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The Leadership Conference Education Fund Releases Annual “Civil Rights Monitor”

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This week, The Leadership Conference Education Fund released the “Civil Rights Monitor,” an annual publication that chronicles civil and human rights issues pending before the three branches of government, and other, emerging issues like the potential for big data to supercharge discrimination against disadvantaged communities.

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Categories: Civil Rights History

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Groups Call for Additional Reform on Prison Phone Rates

Friday, January 16, 2015

A coalition of civil rights, faith, labor, media justice, and other groups from around the country this week wrote in support of further reforms to lower predatory prison phone rates.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System, Media & Technology, Prison Phone Rates

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Civil Rights Groups, Education Advocates Release Shared ESEA Reauthorization Principles

Friday, January 16, 2015

On January 12, civil rights groups and education advocates released shared civil rights principles for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which stress the important role the federal government must play to ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities. As of January 16, 22 organizations have signed the principles.

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Categories: Education

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Administration Issues Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Treated Equally

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Wednesday issued guidance to states, school districts, and schools to ensure that English Learner (EL) students “can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs and services.”

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Categories: Education

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DOJ Says Transgender Discrimination Covered Under Title VII

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that discrimination against transgender people will be protected moving forward by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act’s sex discrimination prohibition.

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Categories: Discrimination, LGBT Rights, Workers' Rights

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FBI Report Indicates Decrease in Hate Crimes

Thursday, December 11, 2014

An annual report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on December 8 reveals that reported hate crime incidents decreased from 6,573 to 5,928, the lowest number of reported hate crimes since the first year of reporting in 1991. However, civil rights groups remain concerned about the ongoing problem of underreporting, which makes it hard to get an actual picture of the scope of the problem year to year.

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Categories: Discrimination, Hate Crimes & LLEHCPA

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Final LGBT Workplace Protection Rule Announced

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on December 3 announced a final rule to protect LGBT federal contractors, which will implement an executive order signed by President Obama in July. The rule will go into effect 120 days from Friday, December 6, when it was published in the Federal Register.

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Categories: LGBT Rights, Workers' Rights

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Department of Justice Announces Updates to Profiling Guidance

Monday, December 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday unveiled updates to racial profiling guidance first released in June 2003 under President George W. Bush.

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Categories: Racial Profiling

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New Report Details Local Progress in Combatting Poverty

Sunday, November 23, 2014

As part of its goal to cut poverty in half in ten years, Half in Ten released its annual poverty and inequality indicators report at an event at the Center for American Progress on November 17 featuring Sister Simone Campbell of the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare, Workers' Rights

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Reaching Low Income Communities of Color on Real Finances

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Earlier this year, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, working with the Asset Building Policy Network (ABPN) and brilliant corners Research & Strategies, undertook a public opinion research project aimed at improving the way we talk with communities of color about issues of financial health. Through a series of focus groups and polling, much of the findings were sobering – and not very surprising.

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Categories: Housing & Lending, Poverty & Welfare

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