Press Releases

National Urban League Statement on Inclusion of Citizenship Status Question to 2020 Census​

Washington, DC (March 27, 2018) -- National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial, released the following statement in response to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announcement last night that a citizenship status question will be added to the 2020 Census:

National Urban League Strongly Opposes Bill That Will Erase Consumer Protections Under Dodd-Frank

WASHINGTON, DC (March 7, 2018) – Today, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial sent a letter to the full U.S. Senate urging they all oppose the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, commonly known as the “Bank Lobbyist Act.”  This bill would place low-income and borrowers of color at risk of falling prey to the same unscrupulous lending practices that caused the great recession by exempting large banks from key consumer protections implemented under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.

National Urban League President Implores HUD Secretary to Reject Removal of Anti-Discrimination Language from Agency’s Mission Statement

WASHINGTON, DC (March 7, 2018) – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson imploring that he reinstate in the anti-discrimination language that was reportedly removed from HUD’s mission statement.

New CRL and Urban League Report: Senate Housing Proposal Would Be A Blow To Affordable Housing And Harmful To Overall Housing Market

WASHINGTON, DC (March 1, 2018) – A...

National Urban League Pushes to Save Low-Cost Internet Service Program for Low-Income Americans

Washington, DC (February 26, 2018)  – The National Urban League joined by the National Action Network, OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council today announced its submission of comments late last week to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) expressing concern over proposed reforms to Lifeline, a program that historically provides a discount on phone service to qualifying low-income consumers to increase access to telephone and broadband...

Civil Rights Leaders Denounce Census Bureau’s Residence Criteria and Residence Situations Rule

Washington, D.C. (February 12, 2018) – Today, National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial, joined national leaders of civil rights organizations to denounce the U.S. Census Bureau’s failure to change their “usual residence” rule by continuing to count incarcerated  persons at the prison of confinement instead as part of their home community in the upcoming 2020 census. This decision serves to perpetuate the practice of prison gerrymandering.

National Urban League to Launch “For The Movement” Podcast

WASHINGTON, DC (February 7, 2018) -- Today, the National Urban League announced it will launch a podcast named, “For The Movement,” on February 12, 2018.  The podcast, which will be co-hosted by National Urban League president and CEO Marc H.

Senate Housing Finance Proposal Threatens Access, Affordability, and Market Stability

WASHINGTON, DC (February 2, 2018) – This week, a leaked version of a housing finance proposal from U.S. Senators Bob Corker (TN) and Mark Warner (VA) emerged that would severely harm America’s housing market. Today, several civil rights and affordable housing groups issued a statement on the proposal’s negative impact on access, affordability, and market stability.

National Urban League President Responds to State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC (January 31, 2018) – National Urban League president and CEO, Marc H. Morial, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s first State of the Union address:

“While encouraged by the President’s polished words and reconciliatory tone, successfully delivering a speech is not the same as effectively governing a country.  Over the past year, we have heard a lot from President Trump, but have seen very little action consistent with the unity and progress he spoke of during last night’s State of the Union address.  

Urban League's Morial: Trump’s Immigration Remarks “APPALLING”

NEW YORK (January 11, 2018) — National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial tonight issued the following statements in response to President Trump’s comments on immigration: 

“President Trump’s crude statement regarding immigration from Haiti and African nations is appalling for its lack of compassion, and stunning for its ignorance about  the contributions of Haitian and African immigrants. 

“Even more troubling was the fact that his slur was coupled with a desire for more immigration from overwhelmingly white countries like Norway.