The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
Housing & Lending
Shelter is a basic human need - and homeownership is a basic key to financial viability. Some of the civil rights issues we look at here are predatory lending, fair housing laws, and homelessness.
February 25, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Civil rights and consumer groups are pushing back on efforts to limit the relief that struggling homeowners could potentially get out of a settlement with banks engaging in abusive and illegal servicing practices that threaten millions of homes.
February 15, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Holly Petraeus, head of the Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), testified recently before the House Committee on Veteran Affairs on the importance of protecting servicemembers from predatory lending practices.
February 1, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
A government official appointed to review the federal government's foreclosure relief program says that the program is failing, but could work better if the Treasury Department re-evaluates, sets clear and realistic goals, and holds loan servicers accountable for frequent errors and misconduct.
February 1, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Civil rights groups are pushing government at all levels to do more to alleviate the suffering of struggling homeowners as new data indicates that the foreclosure crisis that began in 2006 and played a central role in the economic collapse of 2008 is continuing unabated, and even intensifying.
November 19, 2010 - Posted by Corrine Yu
In response to the financial disaster that has devastated entire communities and upended millions of lives, The Leadership Conference joined a broad coalition of civil rights, labor, and consumer advocacy groups, known as Americans for Financial Reform (AFR), to help enact the most sweeping set of federal financial reforms since the Great Depression.
The financial reform bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in July includes the creation of an independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The new CFPB, which was one of the reforms most strongly supported by AFR, will fill the gaps in existing regulatory structures, and – more importantly – will ensure that consumer protection laws are vigorously enforced.
Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, who played a major role in the crafting of the new law, is pulling together a team to set up the new consumer agency. And with a wide range of harmful activities to tackle, AFR is asking the public to participate in a survey on priorities for the CFPB. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and AFR will make sure that the results get to Elizabeth Warren and her team.
October 7, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Fair Housing Alliance, National Council of La Raza, the NAACP, and the Center for Responsible Lending are calling for an immediate national moratorium on foreclosures.
Civil Rights Coalition Says Warren's Appointment to Oversee New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Is a Positive Step
September 17, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Following news that President Obama will appoint Elizabeth Warren to oversee the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as the assistant to the president and special advisor to the secretary of the Treasury, Leadership Conference Executive Vice President Nancy Zirkin said:
September 16, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Following the release of the Census Bureau's 2009 data, civil and human rights groups are calling on policymakers to take bold steps to reduce the number of people living in poverty in the United States.
September 8, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Last week, the Fair Elections Legal Network released a report detailing how the voting rights of many people with foreclosed homes may be in danger this election cycle unless Secretaries of State in each state take action.
August 30, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Foreclosure rates for Latino and African-American borrowers in California are 2.3 and 1.9 times the rate for non-Hispanic White borrowers, according to a new study by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL).
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