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

House Considers Bill to Give D.C. Residents a Vote in Congress

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a bill that will give residents of Washington, D.C., a voting member in Congress.Though district residents pay federal income tax and serve in the military, the District of Columbia is the world’s only national capital of a democracy whose residents do not have voting representation in … Read More

Categories: News, Voting Rights

Geithner Confirmed as Treasury Secretary; Calls for Plan to Address Foreclosures

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tim Geithner was sworn in as treasury secretary yesterday evening having been confirmed earlier that day by the Senate in a 60 to 34 vote. As treasury secretary, Geithner will serve as the principle economic advisor to President Obama, advising him on how best to manage the federal government’s economic policy, at a time when … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, News

Staten Island Man Pleads Guilty to Election Night Hate Crime Attacks

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

On January 26, Brian Carranza plead guilty to charges of conspiring to assault African Americans for his participation in a series of hate crimes in Staten Island, NY on November 4.The men reportedly harassed several African Americans and a Hispanic man because of their political support for Obama and physically attacked three others. The final victim … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, News

New Report Shows School Segregation Is Increasing

Monday, January 26, 2009

A January 2009 report from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA shows that amid the current national climate of anticipation and hope, the U.S. is sliding backward toward segregated and highly unequal schools. Professor Gary Orfield, the author of “Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge,” commented that “it would be a … Read More

Categories: Education, News

Today in Civil Rights History: The 24th Amendment Prohibits Poll Taxes

Friday, January 23, 2009

Forty-five years ago today, the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by the states.  The amendment forbids Congress and states from requiring poll taxes in order to vote in federal elections.Amendments to the Constitution are proposed by both houses in Congress and require two-thirds of the states to ratify, or approve, them. South … Read More

Categories: News, Resources