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Established as an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding federal agency, our mission is to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws. We pursue this mission by studying alleged deprivations of voting rights and alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, s*x, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice. We play a vital role in advancing civil rights through objective and comprehensive investigation, research, and analysis on issues of fundamental concern to the federal government and the public. If you are looking for more information about the Commission, please visit www.usccr.gov

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#SaveTheDate: United States Commission on Civil Rights virtual briefing on June 25, 2021 on the #civilrights implication...
06/10/2021
Why Does Disaster Aid Often Favor White People?

#SaveTheDate: United States Commission on Civil Rights virtual briefing on June 25, 2021 on the #civilrights implications of the federal response & impact of #HurricaneMarĂ­a in #PuertoRico & #HurricaneHarvey in #Texas.

🗣️ Send public comments to [email protected] by July 26.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/07/climate/FEMA-race-climate.html?referringSource=articleShare

The federal government often gives less help to Black disaster survivors than their white neighbors. That’s a challenge for President Biden, who has vowed to fight both inequality and climate change.

#SaveTheDate: @USCCRgov will hold a virtual briefing on June 25, 2021 on the #civilrights implications of the federal re...
06/07/2021
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#SaveTheDate: @USCCRgov will hold a virtual briefing on June 25, 2021 on the #civilrights implications of the federal response & impact of #HurricaneMarĂ­a in #PuertoRico & #HurricaneHarvey in #Texas.

Read the Texas Advisory Committee Advisory Memorandum the government response to hurricane disasters in the state: https://go.usa.gov/x6qA5

Watch the public briefing live: https://www.youtube.com/user/USCCR

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In recognition of the #TulsaRaceMassacre centennial, Commissioners of the United States Commission on Civil Rights voted...
06/04/2021

In recognition of the #TulsaRaceMassacre centennial, Commissioners of the United States Commission on Civil Rights voted unanimously to release the statement: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Read the Statement: https://go.usa.gov/x6byA

In recognition of the civil rights challenges overcome by the #LGTBQ+ community we draw attention to #Pride Awareness mo...
06/01/2021

In recognition of the civil rights challenges overcome by the #LGTBQ+ community we draw attention to #Pride Awareness month.

Read the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report - Working for Inclusion: Time for Congress to Enact Federal Legislation to Address Workplace Discrimination Against Le***an, Gay, Bis*xual and Transgender Americans:

http://go.usa.gov/xH34V

In recognition of the civil rights challenges overcome by the #LGTBQ+ community we draw attention to #Pride Awareness month.

Read the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report - Working for Inclusion: Time for Congress to Enact Federal Legislation to Address Workplace Discrimination Against Le***an, Gay, Bis*xual and Transgender Americans:

http://go.usa.gov/xH34V

The #Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has released an Advisory Memo on Racial Disparit...
06/01/2021
Russell Westbrook makes history again, with a documentary called 'Tulsa Burning'

The #Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has released an Advisory Memo on Racial Disparities in Policing in Oklahoma with a strong focus on examining the historic lineage of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Read the Advisory Memo on Racial Disparities in Policing in Oklahoma 2021 report: https://go.usa.gov/x6CEf

https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2021-05-28/russell-westbrook-is-making-history-tulsa-burning-documentary

The Tulsa Race Massacre has been largely glossed over for a century. Russell Westbrook ensures that the story of Black Wall Street will not be forgotten again.

05/31/2021

The USCCR May 2021 Newsletter has now launched! Please read our newsletter for the latest updates on the Commission’s work.

If you’d like to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, sign up here: https://conta.cc/2QZSJVs

Today we recognize and honor U.S. Military Service Members who serve and protect our country.  May the  courage and dedi...
05/31/2021

Today we recognize and honor U.S. Military Service Members who serve and protect our country.

May the courage and dedication of those who have died for our nation never be forgotten. #MemorialDay2021 #ThankYou

Today we recognize and honor U.S. Military Service Members who serve and protect our country.

