Press Releases

Urban Leaguers From Around The Country Hone Their Social Justice Advocacy Skills

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 10, 2018) – The National Urban League Washington Bureau has welcomed 30 members to the second class of its Certificate in Advocacy Program.

Civil Rights Leaders Call for Full Examination of Kavanaugh’s Record and Request Meeting with Senate Leadership

WASHINGTON, DC (August 16, 2018) – Six prominent African-American civil rights leaders sent a letter today to Senate leaders to express their concern that the Senate is not meeting its responsibility to fully and impartially evaluate the fitness of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The letter, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, demands that Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing be delayed until his full record has been carefully examined. 

Urban League Troubled by Wendy Vitter's Refusal to Endorse the Precepts of Brown v. Board of Education | Calls on Senate to Reject Her Nomination

WASHINGTON, DC (May 23, 2018) – National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial, today released a letter written to Senators Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein, Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, expressing great concern for federal judicial nominee Wendy Vitter and calling on the body to reject her nomination.  Vitter’s nomination is included among the nominees scheduled for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow morning.  The full letter follows and is attached. 

National Urban League Supports Health Disparities Legislation Introduced by the Congressional Tri-Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC (May 23, 2018) – National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial, today applauded the Congressional Tri-Caucus on the introduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2018 (HEAA). The bill, which is focused on eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities, was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee on behalf of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The Senate companion bill will be introduced by Sen. Mazie K. Hirono.

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.