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LCCR Expands Campaign to Defeat Extremist Judicial Nominees

Monday, June 30, 2003

Washington, DC ? Expanding its campaign opposing the Bush administration’s extremist nominees to the federal courts, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil rights coalition, today launched a national Save Our Courts initiative. As the Supreme Court term comes to an end, there is growing speculation that … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Hails Supreme Court Ruling In Lawrence v. Texas

Thursday, June 26, 2003

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 applauding today’s 6-3 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas, striking down as unconstitutional a Texas law that criminalized same-sex private consensual sexual … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls Supreme Court Michigan Decision Victory for America

Monday, June 23, 2003

For more information, the civil rights community will hold a press conference at 12:30 at the Capitol View Conference Center, Chamber Room (9th Floor), 101 Constitution Avenue, NW ? use Louisiana Avenue entrance.Washington: By upholding the principle of affirmative action and the permissible use of race-conscious admissions policies of the University of Michigan’s law school, … Read More

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New Public Awareness Campaign Launched to Promote Affirmative Action

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Washington, DC — Today, Americans for a Fair Chance (AFC), a project of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), launched a new public awareness campaign to educate Americans about the benefits of affirmative action. The campaign is timed to coincide with the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the University of Michigan … Read More

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Military Leaders Speak Out in Favor of Affirmative Action

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Washington: At a forum held today at the Georgetown University Law School, several retired high-ranking U.S. military leaders spoke out in favor of affirmative action as an effective tool in defending the nation’s national security. Citing the “incredible selflessness that is essential to teamwork and cohesion,” former Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Reeder, pointed to … Read More

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Racial Profiling Guidance: “Useful First Step” on the Road to Enacting Comprehensive Federal Legislation

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Calling the Department of Justice’s recently released guidance on racial profiling a “useful first step” that “falls far short of what is needed,” the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today urged Congress to enact comprehensive federal legislation that would truly … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Opposes Confirmation of Extremist William Pryor to U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. ? Citing his extremist record, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the confirmation of William Pryor to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. “As Alabama attorney general, … Read More

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National Civil Rights Coalition Opposes Changes To Media Ownership Guidelines

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. ? Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, expressed serious concern about the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) scheduled vote on June 2, 2003 on whether to lift important restrictions on media cross ownership. In March 2002, the Leadership Conference partnered … Read More

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LCCR Marks Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education Ruling by Calling for Passage of a Student Bill of Rights

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

WASHINGTON — In a letter released today, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) Executive Director Wade Henderson and Chairperson Dorothy I. Height announced LCCR’s support for H.R. 236, the Student Bill of Rights, sponsored by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.). The endorsement just prior to the 49th anniversary of the landmark ruling of the U.S. Supreme … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Praises the Senate for Stopping the Confirmation of Priscilla Owen

Thursday, May 1, 2003

WASHINGTON – Citing her extremist record, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today praised the Senate for stopping the confirmation of Priscilla Owen to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by voting “no” on cloture. “After an exhaustive … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Introduction of Hate Crimes Bill

Thursday, May 1, 2003

Washington – A bill extending hate crime protections to cover gender, sexual orientation, and disability and strengthen current federal hate crimes law against crimes motivated by a person’s race, religion, or national origin was introduced in the Senate today. The bill, the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2003, has broad bipartisan support and sponsorship … Read More

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LCCR Urges Senate to Vote “No” on Cloture to Stop Confirmation of Priscilla Owen

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Washington – Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, urged the Senate to vote ‘no’ on cloture to stop the confirmation of Priscilla Owen to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. “After an exhaustive and careful review of … Read More

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National Civil Rights Coalition Expresses “Grave Disappointment” at the Senate Confirmation of Judicial Extremist Jeffrey Sutton

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. ? Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, expressed grave disappointment at the Senate’s confirmation of Jeffrey Sutton to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. “Jeffrey Sutton is the latest and most extreme example of President … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Appalled by Senator Rick Santorum’s Attack on Gay and Lesbian Equality

