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Congressional Voting Record - Learn about the positions your members of Congress take on important civil rights issues.
Reforming the Criminal (In)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).
Senate Shamefully Distorts the Record of and Filibusters Debo Adegbile.
The attempts to deny Debo Adegbile’s qualifications and to distort his record successfully blocked this nomination from receiving even a yes-or-no vote. Yet the facts – and the record – stand for themselves. Adegbile is a tireless advocate, a skilled litigator, and a well-respected member of the legal community. He has practiced law at all levels, from the trial court to the U.S. Supreme Court, and has appeared before courts throughout the country on behalf of justice for all. And, he has twice defended the Voting Rights Act before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Principles Are Not Enough. We Need Action.
Last week, House Speaker John Boehner, R. Ohio, released a set of principles to guide the House of Representatives as they determine the path forward on an immigration bill. While principles provide a helpful framework, action is what’s most needed.
Urge Congress to Support a VRA for Today!
A bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, HR 3899/S. 1945. Updates to the Voting Rights Act (VRA) are critical after last year’s Supreme Court ruling on Shelby County v. Holder.
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