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Latest 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

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ADVISORY – Press Call Today at 3PM ET: Sexual Assault Trauma Experts Refute Mitchell Memo

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The audio of the speakers’ presentations can be found here. WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, October 3 at 3p.m. ET, experts on sexual assault trauma will hold a telephone press briefing to refute the findings of Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor brought in by the all-male Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. … Read More

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Senate Committee Advances Kavanaugh, FBI Investigation Still Needed

Friday, September 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued this statement following the Senate Judiciary Committee voted, on a party line basis, to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court, while also calling for an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations: “Despite Republicans’ desperate efforts … Read More

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Senate Judiciary Committee Must Halt Vote on Kavanaugh

Thursday, September 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s decision to move forward with a committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination: “Chairman Grassley’s decision to urgently push forward with a committee vote less than 15 hours after testimony … Read More

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Enough Is Enough: Investigate or Withdraw

Thursday, September 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: “Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony was courageous, humble and credible, while Kavanaugh has demonstrated he clearly lacks the temperament to … Read More

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Senators Must Take Christine Blasey Ford’s Courageous Testimony Seriously

Thursday, September 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: “We thank Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for her courage in testifying at … Read More

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With More Sexual Assault Allegations, This Hearing Cannot Go Forward

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the most recent sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: “These new serious sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh are deeply disturbing. A third survivor has now requested a thorough, nonpartisan FBI investigation into … Read More

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In Politico Commentary, Judicial Nominations Expert Debunks Myths about FBI Background Investigations

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a Politico commentary, Mike Zubrensky, chief counsel of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, outlines the stark difference between previous FBI background investigations on judicial nominees and the Senate Republicans’ current partisan process to rush Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination without proper vetting. “Based on my experience initiating these investigations, Dr. Blasey Ford’s allegation … Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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