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40th Anniversary of Selma’s “Bloody Sunday” Highlights Gains and Gaps in Voting Rights

Friday, March 4, 2005

Washington, DC – Forty years ago this Sunday (March 6th), the ABC television network interrupted its premier of Judgment at Nuremberg, a film about Nazi racism, to broadcast breaking news from Selma, Alabama. In living rooms across the country, families were horrified as they watched police club and beat peaceful civil rights marchers who were … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Opposes Myers

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Citing his limited experience and his unblemished record of protecting the special interests over the public interest, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, declared its opposition to Senate confirmation of William G. Myers III for a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls Boyle Unfit, Opposes Confirmation

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today announced its opposition to the confirmation of Terrence Boyle to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. LCCR also joined a coalition of civil rights, human rights, labor and women’s organizations calling for … Read More

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Bush Reveals His Real Judicial Agenda: Pack Federal Bench With Controversial Judges Intent on Rolling Back Rights

Monday, February 14, 2005

WASHINGTON – In re-nominating a slate of controversial judges who the Senate has already rejected, today President Bush revealed his real judicial agenda of packing the federal courts with judges who are outside of the mainstream, upsetting the long, time honored precedent of Senate consultation. In response, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Condemns Senate Refusal to Prevent Worker and Minority Abuse in Class Action Bill

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Saying it is dark day for the rights of workers and ordinary Americans, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today expressed extreme disappointment that the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment to the class action bill (S. 5) by Senators Ted Kennedy and … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls on Senators to Prevent Worker and Minority Abuse in Class Action Bill

Friday, February 4, 2005

Saying it is vital to protect the workplace and civil rights of ordinary Americans, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today called on U.S. Senators to support an amendment to be offered by Senators Ted Kennedy and Maria Cantwell to pending class … Read More

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Nation’s Largest Civil Rights Coalition Calls on Senators to Oppose Confirmation of Alberto R. Gonzales to U.S. Attorney General

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Citing his troubling record and unresponsiveness to Senators’ questions concerning human rights, detention, torture, the death penalty, and other civil rights issues, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today urged senators to oppose confirmation of U.S. Attorney General nominee Alberto R. Gonzales. … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Withhold Confirmation of U.S. Attorney General Nominee Alberto Gonzales

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Washington – Citing his troubling record and continued administration stonewalling on key documents, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today urged senators to oppose confirmation of U.S. Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales if more information is not forthcoming. Specifically, LCCR said that … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls Ward Connerly’s Anti-Affirmative Action Michigan Initiative Divisive and Misguided

Thursday, January 6, 2005

“Ward Connerly’s submission today of his reportedly more than the required (approximate) 320,000 signatures of Michigan voters are a part of his ongoing divisive and misguided effort to ban affirmative action programs that will deny women and minorities access to equal opportunity,” said Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Ask Senators to Closely Scrutinize U.S. Attorney General Nominee Alberto Gonzales

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

More than four dozen national civil rights leaders, expressing serious concern with President Bush’s nomination of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, today asked Senators on the Judiciary Committee to closely scrutinize Gonzales’ record in several key areas. In a letter to Senator Arlen Specter, Judiciary Committee Chairman, and Senator Patrick Leahy, the Committee’s Ranking Member, … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Laments Departure of Berry, Reynoso from U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Friday, December 10, 2004

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, issued the following statement regarding the resignations of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) Chairperson Mary Frances Berry and Vice Chairperson Cruz Reynoso: “This week’s departure of Mary Frances … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Call for Close Scrutiny Of Gonzales Nomination

Monday, November 29, 2004

Washington – More than two dozen national civil rights leaders, expressing serious concern with President Bush’s nomination of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, today asked Senators on the Judiciary Committee to closely scrutinize Gonzales’ record in several key areas. In a letter to Senator Orrin Hatch, Judiciary Committee Chairman, and Senator Patrick Leahy, the Committee’s … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Reacts to Nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales as United States Attorney General

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, issued the following statement today regarding President Bush’s nomination of White House Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales to the position of United States Attorney General: “President Bush’s nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales to be Attorney … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Calls IRS Investigation of NAACP Politically Motivated

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Washington – Today, 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, sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson expressing grave concerns regarding the agency’s actions to review the tax exempt status of the NAACP. In the letter … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Demands That Republican National Committee End Voter Suppression Efforts

Thursday, October 28, 2004

At a press conference held in front of the Republican National Committee’s (RNC’s) headquarters, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today called on RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie to put an end to Republican-initiated plans aimed at suppressing or intimidating minority or disabled … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund Announces Carol Pitchersky Development Fellowship

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) today announced the formation of the Carol Pitchersky Development Fellowship in honor of Carol H. Pitchersky, a fundraising pioneer who passed away on October 19, 2004. In announcing the fellowship, Karen McGill Lawson, LCCREF’s Executive Director, and Wade Henderson, the organization’s counselor and Executive Director of … Read More

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“Send Clear Message on Protecting Voting Rights” Civil Rights Coalition Tells Ashcroft

Friday, October 22, 2004

Washington – In a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today called on the nation’s chief law enforcement officer to refrain from issuing directives and communications that could deter voters from exercising their right to vote. … Read More

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LCCR Calls on Parties to Cease and Desist Poll Challenge Activities

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Washington – Citing recent poll challenge efforts by the Democratic and Republican parties, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today called on the chairmen of both parties to “cease and desist.” In letters to Terry McAuliffe and Ed Gillespie, Wade Henderson, executive … Read More

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Justice Department Called on to Protect Minority Voting Rights and Combat Voter Intimidation

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Washington – In a lengthy letter to R. Alexander Acosta, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, called on the Justice Department to ensure the protection of minority voting rights in the upcoming November 2nd general election … Read More

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LCCR Tells Republican Members of Civil Rights Commission, “Don’t Attack the Messenger” for Report Criticizing Bush Administration’s Record on Civil Rights

Monday, October 18, 2004

Washington, D.C. – Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), issued the following statement today responding to criticism over the release by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights of a draft report on the Bush Administration’s civil rights record. The draft report, entitled Redefining Rights in America – The Civil … Read More

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Votes in Congress Demonstrate Erosion of Broad Bipartisan Support for Civil Rights

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Washington, DC – Key votes during the 108th Congress showed declining bipartisan support for protecting civil rights, according to the voting record released today by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition. Examining 26 floor votes in the U.S. Senate and 19 floor … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Joins Students in Urging the Nation to Take Affirmative Action

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Today, the United States Students Association and the NAACP Youth and College Division, together with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund/Americans for a Fair Chance (LCCREF/AFC), joined students in declaring October 4-8, 2004 National Take Affirmative Action Days, and urged college administrators to reaffirm their commitment to achieving diversity at colleges and universities. … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls on House to Pass Hate Crimes Bill

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Washington, D.C. – Recognizing the vile nature of hate crimes and the need for federal involvement in prosecuting such crimes, the U.S. House of Representatives should follow the Senate in passing the Hate Crimes Bill otherwise known as the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA). This bill, passed by a vote of 65-33 in the … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Sues Ashcroft Over Access to Election Fraud Policy Documents

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Washington, D.C. – To ensure that Attorney General John Ashcroft’s efforts against voter fraud do not interfere with every citizen’s right to vote, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice under the Freedom … Read More

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Report Documents Right-Wing Campaign To Capture Federal Courts

Friday, September 17, 2004

Washington, D.C. – Judicial nominations have been the focal point of far right-wing efforts to seize control and change the direction of the federal courts, according to a new report, released today by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), the education and research arm of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the … Read More

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