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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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Civil and Human Rights Coalition to Testify on Voting Rights Before the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Hearing

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, is scheduled to testify today before the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee hearing titled, “Voting Rights Under Fire: Democratic Ideas to Protect and Strengthen Americans’ Constitutional Right to Vote.” “The integrity of our democracy depends on ensuring that every … Read More

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In Concord Monitor Op-Ed, Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Sham Pence-Kobach Commission

Monday, September 11, 2017

WASHINGTON – With the Pence-Kobach voting commission gathering in New Hampshire for its second meeting on Tuesday, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, wrote an op-ed in the Concord Monitor discrediting the sham commission’s claims of widespread voter fraud and highlighting concrete steps that would increase participation in … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Meet with Senate Democratic Leadership, Discuss Efforts to Combat Hate and Protect Civil Rights

Thursday, September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, civil rights leaders met with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other members of the Democratic caucus to discuss post-Charlottesville efforts to combat hate and protect civil rights. The groups participating in the meeting, convened at the request of Leader Schumer, included The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Anti-Defamation League; … Read More

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Senate Hearing Focuses on Need to Reform How Americans Vote

Thursday, December 20, 2012

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, civil and human rights advocates spoke to the need for reforming the antiquated and uneven process governing how Americans register and vote in elections. The hearing, “The State of the Right to Vote After the 2012 Election,” was chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy, D. Vt., and comes … Read More

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Overcoming Obstacles and Long Lines, American Voters Exercise Their Most Fundamental Civil and Human Right

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Last night’s presidential election was an important event for all Americans who believe in building a nation as good as its ideals. The determination of voters who were forced to endure long lines is a testament to the will of a people who understand that the right to vote has come through struggle and sacrifice. … Read More

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It’s Time to Vote

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

As voters head to the polls today,  the civil and human rights community is working tirelessly to ensure the rights and votes of all Americans. The 2008 election represented the most diverse electorate ever, with African Americans (12.1 percent), Hispanics (7.4 percent) and Asians (2.5 percent) voting in record numbers.The election was a high point … Read More

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New Video: Ensuring Every Voter Counts

Monday, October 8, 2012

Politicians in dozens of states have enacted new laws and rules that threaten to limit who can vote. Students, people of color, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and older Americans are the most likely communities to be affected by these laws. But The Leadership Conference and many other advocacy groups and community members are rising … Read More

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Legislators, Civil Rights Groups Concerned about Conservative Group Challenging Voters

Friday, October 5, 2012

A month before Election Day, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, launched an investigation of conservative group True the Vote’s campaign to challenge voters’ registration status in several states across the country. True the Vote says that its mission is to ensure voter integrity by … Read More

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