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 Crime
 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

Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Bryan A. Stevenson

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

On May 11, the civil and human rights community will present Bryan A. Stevenson with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for his tireless efforts combatting poverty and discrimination.  As founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson has been an unwavering voice for the poor and … Read More

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Monday, April 25, 2016

On May 11, the civil and human rights community will honor U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for her exemplary record of legislative achievement supporting social and economic justice for all Americans. Throughout her nearly 30 years in Congress, Pelosi has been … Read More

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Senate Confirms First Judicial Nominee in Two Months

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Waverly Crenshaw, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, making him the first federal judge confirmed in exactly two months. Crenshaw, an African American who had the support of both his Republican home-state senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, waited more than 14 months … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, News

As Sentencing Reform Stalls in Congress, President Obama Commutes 61 Sentences

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

President Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 61 people who are currently serving time in prison under outdated sentencing laws, bringing his total number of commutations to 248 – more than the last six presidents combined. “The power to grant pardons and commutations… embodies the basic belief in our democracy that people deserve a … Read More

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Supreme Court Hears Zubik v. Burwell Religious Freedom Case

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Last month, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights joined the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and National Urban League in filing an amicus brief in the Zubik v. Burwell Supreme Court case. The Zubik case, which challenges whether a one page … Read More

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