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Latest Press Releases

Advocates for Reproductive Rights, Civil Rights Call for Vitter’s Withdrawal

Thursday, April 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19, 2018 – A coalition of leaders in the reproductive rights and civil rights fields called today for the withdrawal of Wendy Vitter’s nomination for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The groups note that Vitter’s repeated demonstrations of poor judgment and questionable integrity, including … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Partisan and Ideological Nalbandian Approved by Committee

Thursday, April 19, 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 today voted, on a party-line basis, to advance John Nalbandian’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit: “Mr. Nalbandian has a highly partisan and ideological background, … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Congress Must Fully Fund Census Bureau to Ensure Accurate Count

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in advance of the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the president’s FY2019 budget request for the U.S. Census Bureau: “The Census Bureau is working against the clock and is … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Leaders and Advocates: Duncan and Vitter Are Unfit to Serve as Judges in Louisiana

Monday, April 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, civil rights leaders and Louisiana advocates held a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Wendy Vitter to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Click here for a recording of the call. … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

PRESS CALL TODAY: Duncan and Vitter Are Unfit to Serve as Judges in Louisiana

Friday, April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. CT, civil rights leaders and Louisiana advocates will hold a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Wendy Vitter to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Groups: Sentencing Fixes Must Be Included in Prison Reform

Friday, April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and 62 other groups sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, expressing opposition to any efforts to pass prison reform legislation without including sentencing provisions. The groups urged Congress to continue to support comprehensive reform and raised substantive concerns … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Over 300 Civil Rights, Faith, and Labor Leaders Demand Oversight on Census Citizenship Question

Thursday, April 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Over 300 civil rights, faith, and labor groups are calling on Congress to hold oversight hearings on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to include a new citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The signatories say that adding the untested question would jeopardize the accuracy of the census count in all communities for the … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

New Report: Working People Need Minimum Wage Raise

Thursday, April 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality today released “Bare Minimum: Why We Need to Raise Wages for America’s Lowest-Paid Families,” a report on working people and their struggle to make a living when paid tips, or the federal minimum wage, or less. The report makes a … Read More

Categories: Disability Rights, Economic Security, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Call for Congressional Action on Fatal Police Shootings

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

CONTACT: Mia Jacobs, ACLU, 201-919-0333, mjacobs@aclu.org David Jacobs, LDF, 212-965-2255, djacobs@naacpldf.org    Shin Inouye, The Leadership Conference, 202-869-0398, Inouye@civilrights.org WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LDF), called on Congress today to take action in response to the … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Civil Rights, Education Groups to Congress: Correct DeVos’ Approval of Unlawful ESSA Plans

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON—The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 16 civil rights and education groups urged key members of Congress to fulfill their oversight responsibility of the Department of Education’s implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The groups ask the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and the U.S. … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Groups Urge Senate to Reject Pompeo

Monday, April 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights joined 54 other civil and human rights groups in urging U.S. Senate opposition to the confirmation of Secretary of State nominee Michael Pompeo. The groups noted Pompeo’s troubling history of statements and policy positions, which imperils his ability to represent all in America and to … Read More

Advocates Convey Support for Civil Rights and School Safety to Secretary DeVos

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and AAUW attended the School Safety and Climate Summit hosted by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. During their roundtable discussion with Secretary DeVos, civil rights advocates expressed their frustration about the … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

The Leadership Conference Education Fund Expands Voting Rights Work Through Partnership with Access Democracy

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Collaboration aims to increase voter participation by improving local election administration WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund today announced the expansion of its voting rights work through a new partnership with Access Democracy, a leading non-profit organization working to improve election administration. The collaborative effort aims to increase voter participation by improving how elections are … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

In Washington Post Op-ed, Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Congress to Save 2020 Census

Friday, March 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a Washington Post op-ed, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, called on Congress to overturn the Trump administration’s decision to weaponize the 2020 Census with a citizenship question. “The Census is a sacred trust. The goal of an accurate count has been, and should remain, … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

What They Are Saying: Government Officials and Advocates Speak Out on the 2020 Census Citizenship Question

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

This list was last updated on April 16, 2018. Government official statements: Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.):  “This reckless question will undermine the accuracy and the legitimacy of Census data, which determines representation in Congress and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal aid. By leading to a misrepresentation of the number of New Yorkers, … Read More

Categories: Census, 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

Categories: Education, Press Releases

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