May the courage and dedication of those who have died for our nation never be forgotten. #MemorialDay2021 #ThankYou

Today we honor George Floyd. As we reflect on the one year anniversary of his death, it is a reminder the need to addres...
05/25/2021
Memorial events, marches and White House meeting to mark one year since George Floyd's death

Today we honor George Floyd. As we reflect on the one year anniversary of his death, it is a reminder the need to address police use of force continues.

Read the 2018 #Minnesota Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights report on #CivilRights and Policing Practices in the state:

http://go.usa.gov/xsuf9

Join the #Minnesota Advisory Committee this Thursday, May 27, 2021 for public meeting on policing in the state:

WHEN:
Thurs. May 27, 2021, at 12 pm CT

HOW:
By Phone: 866-248-8441; Code 1612714

Open comment period during will be available during the meeting and written statements can be emailed to [email protected].

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/25/us/george-floyd-death-anniversary/index.html

As the nation honored the life of George Floyd with memorial events and marches, Floyd's family and supporters said they have been encouraged by the progress made in the year since he was killed by a Minneapolis police officer.

#Arizona Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights issues Advisory Memorandum on #COVID19 impac...
05/24/2021

#Arizona Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights issues Advisory Memorandum on #COVID19 impacts on Native American Community.

The Memo focuses on how #NativeAmerican communities have experienced disproportionately large adverse impacts as result of #pandemic.

Read the Memo: https://go.usa.gov/x6qHr

#Arizona Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights issues Advisory Memorandum on #COVID19 impacts on Native American Community.

The Memo focuses on how #NativeAmerican communities have experienced disproportionately large adverse impacts as result of #pandemic.

Read the Memo: https://go.usa.gov/x6qHr

#Texas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights releases Advisory Memorandum on the government...
05/24/2021

#Texas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights releases Advisory Memorandum on the government response to hurricane disasters in the state. #CivilRights #Hurricanes #HurricaneHarvey

Read the memo: https://go.usa.gov/x6qA5

The Memorandum identifies primary findings as they emerged from the testimony and conveys the Committee’s recommendations for addressing related civil rights concerns.

Specifically, the Committee found that experiencing a natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey, exacerbates pre-existing inequalities, compounding challenges for the already marginalized populations due to the lack of consistent policies, programs, and assistance criteria that would ensure common and unique needs were met. Areas of inequality include policies on aid distribution, housing assistance, wealth inequality, wage
theft of reconstruction workers, and more.

Recommendations made by the Committee include increased coordination between federal and state agencies to apply best practices to improve the aid-decision making process, improvements to the aid application process, increased real-time language translation resources, and the allocation of additional
funding for outreach to the marginalized communities.

#Texas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights releases Advisory Memorandum on the government response to hurricane disasters in the state. #CivilRights #Hurricanes #HurricaneHarvey

Read the memo: https://go.usa.gov/x6qA5

The Memorandum identifies primary findings as they emerged from the testimony and conveys the Committee’s recommendations for addressing related civil rights concerns.

Specifically, the Committee found that experiencing a natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey, exacerbates pre-existing inequalities, compounding challenges for the already marginalized populations due to the lack of consistent policies, programs, and assistance criteria that would ensure common and unique needs were met. Areas of inequality include policies on aid distribution, housing assistance, wealth inequality, wage
theft of reconstruction workers, and more.

Recommendations made by the Committee include increased coordination between federal and state agencies to apply best practices to improve the aid-decision making process, improvements to the aid application process, increased real-time language translation resources, and the allocation of additional
funding for outreach to the marginalized communities.

Are you a #NewYork landlord or tenant that has been impacted by evictions or #COVID19 #eviction moratorium?#NewYork Advi...
05/21/2021

Are you a #NewYork landlord or tenant that has been impacted by evictions or #COVID19 #eviction moratorium?

