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, September 02, 2016
40 Civil Rights Groups Urge Census to Stop Miscounting Prisoners
The Census Bureau has come under fire from a coalition of 40 civil rights, faith, and low-income groups for its proposal to continue miscounting prisoners as residents of their prisons, instead of their homes, leading to a “distortion of democracy” and a “discriminatory census result.” In a letter...
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Civil Rights and Tech Advocates Sound Alarm on Racial Bias in "Predictive Policing"
Today a broad coalition of civil rights, privacy, and technology organizations issued a sweeping rebuke to the use and misuse of predictive policing products by police departments as the technology and policy firm Upturn released a report on the topic. The 17 organizations signed a shared statement...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
67 Organizations Urge Justice Dept. to Improve Data Collection Mandate on Deaths in Police Custody
67 national and local criminal justice, civil rights, human rights, faith-based, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ, and open government organizations urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to strengthen its proposed rule outlining the process for police departments to collect and report data about people...
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for More International Election Monitors in U.S. Presidential Election
In advance of the first presidential election in 50 years without a fully operable Voting Rights Act (VRA), an American civil rights group is urging the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to expand its election monitoring mission in the United States and to target resources...
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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Justice Department for Phasing Out Private Prisons
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would begin phasing out the use of private prisons: “Today’s announcement is a sign that the Department of Justice is...
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump Campaign’s Voter Intimidation Effort
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Trump campaign’s new effort to recruit supporters to challenge and intimidate voters at the polls. In the wake of the Shelby County v. Holder decision, the...
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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds NAACP Voting Rights Act Sit-In at Chairman Goodlatte’s Office
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the NAACP’s sit-in inside House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s Roanoke, Va., office on Monday . The sit-in occurred exactly three months before the first...
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Friday, August 05, 2016
The Voting Rights Act is 51 and Voter Discrimination is Flourishing Again
Since the Supreme Court gutted the VRA in 2013, states and cities have enacted a tidal wave of voter discrimination laws intended to restrict the right to vote for people of color, people with disabilities, students and others. Recent court victories turning back a few of these laws have proven...
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Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Scorecard of 50 Local Police Body Camera Programs Shows Nationwide Failure to Protect Civil Rights and Privacy
Today The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Upturn released a scorecard that evaluates the civil rights safeguards of police body-worn camera programs in 50 U.S. cities. It shows a nationwide failure to protect the civil rights and privacy of surveilled communities. In November...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams GOP Platform for Advancing Voting Discrimination, Ignoring VRA Restoration
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Republican Party’s adoption of its 2016 platform, which calls for discriminatory voting laws and procedures and fails to acknowledge the need to restore the...
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