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 25, 2017
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to White House's Baseless Voting Claim
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the made-up claim from the White House that millions of illegal votes were cast in the past election. Invented claims like these are usually used to undermine the...
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Monday, December 12, 2016
Civil and Human Rights Groups: Education Secretary Must Enforce Civil Rights Law and Advance Public Education
Today, 33 civil and human rights groups issued the following statement in response to President-elect Trump’s intent to nominate Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education: “Equal access to education is a cornerstone of the civil rights movement. The Secretary of Education’s role as the enforcer of...
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Thursday, December 08, 2016
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Blasts Trump’s Anti-Jobs, Anti-Family, and Anti-Worker Labor Secretary Pick
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to news that President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate the anti-family, anti-worker, and anti-jobs CEO of a fast food chain, Andy Puzder, to lead the...
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Friday, November 18, 2016
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Firmly Opposes Sessions Nomination for Attorney General
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., will be President-elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, the office primarily responsible for enforcing...
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Tuesday, November 01, 2016
New Report Documents Thousands of Polling Place Closures Since VRA Was Gutted
On Thursday, November 3 at 11:00 a.m. ET , voting rights advocates will host a telephonic media briefing on a new report documenting widespread polling place closures in jurisdictions once covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Since the 2013 Shelby decision to gut the VRA, polling...
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Thursday, October 27, 2016
98 State and National Groups Urge Head of North Carolina Elections to Prevent Voting Discrimination and Disruption
Amid threats of Election Day intimidation, 11 North Carolina organizations are joining 87 national civil rights and voting rights groups to urge Kim Westbrook Strach, Executive Director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, to create plans to prevent voting discrimination in advance of...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
87 Voting and Civil Rights Groups Urge State Election Officials to Prevent Voting Discrimination and Disruption
Amid threats of Election Day intimidation, 87 national civil rights and voting rights groups are urging state election officials to create plans to prevent voting discrimination in advance of the first presidential election in 50 years without a fully operable Voting Rights Act. In letters sent to...
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Today at 4:45 - #DoYourJob Rally at Upper Senate Park Urging a Vote on SCOTUS Nomination of Merrick Garland
Today at 4:45 p.m. ET, several organizations and senators will host a rally urging the Senate to end its obstruction and take a long overdue vote on Chief Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The event is in support of the senators who will go to the Senate Floor from 4:00...
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Monday, September 26, 2016
Civil Rights, Faith, and Environmental Groups Urge Congress to Address Flint Lead Crisis before Recess
86 national civil and human rights, faith, and environmental groups are urging Congress to include immediate aid for Flint, Michigan, in the Continuing Resolution to fund the government before the congressional recess. The people of Flint, a low-income and majority-minority community, have been...
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Self-Proclaimed VRA Restoration Supporter Speaker Ryan to Bring Bill up for Vote
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights coalition of more than 200 national civil rights groups is urging Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a self-proclaimed supporter of restoring the Voting Rights Act, to bring a VRA restoration up for a vote on the House Floor. In a letter sent to his...
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