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Press Release 04.19.21

Biden Administration Must Cancel Student Loan Debt to Advance Racial Equity

WASHINGTON – To advance equity and civil rights, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with 35 civil rights and education organizations, today released Civil Rights Principles for Student Loan Debt Cancellation. The principles outline how to ensure that broad loan cancellation provides for equity and supports all student loan holders, especially women and Black and Latino individuals, who have been disproportionately impacted by the crushing debt of student loans. 

Press Release 04.16.21

Garland Restores Key Accountability Tool

WASHINGTON— Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Attorney General Merrick Garland’s rescission of a Trump administration order that essentially ended the Department of Justice’s use of consent decrees:

Press Release 04.14.21

Kristen Clarke is the Civil Rights Leader We Need at the Justice Department

WASHINGTON — Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the below statement following today’s Senate confirmation hearing of Kristen Clarke to be assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice:

Press Release 04.9.21

Biden’s Budget Request Is Important Change In Course

WASHINGTON — Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the below statement on President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 Discretionary Request, which would notably include an increase in funding to federal civil rights offices:

Press Release 04.9.21

Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Is Needed Now More than Ever

WASHINGTON – Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts campaign senior director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s creation of a presidential commission to study and issue a report on Supreme Court reform.

Press Release 04.8.21

Congress Must Protect Communities Targeted for Hate

WASHINGTON — The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Arab American Institute, and 87 other civil and human rights organizations released a letter today urging Congress to pass the Jabara-Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act. The legislation was reintroduced today with bipartisan support in the House and will be introduced in the Senate on Monday, April 12.

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