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Statement by Nancy Zirkin on Elizabeth Warren’s Appointment as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Treasury Secretary

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Elizabeth Warren’s appointment to oversee the establishment of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a clear sign that President Obama and his administration are serious about protecting consumers from the abusive and predatory Wall Street practices that brought our country to the brink of financial collapse. In this position, Warren, a tireless advocate … Read More

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Statement by Wade Henderson on the Confirmation of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court

Thursday, August 5, 2010

“The Leadership Conference applauds the Senate’s confirmation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. General Kagan will bring to the Court her outstanding intellect, her independence of thought, her respect for the rule of law, and her strong commitment to equal justice and civil rights. Her rich diversity of experience and her … Read More

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Statement by Wade Henderson on House Passage of the Fair Sentencing Act

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

“Today’s vote of the House of Representatives approving the Fair Sentencing Act to reduce disparities in cocaine sentencing represents a significant step forward for greater fairness in our criminal justice system and, hopefully, the start of a more rational approach to dealing with our nation’s drug laws. While the bill doesn’t completely eliminate the unjust and … Read More

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Statement by Wade Henderson on Ruling against Arizona Immigration Law

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

“We applaud today’s ruling by Judge Bolton blocking the most troubling provisions of Arizona’s immigration law from taking effect. While the ruling focuses primarily on the fact that the Arizona law interferes with federal immigration laws, the bottom line is that the Arizona law is simply bad policy. Permitting this law to go forward would have … Read More

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Statement by Nancy Zirkin on Signing of Wall Street Reform Legislation

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

“When President Obama signed the financial reform bill into law today, he sent a resounding message that his administration will not tolerate the reckless Wall Street practices that cost millions of hard-working families their homes, their jobs, and their retirement savings.  This is a major victory for American consumers. Now that the real regulatory work … Read More

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Statement by Wade Henderson on Senate Judiciary Committee Vote Recommending Confirmation of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

“The Leadership Conference applauds today’s vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee recommending the confirmation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. As demonstrated by her impressive career and confirmation hearing testimony, General Kagan has a first-class intellect, a deep appreciation for the rule of law and our … Read More

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Statement by Nancy Zirkin on Final Senate Passage of Wall Street Reform Legislation

Thursday, July 15, 2010

“Today’s passage of the financial reform bill is a major victory for American consumers and a giant step toward ending the reckless Wall Street practices that drove our economy to the brink of the abyss, costing millions of hard-working families their homes, their jobs, and their retirement savings. For decades, Wall Street has operated like … Read More

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Statement by Wade Henderson on the Recess Appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

“President Obama made the right call in granting a recess appointment today to Dr. Donald Berwick to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Despite the support of consumers, employers, clinicians, health plans and health providers, Dr. Berwick’s nomination has been the object of baseless attacks and partisan obstruction by … Read More

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Statement by Wade Henderson on the U.S Department of Justice Lawsuit against Arizona???s Anti-Immigration Law

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

“The Leadership Conference commends the U.S. Department of Justice for filing the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of SB 1070. The lawsuit strengthens the case for a similar lawsuit filed in May by several of our coalition members – the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; the National Immigration Law Center; the Asian Pacific American … Read More

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Statement by Nancy Zirkin on Final House Passage of Wall Street Reform Legislation

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

“The House’s passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill represents a huge step forward in the fight to protect Americans from Wall Street’s recklessness. The need for this bill couldn’t be more obvious. Years of deregulation have resulted in a financial system that privatized the gains and socialized the losses. The Dodd-Frank bill will help end Wall … Read More

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Statement by Nancy Zirkin on House-Senate Conference Report on Financial Reform

Friday, June 25, 2010

“The House-Senate conference report on the financial reform legislation represents a historic achievement in the fight to protect consumers from the abusive and predatory Wall Street practices that brought our country to the brink of financial collapse and – along with it – cost countless American families their homes, their jobs, their savings, and their … Read More

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Statement by Wade Henderson on the Nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, June 25, 2010

“The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today announces its support for the nomination of Elena Kagan to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and urges her speedy confirmation.  In every step of her career, Elena Kagan has highly distinguished herself through her outstanding intellectual credentials, her independence of thought, and … Read More

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Report Highlights How Labor Law Anomaly Prevents FedEx Express Ground Transportation Employees from Being Represented by a Union

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights released a report highlighting the fact that nearly 100,000 FedEx Express ground transportation employees are being denied a fair chance to be represented by a union and improve their wages, benefits and working conditions because the company is misclassified under federal labor law. The report, “Railroaded … Read More

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Financial Experts and Civil Rights Leaders Detail Expectations for the Congressional Conference on Financial Reform Bill

Friday, June 4, 2010

Today, a panel of financial experts and civil rights leaders from the Americans for Financial Reform coalition held a press conference call to discuss what’s to come for the historic financial reform bill as Congress moves to conference next week.  Though the current versions of the bill are good, the speakers stressed the need for … Read More

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Statement by Wade Henderson on Congressional Votes to End ‘Don???t Ask, Don???t Tell’

Friday, May 28, 2010

Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights released the following statement regarding yesterday’s approval by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee of legislation that would set the stage for repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. “The Leadership Conference applauds Congress for taking an important step toward … Read More

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Statement by Wade Henderson on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Membership in The Leadership Conference

Thursday, May 20, 2010

“The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights regrets the decision by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to discontinue its membership in The Leadership Conference. The USCCB has been an important and valued member of The Leadership Conference for many years, and we have – and will continue to have – many shared … Read More

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Statement by Nancy Zirkin on Historic Senate Passage of Financial Reform Bill

Thursday, May 20, 2010

“The Leadership Conference applauds today’s historic Senate passage of the Restoring American Financial Stability Act (S. 3217).  The Senate bill to reform Wall Street is an enormous victory for ordinary working Americans and their families. The civil and human rights community is especially pleased with Congress’ focus on civil rights protections through the creation of … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Urge Congress to Address Low Census Response Rates in Gulf Coast, Mississippi Delta, and Texas Regions

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Today, 30 local, regional, and national civil rights advocacy groups and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to Rep. Lacy Clay, chairman of the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, expressing concern about 2010 census operations in historically hard-to-count communities in Rio Grande Valley, in the Mississippi Delta … Read More

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Coalition Looks Forward to Meaningful Financial Reform

Friday, April 30, 2010

Today leaders from civil rights, labor, and consumer rights groups held a press conference call to discuss the state of play for financial reform legislation after a week of intense activity in Washington and across the nation in support of the “Restoring American Financial Stability Act.” Leaders on the call highlighted the groundswell of support … Read More

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Statement by Wade Henderson on Senate Immigration Reform Proposal

Thursday, April 29, 2010

“The Leadership Conference is encouraged that the Senate leadership has heard the urgent pleas about immigration reform, and is moving forward today with a plan.  While these are challenging times, immigration reform is simply too important to put off for another year.  In the absence of a comprehensive fix, states and cities will continue to … Read More

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Statement of Wade Henderson on the U.S. Department of Education???s Title IX Policy

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

“We commend the Department of Education today for moving to hold schools accountable for ensuring that women and girls are afforded equal opportunities to participate in sports. The Department’s new compliance guidelines require that schools live up to the spirit of Title IX in prohibiting discrimination in athletics. They reverse the deeply flawed guidance the Department … Read More

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Statement by Wade Henderson on Obama’s Presidential Memorandum on the Rights of Hospital Patients

Friday, April 16, 2010

“President Obama’s memorandum to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on the rights of hospital patients is an act of profound decency and an important step in our nation’s noble advance of human rights for all Americans. No American should be denied the right to have the person they choose to be by … Read More

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