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Civil Rights Coalition Calls for Rapid Response Program to Usher in Digital TV Transition

Monday, November 10, 2008

Washington, DC – Today, civil rights advocates joined government officials and broadcast industry leaders in a press conference to discuss next steps in the remaining 100 days to the Digital Television Transition. By law on February 17, 2009, most television stations must stop sending analog over-the-air signals. At stake in the transition to digital television … Read More

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Coloradans Uphold Equal Opportunity

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Washington, DC – Following an unmatched ground campaign, the result of Tuesday’s vote on the Colorado ballot initiative, Amendment 46, was announced today, bringing with it an important victory for supporters of equal opportunity.  By rejecting Amendment 46, Colorado upheld equal opportunity and preserved initiatives that would promote equal access to opportunity for all Coloradans.  … Read More

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Civil Rights Organizations Launch Educational Effort to Combat Voter Suppression

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Washington, DC – Today, the Campaign Legal Center, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL), and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) held a press conference call to launch a national online voter education effort focused on seven battleground states – Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, and Nevada.  The effort to … Read More

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Bipartisan Commission Brings Investigation of Housing Discrimination to Atlanta

Friday, October 17, 2008

ATLANTA – Today, as Americans struggle with the meaning of an unprecedented housing and financial crisis, fair housing experts and civil rights advocates convened in Atlanta, the site of some of the worst housing law enforcement in the country, to investigate the devastating effects of housing discrimination in the city and region. “I believe it … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Releases Congressional Scorecard

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Washington, DC – As Americans prepare to cast their votes in this historic election year, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and its sister organization, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), today released their two annual publications – LCCR’s Voting Record and LCCREF’s Civil Rights Monitor – detailing the current state … Read More

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Republican Attack on ACORN ??? a Ploy to Intimidate Voters

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

“Americans know that voting is the language of democracy.  If you don’t vote, you don’t count, which is why the civil rights community has long advocated the right to vote as one of the most important rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.  We applaud the efforts of non-profit organizations that have played an active role … Read More

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Civil Rights Community Condemns Failure to Include Homeowner Relief in Bailout Bill

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement in response to bankruptcy provisions being dropped from the bailout bill: “This bill is a huge disappointment to the civil rights community. It contains almost nothing for homeowners … Read More

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ADA Amendments Act Restores Civil Rights to Americans with Disabilities

Thursday, September 25, 2008

“This afternoon President Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, which corrects a series of narrow Supreme Court decisions that undermined the original intent of the ADA. President Bush’s signing today ensures that no American with a disability will prevented from working and contributing to their communities.  It is the most significant … Read More

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Congress Should Extend Wall Street Bailout to Main Street and Help Keep American Families in Their Homes

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Washington, DC – Today, as Congress attempts to rescue Wall Street from financial disaster, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, AARP, ACORN, and the Center for Responsible Lending held a press call to urge Congress not to forget about everyday Americans caught in the mortgage meltdown. “There is a lot of talk about how some … Read More

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Bipartisan Commission Brings Investigation of Housing Discrimination to Boston

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and the National Fair Housing Alliance BOSTON – Today, as Americans read troubling headlines and struggle with the meaning of the nation’s historic financial crisis, fair housing experts and civil rights advocates convened in Boston … Read More

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Bipartisan Housing Commission Investigates Effects of Housing Discrimination on Education and Employment

Monday, September 22, 2008

BOSTON – In the midst of the nation’s historic financial crisis, former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretaries Jack Kemp and Henry Cisneros held a call with reporters to discuss the findings of the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, which met in Boston today.  Mass. Housing Policy Chief Tina … Read More

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LCCR Urges President Bush to Sign The ADA Amendments Act into Law and Restore Critical Civil Rights Protections

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

“It’s unusual that business and social justice advocates can hammer out their legislative differences and work together to pass a piece of legislation, but that is exactly what has happened with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act. This bill corrects narrow court decisions that have rolled back critical civil rights protections to people … Read More

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Unusual Bed Fellows Urge President Bush to Sign the ADA Amendments Act into Law

