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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.

“Today we met with Attorney General Sessions to present the agenda of the national civil rights community that includes the protection of voting rights, aggressive enforcement of hate crimes and the Violence Against Women Act, criminal justice reform and enforcement of police department consent decrees, and protections for LGBTQ people. We also expressed our profound disappointment and grave concern regarding recent Department of Justice actions, including the revised Muslim travel ban announced by the administration on Monday. 

We are deeply troubled by the steps already taken by the Attorney General to abdicate his responsibility to enforce civil rights laws affecting access to voting, oversight of troubled police departments, and the protection of LGBTQ individuals. We encouraged the Attorney General to prioritize protection of marginalized people and robust enforcement of existing civil rights laws. We urged him to fully fund and support the Civil Rights Division.

We also called on the Department to continue the smart-on-crime initiatives focused on eliminating disparities in federal prosecutions of low-level drug offenses and to bring its full resources to bear in addressing increases in hate violence across the country. We urged the Department to fully enforce the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), by encouraging the Trump administration and Congress to fully fund VAWA and to fully staff the Office of Violence Against Women and Office of Victims of Crime. We also asked the Attorney General to counsel the president against mass deportations of undocumented individuals.

To our dismay, the Attorney General offered no commitment to ensure all of the nation’s civil rights laws are enforced and that people of color, women, language minorities, immigrants, individuals with disabilities, seniors, religious minorities, and LGBTQ communities will be protected from discrimination and violence.

The Attorney General must be above partisan politics and pursue justice on behalf of all Americans, especially the most marginalized in our society. We will continue to oppose any efforts to erode civil rights or backtrack on important progress that has been made. Too much is at stake for us to remain silent.”

The civil rights leaders in the meeting included:

Wade Henderson, president and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Kristen Clarke, president & executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 
Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president, National Action Network 
Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener, Black Women's Roundtable
Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League

Video of the leaders speaking to the press after their meeting with the Attorney General is available here.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 5:23 PM

BLACK WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE RELEASES ITS 5TH ANNUAL REPORT ON STATUS OF BLACK WOMEN, “TIME FOR A POWER-SHIFT”

March 27, 2018 (Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, March 28th, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) will close out Women’s History Month and Black Women’s Week, by hosting a tele-briefing to release its Fifth Annual Black Women in the U.S. Report, which assesses the challenges, triumphs and overall contemporary condition of Black women in the United States in 2018.  This year’s report is entitled “Time for a Power Shift” and takes an in-depth look at the issue of power and exactly where Black women fall socially, politically, economically, spiritually and health-wise.

Key findings from this year’s report include:

  • Black Women Shifting Their Power
  • When It Comes to Politics, the Power of Black Women is on the Rise
  • Electoral Successes Prove Black Women Can Win Anywhere
  • In 2018, Black Women Can Make Political History
  • Despite Gains, Black Women are Not Without Political Challenges
  • The Power of Black Women’s Leadership is Significantly Curtailed in the Corporate World
  • Black Women Especially Vulnerable Within the Criminal Justice System


Tuesday, March 20, 2018 6:11 AM

7th Annual Black Women's Roundtable Women of Power Summit Launches March 14th!


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CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS MEMBERS TO JOIN BLACK WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE
AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON GUN VIOLENCE/GUN SAFETY, IMMIGRATION REFORM AND PROTECTING THE SAFETY NET IN THE FEDERAL BUDGET

March 14, 2018 (Washington, DC) – On Thursday March 15th, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP)’s Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) will hold a press conference at The House Triangle on the grounds of the U. S. Capitol in Washington, DC to bring attention to gun violence/gun safety, immigration reform as it relates to its impact on Black immigrants, protecting the safety net in the federal budget that includes affordable health care, education, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. BWR attendees will be joined by a number of Congressional Black Caucus members and leaders representing the civil rights, women’s rights and social justice communities.

