The Leadership Conference Education Fund Releases Annual “Civil Rights Monitor”

This week, The Leadership Conference Education Fund released the “Civil Rights Monitor,” an annual publication that chronicles civil and human rights issues pending before the three branches of government, and other, emerging issues like the potential for big data to supercharge discrimination against disadvantaged communities.


“If 2014 taught us anything, it’s that the work of civil and human rights advocates is more vital than ever,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, in the publication’s introduction. “We have major national problems to solve. On nearly every indicator that we use in the United States to measure progress, people of color, low-income people, and other marginalized groups are falling further behind and, in many ways, doing worse than they were in 1960. Our schools are more segregated, our levels of unemployment are at an all-time high, we face continued discrimination in voting, and our incarceration rates have increased exponentially.”

This year’s edition covers a broad range of issues, including immigration reform, voting rights, criminal justice reform, education equity and equal opportunity in education, economic justice, transportation equity, and judicial and executive nominations, among others.

It also includes images from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ 38th annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award dinner, in addition to descriptions of reports produced last year by The Education Fund and The Leadership Conference.

Between annual publications, these and other civil and human rights priorities are documented in “Monitor Weekly,” an email newsletter that is also posted online here. To read this year’s “Civil Rights Monitor,” please click here.