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Latest 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

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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

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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

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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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Justice Department Files Amicus Brief Opposing Diversity

Thursday, August 30, 2018

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to file an amicus brief opposing Harvard College’s motion for summary judgement in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard: “The Sessions Justice Department’s intervention in this case opposes … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

The Leadership Conference Statement on the Passing of John McCain

Saturday, August 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain:  “John McCain served his country with distinction – both in the Navy and as a senator. He stood against the cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners of war, sought … Read More

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Groundswell of Opposition to Kavanaugh Over Senate Recess

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  A groundswell of activity opposing the Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh marked the August Senate recess period from August 2-14. Advocates across the country took part in activities while Senators were in their home districts, using the opportunity to make their case directly to Senators and their staffs.  In states including Maine, Alaska, Nevada, … Read More

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Senate Must Halt Sham Kavanaugh Hearings

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the need for the Senate to halt the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: “Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator in crimes to influence the … Read More

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Courts Change Lives: New Videos Explain What’s at Stake in Our Federal Courts

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

WASHINGTON –The Leadership Conference Education Fund today launched CourtsChangeLives.org, a new online resource featuring three videos emphasizing the consequential role our federal courts play in interpreting and upholding the law. The videos highlight immigration, equal pay, and police brutality as just a few examples of how courts affect marginalized communities. “Every day federal judges make … Read More

Hearings for Kavanaugh Set Before Senators and Public Have Opportunity to Review His White House Records

Friday, August 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Ashley Allison, executive vice president, campaigns & programs of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the announcement that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley intends to hold hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh starting September 4, 2018: “One of the most important roles of the Senate … Read More

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#AgainstHate: New Website Remembers Charlottesville, Demands Action

Thursday, August 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville tragedy, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights launched a website with key resources and specific actions to fight hate. “Now more than ever, we must fight white supremacy and hate in all its forms,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Groundswell of Opposition Tells Commerce Department to Scrap the Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – More than 250,000 individuals and organizations urged the Commerce Department to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census, citing the threat to census accuracy in all communities that will undermine the fair allocation of political representation, public resources, and private investment for the next decade. The organizations represent millions of people from every … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

In The New York Times Editorial, The Leadership Conference President and CEO Talks Census

Saturday, August 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a Q&A published by The New York Times Editorial Board, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, discusses why weaponizing the 2020 Census with a citizenship question is bad for the census, our communities, and our nation. “[T]he mandate of the decennial census is one thing … Read More

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National Archives Must Release Kavanaugh’s Full White House Record

Thursday, August 2, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the announcement by the National Archives that it is unable to respond to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s limited request for a small portion of Brett Kavanaugh’s White House records until the end of … Read More

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140+ Civil Rights Groups Call on Commerce Department to Strike Unnecessary Citizenship Question

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with 145 national, state, and local organizations today urged the Department of Commerce to drop the citizenship question from the 2020 Census form. The groups write in part: “There is one constitutional purpose for the decennial census: to apportion seats in the U.S. House of … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil Rights Leaders and Senators Discuss #WhatsAtStake for LGBTQ Rights in SCOTUS Fight

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights hosted a telephone press briefing with civil rights leaders and senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today to discuss what’s at stake for LGBTQ rights in the Supreme Court vacancy and nomination process. The speakers emphasized how nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s troubling record on … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

Confirmation of Kavanaugh Protégé Britt Grant Poses Threat to Civil and Human Rights

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement following the Senate’s 52-46 vote to confirm nominee Britt Grant to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals: “Ms. Grant’s confirmation continues the Senate Republicans’ packing of our federal courts with Trump loyalists and ideologues. Grant earned a … Read More

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More than 100 Civil Rights, Digital Justice, and Community-Based Organizations Raise Concerns About Pretrial Risk Assessment

Monday, July 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, a broad coalition of more than 100 civil rights, digital justice, and community-based organizations released a shared statement of civil rights concerns highlighting concerns with the adoption of algorithmic-based decisionmaking tools (also known as risk assessment instruments) as a substitution for ending money bail. These tools use data to forecast an individual’s … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Media & Technology, Press Releases

#TodayItsCake: New Video Emphasizes Importance of Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision for All

Monday, July 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – Following the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court decision, The Leadership Conference Education Fund launched a video on the decision’s importance in the fight for civil rights protections for all. “With the recent Supreme Court vacancy, now more than ever our civil and human rights are at stake,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

The People Deserve to See Kavanaugh’s Full Record

Friday, July 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s narrow request that limits the amount of Kavanaugh’s record that the Senate – and the American people – will be able to review as part of his confirmation process: “Today, … Read More

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