Issues

The Leadership Conference works on a wide range of issues representative of the breadth of today’s civil rights movement.

Census  Civil Rights Enforcement  Criminal Justice System
Disability Rights  Economic Security Education  Equal Opportunity  Hate Crime
 Health Care  Housing & Lending  Human Rights  Immigration  Indigenous Peoples
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 Transportation Equity   Voting Rights  Women’s Rights

Latest News

Why a Fair and Accurate 2020 Census Matters

Friday, July 7, 2017

Being left out of the census can deprive population groups and communities of vital public and private resources. A new analysis from the George Washington Institute of Public Policy makes clear the value of a fair and accurate decennial census and the dire consequences of failing to achieve that goal. This analysis of the geographic … Read More

Categories: Census, News

Congress Introduces Legislation to Raise Federal Minimum Wage

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sens. Bernie Sanders, I. Vt., and Patty Murray, D. Wash., and Reps. Bobby Scott, D. Va., and Keith Ellison, D. Minn., on Thursday introduced the Raise The Wage Act of 2017, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024, gradually eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped working people, and sunset … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, News

Leadership Conference Opposes Intended Nomination of Mark Green

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Leadership Conference on Thursday called on Senate Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain, R. Ariz., and Ranking Member Jack Reed, D. R.I., to reject Mark Green, who President Trump intends to nominate as Secretary of the Army. “One of the strengths of our military is its diversity. Our service secretaries must stand for all … Read More

Categories: Immigration, News

Merkley, Cicilline Reintroduce Equality Act to Protect LGBTQ Americans

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D. Ore., and Rep. David Cicilline, D. R.I., on Tuesday reintroduced the Equality Act, which would provide nationwide protections against discrimination in housing, credit, education, employment, and public accommodations for LGBTQ people. The bill was first introduced in July 2015 and was included in The Leadership Conference’s list of 2016 legislative priorities. … Read More

Categories: LGBTQ Rights, News

Texas Voter ID Law Ruled Intentionally Discriminatory

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A federal district court in Texas on Monday ruled that Texas’ strict voter ID law “was passed with a discriminatory purpose in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.” It was the fifth time a federal court ruled against the law. The law, S.B. 14, was initially blocked in August 2012 under a … Read More

Categories: News, Voting Rights