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Latest Press Releases

Civil Rights Organizations and Census Experts Highlight Damaging Consequences of Congress’ Failure to Fund the 2020 Census Appropriately

Thursday, August 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, leading civil rights organizations and census experts hosted an audio press briefing to discuss ongoing policy decisions that could put a successful 2020 Census at risk, including a lack of sufficient funding for rigorous, on-time census planning and preparations, and the need for a highly qualified and widely respected professional to serve … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Praises Federal Ruling in Texas Voter ID Case

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on a federal judge’s ruling today that Texas’ voter ID law intentionally discriminates against the state’s voters of color: “Today’s ruling is an important victory for voting rights and those who fight for them every … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams Trump’s Remarks in Phoenix

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on President Trump’s remarks at a campaign event in Phoenix today: “President Trump again chose to fan the flames of hate and division. His lack of moral credibility was on full display in Phoenix and … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Trump Must Not Pardon Sheriff Arpaio

Monday, August 21, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement urging President Trump not to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio: “Rather than taking action to unite our nation and heal the wounds he has opened, President Trump is considering using the power of his office to … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Immigration, Press Releases

Press Call Briefing: 2020 Census at Risk as Funding and Operational Decisions Continue to Loom

Monday, August 21, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, August 24 at 12:00 p.m. ET, leading civil rights organizations and census experts will host a one-hour telephone press briefing to discuss on-going policy decisions that are putting a successful 2020 Census at risk, including a lack of sufficient funding for rigorous, on-time census planning and preparations, and the need for … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Lauds Removal of Bannon; More Needs to Be Done

Friday, August 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on reports that Stephen Bannon has been removed from the White House: “Stephen Bannon’s departure is the right result, but not for the right reason. The president, who continues to sow hate and division, clearly … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Confederate Statues to Be Removed from U.S. Capitol

Thursday, August 17, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol: “As a nation, we must learn from our past. We need not idolize figures who sought to divide our country and advanced racism. The halls … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump’s Remarks

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on President Trump’s remarks today: “President Trump has forfeited any claim to the moral leadership a president must command. His facts are wrong, his moral compass is missing, and his continued refusal to recognize and … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, Press Releases

ICYMI: Civil and Human Rights Groups Speak Out on White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville

Monday, August 14, 2017

On Sunday, leading civil rights and faith leaders held a telephone press briefing to call on President Trump to directly disavow the white supremacists marching in his name in Charlottesville on Saturday.  Audio of that call is available here. Groups have also been speaking out – some of the statements issued are available below: Vanita … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Trump Remarks Insufficient, More Needs to Be Done

Monday, August 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement following President Trump’s remarks today, two days after the fact, condemning the white supremacist-led violent extremism in Charlottesville on Saturday: “It is a sad state of affairs when it’s a news story that the President … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Press Call Briefing Today: Civil Rights and Faith Leaders Call on Trump to Directly Disavow White Supremacists and Violent Extremism; Fire Bannon, Miller and Gorka

Sunday, August 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, August 13 at 4:30 p.m. ET, leading civil rights and faith leaders will host a telephone press briefing to call on President Trump to directly disavow the white supremacists marching in his name in Charlottesville on Saturday. The groups also call on Trump to fire White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, White … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Hate Rallies; Calls on Trump to Act

Saturday, August 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement following the hate rallies In Charlottesville, VA: “Our thoughts go out to those peaceful counter-protesters who were victims of violence today, especially the people who lost their lives. The white supremacist rallies this weekend and … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Justice Department Continues to Undermine Voting Rights

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement in response to the latest Department of Justice filing in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, a pending Supreme Court case concerning Ohio’s procedure for removing voters from the rolls: “Monday’s filing was further confirmation … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Protecting Our Voting Rights Important Now More Than Ever

Friday, August 4, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement to mark the 52nd anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was signed into law on August 6, 1965: “The Voting Rights Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation our … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil Rights and Education Groups to State Education Chiefs: Submit ESSA Plans That Provide All Children Equitable and High-Quality Education

Thursday, August 3, 2017

WASHINGTON—Earlier this week, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the U.S., along with 22 civil rights and education groups, sent a letter to 34 state education chiefs, urging them to … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Trump Legal Immigration Crackdown an Affront to Our Values

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after President Trump announced new efforts to curtail legal immigration: “As the Trump administration sows fear in immigrant communities through an unlawful and unconstitutional Muslim ban and a mass deportation campaign, they are now moving … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams Reported Justice Department Move to Weaken Educational Opportunity

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement based on a report by The New York Times that the “Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed … Read More

Categories: Education, Equal Opportunity, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump’s Call for Police Violence

Friday, July 28, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after President Trump delivered remarks to law enforcement officials today: “Trump’s remarks today are unconscionable. The President of the United States, standing before an audience of law enforcement officials, actively encouraged police violence. His remarks undermine … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Lauds Senate Rejection of Latest Iteration of Trumpcare

Thursday, July 27, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on the bipartisan Senate vote to protect health care for millions: “For now, the millions of Americans who enjoy access to health care because of the Affordable Care Act and the expanded Medicaid program can breathe … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Criticizes Sessions’ Justice Department Brief Undermining LGBT Rights

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement following the filing of an amicus brief today by the Sessions Justice Department arguing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation: “In the second Trump … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Outraged By Senate Vote To Begin Process to Take Away Health Care from Millions

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on the Senate vote to proceed to consider legislation to undermine the Affordable Care Act: “The Senate’s vote to proceed to consider legislation that would undo the progress made under the Affordable Care Act, without knowing … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump’s Decision to Bar Transgender Americans from Military Service

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military “in any capacity.” “President Trump stated on the campaign trail that he would be an ally to LGBTQ people, … Read More

Categories: Discrimination, LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

Editorial Boards Nationwide: Pence-Kobach Voting Commission is a Sham

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach held the inaugural meeting of their Voter Suppression Commission – a clear effort to marginalize voters across the country and support President Trump’s unproven claim that millions of people voted illegally in 2016. In a New York Times op-ed, Vanita Gupta, president … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams Labor Department Request to Revisit Overtime Rule

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON— Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the former chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Labor in the Obama administration, released the following statement after the Trump Department of Labor issued a request for information on the overtime rule:  “With today’s request … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

166 Civil and Human Rights Groups Urge Senate to Reject Moving Forward to Take Away Health Care from 22 Million Americans

Monday, July 24, 2017

WASHINGTON— Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Health Law Program, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and 163 other civil and human rights organizations sent a letter to the Senate to urge opposition to the consideration of the Senate Republican’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). In the letter, the … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases