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Civil Rights Groups Applaud Reintroduction of DREAM Act to Senate

Friday, May 13, 2011

Civil rights and immigration advocates applaud the reintroduction of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in the Senate. The bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants whose parents brought them to the United States when they were young.

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Categories: Immigration

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How Fair Housing Groups Are Addressing Discrimination, One Neighborhood at a Time

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Eighty-five private non-profit fair housing organizations, many operating on shoestring budgets, have investigated almost twice as many fair housing complaints as all relevant government agencies combined, according to a new report by the National Fair Housing Alliance.

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Categories: Discrimination, Housing & Lending

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Justice Department Wins First Conviction Under Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A federal jury recently convicted an Arkansas man of committing hate crimes against five Hispanic men. The trial conviction of Frankie Maybee is the first under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA).

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Categories: Hate Crimes & LLEHCPA

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Supreme Court Decision Limits Workers’ and Consumers’ Rights in Pursuit of Claims Against Corporations

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Consumers’ and employees’ right to class action lawsuits has been limited by the recent Supreme Court case ruling, AT&T v. Concepcion.

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Categories: Workers' Rights, Judiciary

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House Armed Services Committee Seeks to Block Progress in Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The recent repeal of ”don’t ask don’t tell” (DADT) encountered a potentially significant setback last night when  the House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill of Fiscal Year 2012 that would slow down the process of repeal.

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Categories: LGBT Rights

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Lawmakers Respond to Supreme Court Ruling with Introduction of Arbitration Fairness Act

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

In light of the recent AT&T vs. Concepcion Supreme Court case, Sen. Al Franken, D. Minn., Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D. Conn., and Rep. Hank Johnson, D. Ga., are expected to reintroduce the Arbitration Fairness Act (AFA) this week. The AFA would invalidate mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, or civil rights disputes.

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Categories: Workers' Rights

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Repeal of Citizenship Clause Would Carry Heavy Consequences

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Instead of helping to fix the U.S.’s broken immigration system, repealing or limiting the scope of the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment would actually make things worse by increasing the number of undocumented immigrants and creating significant bureaucratic and financial burdens for all Americans, according to a panel of immigration and civil rights experts.

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Categories: Discrimination, Americans for Constitutional Citizenship

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Advocacy Groups Outline Principles for a Fair 2012 Budget

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A coalition of more than 110 civil rights, labor, economic, and other advocacy groups says current negotiations over the FY2012 budget in Washington are going in the wrong direction and pose a threat to the economy and millions of Americans.

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Categories: Poverty & Welfare

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Government Steps Up Scrutiny of For-Profit College Abuses

Monday, May 9, 2011

Prosecutors in 10 states, including Kentucky, Florida, and Illinois, have launched a multi-state investigation into allegations that for-profit colleges are using fraudulent methods to recruit students to attend their schools.

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Categories: Education

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Civil Rights Groups Call for Retroactive Application of Guidelines for Cocaine Sentencing

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A group of seven prominent national civil rights organizations that includes The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to support the retroactive application of a new set of sentencing guidelines that accompany the implementation of the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA), which reduced the discriminatory sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenses.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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Filibuster Blocks Confirmation Vote on Goodwin Liu

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Senate today was blocked from holding a confirmation vote on the nomination of Professor Goodwin Liu to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit when it failed to garner enough votes to overcome a procedural hurdle.

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Categories: Judiciary

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Joe Solmonese

Friday, May 6, 2011

On May 12, the civil and human rights community will honor Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Joe Solmonese with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for his work fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

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Categories: LGBT Rights, The Leadership Conference

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Civil Rights Groups Warn Anti-Immigrant Bills Are Bad for Florida’s Economy

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Florida state Senate is expected to vote as early as today on S.B. 2040, a bill similar to Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070 anti-immigrant law. If enacted, the Florida law would require employers to use a flawed and costly database to verify the immigration status of all employees and encourage police to engage in aggressive immigration enforcement targeting anyone suspected of being in the state without documentation.

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Categories: Immigration

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Supreme Court Orders California to Reduce Its Prison Population, Address Civil Rights Violations

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that overcrowding in California prisons, which has led to grossly unsanitary conditions and inadequate access to medical and mental health care, violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

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Categories: Health Care, Judiciary, Criminal Justice System

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Senate Confirms Edward Chen After Nearly Two-Year Delay

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Senate voted today to confirm the nomination of Edward Milton Chen to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He will become the first Asian Pacific American federal judge to sit in San Francisco and the first Chinese American judge in the Northern District.

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Categories: Judiciary

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Civil and Human Coalition Opposes Legislation to Weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights opposed bills to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that were voted out of the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit today.

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Categories: Housing & Lending

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Confirmation of Goodwin Liu for 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In a letter to U.S. Senators, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today called for the confirmation of Professor Goodwin Liu to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

"Professor Liu’s stellar background, his intellectual honesty and independence, and his utmost respect for the Constitution and its values all make him an outstanding candidate," wrote Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, and Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of The Leadership Conference.

They urged senators to vote "yes" on both cloture and final confirmation of Liu. A large number of civil and human rights organizations are also supporting Liu’s confirmation.

Liu's nomination has languished for more than a year as some senators employed an unprecedented level of obstructionist tactics to slow down many of President Obama’s nominees.

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Categories: Judiciary

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