#NewYork Advisory Committee to United States Commission on Civil Rights is examining racial discrimination in rental housing eviction policies & enforcement w/ focus on #Albany, #Buffalo and #NYC.

The Committee is looking to hear from individuals w/ direct experiences related to rental evictions on June 25. Landlords are invited to share experiences from 2:15 – 3:15 pm, and New York renters are invited to share experiences from 3:15 – 4:15 pm all time eastern.

Those wishing to provide anonymous testimony must provide an alias, note they are sharing remarks w/ an alias & should plan to join by phone only or ensure video is turned off, as will be recorded & all briefings are open to the public & media.

Meeting access for June 25:

WebEx Audio/Video:
https://tinyurl.com/NYBriefingJune25

Audio Only:
English: 800-360-9505; 199 491 6990
Mandarin: 800-367-2403; 8858192
Spanish: 800-353-6461; 7895312

Open Public Comment also available June 4 & June 18 - please share this post with your networks!

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights congratulates the following individuals on their appointments as members of our Nort...
05/19/2021

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights congratulates the following individuals on their appointments as members of our North Carolina Advisory Committee! #NorthCarolina

For the state of North Carolina:

Olga Wright, Chair; Daniel Bowes; Pearl Burris-Floyd; Travis Cook; Christopher Duggan; Marcus Gadson; Steven Greene; Jonathan Guze; Jennifer Lechner; Angelo Mathay; Patrick Mincey; Donna Oldham; Catherine Read; A. Mercedes Restucha-Klem; E. Gregory Wallace and Bradley Young

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights congratulates the following individuals on their appointments as members of our North Carolina Advisory Committee! #NorthCarolina

For the state of North Carolina:

Olga Wright, Chair; Daniel Bowes; Pearl Burris-Floyd; Travis Cook; Christopher Duggan; Marcus Gadson; Steven Greene; Jonathan Guze; Jennifer Lechner; Angelo Mathay; Patrick Mincey; Donna Oldham; Catherine Read; A. Mercedes Restucha-Klem; E. Gregory Wallace and Bradley Young

The House has passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act clearing the legislation for President Joe Biden to sign. United State...
05/19/2021
Congress Passes Bill To Counter The Rise In Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

The House has passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act clearing the legislation for President Joe Biden to sign. United States Commission on Civil Rights is pleased to see alignment w/
United States Commission on Civil Rights's memo w/ recommendations on data collection and language services.

Read the Memo: http://go.usa.gov/xAFRM

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/18/997847571/congress-passes-bill-to-counter-the-rise-in-anti-asian-hate-crime

The legislation, which had near-unanimous support from the Senate, now goes to President Biden's desk for his signature.

This week marks the 67th anniversary of #BrownvBoard. However, the work to achieve equitable education for all is ongoin...
05/19/2021

This week marks the 67th anniversary of #BrownvBoard. However, the work to achieve equitable education for all is ongoing.

Read United States Commission on Civil Rights 2018 report: Public Education Funding Inequity in an Era of Increasing Concentration of Poverty and Resegregation:

http://go.usa.gov/xGVWq

This week marks the 67th anniversary of #BrownvBoard. However, the work to achieve equitable education for all is ongoing.

Read United States Commission on Civil Rights 2018 report: Public Education Funding Inequity in an Era of Increasing Concentration of Poverty and Resegregation:

http://go.usa.gov/xGVWq

In November, the United States Commission on Civil Rights held a briefing on racial disparities in #MaternalHealth. #Civ...
05/19/2021
Analysis | The Health 202: Congress is inching forward on legislation to lower U.S. maternal mortality

In November, the United States Commission on Civil Rights held a briefing on racial disparities in #MaternalHealth. #CivilRights #BlackMaternalHealth

Watch the full United States Commission on Civil Rights Briefing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUnERDDFDTM

Read the @washingtonpost article:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/05/13/health-202-congress-is-inching-forward-legislation-lower-us-maternal-mortality

Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) insists the issue is a bipartisan winner.

