WASHINGTON – Civil rights advocates hosted a press briefing call today to outline the need for immediate election funding in the new COVID-19 relief package to protect the integrity of the general election. Speakers included Rep. Terri Sewell and Calif. Secretary of State Alex Padilla, as well as leaders from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, American Association of People with Disabilities, and the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda.
Rep. Sewell, Calif. Secretary of State Padilla to join civil rights leaders to mark the 55th anniversary of Voting Rights Act
WASHINGTON – In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights outlined how the Trump administration is once again trying to sabotage the 2020 Census to advance its anti-immigrant agenda and erase communities of color. Her piece appeared as the Census Bureau announced that they “will end field data collection by September 30, 2020.” Cutting the census short is Trump’s way to guarantee a massive undercount and capture an inaccurate and less diverse portrait of America.
Faith Leaders to Join Turn Up Tuesdays to Commemorate the Voting Rights Act and Call for Safer Elections
WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and All Voting is Local, with its joint And Still I Vote℠ campaign, will hold a series of events with faith leaders to mobilize voters across the country and urge officials to safeguard voting by mail and protect in-person voting options. This is a part of Turn Up Tuesdays, a weekly, national call to action to ensure people are informed and activated to vote in the general election.
WASHINGTON – Following reports that the U.S. Census Bureau is cutting by one month census door knocking and, potentially, the self-response option, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights released the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Trump’s tweet regarding the election:
WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and more than 24 civil rights, employment, and privacy organizations today introduced principles to guide the development, use, auditing, and oversight of hiring assessment technologies. The groups urge policymakers, vendors, and employers to protect the civil rights of working people by ensuring new assessment tools that rely on algorithms and artificial intelligence do not further entrench decades of discrimination. Without guardrails in place, new assessments threaten to perpetuate unjust hiring practices based on race, ethnicity, sex, disability, age, and other factors.
WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s memorandum on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: