Publications

In Their Own Words: Working People, Civil Rights and the Fight to Strengthen Economic Security for All (May 2017)

The rules governing national, state and local workplaces have a direct impact on the lives of working people and their families. The Leadership Conference Education Fund Report, In Their Own Words: Working People and the Need for Policies that Provide Economic Security, offers lessons through the lives of real people about concrete policy solutions that support and sustain working people and their families. The report includes recommendations for raising the minimum wage, requiring paid sick days and paid family leave, implementing fair scheduling policies, expanding access to healthcare, and addressing basic living standards.

The Great Poll Closure (November 2016)

“The Great Poll Closure” documents how states and counties with records of voting discrimination – both current and historic – have closed hundreds of polling places since the Supreme Court in 2013 gutted the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and eliminated federal oversight of their voting changes. The report is based on a study of 381 of the approximately 800 counties that were covered by Section 5 of the VRA before the Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. 

Warning Signs: The Potential Impact of Shelby County v. Holder on the 2016 General Election Races for President, Senate and Governorships at Risk with an Eviscerated Voting Rights Act (June 2016)

“Warning Signs” profiles voter suppression activities in states that were once covered by Section 5 of the VRA and are host to competitive 2016 contests for 84 Electoral College votes, two Senate seats, and one governor’s seat. The report finds that, since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, all five of these states – North Carolina, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Virginia – have engaged in deceptive and sophisticated practices to disenfranchise voters that will have an impact on the 2016 election. The report is a collaborative effort of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and relies on recent reports and materials from the ACLU, the Advancement Project, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the NALEO Educational Fund.

Striking a Balance: Advancing Civil and Human Rights While Preserving Religious Liberty (March 2016)

“Striking a Balance: Advancing Civil and Human Rights While Preserving Religious Liberty,” documents how religious arguments have been used to justify discrimination against diverse communities including opposing the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and equality, racial integration, inter-racial marriage, immigration, the Americans with Disabilities Act, same-sex marriage, and the right to collectively bargain. It reviews the historical context of religious arguments that were marshalled in public policy debates, both to support the expansion of civil rights and legal equality and to support various forms of discrimination, including slavery, racial segregation, ethnically targeted immigration restrictions, the disenfranchisement of women, and suppression of workers’ rights.