Press Releases

ADVISORY: Civil Rights Leaders and Members of Congress to Hold a Press Teleconference Wednesday on FCC’s Set-Top Box Plan

WASHINGTON, DC (October 4, 2016) - After a final vote on proposed set-top box rules was pulled from the agenda of last week’s FCC Open Meeting, many questions have been asked about the continuing changes to the proposed rules that are now being negotiated behind closed doors at the FCC.

Civil Rights Leaders Tell the FCC to “Unlock the Plan”

WASHINGTON, DC (October 3, 2016) - In a petition filed today at the FCC, 19 national civil and social rights organizations formally requested that the Commission release the details of its latest proposal for new set-top box rules and allow for public comment.  A final vote on the controversial order – which has changed substantially from an initial proposal published in February -- was pulled from the agenda of yesterday’s FCC Open Meeting after continuing re-writes were reportedly insufficient to address the longstanding concerns of Commissioners.

National Urban League Supports Senator Baldwin’s Stronger Way Act

WASHINGTON, DC (September 27, 2016) – The National Urban League today announced its support for the Stronger Way Act, bold legislation Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to fight poverty with real solutions. 

National Urban League and Civil Rights Coalition Urges FCC Chairman to Pause Proceedings to Unlock the Set-Top Box

WASHINGTON, DC (September 26, 2016) – Late last week, the National Urban League led a civil rights coalition made up of the Asian Americans Justice Center, Multicultural Media Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), NAACP, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Action Network, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, and Rainbow PUSH Coalition in sending a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler to express concern over the Commission’s revised proposal to “Unlock the Set-Top Box” released on September 8. 

Civil Rights, Faith, and Environmental Groups Urge Congress to Address Flint Lead Crisis before Recess

WASHINGTON, DC (September 26, 2016) – Eighty-six national civil and human rights, faith, and environmental groups are urging Congress to include immediate aid for Flint, Michigan, in the Continuing Resolution to fund the government before the congressional recess. The people of Flint, a low-income and majority-minority community, have been suffering from over-exposure to lead for more than a year without any emergency aid.

UNCF, National Urban League, and Education Post Host Launch Event Sept. 15 to Discuss Joint Report on Black Education

WASHINGTON, DC (September 13, 2016)“Building Better Narratives in Black Education” highlights African American perspectives on K-12 education issues

National Urban League Statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s Supplement-not-Supplant Rule

WASHINGTON, DC (August 31, 2016) - Today, Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s Supplement-not-Supplant Rule:
“In 1965, Congress passed the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act to provide additional federal dollars to low-income students and schools, so every student would receive a high-quality education and, subsequently, an equal shot at the American Dream.

National Urban League: North Carolina's "Monster Law" Heads to the Dustbin of History

NEW YORK (July 29, 2016) -- National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial  today issued the following statement after a federal court's invalidation of North Carolina's discriminatory "monster" voter ID law:
"Thanks to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, voters of color, young people and senior citizens can exercise their Constitutional right in this Presidential election free of the undue burden of a law designed to disenfranchise them.

National Urban League Applauds Resounding Defeat of Texas Voter ID Law by 5th Circuit Court

WASHINGTON, DC (July 20, 2016) – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement after a federal court ruled struck down Texas’ discriminatory voter ID law:

“Today, we celebrate a big win for voting rights in the state of Texas, where the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, en banc, ruled that the state’s voter ID law violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act—thus discriminating against minority voters.

Diversity in Colleges and Universities Essential to Expanding Opportunity

NEW YORK, NY (June 23, 2016) – In response to the US Supreme Court's ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, upholding fair access to higher education, National Urban League President Marc H. Morial today reiterated the League's strong support for affirmative action.