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Affirmative Action Group Assails Commission Report on Affirmative Action in Law Schools

Friday, April 13, 2007

Washington, DC – Today, Americans for a Fair Chance, a project of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), assailed the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) “report,” Affirmative Action in American Law Schools, as part of a continued assault on affirmative action—this time in law schools. The report, scheduled for release today, … Read More

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LCCR Lauds Senate Introduction of Hate Crimes Bill

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement on the Senate introduction of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2007 (LLECHPA): “We applaud the Senate’s introduction of the hate crimes bill, which will give local communities the valuable support they need … Read More

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National Civil Rights Groups Call for Immediate Moratorium on Foreclosure Resulting from Risky Subprime Loans

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

National civil rights groups, including the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the NAACP, the National Fair Housing Alliance, the National Council of La Raza, and the Center for Responsible Lending called today for mortgage lenders, loan servicers and loan investors to institute an immediate six-month moratorium on subprime home foreclosures resulting from reckless and unaffordable … Read More

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President Clinton, Scholar John Hope Franklin, & Veteran L. Tammy Duckworth to be Honored by Nation’s Largest Civil Rights Coalition

Monday, March 5, 2007

Washington – Citing their dedication to social justice, patriotism, and scholarship, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) today announced that it will honor President Bill Clinton, historian John Hope Franklin, and Illinois Director of Veterans Affairs L. Tammy Duckworth at its May 10th annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award Dinner. Commenting on the … Read More

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Leading Human, Civil, and Labor Rights Organizations Support Employee Free Choice Act

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC — Leading human, civil, and workers’ rights organizations are urging Congress to pass legislation (H.R. 800, the Employee Free Choice Act) that would enable workers to form unions and bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions, U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA) announced today. “Organizations that are committed to the mission of expanding … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Freddie Mac???s Decision to Stop Underwriting Risky Subprime Loans

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

“Freddie Mac’s decision to stop underwriting high-risk subprime loans, while at the same time investing in safer fixed-rate and hybrid ARM products is a win-win situation for low income borrowers. We genuinely hope Fannie Mae and other players in the mortgage market follow Freddie Mac’s lead and adopt similar practices that are aimed at producing … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Expected Passage of Federal Minimum Wage Act

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

“Every Congress passes important legislation but few bills have the measurable impact of the Federal Minimum Wage Act.  Nearly 15 million workers at the bottom of the economic ladder will finally see Washington recognize their work if, as expected, the Senate passes the bill tomorrow. It’s unfortunate, though, that Congress couldn’t pass the bill without … Read More

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Leadership Conference Releases Voting Record Detailing 109th Congress’ Civil Rights Record

Monday, October 30, 2006

As Americans prepare to go to the polls for the midterm elections, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition, is releasing its annual Voting Record, which tracks votes on key civil rights legislation for the 109th Congress. The report, including detailed vote tables, is available … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Files Friend-of-the-Court Brief in Support of School Diversity

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Washington, DC – This afternoon the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and its sister organization, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the school districts in two cases before the Supreme Court, Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District and Meredith v. Jefferson … Read More

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Rights Leaders Warn Voters Would Lose Franchise Under Proposed Voter ID Bill

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Washington, DC – National rights groups held a conference call today with reporters outlining how hundreds of thousands of voters would be disenfranchised under the proposed national voter ID law, H.R.4844, the “Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006,” which would require all voters to obtain and show government-issued photo ID that proves their citizenship. The … Read More

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It’s Up to Senate to Stop Ill-Conceived Voter ID Bill

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

“Congress and President Bush earlier this year reaffirmed the nation’s commitment to providing access to the ballot box for all Americans. What the House did today with its Voter ID proposal flies in the face of that recommitment. The American electoral system is far from perfect but voter impersonation isn’t the problem that proponents of … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Celebrates Renewal of Landmark Voting Rights Act

Thursday, July 27, 2006

This morning on the South Lawn, President Bush signed a bill renewing for 25 years the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act and recognized leaders of the civil rights community including Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Chairperson Dr. Dorothy Height. “This is a grand day of celebration and triumph for all Americans, not just minorities,” said … Read More

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New Reports Document Loss of Good Jobs for Women & Minorities in the Communications & Media Industries

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Women and minorities are losing out as a result of consolidation of media ownership and the rise of new media industries. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) along with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) today released reports documenting the civil rights concerns resulting from this trend. These data-rich reports highlight … Read More

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LCCR Lauds Swift Senate Vote to Reauthorize the Voting Rights Act

Thursday, July 20, 2006

“This is an historic day not just for minorities but for all Americans. We are closer to the ideals of the Founding Fathers when African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American citizens help shape our democracy with their votes. Today, Congress should be applauded and celebrated for its role in reauthorizing the most transformative … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Lauds Bipartisan House Vote to Renew Landmark VRA, Looks to Senate for Swift Action

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Washington – This afternoon civil rights groups joined Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH), Congressional Black Caucus chair Mel Watt (D-NC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) to discuss the importance of renewing expiring protections in the landmark … Read More

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LCCR Disappointed that House Failed to Vote on Voting Rights Act Reauthorization Bill

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

“We are extremely disappointed that the House did not vote today to renew and restore the Voting Rights Act because a small band of miscreants, at the last moment, hijacked this bipartisan, bicameral bill. Those members who held up today’s vote represent retrogressive forces that America hasn’t seen at this level since the 1960s. Many … Read More

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Civil Rights Community Pushes for Akaka Bill To Be Reconsidered

Friday, June 9, 2006

Washington – Wade Henderson, the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest civil and human rights coalition, made the following statement in response to the failed passage of S. 147/H.R. 309, the “Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005.” “Senator Akaka’s Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 was … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Lauds Rejection of Federal Marriage Amendment

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition, joined other civil rights leaders in praising the Senate’s rejection of the Federal Marriage Amendment (S.J. Res. 1). “Congress’ rejection of the so-called Federal Marriage Amendment is heartening. Our leaders need to be focusing on … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Decries Confirmation of Kavanaugh

Friday, May 26, 2006

“The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest civil and human rights coalition, vehemently deplores the Senate’s action that has given Brett Kavanaugh, a political operative with virtually no judicial experience, a lifetime seat on U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, our nation’s second highest court. Kavanaugh’s lack of legal experience … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Pushes for Real Immigration Reform

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement on the Senate passage of S.2611. “The Senate today passed an immigration bill that takes the first step toward comprehensive reform but still poses serious threats to civil rights and American freedoms. Though the Senate bill … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Profoundly Disappointed in Partisan Kavanaugh Vote

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest civil and human rights coalition, is profoundly disappointed that the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Brett Kavanaugh, a political operative with no judicial experience, out of committee this morning on a party line vote. “There is no room on our nation’s second highest court for unqualified … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Lauds DC Voting Rights Agreement

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, made the following statement in response to Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA) and DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton’s announcement of support for long-overdue legislation that will give DC residents full representation in the U.S. House of Representatives: “The Davis-Norton agreement is a breakthrough for the … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Lauds Historic Bipartisan, Bicameral Support for Voting Rights

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

As Democratic and Republican leadership from the House and the Senate came together to announce unprecedented support for legislation to renew key expiring protections in the Voting Rights Act, Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights made the following statement: “Today’s historic, bicameral, bipartisan support for a bill to renew the … Read More

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House and Senate Committees Join Forces in Setting Stage for Voting Rights Act Renewal

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Washington – In an unusual bipartisan, bicameral move, today the House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee took an important step toward renewing key expiring protections in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). The chairman and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Representatives James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and John Conyers (D-MI), not only testified … Read More

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