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Filemon Vela, Jr.'s Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 34, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 34

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2017 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - "Voting Record" 91%
2017 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - "Civil Rights Federal Legislative Report Card" 90%
2015-2016 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 76%
2015-2016 EarthRights International - Positions 31%
2015-2016 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 14%
2015-2016 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 92%
2015-2016 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 91%
2015-2016 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - "Civil Rights Federal Legislative Report Card" 96%
2015 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 90%
2015 EarthRights International - Positions 25%
2015 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 50%
2015 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 88%
2015 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - "Civil Rights Federal Legislative Report Card" 92%
2014 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 0%
2014 Hispanic Federation, LCLAA, LULAC, Mi Familia Vota, NCLR, and Voto Latino - National Immigration Scorecard 88%
2014 Human Rights Campaign - Positions on Marriage 0%
2014 Liberty for All - Positions 31%
2014 Liberty Guard - Positions 0%
2014 Stand Against Spying - Positions 100%
2014 UnidosUS (formerly known as National Council of La Raza) - Positions (Preliminary) 88%
2013-2014 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 61%
2013-2014 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 84%
2013-2014 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2013 EarthRights International - Positions 25%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 43%
2013 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - "Civil Rights Federal Legislative Report Card" 93%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Personal Liberties 42%
2013 Venn Institute - Scorecard for International Religious Freedom 0%
2007-2016 National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund - Positions 67%

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