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La Opinión Translating Immigration into a National Priority

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

First advocated on the pages of publications like La Opinión, support for credible immigration reform today blankets mainstream media coverage across the nation in the wake of thousands of pro-immigration rallies. Spanish-language publications have been crucial in bringing what has been an underground issue into the daylight of a national discussion. The Leadership Conference on … Read More

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Experts Release New Report Underscoring Continuing Need for Voting Rights Enforcement in New York

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

New York – Nationally recognized voting rights experts released a new, sharply focused report on voting rights enforcement in New York this morning citing blatant voting rights violations such as an incident where a New York City polling site coordinator yelled, “You f—ing Chinese, there’s too many of you!” at interpreters assisting voters with translation … Read More

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House Takes Bipartisan Stand to Protect Equal Opportunity

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Washington -A two-pronged attempt by opponents of affirmative action to scuttle equal opportunity in university admissions and undercut the privacy of college students was roundly defeated today with broad bipartisan support, 337-83. “Our elected officials stood up for equal opportunity today,” said Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the … Read More

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LCCR: Frist Immigration Bill Violates Good Faith Senate Bipartisanship

Friday, March 17, 2006

Wade Henderson, the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, released the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s introduction of S. 2454, the “Secure America’s Borders Act,” which takes the same divisive approach as the House … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Blasts OTS Preemption of Montgomery County Lending Discrimination Laws

Friday, March 17, 2006

Washington – Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, made the following statement in response to the Office of Thrift Supervision’s decision to preempt certain provisions of Montgomery County, Maryland’s law addressing abusive lending practices: “It’s hard to … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Taps Veteran Journalist for Top Communications Post

Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s premier civil rights and human rights coalition, and its sister organization, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) announced today that veteran journalist Karen DeWitt will join both organizations as Director of Communications. DeWitt will bring her nearly four decades of print and television … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Joins Widespread Calls for Comprehensive, Fair Immigration Reform

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

WASHINGTON–The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration legislation that includes a meaningful path to permanent residency and that ensures our immigration laws will be enforced in a sensible, humanitarian manner. “The entire history of the civil … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls Methamphetamine Sting Operation “Tulia Revisited”

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, is greatly troubled by reports of a methamphetamine drug sting operation in northwest Georgia known as “Operation Meth Merchant.” The program appears on its surface to be highly suspect, due to both the ethnic origin of … Read More

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Henderson to Testify Today On Continued Need for Voting Rights Act, Will Push for Reauthorization of Expiring Provisions

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Washington – This afternoon, at 4 PM, Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition, will testify at the House Subcommittee on the Constitution’s hearing, “The Voting Rights Act: Evidence of Continued Need.” Henderson will discuss the findings of 14 sharply focused state reports … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Hails “Crash” Oscar Honors

Monday, March 6, 2006

Washington – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s premier civil rights and human rights coalition, hails the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to award the provocative movie “Crash” with three Oscars, including Best Picture of the Year. “The Academy’s recognition of ‘Crash’ is a testament to the strength of … Read More

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Congressional Opposition to Civil Rights Progress Highlighted in New LCCR Report

Friday, February 17, 2006

Washington, DC – As the nation recognizes two Presidents–Washington and Lincoln–for their remarkable leadership and vision, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and its sister organization, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), are commemorating Presidents’ Day with the release of two new reports on the government’s distressing record on civil rights: … Read More

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Gruesome Hate Crime in New Bedford, Mass. Underscores Need for Urgent Senate Action

Friday, February 3, 2006

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, made the following statement in response to the appalling hate crime committed in New Bedford, Massachusetts on Wednesday night, where a man walked into a bar, confirmed that it was a gay bar and began swinging a hatchet and shooting people. He … Read More

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Alito Confirmation to Take Heavy Toll on Civil Rights Gains

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

“Today the U.S. Senate caved and voted for the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Forty two senators put up a good fight but, at the end of the day, it wasn’t enough to keep a serious threat to our rights and freedoms off our nation’s highest court. With the exception of the … Read More

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Nation Loses a Civil Rights Standard Bearer

