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 Crimes
 Health Care  Housing & Lending  Human Rights  Immigration  Indigenous Peoples
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   Religious Freedom  Seniors/Social Security
 Transportation Equity   Voting Rights  Women’s Rights

Latest News

Funding for Education in the Economic Recovery Bill

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

With at least 26 states enacting or proposing major budget cuts to K-12 education spending, the money for education in the economic recovery package that President Obama signed into law today could have a huge impact on struggling states and local school districts.The new law earmarks about $80 billion for education spending, to be spent … Read More

Categories: Education, News

Brookings Creates Plan to Provide Jobs for Ex-Prisoners and Reduce the Nation’s Prison Population

Friday, February 13, 2009

Every year, the nation’s prisons release more than 700,000 prisoners, but far too many of them wind up in poverty or back in prison. A proposal by The Brookings Institution aims to reverse this trend and reduce the U.S. prison population by creating a national program that will improve employment opportunities and help ex-prisoners re-enter society successfully.The … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, News

Healthy Food Advocates Push for Better Standards in Reauthorization of Federal Child Nutrition Programs

Friday, February 13, 2009

With the number of overweight children between the ages of six and 11 having more than doubled in the past 20 years, healthy food advocates are urging Congress to make sure that federal child nutrition programs are updated to meet the challenges of providing healthy meals to the nation’s children.In 2004, President Bush signed a … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, News

NAACP Turns 100 Today

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Today is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP. At the time of the NAACP’s formation, lynching of Black people in the United States was common and a number of race riots where White people attacked Black people and burned their homes had broken out around the country.   A race riot in Springfield, Ill., in the summer … Read More

Categories: News, Resources

Fully Counting Latinos in the 2010 Census Presents Some Challenges

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The recent rise in anti-immigrant rhetoric and raids over the past few years has made Latinos fearful of giving information to the government, which creates challenges for civil rights organizations that are working to ensure that Latinos are fully counted in the 2010 census.During the last two censuses, the Census Bureau missed counting millions of people … Read More

Categories: Census, News