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LCCR Applauds Senate Governmental Affairs Committee for Supporting Justice for D.C. Residents

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

October 9, 2002 — Washington, D.C. 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 today regarding today’s 9-0 vote in the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs to approve S. 3054, the “No Taxation Without Representation Act of … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition to Meet Growing Threat to Rights by Expanding Staff and Budget

Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Washington — To meet and combat the growing right-wing threat to American civil rights and civil liberties, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) today announced it is expanding its policy staff and budget. “Following the election debacles in Florida in 2000 and 2002 and in the face of the Bush Administration’s determined effort to … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Urge Senate Judiciary Committee to Reject the Nomination of Dennis Shedd to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2002) – Twenty national civil rights organizations who oppose the nomination of Dennis Shedd to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit held a press conference today to urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject this nomination. Scheduled for a committee vote this Thursday, October 3, Shedd’s nomination has … Read More

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Statement of Nancy Zirkin, Deputy Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Opposing Michael McConnell to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Good Morning. I am Nancy Zirkin, Deputy 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. Standing with me today are not only LCCR members such as People for the American Way, but also leaders of other … Read More

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LCCR Applauds Senate Judiciary Panel for Rejecting Nomination of Priscilla Owen to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Thursday, September 5, 2002

Serious Concerns Existed About Owen’s Political Agenda on the Bench Contact: Julie Fernandes (202) 263-2856 September 5, 2002 — Washington, D.C. Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), issued the following statement today regarding the vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Justice Priscilla Owen to the U.S. Court … Read More

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Senate Continues Funding For Federal Technology Programs

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Washington, D.C. – The Digital Empowerment campaign, today issued the following statement regarding Senate appropriations subcommittee’s decision to fund the two important community technology programs – the Technology Opportunities Program and the Community Technology Centers program — at levels comparable to last year’s amounts, despite the Bush Administration’s recommendation to eliminate these programs in their … Read More

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New Report Concludes Federal Programs Critical to Bringing A Nation Online

Thursday, July 11, 2002

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund and the Benton Foundation, with support from the Ford Foundation, released a new report that concludes that continued Federal leadership is essential to bringing a nation online, given the significant technology gaps that remain along economic, racial and geographic lines. Bringing a Nation … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Participating at UN World Summit on the Information Society

Monday, July 1, 2002

(Washington, DC) Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition in the United States, issued the following statement today regarding LCCR’s participation at the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) taking place this week in Geneva, Switzerland. “The … Read More

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LCCR Celebrates Life of Civil Rights Giant Justin Dart Jr.

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

WASHINGTON, DC — Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition, issued the following statement regarding the death of longtime civil rights champion Justin Dart, Jr. “Every once in a great while, if you are very lucky, you have the opportunity to meet … Read More

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Leadership Conference Announces Support for Justice for Mexican Guestworkers

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Contact: Julie Fernandes 202.466.3311 June 12, 2002 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR JUSTICE FOR MEXICAN GUESTWORKERS For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition of more than 180 national organizations representing persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, … Read More

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Leadership Conference Announces Support for Federal Litigation to End Racial and Ethnic Discrimination by Airlines

Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Washington, D.C. ?The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and most diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations, today announced its strong support for the five lawsuits filed today in federal court challenging the practice of discrimination against individuals perceived to be Arab, Middle Eastern or Muslim by four major U.S. … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Applauds Sixth Circuit Decision Upholding University Affirmative Action

Wednesday, May 22, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 14, 2002 Julie Fernandes Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an important decision upholding the use of race as a factor in admissions to the University of Michigan Law School. This opinion overturned the lower court’s decision that the admissions policy used by … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Urges Congress to Improve Fairness of Crack/Cocaine Sentencing Laws

Wednesday, May 22, 2002

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest and most diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations, today urged Congress to redress longstanding unfairness in federal drug laws. LCCR’s call for action came as the Crime Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee heard the U.S. Sentencing Commission recommend modest changes in the current … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Proud to Sponsor Digital Empowerment Campaign

