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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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Civil Rights Coalition Launches Campaign for ‘Fair and Impartial Judiciary’

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

CIVIL RIGHTS COALITION LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR ‘FAIR AND IMPARTIAL JUDICIARY’ NEW WEBSITE, WWW. FAIRJUDGES.ORG, HIGHLIGHTS OPPOSITION TO CHARLES W. PICKERING SR.’S CONFIRMATIONFor Immediate Release February 20, 2002 Contact: Cory Smith (202) 466-3311 Washington, DC — The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest and broadest civil rights coalition, today launched a new outreach campaign … Read More

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LCCR: Overly Optimistic Digital Divide Report Belies Real World Realities

Friday, February 8, 2002

LCCR: OVERLY OPTIMISTIC DIGITAL DIVIDE REPORT BELIES REAL WORLD REALITIES CIVIL RIGHTS COALITION STATES SIMPLISTIC NOTION OF DIGITAL DIVIDE REFLECTS MISUNDERSTANDING OF POWER AND REACH OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGYImmediate Release Contact: Cory Smith (202) 466-3311 February 7, 2002 Washington, D.C. ? Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest and largest … Read More

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LCCR Opposes Pickering Nomination to Fifth Circuit- Serious Concerns About Nominee’s Civil Rights Record

Thursday, January 24, 2002

For Immediate Release Contact: Cory Smith (202) 466-3311 January 23, 2002 — Washington, D.C. Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), issued the following statement today regarding President Bush’s nomination of Judge Charles W. Pickering, Sr. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: “Although I am honored to join … Read More

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Civil Rights Summer Program Launched for Social Justice Student Leaders

Monday, January 21, 2002

CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMER PROGRAM LAUNCHED FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDENT LEADERS Program Celebrates Legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.For Immediate Release January 21, 2002 Cambridge, MA and Washington, DC ? Four leading civil rights organizations today launched “Civil Rights Summer 2002” – a unique summer fellowship program that celebrates the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther … Read More

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Study of 2000 Presidential Election Votes in Florida Illustrates Urgent Need for Voting Accessibility, Accuracy

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Contact: Robin Kane, Fenton Communications, 202/822-5200, ext. 255 MEDIA ADVISORY FOR PRESS CONFERENCE ? THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AT 10 AM CIVIL RIGHTS COALITION URGES SWIFT PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN ELECTION REFORM Study of 2000 Presidential Election Votes in Florida Illustrates Urgent Need for Voting Accessibility, AccuracyIn its final weeks before recess, Congress is considering several bills … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Expresses Concerns About Civil Liberties Aspects of New Anti-terrorism Legislation

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Expresses Concerns About Civil Liberties Aspects of New Anti-terrorism Legislation The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, has issued the following statement regarding the anti-terrorism bill signed into law by President Bush on October 26, 2001. The USA-PATRIOT Act contains … Read More

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Racial Profiling and the September 11 Attacks

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

The horrific attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have led to calls for widespread racial profiling as a way to apprehend suspects and prevent future incidents. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights strongly rejects these appeals for intolerance. Now, more than ever, the nation’s laws must be enforced without resort to discrimination … Read More

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Musician Dave Matthews Spearheads New PSA Campaign Entitled “We Are All Americans”

Friday, October 5, 2001

For Immediate ReleaseOctober 5, 2001 Washington, D.C.–Today the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/Education Fund launched a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign spearheaded by Grammy award-winning artist Dave Matthews, calling on viewers during this time of tragedy to reflect on the promise of America: that people who trace their heritage to every nation on Earth … Read More

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Grammy Winner Matthews Joins Leadership Conference in Campaign to Unite Americans

Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Washington, D.C. – Today the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/Education Fund launched a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign spearheaded by Grammy award-winning artist Dave Matthews, calling on viewers to reflect on the promise of America: that people who trace their heritage to every nation on Earth can live together with equal rights and mutual … Read More

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Vigil for Community Healing, Tolerance, and Unity

