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LCCR Backs Bipartisan Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2005

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Washington – Today Nancy Zirkin, Deputy Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition joined Representatives John Conyers (D-MI), Barney Frank (D-MA), Lleana Ros-Lehiten (R-FL) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) to endorse the bipartisan introduction of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2005. Zirkin … Read More

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Owen’s Confirmation Disappointing

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

WASHINGTON – In response to the confirmation of Priscilla Owen to the federal bench, Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition issued the following statement: Priscilla Owen’s record is one of protecting big business over the rights of individuals, … Read More

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Henderson: Compromise Is Victory for Senate Rules

Monday, May 23, 2005

WASHINGTON – In response to the deal struck by a group of bipartisan Senators, Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition issued the following statement: “The ‘compromise’ announced today is a victory for the rules of the Senate and … Read More

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‘Nuclear Option’ Considered in the Shadow of Historic Brown Decision

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

WASHINGTON – As we commemorate the 51st anniversary of the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed racial segregation in public education, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, is calling on Congress to resist efforts to … Read More

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Statement of Wade Henderson on Pryor Nomination

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Washington – In response to Judge William Pryor getting voted out of the Judiciary Committee on a party line vote, Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition issued the following statement: “To say that Judge William Pryor is far … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Deliver Anti-Nuclear Option Letter to Frist & Reid

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Washington, DC – At a news conference on Capitol Hill this morning, the NAACP’s Julian Bond, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights’ (LCCR’s) Vice Chair Judith Lichtman, and LCCR’s Executive Director Wade Henderson delivered a letter signed by nearly twenty civil rights leaders from the nation’s leading civil rights organizations to Senators Frist and Reid calling … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Denounce Nuclear Option

Monday, May 9, 2005

Washington, DC – In response to attempts by some conservatives to justify eliminating the filibuster by exploiting the story of the American civil rights movement, tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10th at 10:30 AM, civil rights leaders will hold a news conference to announce broad opposition to the so called “nuclear option”. The NAACP’s Julian Bond and … Read More

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Wade Henderson: “REAL ID Act Won’t Make America Any Safer”

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

WASHINGTON– The final version of the “REAL ID Act” trickled out of the joint House-Senate conference committee handling emergency funding for our troops in Iraq late yesterday, confirming suspicions that it is completely unrelated to funding our troops in Iraq but will have drastic consequences for the rights of citizens and immigrants alike. In response … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights to Honor Julian Bond, Ginny Thornburgh & Senator Tom Daschle This Wednesday

Monday, May 2, 2005

Washington, D.C. – This Wednesday, May 4th, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, will present its 2005 Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award to Julian Bond, Ginny Thornburgh and Senator Tom Daschle. The honorees and LCCR leaders will be available to the … Read More

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Henderson Statement on Frist’s No-Compliance Compromise

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Washington – In response to Senator Bill Frist’s No-Compromise Compromise on the Nuclear Option, Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement: “Just as the White House insists on recycling its unfit and unqualified judicial nominees, … Read More

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Henderson: Don’t Compromise Integrity of Our System of Checks & Balances or Our Federal Courts

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Washington – Amid a flurry of reports that a deal is being struck to stop Republican leaders from triggering the nuclear option and thereby destabilizing our system of checks and balances, and in light of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid’s statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the … Read More

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Not Just a Retirement Program: Social Security Is a Civil Rights Issue

Monday, April 25, 2005

Washington, DC – Today, as the Senate Finance Committee prepares to hold its first hearing on Social Security, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) is launching a campaign to protect Social Security from privatization and painful potential benefit cuts. LCCR, the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, is joined … Read More

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Radio Ads on Frist’s “Nuclear Option” to Air

Monday, April 25, 2005

Washington – On Tuesday, April 26, radio ads spotlighting Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s threatened “nuclear option” to arbitrarily cut off debate in the U.S. Senate will begin airing in nearly a dozen U.S. cities. “We are calling on the Senate to reject this politically divisive nuclear option and put acrimonious partisanship aside. The Senate … Read More

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Bush Social Security Plan Hurts Minorities

Friday, April 22, 2005

Washington, DC – Because it protects the welfare and retirement security of 47 million retirees, people with disabilities, widows and children (a large proportion of whom are minorities), Social Security is one of the nation’s most important civil rights programs, says Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. LCCR is the … Read More

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LCCR’s Henderson Calls Rogers Brown and Owen Unfit Ideological Activists

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Washington – Today California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown and Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen, two of President Bush’s ten recycled judicial nominees, were voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in a party line vote. Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Lauds the Important Work of Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Everyday more than 3 million people – 2.2 million inmates and 750,000 officers – are directly affected by problems in America’s prisons. To begin to address this, today the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons will begin a year-long national inquiry into the most serious problems inside U.S. correctional facilities and their impact … Read More

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LCCR Joins Advocates for Working Families at Nation’s Capitol to Denounce Bankruptcy Bill

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Washington – Nancy Zirkin, Deputy Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition joined Congressmen Conyers (D-MI) and Nadler (D-NY) as well as a broad range of representatives from labor, the women’s community and consumer watch groups at a press conference this morning. … Read More

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Unusual Suspects to Call on Senators to Reject Nuclear Option, Strange Bedfellows Make Common Cause on Power Grab

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Washington – Tomorrow, Tuesday April 12th at 2:15 PM, over 140 organizations, representing a broad cross section of groups that seldom – if ever – take positions on judicial nominations will call on senators to oppose the effort by some Republican leaders to eliminate the Senate filibuster of judicial nominations. Known as the “nuclear option,” … Read More

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More Than 140 Groups That Seldom Take Positions on Judges Call On Senate to Reject Nuclear Option

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Washington – Alarmed by some Republican leaders’ attempt to dismantle our system of checks and balances by eliminating the Senate filibuster of judicial nominations, 142 organizations representing a broad cross section of groups that seldom – if ever – take positions on judicial matters delivered a letter to Congress calling on senators to oppose what … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Reject House-Passed Waiver of “All Laws”

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Washington, DC – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today urged the U.S. Senate to oppose an unprecedented House-passed proposal that would give the Secretary of Homeland Security the unfettered discretion to waive “all laws” that he believes might hamper border control … Read More

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North Carolina NAACP, North Carolina’s Urban League Affiliates, Rep. Mel Watt & Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Call on Senators to Oppose Boyle Nomination

Monday, April 11, 2005

Charlotte, NC – Citing his sustained hostility to civil rights, today the North Carolina NAACP and the Urban League affiliates in North Carolina (Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem) joined with Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC) and the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Wade Henderson, to call on senators to reject the confirmation of Judge … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls REAL ID Act a Power Grab, Sharply Criticizing Anti-immigrant Provisions

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Washington, DC – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition has joined 67 other civil and human rights organizations to oppose the REAL ID Act (H.R. 418), which was attached to the Iraqi Supplemental Bill (H.R.1268) on the House floor. In an open … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Score Title IX Victory in Supreme Court

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Washington – In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled today to expand the scope of a landmark anti-discrimination law to protect whistleblowers who report academic institutions that discriminate against students based on gender. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, filed a … Read More

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LCCR Joins Hundreds in Nation’s Capitol to Denounce Frist’s Threat to Trigger Nuclear Option

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Washington – Today Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition joined Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, as well as Senators Byrd, Boxer, Clinton, Kennedy, Leahy, Durbin, and Schumer and hundreds of Americans who are opposed to Republican leadership triggering … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Opposes Griffith

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

In a letter to Senators Specter and Leahy, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, announced its continued opposition to the confirmation of Thomas Griffith to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. “Thomas Griffith is a threat … Read More

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