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Who We’re Honoring at the 2015 Humphrey Award Dinner

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

On May 13, the civil and human rights community will honor former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., long-time activist Laura Murphy, and former Sen. Bob Dole with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for their commitment to equal justice under the law.

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Groups Call for Federal Loan Relief for Students of Corinthian Colleges

Monday, May 4, 2015

On May 1, Americans for Financial Reform and 33 other organizations, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urging him and the Department of Education to ensure that all current and former students of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges receive federal loan discharges.

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Categories: Education

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Congress Introduces Bill to Raise the Minimum Wage

Thursday, April 30, 2015

On April 30, lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 per hour by 2020. The bill would especially help women, African Americans, Latinos, and other historically underserved populations who are disproportionately represented in minimum wage jobs.

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

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Cardin, Conyers Reintroduce Bill to End Racial Profiling

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sen. Ben Cardin, D. Md., and Rep. John Conyers, D. Mich., on April 22 reintroduced the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), which would prohibit profiling by federal, state, local, and Indian tribal law enforcement authorities on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System, Discrimination, Racial Profiling

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After Historic Delay, Senate Finally Confirms Loretta Lynch

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed (56-43) Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General, making her the first African-American woman to serve in the position. Ten Republicans joined every Democrat in voting for her confirmation.

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Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies

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Senate Hearing Underscores Critical Need for Asset Forfeiture Reform

Friday, April 17, 2015

On April 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the need to reform civil asset forfeiture, a legal tool that has allowed law enforcement to seize $2.5 billion in cash from nearly 62,000 people without warrants or indictments since 2001.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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Proposed Rule Would Help Protect Employees from Sex Discrimination

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On April 2, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights submitted comments to the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) expressing strong support for its proposal to update sex discrimination rules for federal contractors and subcontractors.

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

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Groups Call for Strong ESEA Reauthorization

Monday, April 13, 2015

On April 13, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 41 other national organizations sent a letter to Sens. Lamar Alexander, R. Tenn., and Patty Murray, D. Wash., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, outlining their thoughts and concerns about the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, which is set to be marked up tomorrow.

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Categories: Education

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Lawmakers Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act

Friday, March 27, 2015

On March 25, lawmakers in both houses of Congress reintroduced legislation that would help narrow the gender pay gap. The Paycheck Fairness Act, introduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D. Md., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D. Conn., would help ensure that women workers are not shortchanged, and promote fair and stable family incomes.

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Categories: Discrimination, Jobs & Economy, Women's Rights

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Congress Introduces Legislation to Expand and Protect Voting Rights

Thursday, March 19, 2015

On March 19, Rep. John Lewis, D. Ga., introduced the Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 12), legislation that would combat voter exclusion, improve the administration of elections, and expand voter participation.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System, Voting Rights

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