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
 Judiciary  LGBTQ Rights • Media  & Technology 
   Religious Freedom  Seniors/Social Security
 Transportation Equity   Voting Rights  Women’s Rights

Latest News

Children’s Health Insurance Program Enacted; Four Million More Children Covered

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

President Obama signed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) into law this afternoon.CHIP provides health insurance for low-income children from families who are not covered by private insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid. It currently helps states provide over seven million children with health insurance, but under the new law, coverage will expand to … Read More

Categories: Health Care, News

Virginia Senate Approves Absentee-Voter Bill

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

On January 26, the Virginia Senate approved a bill to allow no-excuse, in-person absentee voting in elections.  Absentee voting makes voting easier for people.  Many people do not vote on election day because of long lines, or because of difficulty scheduling time off of work and child care. Currently, Virginia voters who want to cast an in-person absentee … Read More

Categories: News, Voting Rights

New Attorney General Faces Difficult Task of Restoring Integrity of Justice Department

Monday, February 2, 2009

Today, Eric Holder was confirmed by the Senate to be attorney general (75-21), becoming the first African American to hold this position. “The Senate’s quick action puts in place a leader who can restore morale and return the Justice Department to its historic mission of impartial justice and law enforcement,” said Wade Henderson, president and … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, News

2,200 Foreign Service Workers Call for Equal Benefits for Same-Sex Partners

Monday, February 2, 2009

Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) recently sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a letter signed by nearly 2,200 current and former employees of the Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies, calling for equal benefits for the partners and families of GLBT employees.The signatories, 92 percent of whom were single or … Read More

Categories: LGBTQ Rights, News

No Child Left Behind Funding Gets Big Increase in House Stimulus Bill

Monday, February 2, 2009

With passage of the $819 billion economic stimulus package in the House of Representatives on January 28, the nation’s primary and secondary schools could finally receive the level of funding under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) originally envisioned when the law was enacted in 2002. Parents, civil rights advocates, and school district administrators have long … Read More

Categories: Education, News