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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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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Thursday, July 30, 2020
Trump’s Election Disruption Tweet Is Desperate and Wrong
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Trump’s tweet regarding the election: “Trump’s latest attempt to disrupt our elections is desperate and wrong. It is an effort to distract from the alarming economic numbers and...
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020
155 Civil Rights Organizations Urge Immediate Congressional Action on Voting Rights
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 154 other civil rights organizations today called on members of Congress to swiftly pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act, H.R. 4, recently reintroduced as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, as well as the HEROES Act, H.R. 6800,...
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Monday, July 20, 2020
92 Groups Urge Senate to Protect Health, Rights, and Democracy in COVID-19 Response
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and more than 90 civil rights, labor, and religious organizations today urged senators to take strong, comprehensive action this month to address the health and economic consequences of the continuing COVID-19 crisis. The groups called for swift,...
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Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Facebook’s Civil Rights Audit Shows Need for Reforms
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and leading civil rights groups issued the following statement on Facebook’s civil rights audit : “This audit has laid bare what we already know — Facebook is a platform plagued by civil rights shortcomings. Facebook has an enormous impact on our...
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Senate Republican Policing Bill Fails to Deliver Transformative Change
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the introduction of the Senate Republican policing “reform” legislation, the JUSTICE Act : “The Senate Republican bill falls painfully short in addressing longstanding issues of...
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Trump’s Piecemeal Policing Order Is Woefully Inadequate
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 policing: “Donald Trump and his administration have taken every opportunity to dismantle federal police reform efforts, undercut...
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