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Press Release 10.21.19

The Education Fund Receives $5M Gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to Help Strengthen American Democracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Leadership Conference Education Fund (The Education Fund) received a $5 million gift, over two years, from Craig Newmark Philanthropies that will help strengthen and expand American democracy. This transformational gift from the organization of craigslist founder Craig Newmark will support The Education Fund’s democracy work, including its All Voting is Local campaign and voting rights and census efforts.

Press Release 09.6.19

ADVISORY: Civil Rights Experts Alert to Poll Closure Epidemic in Arizona, Urge Passage of Voting Rights Advancement Act

PHOENIX — The Leadership Conference Education Fund will hold a press call on Wednesday, September 11, at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. MT to discuss its newly released report, “Democracy Diverted: Polling Place Closures and the Right to Vote.” A second iteration of original research first released in 2016, the report analyzes 757 of 861 counties and county-level equivalents previously covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which the U.S. Supreme Court gutted in its Shelby County v. Holder decision. The report explains how and why polling place closures have an increasingly detrimental impact on communities in states with histories of voter discrimination.

Press Release 05.16.19

‘Pod for the Cause’ to Drive Dialogue, Social Change

WASHINGTON – With the impetus to reach new audiences, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, announced their latest project: a millennial-led social justice podcast titled “Pod for the Cause.”

Press Release 04.29.19

The Leadership Conference Education Fund Welcomes New Board Chair, Members

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund announced Carolyn Osolinik as new board chair, and the addition of James Rucker, co-founder of Citizen Engagement Lab; Stephanie Valencia, co-founder of EquisLabs; and Dr. Dorian Warren, president of Community Change and Community Change Action, to the board. The Education Fund also announced the departure of longtime board chair William “Bill” Robinson, former executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and longtime board member Dr. Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.