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Proposed NLRB Rules Promote Transparency and Democracy

Monday, July 25, 2011

The ability for workers to have a free and fair election process is essential to democracy, civil rights and labor advocates stressed as they testified in favor of the National Labor Relations Board’s recently proposed union election rules at a hearing last week.

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Categories: Workers' Rights

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NAACP Issues Call to End the Drug War

Friday, July 29, 2011

Earlier this week at its 102nd Annual Convention in Los Angeles, the NAACP issued a resolution entitled, “A Call to End the War on Drugs, Allocate Funding to Investigate Substance Abuse Treatment, Education, and Opportunities in Communities of Color for A Better Tomorrow.” While the text of the resolution will not be available until its national board approves it in October, a press statement following the vote criticized the drug war as discriminatory, costly, and counterproductive.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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Attorney General Holder Pursues Fairness in Crack Cocaine Cases

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Federal prosecutors will no longer charge crack cocaine defendants under a previous and more punitive law simply because their conduct predated the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA), Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a memorandum last week

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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Closing the Courtroom Doors to Ordinary Americans

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions reveal a growing trend toward limiting Americans’ access to the courts, according to witnesses testifying at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

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Categories: Judiciary

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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Nomination of Richard Cordray to Head Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Monday, July 18, 2011

Today, President Obama nominated former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to be the first director of the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a move that was lauded by the civil and human rights community.

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Categories: Housing & Lending

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The Leadership Conference Testifies in Support of Fair and Swift Union Elections

Friday, July 22, 2011

This week, Lexer Quamie, policy counsel at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, gave testimony in support of proposed changes that would streamline union representation elections governed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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Categories: Workers' Rights

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Says Balanced Budget Amendment Would Be 'Disastrous'

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today urged lawmakers to oppose a proposed balanced budget amendment being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Opposes Boehner 'Budget Control Act of 2011'

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The "Budget Control Act of 2011" under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives would have a "devastating effect" on people of color, young children, students, older Americans, women, the jobless, and the uninsured, warned The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

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Categories: Poverty & Welfare

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Reid Deficit Reduction Package

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In contrast to proposals that would weaken Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D. NV, has proposed a deficit reduction package that would preserve these vital programs.

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Categories: Poverty & Welfare

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Federal Court Strikes Down Michigan’s Ban on Equal Opportunity

Friday, July 8, 2011

Update 4/4/2012: The Sixth Circuit is currently rehearing en banc the constitutionality of Michigan's Proposal 2, which prohibits Michigan's public colleges and universities from granting "preferential treatment to ...  any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.”"

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down (2-1)  Michigan's ban on equal opportunity programs in public higher education, employment, and contracting.

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Categories: Equal Opportunity

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National Labor Relations Board Proposes New Rule to Streamline Union-Forming Process

Friday, July 1, 2011

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has proposed a new rule that is designed to simplify its secret ballot election process by which employees form a union. The NLRB is a federal agency that is responsible for holding elections so workers can vote on whether or not they want to join a particular union. 

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Categories: Workers' Rights

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Civil and Human Rights Groups File Lawsuit to Block Alabama Anti-Immigration Law

Friday, July 8, 2011

A recently enacted anti-immigration law in Alabama is unconstitutional and opens the door to racial profiling, according to a lawsuit filed this week by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a coalition of civil and human rights groups.

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Categories: Human Rights, Immigration

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Proposed FCC Rule Seeks to Boost Community Radio Serving Urban Areas

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday proposed a new rule that will expand opportunities for local community radio stations to broadcast on FM airwaves in urban areas.

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Categories: Media & Technology

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