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

What Families Can Expect from the New FCC Rules

Thursday, March 17, 2016

By Peter Wagner The Federal Communications Commission’s historic October 2015 order expanding its regulations of the prison and jail telephone industry goes into effect today. It’s a little complicated because prisons and jails have different effective dates, and part of the FCC’s order has been stayed by the federal courts. And on March 16, the … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, News

President Obama Nominates Garland to U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick Garland to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing in February. Garland has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the past 19 years, and has been the court’s chief judge since 2013. … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, News

DOL Announces New Rules to Implement Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Friday, February 26, 2016

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez this week announced new rules to implement President Obama’s Executive Order 13706 to establish paid sick leave for federal contractors – which Obama signed last year on Labor Day. The order requires employers that contract with the federal government to provide their employees with up to seven days of paid … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, News

Supreme Court Rules that Juveniles Must Have Chance to Challenge Life Sentences

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in the case of Montgomery v. Louisiana that anyone sentenced to life imprisonment for murder as a juvenile must have a chance to argue for parole. In a 6-to-3 decision, the Court held that its 2012 ruling in Miller v. Alabama—which banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles—must be applied retroactively. … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, News

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Obama’s Immigration Actions

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would review a challenge to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration in the case of United States v. Texas. Back in November 2014, President Obama announced a new deferred action policy, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), as well as an expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals … Read More

Categories: Immigration, News