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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Senate Should Reject Damien M. Schiff

Friday, June 9, 2017

WASHINGTON— The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging senators to reject President Trump’s nomination of Damien M. Schiff to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The letter states in part, “It is difficult to fathom a nominee less deserving of a judicial confirmation than … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Outraged By House Passage of Legislation to Shield Payday Lending and Other Predatory Services

Thursday, June 8, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the House passage of the Financial CHOICE Act: “This is the wrong choice act. It’s wrong for consumers, and wrong for our economy. It is nothing more than a repackaging of Republican efforts over the past … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Senate Should Reject John K. Bush

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

WASHINGTON— The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging senators to reject President Trump’s nomination of John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  The letter states in part, “Mr. Bush has a record of extreme partisanship and does not … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to Secretary DeVos’ Testimony

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to Secretary DeVos’ testimony today before the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee: “We were glad to hear Secretary DeVos restate the law today – that recipients of federal funds must follow federal … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Underwhelmed by Trump’s Infrastructure ‘Plan’

Monday, June 5, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s infrastructure plan: “Trump’s infrastructure proposal fails to live up to his lofty campaign rhetoric. Instead of offering a solid plan that would create good jobs, directly invest in our nation’s decaying infrastructure, and target … Read More

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105 National Groups to Trump: End the Assault on Civil and Human Rights

Monday, June 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – Following a recent claim by a White House spokesperson that the Trump administration “has an unwavering commitment to the civil rights of all Americans,” The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with 104 national organizations dedicated to protecting those very rights, called on the President to stop the systemic assault on … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Call for Scrutiny of DeVos’ Commitment to Civil Rights and Students

Monday, June 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – Ahead of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ Senate testimony before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday, several national civil rights leaders spoke out on the implications of DeVos’ alarming lack of commitment to protecting all students’ civil rights. “America’s students deserve a Secretary of Education who will protect their civil rights. That is … Read More

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Press Call Briefing: Ahead of Senate Hearing, National Civil Rights Leaders Call on DeVos to Protect Students

Friday, June 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Monday, June 5 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, ahead of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, civil rights leaders will host a telephone press briefing to discuss the importance of protecting all students from discrimination and to express concern about past statements and actions of DeVos, which have signaled … Read More

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Vanita Gupta Begins Tenure as Leadership Conference President, Announces Three New Senior Staff Members

Thursday, June 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, Vanita Gupta, former head of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, begins her tenure as president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition, and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the coalition’s public education and communications arm. … Read More

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169 National, State, and Local Groups Call for a Highly Qualified and Established Leader as Census Bureau Director

Thursday, June 1, 2017

WASHINGTON— The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 168 national, state, and local organizations are urging President Trump to promptly nominate a highly qualified and widely respected professional to serve as the next Director of the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau is in dire need of a strong leader with the clout … Read More

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2nd Annual Poll Shows Black and Latino Parents and Families Continue to See Disparities in Education

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Anzalone Liszt Grove Research released the 2nd annual “New Education Majority” Poll. The poll explores how Black and Latino parents and families view the American education system’s success in educating their children. The poll’s findings come at a critically important time for U.S. public education as … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Federal Court Ruling Affirming Rights of Transgender Students

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

WASHINGTON— Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the unanimous decision of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirming the right of a transgender student in a Wisconsin public school to use the restroom of his … Read More

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Press Call Briefing: Annual Poll of Black and Latino Parents and Families Underscores Clear Sense of Educational Inequity

Monday, May 29, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, May 30 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Anzalone Liszt Grove Research will host a one-hour telephone press briefing to discuss the second annual “New Education Majority” poll that captures the views of parents and families of color on education. The poll’s findings come at a critically … Read More

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73 National Groups Demand OFCCP Remain Intact

Friday, May 26, 2017

WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Employment Law Project, the National Women’s Law Center and 70 national organizations wrote to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to urge the Trump administration to abandon its proposal to eliminate the Office of Federal Contract … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Congress Must Prioritize 2020 Census After Trump Proposes Unrealistic Funding

Thursday, May 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – Ahead of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee today, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement:  “The Trump administration has proposed an irresponsible funding level for the Census Bureau that cannot sustain thorough, timely preparations for … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Legislation to Raise Federal Minimum Wage to $15 by 2024

Thursday, May 25, 2017

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act of 2017 by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). The bill incrementally raises the federal minimum wage … Read More

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DeVos Must Clarify How She’ll Protect Students’ Civil Rights During Budget Hearing

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Ahead of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee today, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement: “We look forward to hearing how Secretary DeVos intends to advance public education and protect students’ civil rights. The department’s … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Tough Questions of Secretary Kelly as He Defends Trump’s Budget Proposal

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON— Ahead of Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly’s testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee today, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement:  “Earlier this year, President Trump began laying down legal groundwork to build a mass deportation machine. His proposal to Congress would … Read More

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The Leadership Conference Education Fund Releases Report on Economic Security

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund released its report, “In Their Own Words: Working People and the Need for Policies that Provide Economic Security.” The report documents the plight of people working in low-wage jobs and calls for policy initiatives in six areas critical to the life of every American worker: higher wages, … Read More

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Advisory: Civil and Human Rights Coalition to Release Report on Economic Security

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET, The Leadership Conference Education Fund (The Education Fund) will release its report, “In Their Own Words: Working People and the Need for Policies that Provide Economic Security,” at an event on Capitol Hill. The report reviews and calls for policy initiatives in six areas critical … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Trump Budget is Dead on Arrival

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON – Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president and director of public policy of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget: “Our concerns about President Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposal have not only been confirmed, it’s worse than we imagined. The misnamed budget, ‘A … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls For A Fair And Equitable Federal Budget That Meets The Needs For All Americans

Monday, May 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president and director of public policy of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget: “We are deeply concerned by reports about President Trump’s forthcoming FY 2018 budget. We will fully examine the proposal when it comes out. … Read More

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45 Civil Rights Groups Urge House of Representatives to Reject H.R. 1039

Thursday, May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 44 groups sent a letter to the House of Representatives in opposition to H.R. 1039, the Probation Officer Protection Act. That bill, scheduled for a vote tomorrow, would broadly authorize federal probation officers to make warrantless arrests of parties not under their supervision. “H.R. 1039 … Read More

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40 Civil Rights Groups Urge House to Reject H.R. 115

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 39 groups sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging opposition to H.R. 115, the Thin Blue Line Act of 2017. The legislation purports to further protect police officers from being killed in the line of duty, but it does nothing to ensure officer … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Opposes the ‘Back the Blue Act’

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the introduction of the Back the Blue Act by Senator John Cornyn (R- Texas) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas): “Our nation is still reeling from yet another senseless killing two weeks ago of a … Read More

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