Our Common Purpose
The Leadership Conference’s founders came together in 1950 out of the belief that the fight for civil rights could not be won by one group alone, but needed to be waged in coalition.
Our members — which have grown from 30 civil and human rights organizations at our founding to more than 200 today — differ in size, scope, and structure. But what transcends our differences and unites The Leadership Conference coalition is our enduring common purpose: full equality for all.
That common purpose gave our leaders the wisdom to see that civil rights are women’s rights and LGBTQ rights and immigrant rights and workers’ rights and disability rights and human rights. That common purpose is our coalition’s inheritance. It is a living legacy that binds us together — in cause and community.
Together, we are more than the sum of our parts. We not only convene and direct the power of our coalition members — we magnify it. Through the generations, we have worked to realize a nation that celebrates the voices and power of the people. We continue that work today.
“The struggle of civil rights cannot be won by any one group acting by or for itself alone, but only through a coalition of groups that share a common commitment to equal justice and equal opportunity for everyone.”
– Arnold Aronson, co-founder
Join Our Coalition
For more information on how to become a member, please contact Lisa Haywood, director of membership services and events. Please note that to be eligible for membership, an organization must share The Leadership Conference’s values and vision for a just and fair democracy, be national in scope, and conduct an ongoing civil rights program.
Who We Are
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9to5, National Association of Working Women
AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women)
The Advocates for Human Rights
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity
American Association for Justice
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of People with Disabilities
American Civil Liberties Union
American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Americans for Democratic Action
Americans for Financial Reform (AFR)
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Arab American Institute Foundation
Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc.
Association of People Supporting Employment First
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Law and Social Policy
Center for Public Representation (CPR)
Center for Reproductive Rights
Center for Responsible Lending
Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Constitutional Accountability Center
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
End Citizens United Action Fund
Equally American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Fair Elections Center (The Center)
Freedom From Religion Foundation
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Hadassah (The Women’s Zionist Organization of America)
Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA)
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
Japanese American Citizens League
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Laborers’ International Union of North America
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG)
League of United Latin American Citizens
League of Women Voters of The United States
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Movement Advancement Project (MAP)
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
National Alliance of Postal & Federal Employees
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Association of Community Health Centers
National Association of Consumer Advocates
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
National Association of Human Rights Workers
National Association of Neighborhoods
National Association of Social Workers
National Black Caucus of State Legislators
The National Black Child Development Institute
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Law and Economic Justice
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
National Center for Parent Leadership, Advocacy, & Community Empowerment (National Place)
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
National College Attainment Network
National Congress of American Indians
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Negro Women
National Council of Teachers of English
National Council on Independent Living
National Disability Rights Network
National Down Syndrome Congress
National Education Association
National Employment Law Project
National Employment Lawyers Association
National Fair Housing Alliance
National Hispanic Media Coalition
National Indian Education Association
National Immigration Law Center
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
National Korean American Service and Education Consortium
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
National Legal Aid & Defender Association
National Low Income Housing Coalition
National Organization for Women
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
OCA (formerly known as Organization of Chinese Americans)
Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ, Inc.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Parents as Teachers National Center
PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
SAGE/Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Service Employees International Union
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
South Asian Americans Leading Together
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Tobacco Free Kids Action Fund (TFKAF)
Transportation Learning Center
UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza)
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
United Methodist Church-General Board of Church & Society
United Mine Workers of America, AFL-CIO
United States International Council on Disabilities
United States Students Association
United Steelworkers of America
The Voter Participation Center