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Demand a Vote on Immigration Reform While Representatives are Home
Every day families are being torn apart because leaders in Washington refuse to take action. It is now time to act. One of the best ways to increase the pressure for reform is to drop by your representative’s office while they are home during the recess next week to let them know that you demand a vote on H.R. 15.
Urge House Support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act!
We are closer than ever to passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, action is needed in the House of Representatives. Without ENDA, LGBT workers throughout America continue to live in fear of losing their jobs or being discriminated against.
America’s Lowest Paid Workers Deserve a Raise
As soon as this week, the U.S. Senate is expected to debate the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S. S. 1737). Raising the minimum wage in the United States is an important civil and human rights issue not only because it would lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty, but because women and people of color represent a disproportionate number of minimum wage workers who will see more money in their pockets and therefore increased economic security as a result of the law.
Reforming the Criminal Justice System
Reforming the American criminal justice system is a defining moral civil and human rights challenge of the 21st century. One way to reduce incarceration and save money is to reform mandatory minimum sentences by passing legislation like the Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410).
Totally Unacceptable. Demand the Senate Give Debo Adegbile a Yes-or-No Vote.
Last week, the U.S. Senate disgracefully denied a yes-or-no confirmation vote on the nomination of Debo Adegbile to serve as the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights of the Department of Justice. Call senators (202-224-3121) to demand that this highly qualified nominee gets the consideration he deserves.
Urge Congress to Support a VRA for Today!
The bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act (HR 3899/S. 1945) was introduced earlier this year to address the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court decision, Shelby County v. Holder. Urge members of Congress to support this bill.
It’s time to Ratify The Disability Treaty. Call Your Senator Now!
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international human rights treaty that seeks to prohibit discrimination against disabled people around the world. The CRPD was inspired by U.S. leadership in recognizing the rights of people with disabilities, particularly with the adoption in 1990 of the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA). Currently, 126 nations have ratified the treaty, improving the lives of more than 1 billion people living with disabilities. It is time for the United States to be added to this list.
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.
Find Your Elected Officials
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