On May 6 the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held the hearing, Birthing While Black: America’s Black #MaternalHe...
05/12/2021
"Birthing While Black" Congressional Hearing Amplifies Black Maternal Health Crisis

On May 6 the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held the hearing, Birthing While Black: America’s Black #MaternalHealth Crisis.

Presided by committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), and Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), the body examined #maternalmortality & morbidity through lens of Black women, men & their families.

https://www.essence.com/news/birthing-while-black-congressional-hearing-amplifies-black-maternal-health-crisis/

In November, the United States Commission on Civil Rights held a briefing on racial disparities in #MaternalHealth.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUnERDDFDTM

#CivilRights #MaternalHealthMatters

Actress Tatyana Ali testified in Congress on her "traumatizing" birthing experience, joining other witnesses who shared stories of childbirth trauma.

The United States Commission on Civil Rights has established five new advisory committees in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Pu...
05/12/2021

The United States Commission on Civil Rights has established five new advisory committees in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

Additionally, the Commission is seeking nominations of qualified and bipartisan candidates who reside in these particular territories for consideration for appointment as voluntary Special Government Employees of these advisory committees.

Interested applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by another individual or organization. Individuals who would like to self-nominated may apply directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S7WCLL6.

Submission of U.S. Territory Advisory Committee nominations for membership (Residence in territory nominated for is required) can be made to: [email protected].
#USVirginIslands #PuertoRico #Guam #AmericanSamoa #NorthernMarianaIslands #USTerritories

The United States Commission on Civil Rights has established five new advisory committees in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

Additionally, the Commission is seeking nominations of qualified and bipartisan candidates who reside in these particular territories for consideration for appointment as voluntary Special Government Employees of these advisory committees.

Interested applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by another individual or organization. Individuals who would like to self-nominated may apply directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S7WCLL6.

Submission of U.S. Territory Advisory Committee nominations for membership (Residence in territory nominated for is required) can be made to: [email protected].
#USVirginIslands #PuertoRico #Guam #AmericanSamoa #NorthernMarianaIslands #USTerritories

We send our heartfelt condolences to Cruz Reynoso's family as they mourn his loss.A fixture at the UC Davis School of La...
05/10/2021
Cruz Reynoso, first Latino justice on California Supreme Court, dies at 90

We send our heartfelt condolences to Cruz Reynoso's family as they mourn his loss.

A fixture at the UC Davis School of Law, Reynoso was vice chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights and, in 2000, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article251254364.html

California icon: The son migrant farmworkers became a giant of civil rights law.

Check out this HipLatina article on Chair Norma V. CantĂş becoming the United States Commission on Civil Rights's first #...
05/07/2021
First Latina Appointed as Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Check out this HipLatina article on Chair Norma V. CantĂş becoming the United States Commission on Civil Rights's first #Latina Chair.

This article highlights President Joe Biden's commitment to a diverse administration including independent Commissions like the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Read the full Article: https://hiplatina.com/first-latina-chair-commission-civil-rights/

#CivilRights #USCCR

Norma V. CantĂş made history!

#SouthCarolina Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights released its report: Subminimum Wages ...
05/06/2021

#SouthCarolina Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights released its report: Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities and calls on the SC General Assembly to eliminate subminimum wages for people with disabilities.#CivilRights #DisabilityRights

Read the Report: https://go.usa.gov/xHwat

In September the United States Commission on Civil Rights released the report: Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities.

Read the Commission report: https://go.usa.gov/xHwcs

Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaa-ZQbC2Ac

#SouthCarolina Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights released its report: Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities and calls on the SC General Assembly to eliminate subminimum wages for people with disabilities.#CivilRights #DisabilityRights

Read the Report: https://go.usa.gov/xHwat

In September the United States Commission on Civil Rights released the report: Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities.

Read the Commission report: https://go.usa.gov/xHwcs

Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaa-ZQbC2Ac

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