“The Black Women’s Roundtable is deeply concerned about the federal budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration that would devastate poor and middle-class families,” states Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO of the NCBCP and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable. Adds Ms. Campbell, “We are here to meet with our Congressional representatives from all political parties (Republicans, Democrats and Independent) representing over 20 states from across the country---to share our Black women’s policy agenda priorities and challenge them to address some of our nation’s most critical issues that impact life or death for many in our communities, especially the need for common sense gun control and safety. Also, we are calling on Congressional leaders to address immigration reform that is inclusive in addressing its impact on Black immigrants and to ensure that the federal budget does not destroy the safety net for the most vulnerable in our nation, especially our children, the poor, the mentally ill, middle class families and the elderly; and the vital need for paid family leave for all working families across the nation.”

The press conference is a part of the Seventh Annual BWR Women of Power National Summit (BWR Summit), scheduled for Wednesday, March 14th thru Saturday, March 17th, 2018. BWR Summit will take place on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and at the Summit’s headquarters hotel, the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Time for a Power Shift!!!”

Thursday’s invited press conference speakers and co-hosting organizations include: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18); Congresswoman Karen Bass, (CA-37), Vice Chair, Congressional Black Caucus; Congresswoman Val B. Demings (FL-10); Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-11), Co-Chair, Congressional Black Women & Girls Caucus; Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Co-Chair, Congressional Black Women & Girls Caucus; and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-7). Additional speakers will include representatives from several of our national and state Black-women leaders representing the following: the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), Florida BWR, Black Youth Project 100, Pittsburgh/Mon Valley BWR, Women’s March, UndocuBlack Network, National Council of Churches, USA, Southern Black Women’s Rural Initiative, Alabama BWR and Labor Project for Working Families, Family Values @ Work.
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The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.


Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:20 PM

BLACK WOMEN AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS SHOW SUPPORT FOR JEMELE HILL DEMAND THAT ESPN REINSTATE JOURNALIST IMMEDIATELY Hill Defended for Her Passion and First Amendment Rights


Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:07 AM

Black Leadership Letter to ESPN President John Skipper - Support for Jemele Hill


Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:29 AM

NCBCP LAUNCHES BYV! STOP THE HATE'' CAMPAIGN

October 9, 2017 (Washington, DC) – Today, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), in partnership with the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, launches the Black Youth Vote! (BYV!) #STOPTHE HATE Organizing Campaign in Atlanta, Georgia.  BYV state partners leading the campaign include: Living Green Club/Building Green Initiative HBCU Green Fund @ Clark Atlanta University, FL BYV, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Alabama BYV, Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation; Philadelphia BYV, Rising Sons; and Prince Georges BYV, Community of Hope AME Church in Temple Hills, MD.

 


Monday, October 9, 2017 12:00 AM

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Launches Black Youth Vote “Stop the Hate” Campaign


Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:00 AM

Black Women Lead the Charge at Congressional Conference

WASHINGTON — As thousands gather in the nation’s capital for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundations’ Annual Legislative Conference, leaders say the message and motto is simple: And Still I Rise.

While political leaders, experts and a ‘who’s who’ in media, entertainment and politics come together to network (and party), it is also a time for serious conversations on issues affecting communities of color.

On Wednesday, black women led the discussion on criminal justice, voting rights and job creation. At the highly anticipated Black Women’s Roundtable policy forum discussion, political leaders, activists, and experts discussed results from the Power of the Sister Vote Poll conducted by the roundtable and Essence Magazine.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:08 AM

BLACK WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE AND ESSENCE TO RELEASE 3RD ANNUAL POWER OF THE SISTER POLL WITH EYE OPENING RESULTS AT CBCF ALC ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

September 14, 2017 (Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) will hold its 9th Annual Public Policy Forum, in partnership with ESSENCE and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), during the opening day of the 2017 CBCF’s Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

The Forum, entitled Time for a Power Shift: Black Women Leading the Resistance in the Streets. Changing Political & Economic Power from Capitol Hill, State Capitols to City Halls, the Board Room to the C-Suites, will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. in Room 207 AB, the Washington Convention Center.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Healthcare is a Human Right for All, Not a Privilege for Some

Healthcare is a Human Right for All, Not a Privilege for Some
By Ebonee Rice, Black Women’s Roundtable Projects Manager


Monday, June 12, 2017 12:00 AM

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Check this week's headlines about the Black Women's Roundtable in the NEWS!!!


