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Latest Press Releases

15 Civil and Human Rights Leaders Urge Nissan to Allow Workers to Organize Through a Free and Fair Election

Friday, July 21, 2017

WASHINGTON— Today, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with 14 national civil rights leaders, sent a letter to José Muñoz, chairman of Nissan North America, urging him to allow the workers of their Canton, Mississippi plant to organize a local union through a free and fair … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Effort to Strip Consumer Rights by Repealing CFPB Arbitration Rule

Friday, July 21, 2017

WASHINGTON—In response to the introduction of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recently finalized arbitration rule, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent arbitration rule helps consumers hold big banks … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Lauds Bipartisan Approach to Provide Legal Status to ‘Dreamers’

Thursday, July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on the introduction of “The Dream Act of 2017” by Senators Lindsey Graham, R. S.C., and Dick Durbin, D. Ill., to provide legal status and a path to citizenship to immigrants commonly referred to as “Dreamers”: … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Disappointed by Senate Approval of John K. Bush

Thursday, July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Senate’s confirmation of John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit:  “It is a sad day for the Senate and the American people when an individual like John Bush … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

In New York Times Op-Ed, Leadership Conference President and CEO Vanita Gupta Calls Out Pence-Kobach Voter Suppression Commission Ahead of First Meeting

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – As the Pence-Kobach Commission convenes for the first time today, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, penned an op-ed in the New York Times calling out the commission for its efforts to suppress voter turnout, and urging state elections officials to stop the looming purge of voter rolls across the … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: House Budget Must Put People First, Protect the Vulnerable

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

WASHINGTON— Ahead of the House Budget Committee’s consideration of its FY 2018 budget resolution, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement:  “The American people deserve a federal budget that invests in all of our families and communities and that is animated by the values … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams Revised Senate Republican Bill to Take Health Care Away from Millions

Thursday, July 13, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the revised Senate Republican legislation that would take health care away from millions of Americans: “The Senate Republican leadership squandered their opportunity to rewrite their bill so that millions of Americans would continue to benefit … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil Rights and Education Groups Call on Department of Education to Support Protections Against Sex Discrimination

Thursday, July 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 36 civil rights and education organizations wrote to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in support of critical policy guidance clarifying schools’ responsibility to prevent and address sex discrimination under Title IX. The groups called on the Department of Education to work to protect … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Disappointed by Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of Bush and Schiff

Thursday, July 13, 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 John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Damien Schiff to the U.S. Court … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Senate Should Postpone Thursday’s NLRB and DOL Nominee Hearings, Allow Time for Proper Vetting, Say Worker and Civil Rights Groups

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Employment Law Project, and 47 civil rights, labor, and community leaders sent a letter urging the heads of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) to postpone hearings scheduled for Thursday on three controversial nominees for key National Labor Relations Board … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes New Protection for Consumers

Monday, July 10, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to today’s release by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) of a final rule that helps protect consumers from forced arbitration: “Most consumers are not aware of the forced arbitration clauses that financial service corporations … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

More Than 100 Groups Call on Secretaries of State to Protect Voter Rights by Rejecting Pence-Kobach Request for Sensitive Voter Data

Thursday, July 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with more than 100 groups, today sent a letter to state elections officials, including 51 Secretaries of State and 13 election administrators, applauding those who have resisted Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s recent request for sensitive voter information, … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Trump-Pence-Kobach Voter Suppression Efforts are Underway

Thursday, June 29, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the issuance of two letters by the Trump administration that indicate it is laying the groundwork for mass voter purges. In a letter sent by the Department of Justice to states covered by the National Voter … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Opposes Trump’s Nomination of Eric Dreiband for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights

Thursday, June 29, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Eric S. Dreiband to be the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice. Gupta previously served as the head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of … Read More

Ahead of Hate Crimes Summit, Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Administration to End the Climate of Fear

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in advance of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Hate Crimes Subcommittee Summit being held on Thursday: “It is vitally important that the Justice Department continues to vigorously investigate and prosecute hate crimes. However, investigation and … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Senate Must Listen to the People and Not Take Away Health Care from Millions

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the announcement that the Senate is delaying consideration of legislation to take health care away from millions of Americans: “Across the country, the people Congress serves are speaking out and demanding their elected officials protect their … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Senate Health Care Proposal Would be Devastating to Millions of Americans

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the release of the Senate Republican’s discussion draft of their health care legislation: “President Trump was right in calling the House Republican health care bill ‘mean,’ and the Senate Republican bill is no better. The details … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Reintroduction of Voting Rights Advancement Act

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the reintroduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act by Senator Patrick Leahy and Congresswoman Terri Sewell: “We welcome the reintroduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act and urge Congress to pass this critical legislation. Since the … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Administration’s New Instructions on Transgender Student Discrimination

Friday, June 16, 2017

WASHINGTON—In response to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Instructions to the Field Regarding Complaints Involving Transgender Students, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “In February, in a mean-spirited move, Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions rescinded important guidance clarifying schools’ … Read More

Categories: Education, LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

151 Civil and Human Rights Groups Urge Senators to Take a Stand for the American People and Oppose the AHCA

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Partnership for Women & Families, the National Health Law Program and 148 other national and state civil and human rights groups sent a letter to U.S. senators urging them to oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal the Affordable … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns DeVos’ Latest Actions Delaying Protections for Students

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ decision to delay implementation of and to renegotiate the Borrower Defense to Repayment and Gainful Employment regulations: “The Department of Education has an obligation to ensure that federal funds are never … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Demand Scrutiny of Sessions’ Priorities as His Deputy Defends Trump’s Budget Proposal

Monday, June 12, 2017

WASHINGTON— Ahead of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein’s testimony before congressional appropriations subcommittees on Tuesday, several national civil rights and justice system reform leaders spoke out about the implications of a Department of Justice budget that shifts priorities from civil rights enforcement toward a renewed War on Drugs and incarceration. The groups called on … Read More

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Press Call Briefing: Ahead of Budget Hearings, National Civil Rights Groups Call for Justice Department to Prioritize Civil Rights Enforcement, Not Incarceration

Monday, June 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, Monday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, ahead of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein’s testimony before two separate congressional panels Tuesday, civil rights groups will host a telephone press briefing to discuss the implications of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice budget, which reflects a shift in priorities from civil … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Demand Scrutiny of Sessions’ Priorities as His Deputy Defends Trump’s Budget Proposal

Monday, June 12, 2017

WASHINGTON— Ahead of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein’s testimony before congressional appropriations subcommittees on Tuesday, several national civil rights and justice system reform leaders spoke out about the implications of a Department of Justice budget that shifts priorities from civil rights enforcement toward a renewed War on Drugs and incarceration. The groups called on … Read More

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Press Call Briefing: Ahead of Budget Hearings, National Civil Rights Groups Call for Sessions to Prioritize Civil Rights Enforcement, Not Incarceration

Friday, June 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Monday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, ahead of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before two separate congressional panels Tuesday, civil rights groups will host a telephone press briefing to discuss the implications of Sessions’ Department of Justice budget, which reflects a shift in priorities from civil rights enforcement toward a renewed … Read More

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