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

“The nation has lost a great American, and the civil rights movement has lost a standard bearer. Coretta Scott King’s life was dedicated to progress through equal justice under law. She was Dr. Martin Luther King’s partner and worked harder than anyone to make her husband’s dream a reality. Through her work she became one … Read More

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America Loses with Premature Shut Down of Alito Debate

Monday, January 30, 2006

“The U.S. Senate is supposed to be democracy’s model of free and open debate. In this vein, every senator should have the opportunity to address Samuel Alito’s outrageous civil rights record and his ‘outside-of-the mainstream’ views. But, instead of allowing a full, open and thorough debate, Senate leaders short circuited and shut down the opportunity … Read More

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Shutting Down Debate on a Nomination that Will Tip the Scales

Thursday, January 26, 2006

“Shutting down debate over Samuel Alito’s record just two days into the process is outrageous and an affront to democratic principles. By short circuiting and closing down real debate, the American people are being denied their right to hear where their senators stand on this critical, court shifting nomination. Americans have a right to know … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls on Senate to Stop Alito

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The civil rights community applauds the eight senators who stood up to protect Americans’ individual rights and freedoms by voting to oppose the nomination of Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court. We are troubled – but, unfortunately, not surprised – by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s party line vote. Throughout the hearing process, Republican … Read More

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Michigan Board of State Canvassers Approves Language for Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Initiative:

Friday, January 20, 2006

As ordered by the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers today considered and approved the ballot language for the anti-affirmative action initiative, the so-called “Michigan Civil Rights Initiative” (MCRI), sponsored by California businessman Ward Connerly. “We oppose this deceptive initiative,” said Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil … Read More

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Henderson Statement on Concerned Alumni of Princeton

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

“It’s hard to believe that someone with Alito’s steel-trap recollection of cases spanning the decades has zero recollection of his membership in a group that advocated discrimination against women and minorities. It’s just doesn’t pass the laugh test. For the last three days, Alito has refused to give straight answers on his record. But he … Read More

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Judge Alito: His Actions Speak Louder Than His Words

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

“Judge Alito has repeatedly claimed to be ‘open minded,’ but words are only meaningful when they are connected to actions. And Alito’s actions – his record as a judge and his statements as an attorney – are hardly comforting. In his 15 years on the federal bench, the fact remains that Alito has almost never … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Releases Memo Critical of Alito’s Record on Civil Rights

Thursday, January 5, 2006

Washington, DC – In anticipation of next week’s Senate hearings, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today released a sharply focused memorandum on Judge Samuel Alito’s record of antagonism to protecting the rights of every American. “Judge Alito’s disturbing record on civil … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Announces Recipients of 2006 Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Washington – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s premier civil rights and human rights coalition, today announced that it will honor Lionsgate’s extraordinary film Crash, co-written and directed by Paul Haggis, and La Opinión publisher Monica Lozano with the 2006 Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award, the organization’s highest honor given to … Read More

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Court of Appeals Approves Anti-Civil Rights Initiative for 2006 Michigan Ballot

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Despite great controversy over the legitimacy of Ward Connerly’s “Michigan Civil Rights Initiative” (MCRI), late Tuesday the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled to place the proposed [state] constitutional amendment on Michigan’s 2006 ballot. “The so-called ‘Michigan Civil Rights Initiative’ is a sham,” said Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls for Congressional Investigation Into Justice Department’s Failure to Enforce Voting Rights Laws

Friday, December 2, 2005

“Today’s revelation that politics has trumped law enforcement at the Department of Justice is but one more example of a clear pattern of abuse within a department that has had a long, bipartisan tradition of voting rights and civil rights enforcement. When political appointees overruled a unanimous finding by career staff that the controversial 2003 … Read More

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Nation’s Premier Civil Rights Coalition Announces Opposition to Alito’s Supreme Court Nomination

Thursday, November 17, 2005

As the case against Judge Samuel Alito mounts, including revelations in a 1985 job application that he was “particularly proud” of his work to limit remedies in racial discrimination cases and restrict affirmative action, today the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) announced opposition to Alito’s nomination. Wade Henderson, LCCR’s executive director, issued the following … Read More

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