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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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After 400+ Stations Make the Switch to Digital, Questions Keep Coming

Friday, February 20, 2009

Washington, DC – This week, nearly a quarter of all local broadcasters across the country made the switch to digital on the original DTV deadline, permanently shutting off their analog signals. Many experts worried that the early transition would create confusion for the millions of over-the-air television viewers that lost access to one or more … Read More

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Pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with the House Provisions to Save and Create Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs and Invest in Education

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

“As Congress works on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), we in the civil rights community strongly express support for the House version and its focus on creating jobs as the best way to stimulate the economy. Economists across the political spectrum, business forecasters and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that between 430,000 … Read More

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Pass Economic Recovery Package Without Slashing Education

Friday, February 6, 2009

Joint Statement from: the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Alliance for Excellent Education, American Association of People with Disabilities, American Association of University Women, AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, NAACP, National Council of La Raza, National Education Association, National Indian Education … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Applaud New Law for Children???s Health Care

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

“The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights applauds Congress and President Obama for passing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization bill that ensures that children from low-income families and pregnant women will get the health care they need.  Of particular importance, this law ends years of discrimination against legal immigrants, finally including them in the … Read More

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Civil Rights Group & Consumer Advocates Urge Congress to Delay the DTV Transition

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Washington, DC – On the eve of an expected House vote on the delay of the digital television transition, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and Consumers Union held a press conference call to discuss the advantages of changing the DTV transition deadline and offering needed resources to the 21 million households that rely … Read More

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