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Press Release 05.28.20

Civil Rights Groups Urge Minneapolis Leaders to Keep Communities Safe

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and leading civil rights groups today called on the mayor of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department chief to keep communities safe and restore trust between police and the communities they serve. The letter was sparked by the recent police killing of George Floyd and subsequent militarized response to local demonstrations, with the groups urging leaders to use this moment as an opportunity to grapple with the ongoing legacy of white supremacy and police violence in communities of color and to re-examine their approach to public safety.

Press Release 05.28.20

Trump’s Order is More Bark Than Bite

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on content moderation by social media companies:

Press Release 05.26.20

Civil Rights Groups on the Killing of George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Black Visions Collective, The Native American Community Development Institute, and UNIDOS MN issued the following joint statement on the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police:

Press Release 05.20.20

281 Groups Call for Health Care Access to Protect All

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Center for Transgender Equality and the 279 undersigned organizations issued the following statement today in response to news that the Trump administration is preparing to publish a final rule that would dramatically undermine the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provisions:

Press Release 05.18.20

Civil Rights, Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Police to Protect Public Health while Safeguarding Rights

WASHINGTON – Noting an increase in discriminatory policing practices during COVID-19, The Leadership Conference Education Fund released principles that provide actionable recommendations for law enforcement agencies across the country to better protect the health and safety of communities and officers during the pandemic and beyond. The principles, Public Safety During COVID-19 and Beyond: Recommendations for Protecting Public Health and Our Civil Rights, received endorsements from more than 100 civil rights organizations and law enforcement groups, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), and Chiefs of Police Carmen Best of Seattle, Washington, and Rashall M. Brackney of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Press Release 05.15.20

CHC, CAPAC Chairs and Civil Rights Leaders Highlight Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrants and Families of Color

WASHINGTON – On Monday, May 18 at 3 PM ET, the chairs of the Congressional Asian Pacific American and Hispanic Caucuses will join civil rights leaders on Facebook Live for a discussion about COVID-19 legislative responses and the pandemic’s disparate impact on immigrants and families of color. The CARES Act excluded these communities by denying them basic health care and economic security — despite their being on the front lines fighting the pandemic. However, the new HEROES Act attempts to rectify those mistakes.