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Americans for a Fair Chance Hails Tomas Rivera Study on Minority Admissions: Study Finds California ???Race-Neutral??? Approaches Ineffective

Saturday, March 8, 2003

WASHINGTON D.C.—Americans for a Fair Chance, a non-partisan consortium of six of America’s leading civil rights legal organizations dedicated to the preservation of affirmative action welcomes the release of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute study on Latino and African-American admissions. The study found that “race neutral” plans used in California after the end of affirmative … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Senate Democrats for Standing Up to President Bush’s Court-Packing Scheme

Thursday, March 6, 2003

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, issued the following statement today and applauded the overwhelming majority of Senate Democrats for recognizing their constitutional responsibility to fully scrutinize President Bush’s judicial nominees. “The Leadership Conference on Civil … Read More

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News Conference to Feature Senator Harkin and Individuals Impacted by ‘States’ Rights’ Judicial Nominee Jeffrey Sutton

Tuesday, March 4, 2003

President Bush’s court-packing plan includes nominating individuals to the federal courts who subscribe to a “states’ rights” philosophy that curtails Congress’s power to enact federal legislation aimed at protecting civil and human rights, providing equal opportunity, and improving the quality of life for all Americans. The nomination of Jeffrey Sutton to the Sixth Circuit Court … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls on Justice Department

Thursday, February 27, 2003

Civil Rights Coalition Calls on Justice Department To Investigate Racial Attack on UVA Campus For Immediate Release: February 27, 2003 Contact: Michelle Woolley 202-263-2881 Washington, D.C. – Following news that a second-year student at the University of Virginia was assaulted because she was an African American running for president of the Student Council, the Leadership … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Preservation of Funding for Federal Community Technology Programs

Thursday, February 20, 2003

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, issued the following statement regarding Congress’ decision to preserve funding in the FY03 budget for the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) and the Community Technology Center (CTC) initiative — two … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Call on Rep. Howard Coble to Resign Chairmanship of Judiciary Subcommittee

Thursday, February 13, 2003

WASHINGTON — In a letter to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) released today, Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil rights coalition, and Dr. Dorothy I. Height, LCCR Chairperson, … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Joins Unparalleled Campaign To Defeat Irresponsible and Inequitable Tax Package

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Washington, DC ? Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, issued the following statement today at the launch of the Fair Taxes For All campaign, an unprecedented coalition organized to defeat President Bush’s fiscally irresponsible and unmistakably inequitable tax scheme. “President Bush’s tax cut scheme is bad for America,” said Henderson. … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Senate Democrats For Standing Up For Fairness, Equality and the Constitution

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Judicial Confirmation Process is Not a Rubber Stamp — Requires Bipartisanship, Consultation, and CompromiseWashington, DC ? 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, issued the following statement today applauding the overwhelming majority of Senate Democrats for recognizing their … Read More

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LCCR Expresses Serious Concern Over Cook Nomination

Thursday, February 6, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, expressed serious concern today regarding the nomination of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Deborah Cook to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. “Justice Cook’s numerous dissents as … Read More

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LCCR Calls on Senators to Block Estrada, Administration’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Nominee

Thursday, January 30, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citing as totally unacceptable President Bush’s nomination of Miguel Estrada, 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, today called on senators who believe in a fair and balanced judiciary to block the nomination when it … Read More

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Civil Rights, Environmental, and Labor Organizations Join in Opposition to Bush’s Extremist Judicial Nominees

Monday, January 27, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing President Bush’s dangerous plan to pack the federal courts with right-wing extremists. 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, today announced the mobilization of an unprecedented coalition of progressive groups to oppose judicial nominees … Read More

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Nation’s Largest Civil Rights Coalition Condemns President’s Stance on Diversity in Education

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2003 Michelle Woolley (202) 263-2881 WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil rights coalition, today condemned the Bush Administration for its decision to file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the affirmative action policies of the University of … Read More

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‘President Bush–Defend Affirmative Action,’ Says Nation’s Largest Civil Rights Coalition

Thursday, January 9, 2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2003 Michelle Woolley (202) 263-2881 WASHINGTON – Calling on President Bush to demonstrate his commitment to expanding educational opportunities for minorities and women, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil rights coalition, today asked the Bush Administration to file a brief defending … Read More

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Lott’s Shameful Legacy Lives

Wednesday, January 8, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. ? Assailing President Bush’s decision to re-nominate to the federal bench a controversial slate of individuals with a record of hostility to civil rights enforcement, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today announced an all-out effort to oppose Senate confirmation … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Gives ‘No Child Left Behind’ an ‘I’ for Incomplete

Wednesday, January 8, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. ? One year after President Bush signed the historic “No Child Left Behind” Act (NCLB), the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, has given the law an “I” for Incomplete, and is urging Congress and the Administration to keep America’s neediest … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Call on President to Demonstrate Support for Civil Rights

Friday, December 20, 2002

In a letter to President Bush released today, Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil rights coalition, and Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Chair of the Board of LCCR, identified three important areas where the Administration can distance itself from Senator Trent Lott’s … Read More

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Civil Rights Leader Calls Bush Executive Order Outrageous and Discriminatory

Friday, December 13, 2002

Washington ? Calling it a setback for civil rights progress, Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil rights coalition, today called on President Bush to rescind his ill-advised Executive Order allowing faith-based recipients of federal funds to engage in discrimination. “We are … Read More

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LCCR Urges Senator Lott to Apologize Through Actions, Not Words

Friday, December 13, 2002

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil rights coalition, issued the following statement regarding the statement made today by incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS): “In spite of a long history of showing antipathy towards our nation’s commitment to … Read More

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LCCR Calls Senator Trent Lott’s Apology Insufficient

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

WASHINGTON: Wade Henderson, the Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), issued the following statement today on behalf of the LCCR Executive Committee regarding Senator Trent Lott’s remarks at the 100th birthday celebration of retiring Senator Strom Thurmond: “We are deeply troubled by the remarks made by incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent … Read More

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U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Affirmative Action Cases

Monday, December 2, 2002

Washington, DC ? The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would hear two cases involving the use of race conscious affirmative action at the University of Michigan. The Court is expected to hear oral arguments in early Spring 2003. Unsuccessful applicants to the University of Michigan’s Law School and the undergraduate College of Literature, Science … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Criticizes Senate Confirmation

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Washington – Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, a coalition of over 180 national organizations dedicated to the protection and advancement of civil rights and liberties, today expressed his deep disappointment at the Senate vote confirming the nomination of Dennis Shedd to the United States Court of Appeals for the … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Criticizes Senate Vote on Judicial Nominations

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Washington – Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, a coalition of over 180 national organizations dedicated to the protection and advancement of civil rights and liberties, today expressed his deep disappointment at the Senate Judiciary Committee vote approving the nominations of Dennis Shedd to the United States Court of Appeals … Read More

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LCCR ‘Disappointed’ by Passage of Homeland Security Bill Without Adequate Civil Rights and Worker Protections

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Today, Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil rights coalition, issued the following statement regarding passage of H.R. 5710, the Homeland Security Act. “While this bill is an improvement over the Gramm/Miller substitute in the Senate, it does not go far enough … Read More

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Results of 2002 Election a ‘Threat to Civil Rights’

Friday, November 8, 2002

Washington ? Declaring that the outcome of the 2002 elections could pose grave threats to Americans’ civil and constitutional rights, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights today called for a new activism to preserve the progress achieved over the last 50 years. “With Congress now in the hands of far right ideologues, there is little … Read More

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