and Texas district court nominee Michael Truncale: “By … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

House Approves Flawed FIRST STEP Act; Senate Must Pass Comprehensive Justice Reform

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act: “This vote signals a failure of commitment to transform our justice system. While the bill contains some positive provisions that could be … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Supreme Court Prevents Workers from Challenging Corporate Wrongdoing

Monday, May 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in EPIC Systems Corp. v. Lewis: “The Supreme Court’s decision, where Trump-appointed Justice Gorsuch cast the fifth and decisive vote, will make it easier for corporations to perpetuate and hide … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Judiciary, Press Releases

Justice Department Fails to Alleviate Serious Concerns about Census Citizenship Question

Friday, May 18, 2018

WASHINGTON –John Gore, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, today appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he failed to demonstrate that the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census was necessary to enforce the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and would not discourage participation. In response, The Leadership Conference … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Partisan Farm Bill Will Devastate Our Nation’s Most Vulnerable

Friday, May 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to vote “no” on H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (the “farm bill”): “The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the most effective anti-hunger program … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Trump Continues His Dehumanizing Comments on Immigrants

Thursday, May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, responded to President Trump’s reference to certain immigrants as “animals”: “Donald Trump has shown yet again why he lacks any moral authority. Since announcing his candidacy, he has strategically deployed dehumanizing language and scare tactics to ostracize, harm, and attack … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil Rights Awards Dinner Honors ‘Change Agents’

Thursday, May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights honored inspiring change agents leading the defining movements of the 21st century last night during the annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner. This year’s awardees were: Cecile Richards, lifelong activist and former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Tarana … Read More

Categories: Dinner, Press Releases, Uncategorized

Audio Available: Media Call with Environmental, Civil Rights Advocates on Oldham

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Contact: Laurie Kinney, Laurie@afj.org (202) 464-7367/cell (571) 882-3615 WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 16, at 11 am Eastern, leaders of national environmental and civil rights advocacy organizations held a press call to brief reporters on the anti-environment, anti-civil rights record of Andrew Oldham, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Oldham currently serves … Read More

House Passes Unnecessary, Divisive Bill to ‘Protect’ Law Enforcement

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protect and Serve Act of 2018: “The House’s passage of this bill is deeply misguided and unnecessary. Law enforcement officers are already one of the most protected groups under … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Oppose Any Delay of IDEA Rule

Monday, May 14, 2018

WASHINGTON— Opposing any delay in the implementation of the Equity in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 38 civil rights groups sent a joint letter to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education. Today’s letter to … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Senate Judiciary Democrats Release Compelling Report on Trump’s Judicial Nominees

Thursday, May 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on a report issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on “Republican Efforts To Stack Federal Courts”: “This compelling report provides an exhaustive analysis of the judicial nominations power play we have witnessed by President Trump … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Confirmation of Brennan Dismantles Checks and Balances by the Senate

Thursday, May 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit: “The party-line confirmation of Michael Brennan signals a deeply troubling disregard by the Republicans for … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases