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LCCR Lauds Swift Senate Vote to Reauthorize the Voting Rights Act

Thursday, July 20, 2006

“This is an historic day not just for minorities but for all Americans. We are closer to the ideals of the Founding Fathers when African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American citizens help shape our democracy with their votes. Today, Congress should be applauded and celebrated for its role in reauthorizing the most transformative … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Lauds Bipartisan House Vote to Renew Landmark VRA, Looks to Senate for Swift Action

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Washington – This afternoon civil rights groups joined Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH), Congressional Black Caucus chair Mel Watt (D-NC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) to discuss the importance of renewing expiring protections in the landmark … Read More

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LCCR Disappointed that House Failed to Vote on Voting Rights Act Reauthorization Bill

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

“We are extremely disappointed that the House did not vote today to renew and restore the Voting Rights Act because a small band of miscreants, at the last moment, hijacked this bipartisan, bicameral bill. Those members who held up today’s vote represent retrogressive forces that America hasn’t seen at this level since the 1960s. Many … Read More

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Civil Rights Community Pushes for Akaka Bill To Be Reconsidered

Friday, June 9, 2006

Washington – Wade Henderson, the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest civil and human rights coalition, made the following statement in response to the failed passage of S. 147/H.R. 309, the “Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005.” “Senator Akaka’s Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 was … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Lauds Rejection of Federal Marriage Amendment

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition, joined other civil rights leaders in praising the Senate’s rejection of the Federal Marriage Amendment (S.J. Res. 1). “Congress’ rejection of the so-called Federal Marriage Amendment is heartening. Our leaders need to be focusing on … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Decries Confirmation of Kavanaugh

Friday, May 26, 2006

“The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest civil and human rights coalition, vehemently deplores the Senate’s action that has given Brett Kavanaugh, a political operative with virtually no judicial experience, a lifetime seat on U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, our nation’s second highest court. Kavanaugh’s lack of legal experience … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Pushes for Real Immigration Reform

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement on the Senate passage of S.2611. “The Senate today passed an immigration bill that takes the first step toward comprehensive reform but still poses serious threats to civil rights and American freedoms. Though the Senate bill … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Profoundly Disappointed in Partisan Kavanaugh Vote

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest civil and human rights coalition, is profoundly disappointed that the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Brett Kavanaugh, a political operative with no judicial experience, out of committee this morning on a party line vote. “There is no room on our nation’s second highest court for unqualified … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Lauds DC Voting Rights Agreement

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, made the following statement in response to Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA) and DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton’s announcement of support for long-overdue legislation that will give DC residents full representation in the U.S. House of Representatives: “The Davis-Norton agreement is a breakthrough for the … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Lauds Historic Bipartisan, Bicameral Support for Voting Rights

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

As Democratic and Republican leadership from the House and the Senate came together to announce unprecedented support for legislation to renew key expiring protections in the Voting Rights Act, Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights made the following statement: “Today’s historic, bicameral, bipartisan support for a bill to renew the … Read More

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House and Senate Committees Join Forces in Setting Stage for Voting Rights Act Renewal

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Washington – In an unusual bipartisan, bicameral move, today the House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee took an important step toward renewing key expiring protections in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). The chairman and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Representatives James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and John Conyers (D-MI), not only testified … Read More

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La Opinión Translating Immigration into a National Priority

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

First advocated on the pages of publications like La Opinión, support for credible immigration reform today blankets mainstream media coverage across the nation in the wake of thousands of pro-immigration rallies. Spanish-language publications have been crucial in bringing what has been an underground issue into the daylight of a national discussion. The Leadership Conference on … Read More

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Experts Release New Report Underscoring Continuing Need for Voting Rights Enforcement in New York

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

New York – Nationally recognized voting rights experts released a new, sharply focused report on voting rights enforcement in New York this morning citing blatant voting rights violations such as an incident where a New York City polling site coordinator yelled, “You f—ing Chinese, there’s too many of you!” at interpreters assisting voters with translation … Read More

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House Takes Bipartisan Stand to Protect Equal Opportunity

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Washington -A two-pronged attempt by opponents of affirmative action to scuttle equal opportunity in university admissions and undercut the privacy of college students was roundly defeated today with broad bipartisan support, 337-83. “Our elected officials stood up for equal opportunity today,” said Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the … Read More

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LCCR: Frist Immigration Bill Violates Good Faith Senate Bipartisanship

Friday, March 17, 2006

Wade Henderson, the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s introduction of S. 2454, the “Secure America’s Borders Act,” which takes the same divisive approach as the House … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Blasts OTS Preemption of Montgomery County Lending Discrimination Laws

Friday, March 17, 2006

Washington – Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, made the following statement in response to the Office of Thrift Supervision’s decision to preempt certain provisions of Montgomery County, Maryland’s law addressing abusive lending practices: “It’s hard to … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Taps Veteran Journalist for Top Communications Post

Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s premier civil rights and human rights coalition, and its sister organization, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) announced today that veteran journalist Karen DeWitt will join both organizations as Director of Communications. DeWitt will bring her nearly four decades of print and television … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Joins Widespread Calls for Comprehensive, Fair Immigration Reform

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

WASHINGTON–The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration legislation that includes a meaningful path to permanent residency and that ensures our immigration laws will be enforced in a sensible, humanitarian manner. “The entire history of the civil … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls Methamphetamine Sting Operation “Tulia Revisited”

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, is greatly troubled by reports of a methamphetamine drug sting operation in northwest Georgia known as “Operation Meth Merchant.” The program appears on its surface to be highly suspect, due to both the ethnic origin of … Read More

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Henderson to Testify Today On Continued Need for Voting Rights Act, Will Push for Reauthorization of Expiring Provisions

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Washington – This afternoon, at 4 PM, Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition, will testify at the House Subcommittee on the Constitution’s hearing, “The Voting Rights Act: Evidence of Continued Need.” Henderson will discuss the findings of 14 sharply focused state reports … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Hails “Crash” Oscar Honors

Monday, March 6, 2006

Washington – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s premier civil rights and human rights coalition, hails the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to award the provocative movie “Crash” with three Oscars, including Best Picture of the Year. “The Academy’s recognition of ‘Crash’ is a testament to the strength of … Read More

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Congressional Opposition to Civil Rights Progress Highlighted in New LCCR Report

Friday, February 17, 2006

Washington, DC – As the nation recognizes two Presidents–Washington and Lincoln–for their remarkable leadership and vision, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and its sister organization, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), are commemorating Presidents’ Day with the release of two new reports on the government’s distressing record on civil rights: … Read More

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Gruesome Hate Crime in New Bedford, Mass. Underscores Need for Urgent Senate Action

Friday, February 3, 2006

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, made the following statement in response to the appalling hate crime committed in New Bedford, Massachusetts on Wednesday night, where a man walked into a bar, confirmed that it was a gay bar and began swinging a hatchet and shooting people. He … Read More

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Alito Confirmation to Take Heavy Toll on Civil Rights Gains

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

“Today the U.S. Senate caved and voted for the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Forty two senators put up a good fight but, at the end of the day, it wasn’t enough to keep a serious threat to our rights and freedoms off our nation’s highest court. With the exception of the … Read More

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Nation Loses a Civil Rights Standard Bearer

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

“The nation has lost a great American, and the civil rights movement has lost a standard bearer. Coretta Scott King’s life was dedicated to progress through equal justice under law. She was Dr. Martin Luther King’s partner and worked harder than anyone to make her husband’s dream a reality. Through her work she became one … Read More

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