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Employers and Disability Advocates Laud Amendments to Landmark Americans with Disabilities Act

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Washington, DC – Over the last several weeks an unusual alliance of employers, civil rights and disability advocates joined with a bipartisan group of members of the House to negotiate amendments to the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. Leaders from the two communities issued the following statements on today’s expected passage of the ADA Amendments … Read More

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Employers and Disability Advocates Push for Amendments to Landmark Americans with Disabilities Act

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Washington, DC – This afternoon, former Congressman Tony Coelho, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue, LCCR Executive Vice President Nancy Zirkin and autism advocate Ari Ne’eman announced the formation of the Employer & Disability Alliance – a new collaborative effort among some of America’s largest business associations and leading disability and civil rights advocates … Read More

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Another Connerly Ballot Initiative Scuttled

Monday, May 5, 2008

Ward Connerly’s attempt to scuttle Missouri’s equal opportunity programs fell short late yesterday, when he failed to submit signatures needed to qualify his initiative for the state’s November ballot – marking it the second time this year that one of his initiatives have failed. “People are catching on to Connerly’s shell game,” said Leadership Conference … Read More

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Procedural Maneuvers Keep Pay Discrimination Bill from a Fair Vote

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, made the following statement on the Senate cloture vote on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act: “The Ledbetter Supreme Court decision shows why Americans need to know their judges. Laws rule the land but judges interpret laws. The current Supreme Court has interpreted good, … Read More

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Without Bankruptcy, Senate Housing Package Falls Short ??? Up to House to Pass Real Foreclosure Relief

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, made the following statement regarding the Foreclosure Prevention Act and its failure to include mortgage foreclosure bankruptcy protections: “Senators outran the issue today but they won’t be able to outrun voters in November. With more than 20,000 homeowners losing their piece of the American dream … Read More

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Without Bankruptcy Help, More Than Half a Million Homeowners Will Be Left Out in the Cold

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, made the following statement regarding rumors that bankruptcy has been dropped from the housing package: “If the Senate foreclosure agreement doesn’t include a bankruptcy provision, it’s not a solution. Without the Helping Families Save Their Homes in Bankruptcy Act, this bill amounts to dancing around … Read More

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Senate Ignores Help for Homeowners, Bankruptcy Change the Most Effective Solution

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

In response to bankruptcy measures that would help more than half a million families being dropped for the Senate housing package, the following 15 civil rights, consumer and housing groups – Center for Responsible Lending, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, ACORN, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of … Read More

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The Senate Has Opportunity to Save 600,000 Families from Foreclosure

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, made the following statement on the Foreclosure Prevention Act: “Foreclosure is not a partisan issue. Both Republican and Democratic households face the threat of losing their homes. Whole communities are being wrecked. A few foreclosures can set off a domino effect, leading to a rise … Read More

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With Millions of Americans Facing Foreclosure, 45 Senators Put Banks before Their Constituents

Friday, February 29, 2008

As the mortgage crisis reaches a fever pitch and more people face bankruptcy every day, 45 senators used a procedural maneuver late yesterday to block the “Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008” from debate. The bill seeks to help homeowners caught in the housing meltdown. “These 45 senators are playing politics with people’s homes,” said Leadership … Read More

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John Conyers, Patricia Rouse and Soledad O???Brien to be Honored by Nation???s Largest Civil Rights Coalition

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) today announced that it will honor Representative John Conyers, D. Mich., Enterprise Community Partners’ Patricia Rouse, and Emmy award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien at its annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award Dinner on May 14. LCCR President Wade Henderson said of the 2008 awardees: “As the Leadership Conference … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Say Mukasey Is Using Sensationalistic Tactics in an Effort to Make Congress Overturn U.S. Sentencing Commission Ruling

Thursday, February 7, 2008

This morning Attorney General Michael Mukasey appeared before the House Judiciary Committee asking Congress to overturn a ruling by the U.S. Sentencing Commission that would reduce sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine offenders. The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted in December to retroactively reduce lengthy sentences for those convicted of crack cocaine-related offenses over the … Read More

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LCCR Condemns Bush???s Attempt to Bully Senate into Confirming Controversial Nominees

Thursday, February 7, 2008

In an attempt to bully the Senate, President Bush hosted a breakfast this morning for stalled controversial nominees to the federal courts and high-ranking agency posts.   The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and the broader civil rights community have expressed grave concern about many of these nominees based on their questionable records and disregard … Read More

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LCCR Decries Hate Rhetoric around Immigration & Applauds NCLR’s Campaign to Take Hate out of the Debate

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest civil and human rights coalition, decries the hate language injected in the immigration debate by known hate and vigilante groups and salutes the National Council of La Raza for launching a campaign to counter rhetoric– inadvertently legitimized on the airwaves– that demonizes immigrants and … Read More

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LCCR Applauds Senate Democrats for Denying Hans von Spakovsky Confirmation to FEC

Thursday, December 20, 2007

 The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement on the denial of Hans von Spakovsky’s confirmation to the Federal Election Commission (FEC): Wade Henderson, LCCR president and CEO, said: “We applaud the Senate leadership for preventing the confirmation of Hans von Spakovsky … Read More

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House Drops Hate Crimes Provision from DOD Bill, Thwarting Any Real Chance of Consideration This Term

Thursday, December 6, 2007

“We’re profoundly disappointed that the hate crimes bill was dropped from the Defense Authorization bill. Though the urgency of a hate crimes bill was beyond dispute, it was defeated by two forces: organized opposition from the House Republican leadership in deference to an intolerant segment of their base and some progressive Democrats who elevated symbolism over … Read More

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LCCR Applauds Passage of Civil Rights Bill

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement today on the House passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Wade Henderson, LCCR president and CEO, said: “We applaud the House for passing this important civil rights bill.  It has been a long time … Read More

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LCCR Deplores Confirmation of Leslie Southwick

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Leslie Southwick to serve on the New Orleans-based Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: Wade Henderson, LCCR president and CEO, said: “Judge Leslie Southwick’s confirmation is a slap in … Read More

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LCCR Hails Senate Passage of Hate Crimes Bill, Looks to President for Leadership

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement on Senate passage of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007, known as the Matthew Shepard Act: Wade Henderson, president and CEO of LCCR, said: “Today’s Senate passage of the hate crimes bill … Read More

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LCCR Disappointed with Senate Vote on D.C. Voting Rights Bill

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statements on the Senate vote on the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007: Wade Henderson, president and CEO of LCCR, said: “Today is a sad day for American democracy and for the … Read More

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LCCR Statement on the Resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: Looking Forward

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Washington – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement on the resignation of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general: “Rarely has public confidence in the Office of the Attorney General been at such a low ebb for so long. But with Alberto … Read More

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LCCR Deplores Senate Judiciary Committee’s Vote on Southwick

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Statement of Leadership Conference on Civil Rights President Wade Henderson and Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Vice President Nancy Zirkin. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s nomination of Leslie Southwick to the full Senate: Wade … Read More

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LCCR Applauds Senate Committee Passage of D.C. Voting Rights Bill

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statements on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passage of the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007: “We applaud the committee’s bipartisan passage of this important civil rights law and … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Lauds House Passage of Important Hate Crimes Bill

Thursday, May 3, 2007

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement on the House passage of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2007 (HR 1592): “We applaud the House’s bipartisan passage of this important civil rights law. Today’s House vote is a … Read More

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