WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund today released “Without Justice: Trump’s Across-the-Board Assault on Civil and Human Rights,” a report on the Trump administration’s first year and its attacks on our nation’s hard-fought civil and human rights achievements. The report is the 2018 edition of The Education Fund’s annual Civil Rights Monitor and comes the day after President Trump failed to mention the words ‘civil rights’ or ‘human rights’ in his first State of the Union address.
In 1982, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (now The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Education Fund’s sister organization) published a report, “Without Justice,” documenting the Justice Department’s attacks on civil rights during the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. This year’s version of “Without Justice” recalls that dark moment in our nation’s history and reminds us that civil rights progress in the United States has never been linear.
This edition of the Civil Rights Monitor examines the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on voting rights, criminal justice and policing issues, education, LGBTQ rights, economic security and workers’ rights, immigrant rights and protections, media and telecommunications, and a fair and accurate 2020 Census. It also highlights the Republican-led Congress’ rubber-stamping of Trump’s judicial nominees, its use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal critical protections, and its misguided efforts to strip health care from millions and give large tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations.
“Since taking office, President Trump and his administration have demonstrated a well-documented hostility to civil and human rights,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Education Fund. “Moreover, the Republican-led Congress has been unwilling to consider and pass desperately needed reforms on a host of issues, and has proven ineffective at advancing policies to promote and protect the civil and human rights of everyone in the United States. At the same time, the federal judiciary is being shaped in the president’s image, at a cost to fair and impartial courts. The civil and human rights community has fought back every step of the way, and we will continue to fight back to ensure that the United States lives up to its ideals.”
Click here to read this year’s Civil Rights Monitor.
The Leadership Conference also issued a timeline of the Trump administration’s rollbacks on civil and human rights. That list is available here.
The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States. It was founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. For more information on The Education Fund, visit http://leadershipconferenceedfund.org/.