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Civil Rights Coalition Laments Departure of Berry, Reynoso from U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Friday, December 10, 2004

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 the resignations of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) Chairperson Mary Frances Berry and Vice Chairperson Cruz Reynoso: “This week’s departure of Mary Frances … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Call for Close Scrutiny Of Gonzales Nomination

Monday, November 29, 2004

Washington – More than two dozen national civil rights leaders, expressing serious concern with President Bush’s nomination of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, today asked Senators on the Judiciary Committee to closely scrutinize Gonzales’ record in several key areas. In a letter to Senator Orrin Hatch, Judiciary Committee Chairman, and Senator Patrick Leahy, the Committee’s … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Reacts to Nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales as United States Attorney General

Wednesday, November 10, 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 today regarding President Bush’s nomination of White House Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales to the position of United States Attorney General: “President Bush’s nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales to be Attorney … Read More

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Calls IRS Investigation of NAACP Politically Motivated

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Washington – Today, 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, sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson expressing grave concerns regarding the agency’s actions to review the tax exempt status of the NAACP. In the letter … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Demands That Republican National Committee End Voter Suppression Efforts

Thursday, October 28, 2004

At a press conference held in front of the Republican National Committee’s (RNC’s) headquarters, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today called on RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie to put an end to Republican-initiated plans aimed at suppressing or intimidating minority or disabled … Read More

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“Send Clear Message on Protecting Voting Rights” Civil Rights Coalition Tells Ashcroft

Friday, October 22, 2004

Washington – In a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today called on the nation’s chief law enforcement officer to refrain from issuing directives and communications that could deter voters from exercising their right to vote. … Read More

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LCCR Calls on Parties to Cease and Desist Poll Challenge Activities

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Washington – Citing recent poll challenge efforts by the Democratic and Republican parties, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today called on the chairmen of both parties to “cease and desist.” In letters to Terry McAuliffe and Ed Gillespie, Wade Henderson, executive … Read More

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Justice Department Called on to Protect Minority Voting Rights and Combat Voter Intimidation

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Washington – In a lengthy letter to R. Alexander Acosta, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, called on the Justice Department to ensure the protection of minority voting rights in the upcoming November 2nd general election … Read More

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LCCR Tells Republican Members of Civil Rights Commission, “Don’t Attack the Messenger” for Report Criticizing Bush Administration’s Record on Civil Rights

Monday, October 18, 2004

Washington, D.C. – Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), issued the following statement today responding to criticism over the release by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights of a draft report on the Bush Administration’s civil rights record. The draft report, entitled Redefining Rights in America – The Civil … Read More

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Votes in Congress Demonstrate Erosion of Broad Bipartisan Support for Civil Rights

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Washington, DC – Key votes during the 108th Congress showed declining bipartisan support for protecting civil rights, according to the 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 26 floor votes in the U.S. Senate and 19 floor … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Joins Students in Urging the Nation to Take Affirmative Action

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Today, the United States Students Association and the NAACP Youth and College Division, together with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund/Americans for a Fair Chance (LCCREF/AFC), joined students in declaring October 4-8, 2004 National Take Affirmative Action Days, and urged college administrators to reaffirm their commitment to achieving diversity at colleges and universities. … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls on House to Pass Hate Crimes Bill

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Washington, D.C. – Recognizing the vile nature of hate crimes and the need for federal involvement in prosecuting such crimes, the U.S. House of Representatives should follow the Senate in passing the Hate Crimes Bill otherwise known as the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA). This bill, passed by a vote of 65-33 in the … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Sues Ashcroft Over Access to Election Fraud Policy Documents

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Washington, D.C. – To ensure that Attorney General John Ashcroft’s efforts against voter fraud do not interfere with every citizen’s right to vote, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice under the Freedom … Read More

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Report Documents Right-Wing Campaign To Capture Federal Courts

Friday, September 17, 2004

Washington, D.C. – Judicial nominations have been the focal point of far right-wing efforts to seize control and change the direction of the federal courts, according to a new report, released today by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), the education and research arm of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the … Read More

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Twenty-four Groups Launch Unprecedented, Simultaneous TV and Online Ads Exposing Radical Views of Administration Judicial Nominees

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Today twenty-four civil rights, environmental, women’s, health, religious, gay and lesbian, and other organizations – representing over 5 million people – announced they have joined together in an unprecedented, simultaneous Internet and TV ad campaign to spotlight the extremist views and records of the administration’s judicial nominees. The ad, which was produced by Haddow Communications, … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition urges congress to reject radical “court-stripping” measure

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, strongly urged the U.S. House of Representatives to defeat a proposed bill, the “Marriage Protection Act of 2004,” (H.R. 3313) that would strip federal courts of any ability to hear cases involving the interpretation of the … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Senate for Vote Against Cloture on the Confirmation of William Meyers

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

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 voting against cloture on the confirmation of William Myers to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. “Clearly, this is a … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Says, “Don’t Write Discrimination into the U.S. Constitution”

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, applauded the U.S. Senate today for blocking a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would restrict the rights and freedoms of American citizens. LCCR strongly opposed the “Federal Marriage Amendment” (FMA) because, for … Read More

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For 2004 Election Civil Rights Groups and Computer Scientists Call for New Security Measures for Electronic Voting Machines

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Washington, DC – To increase security and improve public confidence in the voting process, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (BC) today released a new report providing specific recommendations for elections officials planning to use electronic voting machines in the 2004 elections. The … Read More

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Texas Higher Education Lacks Racial Diversity, Report Finds

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Also contact: MALDEF J.C. Flores (213) 629-2512 ext. 124 jflores@maldef.org Society of American Law Teachers José Roberto Juárez, Jr. (210) 431-2145 bjuarez@stmarytx.edu Equal Justice Society William Kidder (415) 288-8708 wkidder@equaljusticesociety.org Americans for a Fair Chance/Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund Anjali Thakur (202) 466-3311 thakur@civilrights.org A new report documents the continuing lack of racial … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Calls for Bi-Partisan Support for New Civil Rights Bill

Thursday, June 24, 2004

As the nation looks forward to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2nd, America’s civil rights leaders are pointing to the erosion of civil rights protections by an increasingly reactionary Supreme Court. “It is sadly ironic,” said Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights … Read More

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LCCR Urges Congress to Provide D.C. Residents with Full Congressional Representation

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), testified today in a hearing before the House Government Reform Committee on several proposals that would provide residents of the District of Columbia with voting representation in Congress, including the “No Taxation Without Representation Act” and the “District of Columbia Fairness In Representation … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Declare Victory Against Ward Connerly’s Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Initiative Campaign

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

“Today’s announcement by Ward Connerly and his supporters that they are postponing their campaign to enact an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative in Michigan is an important victory,” said 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. “The decision to … Read More

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LCCR Announces Support of Civil Liberties Restoration Act of 2004

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, announced its strong support for the Civil Liberties Restoration Act of 2004, legislation introduced today that will address many of the civil rights and liberties abuses that have occurred in the post-9/11 law enforcement environment. … Read More

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