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The Washington Bureau champions public policy initiatives that promote economic and social justice that will achieve the outcomes embodied by the League’s Empowerment Goals:

Urban League Opposes Nomination of Thomas Farr as U.S. District Judge for Eastern District of North Carolina

Policy: Civil Rights

Dear Senator:   On behalf of the National Urban League and its 90 local affiliates in urban communities across 37 states, including North Carolina, and the District of Columbia, I write to express our strong opposition to the nomination of Thomas Farr as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. His nomination is an open assault on the civil rights of African Americans in North Carolina and we strongly urge that you oppose his confirmation when it comes before the Senate.  

African-American Civil Rights Leaders Strongly Urge Attorney General Sessions to Include Civil Rights in DOJ’s Priorities

Policy: Civil Rights

Dear Attorney General Sessions,   We write in response to reports describing a draft of Strategic Plan of the Department of Justice, setting forth the priorities that will be the focus of the Department’s work for the coming four years. Enforcing the nation’s civil rights laws does not appear among the priorities reportedly identified in this Plan.    

Urban League Against So-Called "STOP School Violence Act"

Policy: Education

Dear Speaker Ryan and Democratic Leader Pelosi:   On behalf of the National Urban League and its 90 local affiliates in urban communities across 37 states and the District of Columbia, we urge you to oppose H.R.4909, the STOP School Violence Act. We are concerned that the anonymous reporting and threat assessment systems as proposed in H.R. 4909 would have the unintended consequence of criminalizing students of color, stripping away their rights to due process and forcing them into the school-to-prison pipeline.  

Urban League Opposes the Bank Lobbyist Act

Policy: Housing

Dear Senator: On behalf of the National Urban League and its 90 local affiliates in urban communities in 37 states and the District of Columbia, we write to strongly urge you to oppose S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, commonly known as the Bank Lobbyist Act.

Urban League Letter to HUD Secretary Carson Imploring Rejection of Changes to Mission Statement

Policy: Housing

Dear Secretary Carson,   It is with the utmost urgency I respectfully implore you to reject removal of anti-discrimination language from your department’s mission statement.  

Urban League Letter to Senate With Recommendations for HEA Reauthorization

Policy: Education

Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray:

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

Policy: Housing

A new research report by the Center for

National Urban League Issues FCC Comments to Save Lifeline, An Internet Service Program for Low-Income Americans

Policy: Telecommunications

  RE: WC Docket No. 17-287, Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers  WC Docket No. 11-42, Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization  WC Docket No. 09-197, Telecommunications Carriers Eligible for Universal Service Support    Dear Secretary Dortch:   

National Urban League Letter of Support for Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

Policy: Civil Rights

Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein:  

Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Policy: Jobs

Dear Ms. Melissa Smith:   The National Urban League writes in response to the Department of Labor’s (the Department) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), whereby the Department seeks to rescind portions of tip regulations it issued in 2011 (the 2011 Final Rule) pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  We oppose this NPRM in the strongest possible terms and urge the Department to withdraw it.