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Civil Rights Coalition Calls on House to Pass Hate Crimes Bill

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Washington, D.C. – Recognizing the vile nature of hate crimes and the need for federal involvement in prosecuting such crimes, the U.S. House of Representatives should follow the Senate in passing the Hate Crimes Bill otherwise known as the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA). This bill, passed by a vote of 65-33 in the … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Sues Ashcroft Over Access to Election Fraud Policy Documents

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Washington, D.C. – To ensure that Attorney General John Ashcroft’s efforts against voter fraud do not interfere with every citizen’s right to vote, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice under the Freedom … Read More

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Report Documents Right-Wing Campaign To Capture Federal Courts

Friday, September 17, 2004

Washington, D.C. – Judicial nominations have been the focal point of far right-wing efforts to seize control and change the direction of the federal courts, according to a new report, released today by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), the education and research arm of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the … Read More

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Twenty-four Groups Launch Unprecedented, Simultaneous TV and Online Ads Exposing Radical Views of Administration Judicial Nominees

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Today twenty-four civil rights, environmental, women’s, health, religious, gay and lesbian, and other organizations – representing over 5 million people – announced they have joined together in an unprecedented, simultaneous Internet and TV ad campaign to spotlight the extremist views and records of the administration’s judicial nominees. The ad, which was produced by Haddow Communications, … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition urges congress to reject radical “court-stripping” measure

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, strongly urged the U.S. House of Representatives to defeat a proposed bill, the “Marriage Protection Act of 2004,” (H.R. 3313) that would strip federal courts of any ability to hear cases involving the interpretation of the … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Senate for Vote Against Cloture on the Confirmation of William Meyers

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Citing his record of far-right extremism, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today applauded the U.S. Senate for voting against cloture on the confirmation of William Myers to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. “Clearly, this is a … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Says, “Don’t Write Discrimination into the U.S. Constitution”

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, applauded the U.S. Senate today for blocking a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would restrict the rights and freedoms of American citizens. LCCR strongly opposed the “Federal Marriage Amendment” (FMA) because, for … Read More

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For 2004 Election Civil Rights Groups and Computer Scientists Call for New Security Measures for Electronic Voting Machines

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Washington, DC – To increase security and improve public confidence in the voting process, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (BC) today released a new report providing specific recommendations for elections officials planning to use electronic voting machines in the 2004 elections. The … Read More

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Texas Higher Education Lacks Racial Diversity, Report Finds

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Also contact: MALDEF J.C. Flores (213) 629-2512 ext. 124 jflores@maldef.org Society of American Law Teachers José Roberto Juárez, Jr. (210) 431-2145 bjuarez@stmarytx.edu Equal Justice Society William Kidder (415) 288-8708 wkidder@equaljusticesociety.org Americans for a Fair Chance/Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund Anjali Thakur (202) 466-3311 thakur@civilrights.org A new report documents the continuing lack of racial … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls for Bi-Partisan Support for New Civil Rights Bill

Thursday, June 24, 2004

As the nation looks forward to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2nd, America’s civil rights leaders are pointing to the erosion of civil rights protections by an increasingly reactionary Supreme Court. “It is sadly ironic,” said Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights … Read More

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LCCR Urges Congress to Provide D.C. Residents with Full Congressional Representation

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), testified today in a hearing before the House Government Reform Committee on several proposals that would provide residents of the District of Columbia with voting representation in Congress, including the “No Taxation Without Representation Act” and the “District of Columbia Fairness In Representation … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Declare Victory Against Ward Connerly’s Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Initiative Campaign

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

“Today’s announcement by Ward Connerly and his supporters that they are postponing their campaign to enact an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative in Michigan is an important victory,” said 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. “The decision to … Read More

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LCCR Announces Support of Civil Liberties Restoration Act of 2004

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, announced its strong support for the Civil Liberties Restoration Act of 2004, legislation introduced today that will address many of the civil rights and liberties abuses that have occurred in the post-9/11 law enforcement environment. … Read More

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LCCR Applauds Senate Passage of a Hate Crimes Bill

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, applauded the Senate for approving the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA), which was offered by Senators Gordon Smith (D-Ore.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) as an amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill. LCCR … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Warns of Voter Registration Problems for 2004 Election

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

The following statement on election reform was given by Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), at a joint LCCR and League of Women Voters press conference this morning. “Good morning. My name is Wade Henderson, and I am the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Announce New “Invest in Equality” Initiative to Fulfill the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education

Monday, May 17, 2004

Topeka, KS – At a special proclamation ceremony hosted by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, civil rights leaders praised that landmark ruling, expressed dismay at how many children today attend schools that are separate and unequal, and announced a 12-point plan to Invest in Equality, focusing … Read More

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12-Point Program to Invest in Equality

Friday, May 14, 2004

To compete in the 21st century, America must invest in schools and communities to ensure that they have the resources to meet the educational needs of all children. Since 90 percent of children attend public schools, our nation must make an investment in public education. To fulfill the promise of Brown v. Board of Education … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders to Join Kansas Governor to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

At the invitation of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), several other civil rights leaders, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, have agreed to participate in a special proclamation ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. … Read More

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New Documentary Marks 50th Anniversary

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

This Film depicts the deeply blemished racial divide of the nation’s schools. On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the doctrine of “separate but equal,” ending legal apartheid in education in America. Fifty years later, the true promise of Brown has yet to be fulfilled. Peabody and Emmy-winning director Stanley Nelson teams … Read More

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Emmy-winning Director Stanley Nelson Premieres PBS Documentary to Mark 50th Anniversary of ‘Brown’

Thursday, April 29, 2004

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education struck down the doctrine of “separate but equal,” ending legal apartheid in education in America. Fifty years later, the true promise of Brown has yet to be fulfilled. In his latest work, award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson of Firelight Media explores today’s … Read More

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Declaration by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights is the oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition in the United States. Founded in 1950, LCCR consists of more than 185 national organizations, representing persons of color, women, children, labor unions, individuals with disabilities, older Americans, major religious groups, gays and lesbians and civil liberties … Read More

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AARP, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Announce Official Launch of VoicesofCivilRights.org

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) today announced the official launch of VoicesofCivilRights.org, the online home to the most extensive archive of compelling firsthand accounts of America’s struggle for civil rights. “With the power and reach of the web, America’s civil rights struggle can be shared with people around the globe,” said … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Outraged by Biased Reporting of “60 Minutes” Reporter

Monday, March 29, 2004

WASHINGTON – Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition with over 180 member organizations, sent a letter to Don Hewitt, executive producer of CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” to express outrage over Mike Wallace’s one-sided portrayal of the debate surrounding the nomination of … Read More

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Ward Connerly Defeated on Two Fronts

Friday, March 26, 2004

“The Colorado Senate today and a Michigan circuit court yesterday dealt Ward Connerly’s efforts to roll back affirmative action a sharp setback,” said 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. “Defeat of the Connerly-inspired measure assures that affirmative … Read More

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