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New Paper Sounds the Alarm on Trump Administration Attacks on Federal Data and Civil Rights

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – The federal government’s collection, reporting, and protection of accurate, comprehensive data is central to implementing, monitoring, and evaluating civil rights laws and policies. But the Trump administration is taking steps that undermine all of these pillars of data collection. In response to this growing threat, today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund issued a paper, … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Sham Voter Commission to Be Shut Down

Thursday, November 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following a lawsuit filed against the so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity by one of its own commissioners: “It’s simply telling that a member of President Trump’s voter suppression commission is taking it to … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Rebukes Attorney General Sessions’ Oversight Hearing Testimony

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ appearance before a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing: “President Trump has emboldened and enabled hate and division in our country – and Attorney General Sessions is a powerful leader of … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Raises Serious Concerns About Attorney General Sessions’ Job Performance on Eve of Oversight Hearing

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the eve of the oversight hearing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, raising serious concerns about the Justice Department’s record on issues that are critically important to the civil and human rights community. The hearing marks the … Read More

In Cleveland Plain Dealer Op-Ed, Vanita Gupta Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down Ohio Voter Restriction Law

Sunday, October 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – As a new Supreme Court term begins, Justices will soon consider Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the State of Ohio illegally purged voters from its rolls in 2016, effectively marginalizing thousands of voters. With oral arguments in the case approaching, Vanita Gupta, president … Read More

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Supreme Court Decision Restricts Voting Rights in Ohio

Thursday, October 2, 2014

On September 29, less than a day before early voting was set to begin in Ohio, a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling restricted voters’ access to the ballot by removing the first week of the state’s 35-day early voting period. The Supreme Court granted state officials’ request Monday evening to block an appeals court ruling that … Read More

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Report: Minority Voters Vulnerable Ahead of Midterm Elections

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Forty-nine years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR) on August 6 released a report documenting persistent voting discrimination in the United States, finding that states previously subject to Section 5 preclearance under the VRA (particularly Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Georgia) continue to be the … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act Introduction

Thursday, January 16, 2014

On January 16, a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, which updates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. “Everyone is entitled to fair treatment at the ballot box and today’s bipartisan update to the … Read More

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