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Thursday, June 26, 2014
One year after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) in its Shelby County v. Holder decision, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held a hearing on proposed legislation to restore critical protections. That legislation – the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (S. 1945) – was introduced in the Senate in January by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D. Vt.
Categories: Voting Rights
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. voting rights and civil rights advocates will hold a rally on Capitol Hill urging the House of Representatives to take up a bipartisan bill to update and modernize the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. The rally will take place right after a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on ongoing racial discrimination in voting and the need for the new legislation.
Categories: Voting Rights
Friday, June 20, 2014
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced a proposed rule extending Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections to all employees in legal same-sex marriages regardless of whether their home state recognizes the marriage. This rule would support the implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor v. United States decision that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) almost one year ago.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
On June 17, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights expressed vigorous support for the confirmation of San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro to be the next Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in a letter to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. President Obama nominated Castro last month.
Categories: Housing & Lending
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) today cancelled six federal trademark registrations for the name of Washington’s football team, saying in a decision that the “registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered.”
Monday, June 16, 2014
The White House on Monday announced that President Obama will sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination from federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
In a report released on Friday, the ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ task force issued dozens of recommendations to federal agencies as well as public and private entities on how to effectively address persisting opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color in the United States.
Friday, May 30, 2014
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education can provide historically underrepresented populations with proven pathways for obtaining good jobs and a higher standard of living, but these populations are not currently reaping its benefits. The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Educational Testing Service (ETS) on Tuesday co-sponsored a symposium, titled “Advancing Equity through More and Better STEM Learning,” to examine the best ways to ensure that STEM learning is inclusive and equally accessible to everyone, including communities of color, high-poverty communities, women and girls, and people with disabilities.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
This post originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org on May 22, 2014.
On May 17, we celebrated the anniversary of a turning point in American education – a commemoration of the end – or so we hoped – of “separate but equal.” But even 60 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, disparities in educational opportunities throughout our country continue to result in vast economic inequalities.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
On Monday, The Leadership Conference joined with several other civil rights and education groups in signing onto a full-page ad placed in the New York Times to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the landmark school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education and to demonstrate their strong, united support for the equitable implementation of the Common Core State Standards.