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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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Roberts on Voting Rights Act

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

“John Roberts would have the U.S. Senate and the American public believe that he is a strong supporter of the Voting Rights Act. Don’t believe it. Paraphrasing a former Attorney General, don’t listen to what I say, look at what I did. The facts are very clear. He opposed efforts by a bipartisan Congress to … Read More

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As Hearings Begin, Roberts Has a Lot to Explain

Monday, September 12, 2005

“Today the Senate Judiciary Committee, charged with maintaining the integrity of America’s courts, will begin hearings to evaluate whether John Roberts is the right person to lead our nation’s highest court. The stakes could not be higher. As our country’s most important judge, the next chief justice will serve as protector of the rights, liberties, … Read More

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Roberts’ Nomination to Chief Justice Raises Red Flags

Monday, September 5, 2005

“Today President Bush made one of the most consequential nominations of his presidency. As our nation’s most important judge, the next Chief Justice will serve as steward of the rights, liberties and freedoms of all Americans for generations to come. The Supreme Court needs the guidance of a Chief Justice without an ideological agenda, who … Read More

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Rehnquist Era Ends, Future of Supreme Court Hangs in Balance

Sunday, September 4, 2005

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of William Rehnquist. Chief Justice Rehnquist in his 33-year career on the U.S. Supreme Court served with honor and distinction. Although we often disagreed with his opinions, he cared deeply for the independence of the judiciary in America’s democracy. At a time of rising divisions and great … Read More

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Major Civil Rights Groups Outraged by Administration’s Attempt to Sweep Evidence of Widespread Racial Profiling Under the Bureaucratic Rug

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

In a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, joined nine other major civil rights organizations in expressing deep concerns about recent newspaper reports that reveal an attempt by the administration to suppress the findings of an … Read More

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Affirmative Action Group Assails “Civil Rights Report”

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Washington, DC – Today Americans for a Fair Chance, a project of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), issued a blistering rebuttal to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) “report” Federal Procurement After Adarand. The report claims to recommend methods by which government agencies can enforce settled law consistent with the … Read More

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Sunday Marks 70th Anniversary of One of America’s Most Important Civil Rights Programs

Friday, August 12, 2005

Washington, DC – This Sunday, August 14th, marks the 70th anniversary of the day one of the nation’s most important civil rights program, Social Security, was signed into law. Recognized as the most successful and effective government program in our history, Social Security protects the welfare and retirement security of 47 million retirees, Americans with … Read More

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Why Is John Engler Rushing to Judgment on John Roberts?

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Washington – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today criticized John Engler’s decision to endorse John Roberts for a seat on the Supreme Court. The statement of Wade Henderson, LCCR’s Executive Director follows: “It is sorely disappointing that the leader of the … Read More

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Refusal to Turn Over Key Documents Breaks Precedent & Raises Suspicions

Monday, August 8, 2005

Washington – In a break with longstanding precedent, late this afternoon the Attorney General’s office sent a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy refusing to turn over materials documenting John Roberts’ work under Ken Starr as Principal Deputy Solicitor General, a political appointment he held in George H.W. Bush’s administration. “Today the White House thumbed its … Read More

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40th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act of 1965 Highlights Gains & Gaps

Friday, August 5, 2005

Washington, DC – Tomorrow, August 6th, marks the 40th anniversary of the historic passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), which outlawed racial discrimination in voting. Hailed by many as the nation’s most effective civil rights law, key provisions of the VRA will expire in 2007 if they are not renewed. “As we … Read More

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The Nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. to the Supreme Court

Thursday, August 4, 2005

Washington – In a letter to Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, outlined serious concerns regarding the president’s nomination of Judge John Roberts to a powerful lifetime seat on the Supreme Court and called … Read More

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Roberts: Record Reveals Hostility to Civil Rights

Thursday, August 4, 2005

Washington – In a letter to Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, outlined serious concerns regarding the president’s nomination of Judge John Roberts to a powerful lifetime seat on the Supreme Court and called … Read More

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15th Anniversary of the Passage of Americans With Disabilities Act

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed into law in 1990 with broad bipartisan support, the ADA has done much to guarantee civil rights protections to people with disabilities, ensuring equal opportunity and access to employment, transportation, public spaces, and state and local government services. “Today … Read More

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Roberts: Justice Scalia in O’Connor’s Robes?

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Washington – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition has serious concerns with President Bush’s nomination of Judge John Roberts to fill the Supreme Court chair of retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Wade Henderson, LCCR’s executive director and the co-chair of the Coalition … Read More

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LCCR on O’Connor Resignation

Friday, July 1, 2005

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 and the Co-chair of the Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary, an alliance of the country’s leading national public interest organizations, issued the following statement in response to Justice … Read More

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New Report Tracks Threats to Affirmative Action at the State Level

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Washington, DC – Thursday, June 23 marks the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic decisions in the University of Michigan affirmative action cases, Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger. To mark this anniversary, Americans for a Fair Chance, a project of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, released its annual report, … Read More

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Boyle Rammed Through Committee With Partisan Push

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Washington – Today Terrence Boyle, one of President Bush’s most controversial judicial nominees, was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in a party line vote. 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: “Given the … Read More

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Confirmation of Griffith Another Blow to Civil Rights

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

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 in response to the confirmation of Thomas Griffith to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia: “Another blow against civil rights was struck … Read More

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