Friday, April 21, 2017 12:00 AM

Black lawmakers launch tour to mobilize historically black colleges


Saturday, April 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Why Black Workers in DC Need Paid Family Leave


Monday, April 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Opinion: Neil Gorsuch’s Frightening Record on Protecting Women’s Rights by MELANIE CAMPBELL


Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:00 AM

Opinion: Neil Gorsuch’s Frightening Record on Protecting Women’s Right


Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:00 AM

NBC News Article Black Women’s Roundtable Releases Annual Report

The Black Women's Roundtable, a national civic group, released its fourth annual report today about African-American women in the U.S., providing a "prescriptive agenda" of key political, economic, and social issues that impact the nation's 23 million Black women, their families and communities. 


The 72-page document, entitled 'Black Women in the U.S., 2017: Moving Our Agenda Forward in a Post-Obama Era,' was released to coincide with the group's 6th annual "Women of Power" national summit, taking place this week in the nation's capital and Arlington, Virginia.


Monday, March 13, 2017 1:32 PM

JOINT STATEMENT OF BLACK WOMEN LEADERS ON SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL’S ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE WORDS OF MRS. CORETTA SCOTT KING

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.

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Monday, March 13, 2017 1:31 PM

156 Civil and Human Rights Groups Call for Stronger Response to Hate Incidents

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.

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Monday, March 13, 2017 1:29 PM

Civil Rights Groups Meet with Attorney General Sessions, Condemn Recent Rollbacks

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.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016 12:00 AM

Black Women's Roundtable helps lead march to the polls with Congressman John Lewis, Bethune Cookman University Students


Friday, October 28, 2016 11:19 AM

The Black Women's Roundtable Launches its Power of the Sister Vote State of Emergency Voter Crusade in Ohio


Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:09 PM

Black Women's Roundtable Launches Power of the Sister Vote GOTV Crusade FIRST STOP: Georgia


Thursday, October 6, 2016 12:00 AM

Black Youth Vote! Launches its HBCU/Community “Vote Your Power” Challenge Across the Country


Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:00 AM

Black Women's Roundtable Convener Melanie Campbell Speaker on CBC Panel on 2016 Elections


Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:00 AM

8th Annual Black Women's Roundtable Policy Forum #PoweroftheSisterVote Poll II


Tuesday, August 9, 2016 12:00 AM

NCBCP Joins AirBnB in Celebration of Voting Rights Act


Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:00 AM

The Westside Gazette: Hundreds of Black Men and Boys Go to Capitol Hill


Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:00 AM

Madame Noire : Report on State of Black Women in the U.S.


Saturday, March 19, 2016 12:00 AM

USA Today: Black Women Aim to Prove The Power of the Sister Vote


Friday, February 19, 2016 12:00 AM

Huffington Post LIVE #PoweroftheSisterVote Event in Charleston South Carolina

The Black Women’s Roundtable and ESSENCE Magazine held a  non-partisan, Power of the Sister Vote (POSV)  Townhall Meeting in historic Charleston, SC, on Friday February 19, at the  ILA   Community Building located at  1140 Morrison Drive,  Charleston, S.C.  .  The event  took place before  the South Carolina primaries scheduled for Saturday, February 20 (Republican)  and Saturday, February 27, 2016 (Democratic).   Actress Erika Alexander “Living Single,”star of the  upcoming  the Amazon   “Bosch” will be on the panel.  Moderators wwill include ESSENCE Magazine Contributors  April D. Ryan, White House Correspondent and author of the Presidency in Black and White,  CNN political contributor Donna Brazile (invited)  and CNN political analyst  Tara Setmayer. Co-hosts were  Melanie Campbell, national convener, Black Women’s Roundtable and president & CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and          Clayola Brown, president,  A. Philip Randolph Institute.




Tuesday, December 8, 2015 12:39 PM

You Tube: #PoweroftheSisterVote Event at National Press Club December 2015

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