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Report: Voter ID Proposals Threaten Voting Rights

Friday, April 22, 2011

The push to require a government-issued photo ID in order to vote could disenfranchise millions of voters, according to a recent report by the Advancement Project

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Categories: Voting Rights

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GW University to Host William Taylor Papers

Thursday, April 28, 2011

George Washington University has announced that civil rights champion William L. Taylor’s collection of legal papers, speeches, and historical documents will be housed at its Graduate School of Education and Human Development Gelman Library.  Taylor died in June 2010.

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Categories: The Leadership Conference, Civil Rights History

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Senate Hearing: Looking Back on Census 2010, Preparing for Census 2020

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Civil rights groups played an essential role in ensuring a fair and accurate 2010 census, Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Education Fund, told lawmakers at a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee hearing last week.

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Categories: Census 2010

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Campaign for Better Care and Federal Government Launch Initiatives Encourage Better Hospital Care

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Campaign for Better Care (CBC), a campaign to ensure that health reform works for older adults with multiple health problems, launched an initiative this week focused on engaging patients and caregivers in improving hospital care to reduce preventable hospital-acquired illnesses and readmissions.

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Categories: Health Care

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Arizona Anti-Immigration Law Unconstitutional

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In a victory for the civil rights community, a federal appellate court ruled Monday in favor of a lower court’s decision to block controversial aspects of Arizona’s anti-immigration law.

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Categories: Immigration, Judiciary

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Transportation Equity Creates Jobs, Expands Access

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In testimony submitted to the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee last week, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, stressed the importance of transportation equity as a pressing civil and human rights issue facing our country.

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Categories: Transportation Equity

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Measuring Poverty Alleviation Efforts in America

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

In anticipation of the release of newly collected poverty data in the fall of 2011, advocates, researchers, and policymakers are considering how statistical tools, such as the Supplemental Income Poverty Measure, can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of poverty alleviation efforts nationwide. 

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Categories: Poverty & Welfare

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Department of Education Provides Guidance to Schools and Colleges on Handling Sexual Violence

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has issued a new guidance letter to schools and colleges to clarify Title IX requirements pertaining to sexual violence and harassment allegations.

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Categories: Women's Rights, Education

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Report: Maintenance of Bank-Owned Properties Violates Fair Housing Standards

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Four fair housing organizations discovered severe racial disparities in how lenders secure and maintain foreclosed properties, according to a report released by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA).

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Categories: Poverty & Welfare, Discrimination

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Advocates Urge Increased Broadband Access for Minority Communities

Monday, April 25, 2011

A coalition of national civil rights and labor organizations sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging swift action to broaden the reach of broadband access as an economic imperative for minorities.

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Categories: The Leadership Conference, Media & Technology

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Ryan's 'Draconian' Budget Resolution

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 organizations, is calling on Congress to reject the Fiscal Year 2012 budget resolution put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

"The Ryan budget makes cuts that are extreme and irresponsible, slashing or eliminating many services that are needed by communities represented by The Leadership Conference, including vulnerable and low-income people such as young children, students, older people, the jobless, and the uninsured," said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, and Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president, in a letter to members of Congress.

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Categories: Poverty & Welfare, Seniors/Social Security

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Oppose 'Riders' in Appropriations Bill

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Leadership Conference – a civil and human rights coalition of more than 200 organizations – is urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D. Nev., to oppose riders in H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011.

In a letter to Senator Reid, Wade Henderson, president & CEO of The Leadership Conference, and Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president, write that "approved by the House, many of the provisions in the bill appear driven more by political ideology than a sincere interest in deficit reduction."

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Shirley Sherrod

Friday, April 15, 2011

On May 12, the civil and human rights community will honor civil and human rights activist Shirley Sherrod with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for a lifelong advocacy on behalf of all working people.

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Categories: The Leadership Conference

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Civil Rights Groups Highlight Progress in Stopping Arizona S.B. 1070 Copycat Efforts

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In the year following the passage of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, nearly a dozen states have rejected or reconsidered similar legislation, according to a new report by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

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Categories: Immigration

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Congress to Introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Senate and the House of Representatives will introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) today in honor of Equal Pay Day, a day when people around the country call attention to disparities in salary between men and women.

The PFA updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially the same work.

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Categories: Discrimination, Workers' Rights, Women's Rights

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Richard Trumka

Friday, April 1, 2011

On May 12, the civil and human rights community will honor labor leader Richard Trumka with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for a lifelong advocacy on behalf of all working people.

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Categories: Workers' Rights, The Leadership Conference

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Senators Urge Deferred Immigration Enforcement for DREAM Act-Eligible Students

Friday, April 15, 2011

In a letter this week to President Obama, 22 senators, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, R. Nev., urged the administration to defer immigration enforcement proceedings for "all young people who meet the rigorous requirements necessary to be eligible for cancellation of removal or stay of removal under the DREAM Act."

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Categories: Immigration

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Born in the USA? CAP Panel Reveals Support for Constitutional Citizenship

Monday, April 4, 2011

Recent attacks on constitutional citizenship are unfounded and distract from the vital task of building support for comprehensive immigration reform, according to conservative and progressive legal experts.

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Categories: Americans for Constitutional Citizenship

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls Obama Budget Plan ‘Fair’ to Low- and Moderate-Income Americans

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 organizations, welcomed the Obama administration’s $4 trillion deficit reduction plan released this week.

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Categories: Poverty & Welfare, Seniors/Social Security

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