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

WASHINGTON — Wade Henderson, the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, issued the following statement today regarding divisive anti-gay comments made recently by Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) during an interview with the Associated Press: “We are deeply troubled by … Read More

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New Report Reveals Bush Administration’s Hostility Toward Civil Rights

Monday, April 21, 2003

On Thursday, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) will release a new report, “The Bush Administration Takes Aim: Civil Rights Under Attack,” which documents the anti-civil rights agenda through regulation, litigation, and budgetary decisions that the Bush Administration has pursued. This quiet agenda is being followed while the administration has a high … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Available for Comment on Affirmative Action Supreme Court Cases

Monday, March 31, 2003

Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), is available to comment on the April 1st Supreme Court oral arguments on the two cases challenging the affirmative action policies of the University of Michigan. Mr. Henderson will be in the courtroom to hear and evaluate the arguments and observe the justices’ … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Opposition to “Irresponsible and Inequitable” Budget Plan

Thursday, March 20, 2003

WASHINGTON ? The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, wrote to members of the House of Representatives urging them to vote against H. Con. Res. 95 on the House floor. In the letter, LCCR cites the budget plan recently approved by the House … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Condemns Rep. Moran’s Comments Singling Out Jewish Community for War with Iraq

Wednesday, March 19, 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, issued the following statement regarding remarks made by Rep. James P. Moran, Jr., D-Va., during an anti-war event where he suggested that Jewish support was influencing U.S. strategy to … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls on House to Reject Discriminatory and Unfair Bankruptcy Legislation

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

WASHINGTON – Citing its grossly discriminatory and unfair provisions, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today called on members of the House of Representatives to vote against H.R. 975, the “Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2003.” “This legislation is … Read More

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Americans for a Fair Chance Hails Tomas Rivera Study on Minority Admissions: Study Finds California ???Race-Neutral??? Approaches Ineffective

Saturday, March 8, 2003

WASHINGTON D.C.—Americans for a Fair Chance, a non-partisan consortium of six of America’s leading civil rights legal organizations dedicated to the preservation of affirmative action welcomes the release of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute study on Latino and African-American admissions. The study found that “race neutral” plans used in California after the end of affirmative … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Senate Democrats for Standing Up to President Bush’s Court-Packing Scheme

Thursday, March 6, 2003

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 today and applauded the overwhelming majority of Senate Democrats for recognizing their constitutional responsibility to fully scrutinize President Bush’s judicial nominees. “The Leadership Conference on Civil … Read More

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News Conference to Feature Senator Harkin and Individuals Impacted by ‘States’ Rights’ Judicial Nominee Jeffrey Sutton

Tuesday, March 4, 2003

President Bush’s court-packing plan includes nominating individuals to the federal courts who subscribe to a “states’ rights” philosophy that curtails Congress’s power to enact federal legislation aimed at protecting civil and human rights, providing equal opportunity, and improving the quality of life for all Americans. The nomination of Jeffrey Sutton to the Sixth Circuit Court … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls on Justice Department

Thursday, February 27, 2003

Civil Rights Coalition Calls on Justice Department To Investigate Racial Attack on UVA Campus For Immediate Release: February 27, 2003 Contact: Michelle Woolley 202-263-2881 Washington, D.C. – Following news that a second-year student at the University of Virginia was assaulted because she was an African American running for president of the Student Council, the Leadership … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Preservation of Funding for Federal Community Technology Programs

Thursday, February 20, 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, issued the following statement regarding Congress’ decision to preserve funding in the FY03 budget for the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) and the Community Technology Center (CTC) initiative — two … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Call on Rep. Howard Coble to Resign Chairmanship of Judiciary Subcommittee

Thursday, February 13, 2003

WASHINGTON — In a letter to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) released today, Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil rights coalition, and Dr. Dorothy I. Height, LCCR Chairperson, … Read More

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