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Latest Press Releases

Police in Schools is Nothing More Than an Illusion of School Safety

Monday, March 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Advancement Project, National Disability Rights Network, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund hosted a telephone press briefing to discuss why current efforts in Congress and by the Trump administration to increase “school security” will not address the nation’s gun violence epidemic. Civil … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Education, Press Releases

Press Call Briefing: More Police in Schools Is Not the Solution to Gun Violence

Friday, March 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. ET, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Advancement Project, National Disability Rights Network, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund will host a telephone press briefing to discuss why current efforts in Congress and by the Trump administration to increase “school security” will … Read More

Categories: Press Releases

House School Safety Bill Wrong Approach to the Problem

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the STOP School Violence Act: “Today’s House vote is a major disappointment. Legislation that should increase safety restrictions and limitations on gun purchases has instead become a ‘school … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Sessions Plans to Militarize Schools and Overpolice Children

Monday, March 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plan to militarize schools and overpolice children:  “Sessions’ plan is unacceptable and will harm our children – especially children of color. The Trump administration’s response to the epidemic of gun violence … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Education, Press Releases

Vanita Gupta and Senator Cortez Masto Urge Congress to Reject Housing Discrimination

Monday, March 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, (D-Nev.), penned an opinion piece for PBS Newshour highlighting how S. 2155, the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act,” would undermine one of our nation’s key civil rights laws and weaken consumer … Read More

Civil Rights Community to Acosta: Rescind the ‘Tip Rule’

Thursday, March 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with several organizations that serve on its Employment Task Force, today wrote Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, noting their deep concerns in light of reports suggesting that the department had prepared, but withheld, unfavorable economic analysis conducted by career employees. The analysis was on the … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Gun Safety Legislation Must Not Militarize, Overpolice Schools and Communities

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Congress to ‘heed voices of those affected by gun violence’ WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement as negotiations on legislation to curb gun violence unfold in Congress:  “The horrific Parkland murders are the latest in … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Education, Press Releases

Federal Appeals Court Finds LGBT Workers Are Protected Under Civil Rights Act

Monday, February 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation: “We applaud this ruling by the Second Circuit, … Read More

Janus v. AFSCME: This Case is About Civil and Human Rights

Monday, February 26, 2018

WASHINGTON—Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral arguments today in Janus v. AFSCME: “Standing in the way of strong unions, and blocking the pathway to economic security, does not create an America as good as its … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

DeVos Proposes Delay of Vital Special Education Rule

Monday, February 26, 2018

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Education’s proposal to delay implementation of a rule that enforces the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). “Once again, Secretary DeVos has chosen to shirk her responsibility to protect the civil … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Opposition to Marcus ED OCR Nomination Grows: Ahead of Senate Action, 61 Civil Rights Groups Sign Letter of Opposition

Thursday, February 22, 2018

WASHINGTON— Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter signed by 61 civil rights groups to the U.S. Senate urging senators to vote against confirming Kenneth Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The letter builds on one sent in January by 31 … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

201 Civil and Human Rights Groups Urge Chairman Pai to Reject FCC’s Proposal to Scale Back Lifeline Program

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 200 civil and human rights organizations filed comments directed toward Ajit V. Pai, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging him to reject the FCC’s new proposals that will gut the Lifeline program – the only federal program that assists low-income … Read More

Categories: Press Releases

Senate Rejects Trump’s Zealous Immigration Priorities

Thursday, February 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate soundly rejected proposals that would have enacted President Trump’s extremist immigration priorities: “We applaud the Senate for rejecting President Trump’s extremist immigration priorities today. Lawmakers must work on a bipartisan basis to protect … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Committee Approval of Far-Right Brennan Also Undermines Checks and Balances

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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 Michael Brennan’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit: “Today Chairman Grassley eroded the role each senator plays in … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

House Seeks to Undermine Americans with Disabilities Act

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Move to Weaken Key Civil Rights Law WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement upon House passage of H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017: “Today’s vote to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Committee Approval of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bill is important ‘first step’ toward fair justice system WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act:  “The Senate Judiciary Committee has taken an important first step toward making our justice … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Trump Proposals Are a Double Dose of Bad Policy

Monday, February 12, 2018

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Pans Trump Budget and Infrastructure Plans WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, responded to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget proposal and infrastructure principles, both of which the administration unveiled today: “Trump’s budget and infrastructure proposals are a double dose … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Sessions Not Attorney General ‘For All People’

Friday, February 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ time in office: “Jeff Sessions is not an Attorney General for all people. His first year in office has ushered in unprecedented rollbacks of civil and … Read More

In the Biden Forum, Civil Rights Leader Highlights How Fight for Civil Rights is about Economic Opportunity

Thursday, February 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, penned a column in the Biden Forum highlighting how civil rights are not just about legal freedoms but also about economic opportunity. Nanda is the former chief of staff and senior advisor to Department of Labor Secretary Tom … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Judiciary, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Committee Approval of Nielson

Thursday, February 8, 2018

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 Howard Nielson to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah: “Yet again, the Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

In The Advocate Op-ed, Civil Rights Leaders Highlight Trump Judicial Nominees’ Attack on LGBT Rights

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Harper Jean Tobin, director of policy at the National Center for Transgender Equality, penned an op-ed in The Advocate highlighting how Trump’s judicial nominees present a dangerous assault on the rights of LGBT people. “Perhaps the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds House Passage of Reforms to Combat Harassment and Discrimination

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 4924, the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (CAA) and H Res. 724: “We applaud the bipartisan effort in Congress to finally protect all the women and men in the … Read More

Categories: Discrimination, Press Releases, Women's Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Releases Scores for First Session of 115th Congress

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights released its vote ratings for every member of the first session of the 115th Congress. The Voting Record, which has scored every Congress since 1969, reflects positions taken by every senator and representative on the legislative priorities of The Leadership Conference and its more than … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Labor Department to Allow Workers to Keep their Tips

Monday, February 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights submitted comments to the Department of Labor (DOL) in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind portions of tip regulations DOL issued in 2011 pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Leadership Conference noted the proposed rule deviates from DOL’s … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Labor Department’s Hiding of Critical Pay Data

Thursday, February 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Department of Labor’s decision to withhold critical pay data on the impact of a proposed rule on workers’ tips. “It’s bad enough that the Trump administration wants to allow employers to take … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases