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, April 22, 2021
Senate Passes COVID-19 Hate Crimes Bill Amid Wave of Violence Against Asian Communities
Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act: “There has been a devastating spike in hate incidents and violence targeting the Asian American community, as well...
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Thursday, April 22, 2021
House Delivers for D.C. Residents, Senate Must Follow
Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after today’s passage of H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives: “With the House passage of H.R. 51, more than 700,000...
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Monday, March 22, 2021
Henderson to Congress: DC Residents Must Have a Voice in our Democracy
Wade J. Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, will testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform today on the urgent need for D.C. statehood. In his testimony, Henderson emphasizes that the continued disenfranchisement of D.C...
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Thursday, March 04, 2021
Senate Must Act on Democracy Reform After House Passage of For the People Act
Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the House passed the democracy reform package H.R. 1, the For the People Act: “The right to vote is our most fundamental right. It is the right upon which all our...
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Thursday, February 18, 2021
In SCOTUSBlog, Warren Raises Critical Issues at Stake in Key Voting Rights Case
In a piece for SCOTUSBlog, LaShawn Warren, executive vice president of government affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, explains the importance of the upcoming oral argument in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, which concerns racially discriminatory voting laws in...
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Congress Must Act Quickly to Secure Higher Minimum Wage
Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act of 2021: “There’s no denying that working people are in desperate need of a fairer federal minimum wage. The Raise the Wage...
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Thursday, January 21, 2021
135 Civil Rights Organizations Oppose a New Domestic Terrorism Charge
Dear Member of Congress: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (The Leadership Conference), a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect civil and human rights in the United States, and the undersigned 134...
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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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