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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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Pressured by the Radical Right, Bush Nominates Right Wing Judicial Activist

Monday, October 31, 2005

“Caving to the will of the radical right, President Bush has nominated a judicial activist with a record hostile to civil rights, individual rights, and the rights of women. If confirmed, Judge Samuel Alito – affectionately called “Scalito” by conservatives – would destroy the delicate balance Sandra Day O’Connor has brought to the Supreme Court … Read More

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Halloween Court Ruling Reinforces Connerly’s Tricks

Monday, October 31, 2005

Today the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) expressed its deep disappointment in today’s Michigan Court of Appeals ruling that the Board of State Canvassers must certify Ward Connerly’s misleading proposed amendment to the Michigan Constitution for the 2006 general election ballot. “We are deeply disappointed that the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled to allow … Read More

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The Stakes Are Too High to Bow to the Right Wing

Thursday, October 27, 2005

“We are troubled by the circumstances under which Harriet Miers’ nomination was withdrawn. Every Supreme Court nominee deserves the right to a hearing and an opportunity to explain his or her judicial philosophy. Miers’ nomination was doomed by two factors: the far right’s tar-and-feather tactics and the White House’s refusal to provide information that would … Read More

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By Sitting Down, Rosa Parks Gave the Country the Courage to Stand Up

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

“Last night, our country lost a true hero. Rosa Parks was not merely an American icon, but a testament to the power that one person has to effect change. Her quiet act of defiance became a loud denunciation of the evils of segregation and helped spark the modern civil rights movement. It’s been said, but … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Works to “Reclaim Access” to Higher Education

Monday, October 24, 2005

The Student of Color Campus Diversity Project of the United States Student Association Foundation, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Youth & College Division and Americans for a Fair Chance/Student Activist Network (a project of the of Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund) join together with students from across the country … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Call White House Response to Hurricane Katrina a Trojan Horse

Friday, October 21, 2005

Leading the effort with nearly 60 other major civil rights and advocacy organizations, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today called on the president to rescind efforts to gut federal civil rights rules, and on Congress to conduct an investigation into, and … Read More

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Congress Praised for Moving Forward on Reauthorization of Voting Rights Act; Passage Critical to Protect the Rights of All Americans to Vote

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

“We applaud the House Judiciary Committee, under the leadership of Chairman James Sensenbrenner, for beginning hearings today on the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), which guarantees that millions of Americans have the right to vote. While we are encouraged by expressions of bipartisan support for reauthorizing key provisions of the VRA … Read More

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New Radio & Print PSAs Launched to Combat Housing Discrimination Against Asian Americans

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

New fair housing public service advertisements (PSAs) in more than ten Asian languages will begin appearing on radio stations and in newspapers across the country this week. Developed by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National … Read More

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Is Harriet Miers the Right Person for Our Nation’s Highest Court?

Monday, October 3, 2005

In response to President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to fill Justice O’Connor’s swing seat, Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, issued the following statement: “The stakes for this nomination are enormous. The Supreme Court is closely divided on issues involving some of our most basic rights. While her decisions … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Disappointed in Confirmation of Roberts

Thursday, September 29, 2005

“We are disappointed in John Roberts’ confirmation but we applaud the 22 senators who voted their conscience and made a principled stand for the rights and freedoms of all Americans. Not only did the White House withhold key documents that may have shed light on Roberts’ view on issues important to all Americans, Roberts used … Read More

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Republican Rep. Davis and Democratic Rep. Norton to Push for DC Voting Rights at UDC Luncheon

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Tomorrow, Friday, September 30th at 12:30 pm, Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA) and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will headline UDC Law School’s Election Reform Symposium. Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and UDC Joseph L. Rauh Professor of Public Interest Law, will introduce Reps. Davis and Norton, who will advocate … Read More

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Civil Rights Leader Calls for Bennett’s Radio Program to Be Pulled

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Washington – In response to the statement made by former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett suggesting that if “you wanted to reduce crime … if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down,” Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on … Read More

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America’s Racial & Cultural Digital Divide

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The inability of emergency workers to effectively communicate in the wake of Hurricane Katrina put the health of our nation’s communications infrastructure under the microscope. This afternoon, as Congress prepares to examine the transition to digital television and other aspects of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, civil rights advocates and one of the nation’s leading … Read More

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Civil Rights Advocates and Communications Policy Experts to Discuss New Digital Divide Findings and Impact on Pending Legislation

Friday, September 23, 2005

Hurricane Katrina demonstrates that a robust and accessible information infrastructure is not only vital to the educational and economic life of our nation, it is critical in emergencies as well. However, a new study by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund shows that digital divide is large and continues to grow. As Congress … Read More

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LCCR Disappointed in Committee Vote, Applauds Senators Who Took a Stand Against Roberts’ Nomination

Thursday, September 22, 2005

We applaud the five judiciary members who voted their conscience and took a principled position in opposition to the nomination of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the United States. However, we are profoundly disappointed that the committee, as a whole, ignored compelling evidence against his nomination. John Roberts’ decision to duck key questions … Read More

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No Taxpayer Dollars Should Be Spent on Employment Discrimination

Thursday, September 22, 2005

In an attempt to exploit the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the Republican-led House of Representatives today rammed through an amendment to the School Readiness Act (H.R. 2123), which – if approved by the Senate – will allow taxpayer dollars to be spent to discriminate against employees in the Head Start program. “This is a shameless … Read More

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LCCR Announces Opposition to Roberts Nomination

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Testifying today before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the nomination of John Roberts to the position of chief justice of the United States, Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition, will announce the coalition’s opposition to Roberts’ confirmation. Stating that Roberts “failed … Read More

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Supreme Court Plaintiff Beverly Jones Urges Careful Review of Roberts’ Record

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Beverly Jones, a plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court disability case, Tennessee v. Lane (2004), will testify this afternoon before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of John Roberts to the position of chief justice of the United States. Jones, a court reporter who lives in Lafayette, Tennessee, will tell senators, “For me, the … Read More

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Roberts’ Hostility to Civil Rights Progress Unchanged Over 20 Years

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

“In response to a series of probing questions regarding his stances on civil rights, voting rights, and gender discrimination, John Roberts has been at best evasive and at worst misleading. His carefully crafted responses demonstrated that he is not only out of touch with the lives of ordinary Americans, but also that his views have … Read More

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Civil Rights Leader Wade Henderson & Supreme Court Plaintiff Beverly Jones to Testify on Roberts’ Disturbing Civil Rights Record

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Washington, DC – Tomorrow, September 15th, Wade Henderson, the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and Supreme Court plaintiff, Beverly Jones, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the confirmation hearing of John Roberts. Henderson will testify on panel II and Jones on panel IV. In his testimony, Henderson will … Read More

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