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Press Release 04.3.19

Senate Majority Rigs System to Transform the Courts

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s vote to reduce post-cloture debate time on district court judicial nominees:

Press Release 04.3.19

Leaders Urge Senate to Abandon Rules Change

WASHINGTON – Leading civil rights organizations and fair courts experts hosted a telephone press briefing today to discuss Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s brazen partisan power grab in his latest attempt to change the rules on debate time for nominees who would serve on our federal courts for decades to come. Experts discussed the Senate Republicans’ willingness to break any rules necessary to stack our courts with anti-civil rights judges, no matter the harm it will bring American communities.

Press Release 04.2.19

FCC Chairman Pai Must Support Lifeline, Close Digital Divide

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in advance of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s April 3 budget hearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. Pai has reportedly proposed to cap the Universal Service Fund programs, which provide essential funding for affordable telecommunications services for low-income households, including Lifeline:

Press Release 04.2.19

PRESS CALL: Civil Rights Groups, Fair Courts Experts Discuss Harm of Senate Rules Change

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, April 3 at 3:00 p.m. ET, leading civil rights organizations and fair courts experts will host a telephone press briefing to discuss Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s brazen partisan power grab in his latest attempt to change the rules on debate time for nominees who would serve on our federal courts for decades to come.

Press Release 04.2.19

178 Groups Urge Supreme Court to Strike Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, along with 176 other grassroots, advocacy, labor, legal services, education, and faith-based organizations, submitted a “friend of the court” brief in Department of Commerce v. New York supporting the lower court’s decision barring Secretary of Commerce Ross from adding a new, untested, and unnecessary citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The groups make clear that adding the citizenship question would harm the communities who stand to lose the most if the 2020 Census includes a citizenship question.

Press Release 03.28.19

Policing Reform Campaign Urges ‘New Era’ of Public Safety

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund today launched a new campaign, “New Era of Public Safety” featuring groundbreaking tools to increase trust, fairness, justice, and mutual respect between police departments and the communities they serve.

Press Release 03.28.19

Civil Rights Groups: 2020 Census Must be Fair and Accurate

WASHINGTON – Civil rights leaders and census experts held a press call today to announce a national day of action on April 1 to elevate the importance of a fair and accurate 2020 Census. That day marks one year from Census Day, when the census will be in full swing. The U.S. Constitution requires a census every ten years to ensure equal representation for all communities. Census data also influence the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal resources. It is imperative that the government counts every person in our country equally well.