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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As Senators Debate the Immigration Bill, Say NO to Harmful Amendments
The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering the bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill, S. 744. However, amendments that would weaken the bill are also being considered. Among the many amendments that will be offered, the Grassley Amendment #43 and the Sessions Amendment #31 must be defeated.
Support Tom Perez for U.S. Secretary of Labor
Last week the Senate HELP Committee postponed a vote on the nomination of Tom Perez for a week; and enough is enough. After a confirmation hearing, as well as providing all requested materials and responding to senators’ questions, the committee vote was still postponed. On Thursday, May 16 at 9:15 a.m., the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will likely vote on the nomination of Tom Perez for U.S. Secretary of Labor.
Urge Members of Congress to Support Employment Non-Discrimination Protections!
Although ENDA has been introduced year after year since 1996, it has not yet been passed. However, this year can be different. In the House of Representatives, ENDA was introduced with more than 150 original cosponsors with bipartisan support. In the Senate, sponsors expect the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee to consider the bill for the first time since 2002.
Tell Senators: Do your Job. Confirm Cordray!
Consumers are depending on every senator to support a strong Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and confirm Cordray as its director. The CFPB has already begun to do its job by listening to consumers and protecting them from the bad actors in financial marketplaces. With your help, we can urge the Senate to do its job and confirm Cordray as the bureau’s director.
"Too Many of Our Courtrooms Stand Empty." -President Barack Obama
Don’t let the vacancy crisis delay justice for Americans any longer. Progress has been made on district court nominees, but the Senate must also act on the four circuit court nominees. It must bring these nominees to the floor for consideration by the full Senate in a timely manner. There is nothing left to do except vote.
Want Some Help? A New Toolkit Just for You!
We are happy to share a new resource. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Grassroots Campaigns and Advocacy Toolkit can help develop the basic structure and strategies needed to plan and carry out an effective grassroots public education or advocacy campaign. This toolkit covers everything from developing strategy and fundraising, to event planning and grassroots advocacy.
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Grassroots Organizing Resources
- Grassroots Tool Kit: This toolkit provides information on a myriad of effective mechanisms you can use in your local or state community to educate and empower individuals in your community, develop a strong coalition of activists, and get your voice heard in Congress to help impact the history of civil and human rights for all people today.
- Grassroots Organizing During a Congressional Recess: Tips for organizing when your member of Congress is back in the district during a congressional recess.
- Planning a Community Forum: A community forum can be anything from a statewide, highly publicized forum, to a discussion group with guest experts at a local meeting.
- Grassroots Action Steps: Four things you can do right now to learn more and take action in 2012
- Visiting Your Members of Congress at Their Local Offices
- Tips on Calling Your Member of Congress
Below are materials for a few of the issues we are currently organizing around. You can also visit the issues section of the website to learn about other civil rights issues.
D.C. Voting Rights
- D.C. Voting Rights Brochure (pdf): A printable brochure to let people know about the lack of voting representation in Washington, D.C.
- Learn more about D.C. voting rights
- Media Diversity Matters: A Media Justice Activist Tool Kit
- Learn more about media and telecommunications policy issues
- Let All Voices Be Heard: Restoring the Right of Workers to Form Unions - A Leadership Conference report
- Learn more about workers' rights