Monday, September 24, 2001

Vigil for Community Healing, Tolerance, and UnityThe Leadership Conference on Civil Rights will bring together Congressional members and leaders from the civil rights and religious communities for a vigil for community healing, tolerance and unity. The group will also deplore the rise of hate-crime violence against Sikhs, Muslims and Arab-Americans. TIME: Tuesday, September 25, 5:00-7:00 … Read More

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National Fair Housing Alliance, Leadership Conference Education Fund Release Guide To Prevent and Respond To Hate Crimes

Thursday, September 20, 2001

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and the Leadership Conference Education Fund (LCEF) today released “Fight Hate-A Prevention and Response Guide for America’s Neighborhoods,” developed through the organization’s CommUNITY 2000 project (www.community2000online.org) and reminded all Americans that housing-related hate activity is illegal under the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act. NFHA also highlighted its 1-866-222-FAIR hotline … Read More

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Statement by LCCR Exec. Director Wade Henderson at “In Defense of Freedom” Press Conference

Thursday, September 20, 2001

LCCR Joins Diverse Coalition in Show of Unity with Nation and Defense of American Freedoms Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights issued the following statement in support of “In Defense of Freedom” ________________________ Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, commented on the devastating events of … Read More

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LCCR Joins Diverse Coalition in Show of Unity with Nation and Defense of American Freedoms

Thursday, September 20, 2001

September 20, 2001 Washington, D.C. Contact: Gwen McKinney 202-833-9771 LCCR Joins Diverse Coalition in Show of Unity with Nation and Defense of American Freedoms Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights issued the following statement in support of “In Defense of Freedom” ________________________ Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Call for Unity in the Face of Terrorist Attacks Against the United States

Friday, September 14, 2001

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition of more than 180 national organizations whose members include more than 50 million Americans, has called for national unity in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. “President Bush spoke for all Americans … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Condemns U.S. Government’s Walk-Out at U.N. World Conference Against Racism

Wednesday, September 5, 2001

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL RIGHTS CONDEMNS U.S. GOVERNMENT’S WALK-OUT AT U.N. WORLD CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM Civil and Human Rights Group Decries Anti-Semitism But Says Government Should Have StayedFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2001 12:30 PM Durban, SA 6:00 AM EST CONTACT: Grace McDonough 011 27 82 858 3545 (Durban) gmcdonough@civilrights.org Durban, South Africa — The … Read More

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Leadership Conference On Civil Rights Urges Bush Administration to Send Meaningful Delegation to UN World Conference Against Racism

Friday, August 31, 2001

Durban, South Africa -The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the largest, oldest, and most diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations in the United States urged the Bush Administration to meaningfully engage at the UN World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) in Durban, South Africa. Civil rights leaders also expressed concern about the political … Read More

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LCCR Applauds Introduction of Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act

Tuesday, March 27, 2001

“The Leadership Conference strongly supports passage of the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA). We are pleased that so many members of Congress have shown their commitment to strengthening federal hate crimes laws. The Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act has wide support in Congress and among the American people. The majority of the Senate supported … Read More

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LCCR Chides GOP Leadership for Removal of Hate Crimes Legislation: Vows Battle is Not Over

Thursday, October 5, 2000

“The Republican congressional leadership just doesn’t get it. Hate crimes are a national tragedy, not a partisan issue. The GOP leadership’s decision to strip the hate crimes legislation from the DoD Authorization bill despite the overwhelming support of a broad, bi-partisan majority in both chambers of Congress, the President, and 175 law enforcement, religious, civic, … Read More

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Families of Hate Crimes Victims Rally with Advocates to Launch Web-Based Campaign Aimed at Securing House Passage of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Wade Henderson, Executive Director of LCCR, stated, “Last month, the Senate voted in overwhelming bipartisan fashion to strengthen the federal hate-crime law. Thirteen Republicans joined with all but one Democrat in supporting the measure. Since that time, bipartisan momentum has been building for the House to follow the Senate’s lead and pass hate crimes legislation: … Read More

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New Report: People with Disabilities Still Left Behind In Transportation Debates

Tuesday, May 8, 1984

Washington, D.C. – As conferees begin debating how to move forward with the federal transportation reauthorization, two civil rights organizations are highlighting massive disparities in transportation access for people with disabilities.  “Equity in Transportation for People with Disabilities,” a report by The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, … Read More

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