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Report Analyzes Successful Campaign to Defeat Colorado’s Anti-Equal Opportunity Ballot Measure

Friday, December 17, 2010

The University of Colorado at Boulder recently released a report analyzing the key factors that led to the defeat (49 percent – 51 percent) of Amendment 46, a ballot initiative that would have amended the Colorado state constitution to ban equal opportunity in public higher education, employment and contracting in 2008.

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Categories: Equal Opportunity

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Business, Civil Rights Groups Challenge Arizona Law on Undocumented Workers

Friday, December 17, 2010

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case about whether an Arizona law prohibiting employers from hiring undocumented immigrants conflicts with federal immigration law. 

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Categories: Immigration, Workers' Rights

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Wade Henderson Receives Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, was one of four recipients of The Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights today.  Recipients are honored for advocating "tirelessly for human rights, both at home and abroad."

"I cannot begin to tell you how humbled I am to receive this award in the name of Eleanor Roosevelt, whose devotion to civil and human rights gave birth to a set of universal principles that continue to transform our world for good," said Henderson.  "This award really belongs to The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations working together for an America as good as its ideals."

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Categories: Human Rights, The Leadership Conference

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Report Card Finds Most States Falling Short on Women’s Health

Friday, December 10, 2010

Despite some progress, the majority of states received an "unsatisfactory" grade in an annual report card on women's health issued by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). Only two states – Massachusetts and Vermont – received a "satisfactory" grade, while the District of Columbia and 11 other states received a failing grade.

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Categories: Health Care, Women's Rights

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New Report Documents Exploitation of Truck Drivers at Nation’s Ports

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thousands of truck drivers shuttling cargo at major ports in the U.S. are being denied basic civil and human rights due to companies illegally hiring them as “independent contractors” rather than employees, according to “The Big Rig: Poverty, Pollution, and the Misclassification of Truck Drivers at America’s Ports,” a groundbreaking new report examining the working conditions and employment status of 110,000 port truckers.

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Categories: Workers' Rights

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Senate Fails to Pass DREAM Act, Again

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Today, the Senate failed to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Minors (DREAM) Act.

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Categories: Immigration

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Government Officials Contribute to Online Video Campaign for LGBT Youth

Friday, December 10, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D. Calif., Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius have recently contributed short online videos to the "It Gets Better Project," offering their unique words of support to LGBT youth.

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Categories: LGBT Rights

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Wade Henderson among Advocates Appearing in Characters Unite Civil Rights Documentary

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, appears in a USA Network/NBC Characters Unite special, "Tom Brokaw Presents Bridging the Divide," as one of several civil and human rights advocates commenting on the "state of the civil rights movement in our changing nation."

The special aired on Friday, December 10.  Check out the video on the Characters Unite website or click "Read More" to view the video.

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Categories: The Leadership Conference, Civil Rights History

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Census Bureau Releases First 2010 Census Data

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau released the first results of the 2010 census today. These findings were delivered to President Obama by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, as required by the Constitution.

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Categories: Census 2010

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Senate Nears Adjournment Without Voting on Critical Judicial Nominations

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Senate headed toward adjournment on Wednesday having voted to confirm only 19 of the 38 judicial nominations pending on the Senate floor. The other 19 nominations fell victim to a two-year campaign of obstruction by Republican senators that prevented even the most noncontroversial nominees from getting an up-or-down confirmation vote on the Senate floor.

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Categories: Judiciary

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Anti-Poverty Campaign’s Online Quiz Seeks to Educate the Public

Thursday, December 16, 2010

As part of its effort to raise public awareness, the Half in Ten campaign is encouraging people to take an online quiz to test their understanding of poverty issues in the United States.

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Categories: Poverty & Welfare

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Senate to Vote on DREAM Act and 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sen. Harry Reid, D. Nev., has scheduled votes on the DREAM Act, which would provide undocumented immigrant youth whose parents brought them to the U.S. with a path to citizenship if they pursue higher education or serve in the military, and a bill to repeal "don't ask don't tell," the current law requiring lesbian and gay servicemembers to conceal their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the military.

Both bills are top priorities for the civil and human rights community.

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Categories: LGBT Rights, Immigration

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Senate Passes 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal

Saturday, December 18, 2010

UPDATE: President Obama signed the repeal law on December 22.

 

The Senate today passed legislation to repeal the discriminatory "don't ask don't tell" law banning gay and lesbian servicemembers from serving openly in the U.S. military.

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Categories: LGBT Rights

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Congress Passes Bill to Increase Number of Low Power FM Stations

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Local Community Radio Act, which will help increase the number of low power FM (LPFM) stations in the United States, is poised to become law following passage in the House of Representatives on Friday and passage in the Senate on Saturday.

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Categories: Media & Technology

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Pentagon Study Shows Majority of Military Sees No Harm in Repealing 'Don’t Ask Don’t Tell'

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Pentagon study to assess the impact of repealing the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers found that repeal would pose little risk to military effectiveness.

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Categories: Human Rights, LGBT Rights

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Supreme Court Hears Case on Prison Overcrowding

Friday, December 3, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that concerns whether overcrowding in California prisons, which has led to grossly unsanitary conditions and inadequate access to medical and mental health care, warrants a court ordered reduction of nearly 40,000 prisoners within two years.

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Categories: Human Rights, Judiciary, Criminal Justice System

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Senate Vote on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Blocked

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A minority of senators succeeded today in blocking consideration of legislation that would repeal "don't ask, don't tell."

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Categories: LGBT Rights

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Women's Rights Advocates Make the Case for CEDAW Ratification

Friday, December 3, 2010

Women's rights advocates recently told the Senate Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law that it is critical for the U.S. as a global leader on human rights to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

"The United States has long stood for the principles of equal justice, the rule of law, respect for women, and the defense of human dignity. We know that women around the world look to the United States as a moral leader on human rights. And yet when it comes to the Women's Treaty, which reflects the fundamental principle that women’s rights are human rights, we stand with only a handful of countries that have not ratified," said Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for the Office of Global Women's Issues in the U.S. Department of State, in her testimony. "And we stand on the sidelines, unable to use the Women's Treaty to join with champions of human rights who seek to use it as a means to protect and defend women’s basic human rights."

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Categories: Human Rights, Women's Rights

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Congress Lets Emergency Unemployment Benefits Expire, Millions Facing Potential Loss of Income

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Efforts to approve an extension of emergency unemployment benefits before a November 30 deadline were blocked in the Senate last night, leaving millions of workers and their families facing the potential loss of vital income heading into the holiday season.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare, Workers' Rights

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