156 Civil and Human Rights Groups Call for Stronger Response to Hate Incidents
WASHINGTON –The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 155 civil and human rights groups today called upon the Executive Branch to respond more quickly and forcefully to hate-based incidents, which have been occurring at an alarming rate in recent months. The statement follows:
“Our diversity is part of what makes America great, and incidents motivated by hate are an affront to the values we share. No one should face acts of violence or intimidation because of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or national origin.
Just this year, we have seen an alarming increase in accounts and reports of hate-based acts of violence and intimidation. READ MORE
Civil Rights Groups Meet with Attorney General Sessions, Condemn Recent Rollbacks
WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on behalf of civil rights leaders from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Action Network, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and the National Urban League after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on a wide range of issues affecting the civil and human rights of all Americans. This marked the first in-person meeting between these organizations and Attorney General Sessions.
JOINT STATEMENT OF BLACK WOMEN LEADERS ON SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL’S ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE WORDS OF MRS. CORETTA SCOTT KING
The undersigned are prominent African-American women leaders and we write to express our outrage at the actions taken last night by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican majority on the Senate floor.
Last night, on the floor of the Senate, Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a powerful statement in opposition to the nomination of Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions to be Attorney General of the United States. Senator McConnell interrupted Senator Warren when she began quoting a letter written by Coretta Scott King, the wife of renowned civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Senator McConnell said Senator Warren had "impugned the motives and conduct" of Senator Sessions.
In 1986, Coretta Scott King, a prominent civil rights activist in her own right, wrote a nine-page letter opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions to a federal district court judgeship. She focused on Sessions' targeting of voting rights champions, and Dr. King's colleagues Spencer Hogue, Albert Turner, and Evelyn Turner.
NCBCP CONVENE'S BLACK POLITICS & POWER BUILDING’ GATHERING IN ATLANTA
Election Results Assessed; Next Steps Planned To Strengthen Black Voting Power, Preparing For Census 2020/Redistricting
January 31, 2017 (Washington, DC) – The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), and a number of its partners and allies, spent the weekend of January 27 and 28 “going deep” to analyze what happened in the local, state and national 2016 elections. The “Black Politics & Power Building Organizing Convening (2017 – 2022),” was held in Atlanta, GA to engage in critical strategy discussions to expand, build and increase Black civic, political and voting power in the South and other key states across the nation.