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Washington, DC – More than a hundred civil rights and disability advocates joined employers on the steps of the Capitol today to urge the president to sign the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Amendments Act into law.  The ADA Amendments Act enjoys strong bicameral and bipartisan support, as well as support among employers, civil rights and … Read More

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Civil Rights and Consumer Groups Respond to Takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Friday, September 12, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC, September 12, 2008 – The federal government announced over the weekend its takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The following civil rights, consumer and housing groups made this statement: Housing is the key to a strong economy, as we can see by the state of our nation today.  Although the government has … Read More

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Senate Amends the Americans with Disabilities Act with Resounding Bipartisan Support

Thursday, September 11, 2008

“LCCR applauds Senate members for their overwhelming bipartisan support of the ADA Amendments Act, a bill that ensures that all Americans will be able to enjoy the same rights in the workplace.    By passing this critical legislation, Congress has corrected an injustice that millions of Americans have endured, restoring the basic right to be … Read More

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Civil Rights, Disability, and Business Communities Applaud Senate Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Thursday, September 11, 2008

  Washington, DC – Today, the Senate expressed overwhelming bipartisan support for the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act by unanimously passing the bill by voice vote.  The bill included over 77 bipartisan co-sponsors.   The bill went to the Senate floor today after it was passed overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives in late June, … Read More

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Rep. Waters Joins Housing Experts to Discuss Foreclosure Crisis & Need for Stronger Fair Housing Enforcement

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

LOS ANGELES – In the wake of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac takeover, Representative Maxine Waters, National Fair Housing Alliance President Shanna Smith, Howard University School of Law Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Okianer Christian Dark, and the immediate past president of the National Association of Realtors, Pat Combs, held a call with reporters … Read More

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Wilmington DTV Pilot an Opportunity to Better Prepare Nation’s Most Vulnerable

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

“The vital service that television provides in times of emergency was painfully underscored over the weekend as Wilmington residents tracked the path of Hurricane Hanna. We are thankful that early reports from the Wilmington pilot switch to all-digital television are mostly positive. However the financial and human resources spent in the Wilmington area to best … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Met with Grace Chung Becker to Raise Election Protection Concerns

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Washington, DC – Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, released the following statement on questions surrounding a recent meeting among civil rights groups and Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division nominee Grace Chung Becker. “We’re uncomfortable with the suggestion that because civil rights groups met with Grace Chung Becker … Read More

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America is Built on the Contributions of Community Organizers

Thursday, September 4, 2008

“The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights is a coalition of nearly 200 organizations, much of whose work is done through community organizers. These advocates have provided the leverage for Americans to organize themselves into unions, get the five-day work week, voting rights for every citizen, paid maternity leave and the curb cuts used by people … Read More

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Arizona Foils Ward Connerly’s Anti-Equal Opportunity Initiative

Friday, August 22, 2008

Washington, DC – Ward Connerly’s attempt to scuttle Arizona’s equal opportunity programs fell short late yesterday, when he failed to submit the required number of valid signatures needed to qualify one of his misleading initiatives for the state’s November ballot. Following similar failures in Oklahoma and Missouri, this loss marks the third time this year … Read More

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Hundreds Rally For Passage of Fair Pay Act

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Washington, DC – Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, made the below statement following a rally for passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which has been stalled in the Senate: “Last year, the Supreme Court weakened worker protections in Ledbetter v. Goodyear – allowing a major corporation … Read More

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Bipartisan Commission Launched to Investigate Housing Discrimination in America

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC – A national commission, co-chaired by two former Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretaries – Jack Kemp and Henry Cisneros – today kicked off its cross-country investigation into the alarming state of U.S. housing in the wake of the subprime housing debacle. “Rampant discrimination played a significant role in the unraveling of … Read More

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LCCR Calls on Presidential Candidates to Lead on Education Reform and Support School Accountability

Monday, July 14, 2008

Washington, DC – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) today called on Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, the major parties’ presidential candidates, to take the lead on school reform by supporting the accountability provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and repudiating legislation that would scuttle them. “Now is not the time … Read More

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