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Latest Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Sham Voter Commission to Be Shut Down

Thursday, November 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following a lawsuit filed against the so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity by one of its own commissioners: “It’s simply telling that a member of President Trump’s voter suppression commission is taking it to … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Criticizes Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of Ideological, Inexperienced Nominees

Thursday, November 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted, on a party-line basis, to advance the nominations of Gregory Katsas to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Brett Talley to the U.S. … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil Rights and Education Groups Urge DeVos to Reject Florida’s Submitted ESSA Plan

Thursday, November 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with 17 civil rights and education groups, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, expressing significant concerns regarding Florida’s submitted state ESSA plan.  The letter strongly agrees with and reinforces the views set forth in a September letter to Governor … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Pans Termination of TPS for Nicaragua

Monday, November 6, 2017

WASHINGTON—In response to the announcement that the Trump administration will terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “Today’s announcement is sadly just the latest anti-immigrant action by the Trump administration, and likely not the last. … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition and UndocuBlack Network Urge Congress to Pass Clean Dream Act in Univision Op-ed

Thursday, November 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Jonathan Jayes-Green, a DACA recipient and co-creator and national coordinator of the UndocuBlack Network, penned an op-ed in Spanish for Univision on the urgent need for Congress to pass a clean Dream Act. The Spanish language text of the … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil Rights Organizations: Our Immigration Policies Must Reflect Our Nation’s Values

Thursday, November 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — Following President Trump’s meeting with Republican senators to discuss the future of immigrant youth who have been thrust into legal limbo, civil rights and immigration leaders from across the country unite to call on President Trump and policymakers on both sides of the aisle to adopt inclusive immigration policies instead of racially divisive … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Saddened by Senate Republican Rubber Stamping of Judicial Nominees

Thursday, November 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed four circuit court nominees this week: “The Republican-led Senate has spent the last four days jamming through four of President Trump’s lifetime appointments for America’s second highest federal courts. Faced with his … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Criticizes Confirmation of Allison Eid to U.S. Court of Appeals

Thursday, November 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Allison Eid to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit: “For the third time this week, the rubber stamp Republican Senate confirmed another one of President Trump’s extreme judicial … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Congress Must Take a Stand for Diversity Visa Program

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

WASHINGTON—In response to President Trump’s call to terminate the Diversity Visa Program, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “As New Yorkers and the country mourns yesterday’s terrible tragedy, President Trump continues to show his true colors through his response. By calling for an … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Disappointed by Confirmation of Joan Larsen to U.S. Court of Appeals

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Joan Larsen, a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit: “For the second time this week, the Senate Republicans have rubber stamped … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Confirmation of Amy Barrett to U.S. Court of Appeals

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Professor Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit:  “Today’s vote continues the Senate Republicans’ record of rubber stamping all of President Trump’s judicial nominees. Our … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Nine Civil Rights Organizations Led By Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law File Amicus Brief In SCOTUS Case Regarding Discrimination In Public Accommodations

Monday, October 30, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A broad coalition of civil rights organizations led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed an amicus curiae or “friend of the court” brief Monday for the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which the justices will decide whether discrimination by businesses is … Read More

Interactive Online Map Pinpoints Communities at Greatest Risk for Census 2020 Undercount

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hard-To-Count resource identifies communities most likely to be harmed by underfunded census operations, most in need of focused outreach to ensure accurate count WASHINGTON— A new resource for public officials and community leaders identifies rural and urban areas across the country that are most at risk of undercounting if the Census Bureau does not have … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Leader McConnell’s Play on Judicial Nominees

Thursday, October 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on four circuit court nominees today: “Mitch McConnell’s actions today to jam through four controversial appellate court nominees is dangerous and belittles the Senate’s role in analyzing the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Demands Thorough Review of Nominee to Lead Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights

Thursday, October 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the nomination of Kenneth L. Marcus to be the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education: “The Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights is one of the most important roles in the education … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of Allison Eid

Thursday, October 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted, on a party-line basis, to advance the nomination of Allison Eid to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit: “Justice Eid has a demonstrated record of conservative … Read More

Categories: Nominations, Press Releases

Press Webinar: Using New Tools to Identify Trouble Spots, Technology Pitfalls in 2020 Census

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m. ET, The Leadership Conference Education Fund (The Education Fund), the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI), and The Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) will host a webinar for media to introduce a searchable online … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Reject Flawed Budget Proposal

Thursday, October 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the budget resolution pending before the Senate: “Budgets are a reflection of our values, but the Senate Republican proposal is out of step with the values of most people in America. It is just a … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Pans Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of Thomas Farr

Thursday, October 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted, on a party-line basis, to advance the nomination of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina: “Thomas Farr has devoted much of … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Rebukes Attorney General Sessions’ Oversight Hearing Testimony

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ appearance before a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing: “President Trump has emboldened and enabled hate and division in our country – and Attorney General Sessions is a powerful leader of … Read More

Civil Rights Leaders Urge Senate Judiciary Committee to Oppose District Court Nominee Thomas Farr

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, national and local civil rights leaders held a telephone press briefing to call on the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject Thomas Farr’s nomination to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The committee is expected to vote on Farr’s nomination on Thursday, October 19. A recording of today’s … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Raises Serious Concerns About Attorney General Sessions’ Job Performance on Eve of Oversight Hearing

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the eve of the oversight hearing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, raising serious concerns about the Justice Department’s record on issues that are critically important to the civil and human rights community. The hearing marks the … Read More

In Cleveland Plain Dealer Op-Ed, Vanita Gupta Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down Ohio Voter Restriction Law

Sunday, October 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – As a new Supreme Court term begins, Justices will soon consider Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the State of Ohio illegally purged voters from its rolls in 2016, effectively marginalizing thousands of voters. With oral arguments in the case approaching, Vanita Gupta, president … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Trump’s Move to End Health Care Subsidies

Friday, October 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s move to end subsidies for certain health care plans: “Health care is a fundamental right for all in America. President Trump’s actions today attack that fundamental right and threaten the lives of millions. … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump’s Executive Order to Undermine Health Care

Thursday, October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s heath care Executive Order: “Now that President Trump and the Republican Congress failed to end the Affordable Care Act by legislation, the president is sabotaging the law by executive action. Today’s move is … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases