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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

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The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Thomas Perez Deserves Swift Confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor

Advocacy Letter - 04/11/13

Source: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Recipient: U.S. Senate


Dear Senator,

On behalf of the undersigned 82 organizations, we write to urge swift confirmation of Thomas Perez as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Perez has shown a commitment to advancing opportunity for all Americans, and his outstanding career in public service makes him well qualified to ensure the well-being of our nation’s workforce as the next Secretary of Labor.

We believe the next Secretary of Labor must ensure the voices of working families are heard and can bring the perspective, values, and needs of employees, and job seekers to policymaking. Based on his distinguished career, there is no doubt that as Labor Secretary Mr. Perez will promote the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees; improve working conditions and workplace safety; advance opportunities for employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

As the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Mr. Perez helped build consensus with stakeholders to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Mr. Perez stepped up enforcement of human trafficking laws and efforts to ensure that veterans can keep their civilian jobs while serving in the military. He has also been a tireless champion of voting rights, disability rights, equal educational equity, and has prosecuted some of the most heinous hate crimes in recent memory.

Before his nomination to lead the Civil Rights Division, Mr. Perez was Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, where he collaborated with businesses and employees to address critical workforce development needs and continue to build a world-class workforce. Throughout his public service career, Mr. Perez has also prosecuted high profile civil rights cases, was a Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was Special Counsel to the late Senator Edward Kennedy, where he was Sen. Kennedy’s principal adviser on civil rights, criminal justice, and constitutional issues, and also served as a local elected official on the Montgomery County Council in Maryland.

Thomas Perez’s outstanding career in public service makes him eminently qualified to be the next Secretary of Labor and take on the important responsibility of ensuring the well-being of our nation’s wage earners, job seekers, and retirees. For these reasons, we urge you to move forward without delay on the confirmation of Thomas Perez.  For further information, please contact Lexer Quamie at (202) 466-3311 or email quamie@civilrights.org.

Sincerely,

Advancement Project

AFL-CIO

African American Ministers In Action (AAMIA)

Alliance for Justice

American Association for Justice

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO

American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian American Justice Center, member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Asian Law Caucus, member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement

Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Center for Community Change

Children's Defense Fund

Communications Workers of America

Community Action Partnership

Demos

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Equal Justice Society

Fair Elections Legal Network

FairVote

Family Equality Council

Farmworker Justice

Freedom to Work

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Hispanic Federation

Human Rights Campaign

Immigration Equality

International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, UAW

Japanese American Citizens League

LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

League of United Latin American Citizens

MALDEF

NAACP

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

National Abortion Federation

National Association of Human Rights Workers (NAHRW)

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)

National Association of Social Workers

National Black Justice Coalition

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD)

National Community Reinvestment Coalition

National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc.

National Congress of American Indians

National Council of Jewish Women

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

National Council on Independent Living

National Disability Rights Network

National Education Association

National Employment Law Project

National Fair Housing Alliance

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

National Health Law Program

National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

National Immigration Law Center

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium 

National Legal Aid and Defender Association

National Organization for Women

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Senior Citizens Law Center

National Women’s Law Center

NILC Immigrant Justice Fund

People For the American Way

PolicyLink

Poverty and Race Research Action Council

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

Public Advocates Inc.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)

The Sikh Coalition

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Southern Poverty Law Center

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

United Steelworkers

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