The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.

The Leadership Conference is a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in legislative advocacy.  It was founded in 1950 and has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Congress Must Reject Partisan Efforts to Subvert Democracy
LaShawn Warren, executive vice president of government affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement regarding efforts by some Republicans to challenge the Electoral College results: “In a shameful disregard for our democracy, some Republicans are...
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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
McConnell’s Sham Election Commission Addition to Pandemic Relief Is Disgraceful
LaShawn Warren, executive vice president of government affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s legislation that ties $2,000 stimulus payments to the creation of a sham commission to study so-called election...
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Wednesday, December 02, 2020
The Leadership Conference Outlines Priorities for the Incoming Administration and Congress
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today launched a new resource highlighting a list of priority initiatives for the Biden-Harris administration and the 117th Congress. The webpage, available here , outlines the current state of civil rights and recommendations that represent a...
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Wednesday, November 04, 2020
Count Every Vote to Honor Democracy, Record Turnout
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the 2020 general election: “In our democracy, every vote counts, and every eligible vote must be counted. We must have faith in this simple notion that is the foundation of our...
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Tuesday, October 06, 2020
150 Civil Rights and Public Interest Groups Urge Senate to Oppose Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, joined by 149 other organizations, today urged the Senate to oppose the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The letter reflects the broad range of problematic issues in...
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Monday, September 28, 2020
Turn Up Tuesdays to Voters: Make a Plan to Vote Now
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and All Voting is Local, with its joint And Still I Vote campaign, will hold a Facebook Live event on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. ET to encourage voters to make a plan to vote ahead of November 3. With a special guest from the Divine Nine,...
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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Trump’s Civil Rights Division Is Failing Our Democracy
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearing on the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Gupta previously ran the division under President Obama: “The...
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Friday, September 18, 2020
The Leadership Conference Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman ever to serve on the nation’s highest court: “Justice Ginsburg was a principled, dignified defender of...
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Friday, August 28, 2020
Congress Must Protect Democracy, Ensure Safe Voting During COVID-19
In testimony before the House Administration Committee , Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, will call on Congress to take steps to ensure that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) operates at full capacity. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, voters...
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Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Advocates Call on Congress to Fund Elections Immediately
Civil rights advocates hosted a press briefing call today to outline the need for immediate election funding in the new COVID-19 relief package to protect the integrity of the general election. Speakers included Rep. Terri Sewell and Calif. Secretary of State Alex Padilla, as well as leaders from...
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