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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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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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Senate Must Deliver on Democracy Reform
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate introduction the For the People Act: “The For the People Act, passed earlier this month in the U.S. House of Representatives, represents a transformative vision of...
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Friday, March 22, 2019
Mueller Report Must Be Made Public to Restore Confidence in Democracy
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s submission of his report to Attorney General William Barr: “No one, not even a president, is above the law. And the American public must have...
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Friday, March 08, 2019
House Delivers on Democracy Reform, Senate Must Follow
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the passage of democracy reform package H.R. 1, the For the People Act: “This week marks the 54 th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when Representative John Lewis – along with...
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