Strengthening the economic security of families and communities across the nation
Economic justice and civil rights are inextricably bound. We work to promote shared prosperity in the 21st century so that every person in America can invest in their future, choose the right school for their children, pursue their dream home without fear of discrimination, and achieve the American Dream.
But in too many places across America, people are denied opportunities because of who they are or where they live. And often they have no way to know they are being treated differently ─ that they are turned down and turned away from economic advancement for biased and illegal reasons. In fact, largely due to nefarious lending practices, the rate of African Americans who own homes today is 41.6 percent, about the same as the rate in 1968 when the Fair Housing Act was passed.
At The Leadership Conference, we fight for policy solutions that will help close gaps and increase opportunities for communities facing persistent disadvantage. Together with our coalition members, elected leaders, and the business community, we are addressing the wage gap, fighting for a federal minimum wage, expanding access to paid sick leave and longer term family and medical leave, increasing access to economic mobility, and demanding workplace safety for all.
Resources from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund that promote policies and strategies to build opportunity and achieve economic justice.
A Call for Legislative Action to Eliminate Workplace Harassment
Along with the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Women’s Law Center, and more than 50 other organizations, we released a series of principles and recommendations to Congress to strengthen and expand protections against workplace harassment for working people in the private and public sectors, as well as the military.
Workers Are Fighting for What They Deserve, and They Need More Federal Support
Workers' rights are civil and human rights.
Civil Rights Community Celebrates Confirmation of Kalpana Kotagal as EEOC Commissioner
WASHINGTON — Jesselyn McCurdy, executive vice president for government affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the long overdue confirmation of Kalpana Kotagal to serve as a commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):
Prepared by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, these factsheets define minimum wage issues as civil rights issues.