The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
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March 24, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell issued a proclamation to commemorate today as “Dorothy Irene Height Day” to commemorate the life and legacy of the late civil rights icon on what would have been her 99th birthday.
March 11, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will honor AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, lifelong social justice activist Shirley Sherrod, and Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese at its Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner to be held on May 12 in Washington, D.C.
March 3, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The American Constitution Society (ACS) is accepting applications for the 2011 David Carliner Public Interest Award through March 14. The $10,000 award is for mid-career public interest lawyers whose work exemplifies its namesake' commitment to advocacy on behalf of marginalized people.
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Expresses Concern over Security Hearings Focused on American Muslims
February 10, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to Chairman Peter King expressing concern about the upcoming hearings scheduled in the Committee on Homeland Security on the “radicalization of the American Muslim community and homegrown terrorists.”
January 13, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations that works to build an America that's as good as its ideals, recently sent a letter to Congress outlining its legislative priorities for the 112th Congress.
December 16, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, appears in a USA Network/NBC Characters Unite special, "Tom Brokaw Presents Bridging the Divide," as one of several civil and human rights advocates commenting on the "state of the civil rights movement in our changing nation."
The special aired on Friday, December 10. Check out the video on the Characters Unite website or click "Read More" to view the video.
December 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, was one of four recipients of The Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights today. Recipients are honored for advocating "tirelessly for human rights, both at home and abroad."
"I cannot begin to tell you how humbled I am to receive this award in the name of Eleanor Roosevelt, whose devotion to civil and human rights gave birth to a set of universal principles that continue to transform our world for good," said Henderson. "This award really belongs to The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations working together for an America as good as its ideals."
November 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Congress returns to work next Monday for the lame-duck session, the last work period of the 111th Congress before the new Congress is sworn in next year.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has identified the following six goals as the civil and human rights community's highest priorities for the lame duck session:
October 1, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
In the award-winning young adult novel, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," Sherman Alexie creates a vivid and heartfelt account of the life of Junior, a young Native American living on a reservation. Through Junior's humorous diary entries and cartoons, Alexie fuses words and images to depict the difficult journey many Native Americans face.
Heavily based on Alexie's personal experiences, this fictional story depicts struggles, injustices and the long-lasting effects of historical oppression toward Native Americans. Although Junior is a young adult, he must face the reality of living in utter poverty, contend with the discrimination of those outside of the reservation, cope with a community and a family ravaged and often killed by alcoholism, break cultural barriers at an all-White high school, and maintain the perseverance needed to hope and work for a better future.
While Alexie depicts a desolate picture of life on a reservation, he also creates a beautiful story that allows one to examine the changes it takes to remedy an unjust social system. Ultimately, one leaves the book with a message of hope and a new call to activism.
The Civil Rights Book Club seeks to provide context and provoke discussion about today's top social justice concerns. Each week, we profile a book, a movie, or other media that represent the diversity of the contemporary social justice movement. You can help support The Leadership Conference by purchasing Book Club selections through the Amazon.com link on our website.
October 4, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Nearly 200,000 people from across America came together Saturday to rally for "jobs, justice, and education" at the "One Nation Working Together" march on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The march was designed to spur elected officials to enact a bold agenda to move our country forward, and to urge voters to take part in the mid-term elections on November 2.