Thursday, May 16, 2002

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 at the launch of the Digital Empowerment Campaign: “On behalf of the Digital Empowerment coalition, comprising over 100 national and local organizations working to preserve and strengthen … Read More

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LCCR Criticizes House Passage of Welfare Bill

Thursday, May 16, 2002

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations, today expressed deep regret at the House passage of HR 4737, The Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act of 2002. “The House reauthorization bill is a disappointing step backwards that will make it … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Calls on Senate to Enact Meaningful Racial Profiling Statute

Friday, April 12, 2002

Washington, D.C. – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and most diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations, reacted today to the announcement of new legislation introduced by Republican Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH) and George Voinovich (R-OH) to address the problem of racial profiling. “While we commend Senators DeWine and … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Urges Congress to Strengthen Federal Hate Crimes Legislation

Friday, April 12, 2002

Contact: Julie Fernandes 202.466-3311 April 12, 2002 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Urges Congress to Strengthen Federal Hate Crimes LegislationFor Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and most diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations, reacted to yesterday’s announcement by Attorney General John Ashcroft regarding … Read More

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LCCR Calls Senate-Passed Election Reform Bill a “Mixed Bag,” Urges Congress to Eliminate Troubling Provisions in Conference Committee

Friday, April 12, 2002

LCCR Calls Senate-Passed Election Reform Bill a “Mixed Bag,” Urges Congress to Eliminate Troubling Provisions in Conference Committee The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations, today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Equal Protection of Voting … Read More

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Civil Rights Organizations Urge Lawmakers to Pass Real Election Reform at Supreme Court Event

Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Washington, D.C. ? A coalition of civil rights, civic, labor, religious, women’s, disability, and student organizations will hold a news conference Wednesday, April 3 to urge Congressional passage of election reform legislation that truly guarantees the right to vote for all Americans. The news conference will be held in front of the Supreme Court beginning … Read More

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LCCR Expresses Dismay Over the Bush Administration’s Recess Appointment of Gerald A. Reynolds to the Position of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education

Monday, April 1, 2002

Washington, DC- Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), issued the following statement today regarding President Bush’s recess appointment of Gerald A. Reynolds, to the position of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education. “The Leadership Conference believes a President is ordinarily entitled to deference in his choice of … Read More

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LCCR Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee’s Rejection of Pickering Nomination

Thursday, March 14, 2002

LCCR Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee’s Rejection of Pickering NominationPledges To Work With White House To Confirm Fair And Impartial JuristsFor Immediate Release Contact: Brian Komar 202.466.1885 March 13, 2002 Washington, DC – Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, issued the following statement today regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee’s rejection of Charles W. Pickering’s … Read More

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Community Opposition To Pickering Confirmation Intensifies

Wednesday, March 6, 2002

Leaders From Mississippi, Louisiana And Texas Ready To Comment On Pickering Confirmation For Immediate Release: March 6, 2002 The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and broadest civil rights coalition, opposes the nomination of Southern District of Mississippi Judge Charles Pickering to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Pickering’s … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Opposes Bush Administration Proposal for TANF Reauthorization

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s largest, oldest, and most diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations, today urged the Bush Administration to rethink its proposal for reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF). Wade Henderson, Executive Director of LCCR, affirmed that “any welfare reauthorization proposal must adhere … Read More

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LCCR Urges Senate To Pass Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2002 CONTACT: Becky Dansky, 202-466-3311 Washington, D.C. ?Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil rights coalition, issued the following statement regarding today’s Senate hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2001 (ENDA). “The Leadership Conference is pleased the Senate … Read More

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Election Reform at the Top of Civil Rights Agenda

Monday, February 25, 2002

ELECTION REFORM AT THE TOP OF CIVIL RIGHTS’ AGENDA Senate continues debate on Dodd-McConnell Bill, Civil rights coalition seeks adoption of important amendmentsNews Conference Call: Monday, February 25, 1:00 P.M. (EST) (Washington, DC) In a push for genuine election reform, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights is supporting an election reform package that the Senate … Read More

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