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Press Release 10.24.19

Gupta and Goss Graves Op-Ed: We Must Rise Up to Protect Our Courts

WASHINGTON – In a Morning Consult op-ed, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, reflect on the anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gupta and Goss Graves note the incredible national mobilization in opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination and urge the American people to corral that same energy to protect our democracy now.

Press Release 10.21.19

More Than 40 Organizations Urge Facebook to Protect Civil Rights

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Color Of Change, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Muslim Advocates, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and 41 civil rights, public interest, labor, faith, and technology organizations are joining together to urge Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to consider the “protection of civil rights as a fundamental obligation as serious as any other goal of the company.”

Press Release 10.17.19

Facebook’s New Policy Endangers Democracy, Zuckerberg Pushes Ahead Anyway

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s remarks at Georgetown University today. The remarks follow recent policy changes announced by Facebook to exempt politicians’ speech from its Community Standards and its fact-checking program:

Press Release 10.17.19

Civil Rights Groups: For-Profit Colleges Exploit Black and Latino Students

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund released its policy brief, “Gainful Employment: A Civil Rights Perspective,” today describing the exploitation of Black and Latino students by for-profit colleges and urging the Department of Education to enforce the Higher Education Act and protect students. Twenty-one civil rights, consumer lending, and education groups signed onto the brief, demanding Secretary DeVos propose a new rule to advance equity and protect students’ civil rights.

Press Release 10.15.19

28 Immigrant Rights Organizations Urge Senators to Reject Judicial Nominee Steven Menashi

WASHINGTON – As the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to consider the troubling judicial nomination of anti-immigrant hardliner Steven Menashi to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 28 immigrant rights groups are joining their voices to urge the committee to stop his confirmation. Throughout his career, Menashi, a Republican loyalist, has worked to erode critical rights and legal protections of immigrant communities and people of color. While serving in the White House Counsel’s Office and at the Education Department, he exhibited alarming tendencies that, if still present while serving on the bench, would deny countless individuals a fair day in court during the remainder of his career.

Press Release 10.11.19

Civil Rights Activists Call for Accountability and Transparency in Dallas Policing

WASHINGTON – Lynda Garcia, policing campaign director of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the first Community Police Oversight Board (CPOB) meeting in Dallas this week. The Dallas Police Department and CPOB convened after the murder of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger: