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President-elect Joe Biden at the NAACP 110th National Convention last year. Photo: Bill Pugliano via Getty

Prominent civil rights leaders are concerned that President-elect Joe Biden is deciding his administration without their input, NBC News reported Tuesday.

Why it matters: As Biden looks to deliver his promise of forming a diverse administration, he will have to contend with different factions of the liberal movement that might pull him in different directions.

The big picture: Biden this month announced his choices for a number of cabinet positions, his economic team and the White House communication team. Of these, several are Black. But some civil rights advocates say it's not enough.

  • NAACP CEO Derrick Johnson told NBC News his organization hasn't met with Biden or held conversations about key appointments and Georgia.
  • "Civil rights leaders in this country should be on par if not more than other constituency groups he has met with," Johnson said.
  • Moreover, Biden's transition team doesn't include anyone from the legacy civil rights groups, according to Marc Morial, head of the National Urban League.
  • Instead, they have reached out on their own in efforts to ensure their voices are heard.

Yes, but: Newer civil rights groups that emerged alongside the Black Lives Matter movement are finding seats at the table; Color of Change has had calls with Biden’s team almost daily, according to Vice President Arisha Hatch.

Worth noting: The transition and presidential Inaugural teams have announced a diverse slate of nominees, appointees, and staff over the past few weeks. These include:

  • Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the United Nations; Rep. Cedric Richmond as senior advisor to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; ouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi's former spokesperson Ashley Etienne as communications director for the vice president and Princeton's Cecilia Rouse as Council of Economic Advisers chair.
  • Other notable appointments include Yohannes Abraham as transition executive director and Tony Allen as presidential inauguration CEO.

What they're saying: Biden transition spokesperson Cameron French said in an emailed statement that the president-elect Biden will build "a diverse administration that looks like America," starting with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the first woman of South Asian descent and first Black woman to serve in the role.

  • "His campaign and transition both succeeded in this effort," French said.
  • "He has announced several historic and diverse White House appointments and cabinet nominees to this point, and his success in finding diverse voices to develop and implement his policy vision to tackle our nation’s toughest challenges will be clear when our full slate of appointees and nominees is complete."

Go deeper: Black voters decided Biden's victory.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from French.

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Hispanic congressmen push for purge of Confederate renaming panel

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro wears a face mask during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill on September 16, 2020. PHOTO: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

Two Hispanic congressmen, Reps. Joaquin Castro and Ruben Gallego, are asking Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to remove Trump loyalists from a panel charged with renaming 10 Army bases that honor Confederate leaders.

Why it matters: The request, outlined in a letter Friday written by Castro and Gallego, comes as the Biden administration purges remaining Trump-era appointees and as Hispanic and Black leaders demand that some Army bases be renamed after people of color.

Ohio sues Biden admin over reversal of Trump-era abortion referral ban

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. Photo: Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration Monday over a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals that President Biden overturned earlier this month.

The big picture: The lawsuit aims to reinstate two measures included in the 2019 legislation that required federally funded family planning clinics to be "financially independent of abortion clinics," and refrain from referring patients for abortions.

Oklahoma Supreme Court temporarily blocks abortion restrictions

A pro-choice activist demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 4, 2021. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked three abortion restrictions set to take effect on Nov. 1.

Why it matters: The laws would place new limits on medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to attain board certification in obstetrics and gynecology.