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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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Third House COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Better Protects Public Health, the People, and Democracy
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the House of Representatives’ third COVID-19 response bill, H.R. 6379, the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act: “The House bill is a big step in the right direction...
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Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Senate Covers Up Trump’s Misconduct, Placing the President Above the Law
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s votes to acquit President Trump following his impeachment by the House of Representatives: “Every senator has sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution...
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Monday, December 16, 2019
The President Is Not Above the Law
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in support of the House of Representatives’ passage of H. Res. 755, Impeaching Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors. “Protecting our...
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Friday, December 06, 2019
House Delivers on Restoring the Voting Rights Act; Now Senate Must Act
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), in the House of Representatives: “Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County v. Holder , discriminatory...
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Thursday, November 14, 2019
More than 150 Civil Rights Groups Demand Comprehensive Voting Rights Reform
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 150 other civil rights organizations released their policy platform, “ Vision for Democracy: Fortifying the Franchise in 2020 and Beyond ” today, marking the overwhelming support for comprehensive voting rights reform within the civil rights...
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Thursday, October 17, 2019
Facebook’s New Policy Endangers Democracy, Zuckerberg Pushes Ahead Anyway
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...
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Report: 1,688 Poll Closures ‘Divert’ U.S. Democracy
Thirteen U.S. states closed a staggering 1,688 polling locations in just six years, according to a new report from The Leadership Conference Education Fund. The report, “ Democracy Diverted: Polling Place Closures and the Right to Vote ,” notes that 1,173 of the closures occurred between the 2014...
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Friday, August 09, 2019
Civil Rights and Public Interest Groups Urge Tech Companies to Enact Meaningful Changes
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and 44 civil rights, public interest, labor, faith, and technology organizations issued the below statement ahead of today’s White House summit with technology companies on violent online...
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Thursday, May 02, 2019
Senate Must Act on Democracy Reform, Say Gupta, Rep. Sarbanes in The Hill
In an opinion piece in The Hill, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3), called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a floor vote on the democracy reform package, the For the People Act. Sarbanes,...
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Wednesday, May 01, 2019
The Leadership Conference Urges Congress to Protect Equal Access to Voting
Leigh Chapman, voting rights program director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, will testify today before the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on “Protecting the Right to Vote: Best and Worst Practices.” Chapman’s testimony emphasizes...
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