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.
Groups Urge President Obama to Support Elizabeth Warren to Head New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
August 10, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Twenty civil and human rights organizations, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, delivered a letter to President Obama yesterday urging him to appoint Elizabeth Warren to be the first director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
August 2, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
In her documentary film, Free Land, Minda Martin explores the impact her Cherokee ancestors have had on her family's nomadic life.
The film primarily focuses on her grandmother, Cordelia Taylor, who moved at least 43 times with her husband after the government-mandated Cherokee removal in 1830. Taylor was miserable when she first moved. The land where she grew up held deep traditions; all of her ancestors had been born, grown up, died, and been buried in the same place. "For my people," her voiceover simply states, "no one owned land."
July 23, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The Obama Administration has released an updated strategy to combat homelessness. Drafted by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the plan -- "Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness" -- lays out timetables for ending chronic homelessness among veterans and families and sets a path to ending all types of homelessness.
July 21, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights welcomed President Obama's signing today of the financial reform bill. In a statement, Executive Vice President Nancy Zirkin said:
The Leadership Conference joined with a broad coalition of organizations to ensure that final financial reform legislation included strong protections for consumers and effective regulation to hold Wall Street accountable.
July 15, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D. Calif., speaking at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on financial reform. May 17, 2010.
Today, the Senate voted 60-39 to give final congressional approval to a sweeping financial industry reform bill that will overhaul the regulatory structure for consumer and investment banking. The legislation is intended to curtail the reckless Wall Street practices that drove the economy to a near collapse in 2008 and upended the lives of millions of Americans.
The civil and human rights, consumer and labor advocates have been fighting for months to ensure that Congress approved a bill to establish the strongest possible regulations to protect Americans from abusive and discriminatory lending practices. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights called the final bill, which was finalized three weeks ago, "a historic achievement."
July 1, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Last night, the House of Representatives passed 237-192 the final financial reform bill that emerged from the House-Senate conference committee last week.
June 30, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is taking steps to strengthen enforcement and regulation in the aftermath of a housing crisis that has disproportionately affected minority communities.
Civil Rights and Consumer Advocates Applaud Strong Protections in Final Financial Reform Legislation
June 25, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Civil rights and consumer advocates are hailing the final financial reform legislation that emerged today from the House-Senate conference committee.
June 21, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Blacks and Latinos are facing greater risks of losing of their homes as the foreclosure crisis continues, according to new research by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL).
June 4, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Congress is nearing completion of its work reforming Wall Street. The Leadership Conference and its allies in the Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) coalition are working to ensure that Congress includes strong protections for consumers and effective regulation to hold Wall Street accountable — and stave off future crises that can wreck the economy and upend the lives of millions of Americans, especially members of economically vulnerable communities.
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