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Civil Rights Community Applauds Confirmation of Tom Perez to Head Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

“Today’s Senate confirmation of Tom Perez to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice gives the nation a leader who is arguably the most well-qualified individual ever nominated for the position and one who is completely dedicated to enforcing the law and protecting all Americans from discrimination. The Civil Rights Division is … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Mourns the Loss of Civil and Human Rights Champion Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

“Senator Edward M. Kennedy was the field general in the fight for civil rights. An eloquent advocate, a skilled strategist, and an unequaled coalition-builder, Edward M. Kennedy was the most effective senator of his generation and a leader in achieving every major legislative advance during his service in the Senate. From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Releases Report Highlighting Unique Census 2010 Challenges Four Years After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Monday, August 24, 2009

  NEW ORLEANS – Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), local advocates and Gulf Coast residents held a press conference to release a new report, “Counting in the Wake of a Catastrophe: Challenges and Recommendations for the 2010 Census in the Gulf Coast Region.” Click here for the full report. Click here for a … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Historic Westchester Fair Housing Settlement

Monday, August 10, 2009

“The roots of residential segregation in our nation run deep, particularly for working class racial minorities struggling to overcome economic and discriminatory barriers that limit their ability to live in neighborhoods of their choosing. Such an insidious problem demands a robust and proactive response.  That’s why the Fair Housing Act requires local governments that receive … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Praises Confirmation of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court

Thursday, August 6, 2009

“The Senate’s confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court is a cause for celebration for all Americans. Judge Sotomayor will bring to the Court an intellectual brilliance, a wealth of legal experience, including 17 years as a federal district and appellate judge and eight years as an Assistant District Attorney in New … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee Vote Recommending Confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

“Today’s vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to recommend confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is a significant milestone in our country’s journey toward providing equal justice under the law. Judge Sotomayor has distinguished herself in every step of her life and legal career, including work as a prosecutor, a corporate litigator … Read More

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Death Penalty Amendment Threatens Vital Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Monday, July 20, 2009

Washington, D.C. – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) released the following statement on today’s Senate passage of S. 909, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act as an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization bill (S. 1390). “Today the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights applauds the Senate for passing the Matthew Shepard … Read More

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As Coupon Deadline Nears, Families Should Apply for Converter Box Coupon Now or Donate to Needy Neighbors

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

DTV Assistance Centers and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) are urging unprepared households to apply for a converter box coupon as soon as possible to receive their $40 government coupon to purchase a converter box.  The recent transition to digital television was largely a success for television viewers and broadcasters. Yet … Read More

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Civil Rights Community Applauds Confirmation of Dr. Groves

Monday, July 13, 2009

“In confirming Dr. Robert Groves to head the Census Bureau, the nation will get a leader who is a widely respected survey methodologist and a leading authority on the issue of non-response in surveys. His scientific expertise and professionalism will be essential to making sure that the census is as accurate and inclusive as possible.  … Read More

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Supreme Court Undermines Workplace Protections in Ricci v. DeStefano

Monday, June 29, 2009

“Today’s unorthodox Supreme Court decision in Ricci v. DeStefano creates a new, unjustified standard for anti-discrimination protections in the workplace. The ruling does not eliminate the legal responsibility of employers to find non-discriminatory solutions in hiring, promoting, and compensating employees.  However, employers will now face a convoluted minefield when attempting to protect workers from discrimination. … Read More

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Supreme Court Upholds Voting Rights Act in Section 5 Challenge

Monday, June 22, 2009

“In today’s near unanimous decision, the Supreme Court recognized the continuing relevance of the Voting Rights Act in its entirety and Congress’ role in protecting the right to vote for all Americans. While the Voting Rights Act ended overt devices like poll taxes and literacy tests, it continues to serve as an important check against … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Commends Sens. Harkin and Brownback for Pursuing Resolution to Apologize for the Enslavement and Racial Segregation of African Americans

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Statement of Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights “Slavery and the western slave trade are crimes against humanity and will forever be known as our republic’s original sin. A formal apology by the U.S. Congress for the dehumanization and racism wrought by both the enslavement of African Americans and for Jim … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Releases New Report: Nearly One Hate Crime Occurs Every Hour of Every Day in America

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund held a press conference call to release a new report, “Confronting the New Faces of Hate: Hate Crimes in America,” analyzing hate crimes in America and highlighting recommendations for preventing hate violence. The report release follows the recent shooting at the Holocaust Museum … Read More

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One Week Countdown to DTV

Friday, June 5, 2009

Washington, DC – Today, with only one week left until the digital television transition, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) is sending the message that it is not too late for unprepared families to get ready for the DTV transition. Households that have applied for their $40 coupons, but have not yet … Read More

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LCCREF Urges Households to Apply for Converter Box Coupon Now

Monday, June 1, 2009

Washington, DC – Today, with only 11 days left until the digital television transition, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) are urging unprepared households to apply for a converter box coupon as soon as possible.  Households that fail to apply now risk receiving a coupon after June 12th and ultimately scrambling without … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Historic Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

“President Obama promised and has delivered in Judge Sonia Sotomayor a uniquely well-qualified Supreme Court nominee, someone with a sharp and independent mind, and a record of excellence and integrity.   Besides her superb intellectual ability and a distinguished three-decade judicial career, she brings a quality of common sense understanding of how laws affect the realities … Read More

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Three Weeks From DTV Transition, Coupon Donation Program in Full Swing

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Washington, DC – Today, with three weeks left until the June 12 digital television transition, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) is calling for more donations of unused, unneeded converter box coupons. LCCREF has partnered with over 50 community organizations to collect and distribute hundreds of coupons to needy families.  In a … Read More

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With One Month Left Until the DTV Transition, DTV Organizers Highlight Common Challenges

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Washington, DC – Today, DTV organizers from around the country joined the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) to mark the one-month countdown to the official digital TV transition deadline. The organizers – from Atlanta, San Antonio, and San Francisco – discussed common stumbling blocks for families making the transition to digital. While … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition on Souter Retirement

Friday, May 1, 2009

Washington, D.C. – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement on Supreme Court Justice David Souter’s reported retirement: “We appreciate the service that Justice Souter has given the high court and the nation.  Unlike recent judicial appointees, his conservatism was never at odds … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Washington, DC – Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Refugees, chaired by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), held its first hearing in the 111th Congress to discuss comprehensive immigration reform in 2009.  Testifying before the Committee, Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), stressed the need for … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds House Passage of Important Hate Crimes Bill

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Washington, D.C. – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement on today’s House passage of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 1913): “We once again applaud the House’s bipartisan passage of this important civil rights law. Today’s House … Read More

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Broad Coalition Urges Swift Passage of Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act on the Eve of Expected House Vote

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on the eve of an expected House vote on the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA), the leaders of several of the nation’s largest civil rights and faith groups held a press conference call to urge swift passage of the bill that would strengthen protection against hate crimes. The … Read More

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New LCCR Report Calls on Congress to Lift Low Power FM Radio Restrictions

Thursday, April 23, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Michael Doyle, D. Pa., and Lee Terry, R. Neb., joined the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) to release “Low Power Radio: Lost Opportunity or Success on the Dial?,” a report that makes the case for lifting restrictions on community-based low power radio (LPFM) stations. LPFM stations are local non-commercial … Read More

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Coalition Urges Swift House Passage of Bill to Strengthen Protection from Hate Crimes

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Washington, DC – Today, the House Judiciary Committee marked up the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, legislation that enhances federal involvement against hate crimes where necessary and authorizes the prosecution of hate crimes based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability, in addition to race, color, religion, or national origin. A wide … Read More

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