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New Anti-Profiling Bills Reaffirm Commitment to Civil Rights & Security

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

WASHINGTON, February 26 — The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today applauded Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Representative John Conyers (D-MI) for introducing the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA). “This bill represents a balanced and comprehensive solution to a problem that strikes … Read More

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Statement on Breaux/Voinovich Racial Profiling Bill

Thursday, February 26, 2004

WASHINGTON, February 25th — We are very pleased that Senators John Breaux, D. La., and George Voinovich, R. Ohio, agree with the civil rights community on the need to pass a federal law banning racial profiling. Their bill contains many important elements, including new federal support for local efforts to combat profiling and a requirement … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Senate for Recognizing Need to Develop a Strong Record in Support of Voting Rights Act Reauthorization

Thursday, February 26, 2004

WASHINGTON – 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 recognizing the need to develop a strong record in support of reauthorization of the preclearance and minority language provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. LCCR believes that … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Outraged by Bush’s Recess Appointment of William Pryor

Friday, February 20, 2004

WASHINGTON – “As a sop to his right wing base during a contentious election year, President Bush’s recess appointment of William Pryor to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, is another example of the President’s strategy to pack the courts with extremist judges hostile to protecting the civil rights of all Americans,” said Wade Henderson, … Read More

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It’s Time to Realize King’s Dream

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

WASHINGTON – The nation’s civil rights leaders today called on Congress and the White House to fulfill Martin Luther King’s dream of justice and equality for all Americans by supporting “FAIRNESS: The Civil Rights Act of 2004.” “2004 is the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 50th anniversary of the … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Speaks Out Against Writing Discrimination Into the U.S. Constitution

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Zirkin, deputy director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, issued the following statement today in opposition to calls for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the “Federal Marriage Amendment,” that would prohibit states from allowing gays and lesbians to marry. “The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, … Read More

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Invoking President Lincoln’s Legacy to Support Discrimination Is Offensive, Says Nation’s Largest Civil Rights Coalition

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Washington, D.C. – Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), issued the following statement today responding to the recent comments of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and far-right groups in support of a constitutional amendment that would mark the first time the U.S. Constitution has been amended to require discrimination. The … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Denounces Passage of D.C. School Voucher Program, Promises Oversight

Thursday, January 22, 2004

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today sharply criticized the congressional passage of legislation to establish a private school voucher program in the District of Columbia. LCCR voiced strong concerns that the program would undermine federal civil rights protections and … Read More

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Congressional Voting Record Demonstrates Erosion of Bipartisan Support for Civil Rights

Friday, January 16, 2004

Washington – Key votes during the first session of the 108th Congress showed declining bipartisan support for protecting civil rights, according to the Civil Rights Voting Record released today by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition. Examining 18 floor votes in the … Read More

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LCCR Launches Yearlong Civil Rights Campaign

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, launched a yearlong campaign,“2004. Civil Rights. Rekindle the Dream,” to help revive Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for America. “Now more than ever, America needs to be reminded of the vision Dr. King laid … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Warns of Larger Civil Rights Ramifications in Disability Rights Case

Monday, January 12, 2004

WASHINGTON – 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 a hearing tomorrow before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Tennessee v. Lane, which will address whether individuals may fully pursue claims against states for violations of … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Mourns Loss of Senator Paul Simon

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, joins the nation in mourning the death of Senator Paul Simon. Senator Simon, well known for his honesty and integrity, understood the important role of government in addressing the needs of the country. His contributions to … Read More

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Consumer Groups Commend Freddie Mac’s Leadership

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Consumer, civil rights and lending groups today hailed Freddie Mac’s recent decision to ban mandatory arbitration clauses from all subprime loans it purchases. The groups include AARP, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), NAACP, Consumer Federation of America (CFA), National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), … Read More

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PSA Highlighting Housing Discrimination Garners Ad Council’s Top Honor

Friday, November 21, 2003

(Washington, DC) – A public service announcement promoting fair housing laws received the Ad Council’s Golden Bell Award for the Best PSA of 2003. Produced by New York-based advertising agency Merkley Newman Harty under the direction of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and the U.S. … Read More

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Senator Miller Must Apologize for “Lynching” Remark, Says Civil Rights Coalition

Thursday, November 13, 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, with over 180 member organizations, today called on Senator Zell Miller to apologize to the American people for his outrageous comments during last night’s Republican talk-a-thon on judicial nominations. … Read More

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We Need “Judges for Justice” Says Leading Civil Rights Group

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Washington – With Republican Senate leadership poised for their 30-hour marathon filibuster on judicial nominations, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today called on senators to support judges who care about “equal justice for all” and oppose those who are not. “In … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Senate for Defeating the Confirmation of William Pryor

Thursday, November 6, 2003

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 rejecting the confirmation of William Pryor to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. “When it comes to the rights of … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Expresses Great Disappointment in Committee Vote to Approve Brown Confirmation

Thursday, November 6, 2003

Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, expressed great disappointment in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to approve the confirmation of Janice Rogers Brown to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. “This is a nominee whose extremist ideology clearly … Read More

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Statement of Dr. Dorothy Height, President Emerita of the National Council of Negro Women, on Opposition to Janice Rogers Brown

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Good Morning. I am Dorothy Height, President Emerita of the National Council of Negro Women and Chair of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. For more than 50 years, I have worked to advance the liberation of women and social justice for all Americans. Throughout my life, I have been committed to rising above the … Read More

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Charles Pickering’s Record, Not Trent Lott’s Pressure, Is the Issue

Thursday, October 30, 2003

WASHINGTON – Responding to news of an intense lobbying effort of his fellow senators by Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) in support of Judge Charles Pickering’s appeals court nomination, 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 urged senators … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Senators for Defeating Pickering’s Confirmation

Thursday, October 30, 2003

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), issued the following statement today and applauded the overwhelming majority of Senate Democrats for opposing the confirmation of Charles Pickering to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Pickering’s record as a district court judge and as a state senator shows his hostility to … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Blasts Class Action Fairness Act, Urges Senate to Oppose

Monday, October 20, 2003

WASHINGTON – In a letter to the Senate, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and 41 organizations urged senators to vote against the Class Action Fairness Act of 2003, a bill that would substantially alter the constitutional distribution of judicial power. “Class actions are essential to the enforcement of our nation’s civil rights laws,” … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Tells Congress that “Democracy Begins at Home,” Urges Full Funding for Election Reform

Monday, September 29, 2003

WASHINGTON— With Congress set to vote for over $21 billion to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today called on Congress to spend less than $2 billion to fund democracy here at home. Joining together with a number … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Oppose Class Action Fairness Act of 2003

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

WASHINGTON ? Yesterday, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and 41 organizations sent a letter to the Senate, urging senators to oppose the Class Action Fairness Act of 2003, a bill that would substantially alter the constitutional distribution of judicial power. “Class actions are essential to the enforcement of our nation’s civil rights laws,” … Read More

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