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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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Civil Rights Coalition Supports Expected Nomination of Groves to Head 2010 Census

Thursday, April 2, 2009

“The civil rights community is pleased that the White House is expected to nominate Dr. Robert Groves to head the Census bureau.  Dr. Groves is one of the nation’s most respected survey methodologists and a leading authority on the issue of non-response in surveys.  Dr. Groves’ scientific and management expertise and professionalism in this area … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Tout Employee Free Choice Act

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Today, on the eve of the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., national civil rights leaders held a press conference call calling for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), legislation that would make it easier for workers to organize and bargain collectively for better wages and benefits. Leadership Conference … Read More

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Civil Rights Community Honors the Life of John Hope Franklin, Visionary and Scholar

Thursday, March 26, 2009

“Today the civil rights community mourns the passing of Dr. John Hope Franklin, and remembers his life as an educator, renowned historian, a visionary, and a fierce advocate for a more just society. Dr. Franklin’s contributions were essential to depicting a true and balanced view of the rich history belonging to all of America. His … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Files Amicus Brief on Supreme Court Voting Rights Act Case

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Washington, DC – Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court highlighting the constitutionality and continued necessity of a key provision in the Voting Rights Act (VRA) that requires states and localities with a history of discrimination to submit changes in their voting process and procedures … Read More

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Civil Rights Group Applauds Expansion of DTV Coupon Program

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Washington, DC – Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that it has expanded its digital television transition (DTV) transition efforts by opening up the converter box coupon applications to those households that have expired or misplaced coupons.  Affected families that were originally left to shoulder the cost of a digital converter box … Read More

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Three Months out, Millions Still Need Help to Make the Digital Transition

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Today is the three-month out mark for the official digital TV transition deadline. While many Americans have taken action in the last few months, there are still an estimated 4.5 million households who are unprepared. Recently the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which administers the government-sponsored coupon program, announced it had received funding to … Read More

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Sheila Bair and Van Jones to be Honored by Nation???s Largest Civil Rights Coalition

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Washington, D.C. – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) today announced that it will honor Sheila Bair, Chairperson of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Van Jones, civil rights and environmental advocate, at its annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award Dinner on May 7, 2009.  “As the Leadership Conference continues to press … Read More

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House Leadership Inspires Confidence in D.C. Voting Rights Bill

Friday, February 27, 2009

Washington, DC – A coalition of key advocacy groups – organized by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) – met with House leadership this morning to stress the critical importance of the passing the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (H.R.157/S.160). The participants, which besides LCCR included the DC Appleseed Center, Common Cause … Read More

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LCCR Applauds Senate Passage of D.C. House Voting Rights Act; Urges House to Act Quickly

Thursday, February 26, 2009

“Today’s Senate vote puts 600,000 residents of the District of Columbia one step closer to having the voting representation that every other American citizen enjoys.  Residents of the District of Columbia serve in the military, pay taxes, and have all the obligations of citizenship, yet don’t have a voting representative in Congress.  Any school child … Read More

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