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Congressional Voting Record - Learn about the positions your members of Congress take on important civil rights issues.
Send a Message of Support to those Fasting for Immigration Reform
A courageous group of individuals who are fasting on the National Mall to call attention to the urgent need for House action on immigration reform. These leaders have inspired hundreds of people across the country to join the Fast for Families and send a clear and visible message to Congress that the time is now for reform.
Protect SNAP Now!
Members of Congress in both the House of Representatives and the Senate are currently negotiating over the final version of the farm bill (H.R. 2642), the law that authorizes our country’s farm and food policies. This includes consideration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.
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.
It’s Time to Enroll for Affordable Healthcare!
Healthcare is a basic human right, and with the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans now have a historic opportunity to access quality healthcare coverage. That starts with participation in the Health Insurance Marketplace, available for enrollment on October 1.
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