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Press Release 08.5.20

Advocates Call on Congress to Fund Elections Immediately

WASHINGTON – Civil rights advocates hosted a press briefing call today to outline the need for immediate election funding in the new COVID-19 relief package to protect the integrity of the general election. Speakers included Rep. Terri Sewell and Calif. Secretary of State Alex Padilla, as well as leaders from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, American Association of People with Disabilities, and the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda.

Press Release 08.3.20

Faith Leaders to Join Turn Up Tuesdays to Commemorate the Voting Rights Act and Call for Safer Elections

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and All Voting is Local, with its joint And Still I Vote℠ campaign, will hold a series of events with faith leaders to mobilize voters across the country and urge officials to safeguard voting by mail and protect in-person voting options. This is a part of Turn Up Tuesdays, a weekly, national call to action to ensure people are informed and activated to vote in the general election.

Press Release 07.31.20

Trump Plans to Sabotage 2020 Census by Cutting Short Operations

WASHINGTON – Following reports that the U.S. Census Bureau is cutting by one month census door knocking and, potentially, the self-response option, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights released the following statement:

Press Release 07.29.20

Civil Rights Groups Call for Strong Guardrails in Hiring Assessment Technologies

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and more than 24 civil rights, employment, and privacy organizations today introduced principles to guide the development, use, auditing, and oversight of hiring assessment technologies. The groups urge policymakers, vendors, and employers to protect the civil rights of working people by ensuring new assessment tools that rely on algorithms and artificial intelligence do not further entrench decades of discrimination. Without guardrails in place, new assessments threaten to perpetuate unjust hiring practices based on race, ethnicity, sex, disability, age, and other factors.

Press Release 07.28.20

156 Civil Rights Organizations Urge Immediate Congressional Action on Voting Rights

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 155 other civil rights organizations today called on members of Congress to swiftly pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act, H.R. 4, recently reintroduced as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, as well as the HEROES Act, H.R. 6800, which contains essential funding for states to hold safe elections during the pandemic. Enacting these critical legislative measures would protect the integrity of the November election and counter the historical disenfranchisement of communities of color and voters with disabilities in America.