Press Releases

Statement of National Urban League President Marc H. Morial on Justice Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Release of New Report on Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC (October 6, 2016) – National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial, issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s release of an interagency report by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on “Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement”:

ADVISORY: National Urban League to Hold Press Conference Tuesday to Release New White Paper on Expanding Opportunities for People of Color in Energy Sector

WASHINGTON, DC (October 6, 2016) -- On Tuesday, October 11, the National Urban League will release a white paper entitled, 21st Century Innovations in Energy: An Equity Framework during a press conference.  The paper will provide overviews of the domestic electricity, solar, and oil and natural gas industries; present current employment numbers in each sector; and highlight economic and employment opportunities in each sector for people of color.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.