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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.

>> Deliver a letter to your representative’s office  and urge them to sign the “Demand a Vote” petition for comprehensive immigration reform.

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.

>> Call your members of Congress (202-224-3121) and urge support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA - H.R. 1755).

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.

>> Call senators and urge them to support the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S. 1737)!

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).

>> Send a letter to your senators and urge them to support criminal justice reform and 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.

>> 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.

>> Find your member of Congress and call them today to schedule a meeting while they are home for the spring congressional recess.

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.

>> The time is now to support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Call your senators and let them know you support The Disability Treaty!

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.

>>Check out the toolkit here

Find Your Elected Officials

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Grassroots Organizing Resources

Issue-Based Resources

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


Workers' Rights

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