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.
May 20, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Tonight, in a historic vote, the Senate passed sweeping legislation to overhaul the nation's financial system.
May 17, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Crowds of protesters converged on K Street in Washington, D.C., today in support of the Wall Street reform bill (S. 3217) pending in the Senate. Protesters, ignoring a steady rain, heard speeches from a wide array of organizations, including National People's Action, SEIU, AFL-CIO, and Jobs with Justice.
The bill, likely to come to a vote this Friday, includes a new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection that would protect American consumers from the types of irresponsible lending practices that contributed to the economic crisis. The bureau would include a civil rights office focused exclusively on fighting discriminatory lending, which is widely supported by the civil rights community.
April 30, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Americans in Kansas City, Iowa rally in support of financial reform. April 27, 2010. Photo Credit: Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
Though elected officials in Washington struggled to get Wall Street reform legislation to the Senate floor for debate, rallies across the country this week attracted tens of thousands of supporters for the bill.
A march through San Francisco's financial district drew thousands, and hundreds of people rallied outside of a Bank of America in Kansas City, Iowa. An AFL-CIO and National People's Action rally in New York City, dubbed "Showdown on Wall Street," drew more than 10,000 people, with 16,000 more participating online.
Civil Rights Community Vows to Keep Fighting for Financial Reform after Opponents Block Senate Debate
April 26, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Civil rights leaders vowed Monday evening to continue fighting for legislation that would reform the nation's financial system after GOP opponents of reform voted in lockstep to keep the Senate from debating the bill.
April 19, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The Leadership Conference is working with a broad coalition of organizations to ensure that financial reform legislation now under consideration in 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.
April 12, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
A majority of Americans (59 percent) believe that the President and Congress need to reform the financial sector now, according to a new poll by the Pew Financial Reform Project.
March 19, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties recently held a hearing on the state of housing discrimination, and the effectiveness of our government's enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.
March 4, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
There's nothing really funny about the ways big banks and financial institutions have been wreaking havoc on consumers in the United States.
But what is funny is a new video from Funnyordie.com, featuring former presidents Bush Sr., Bush Jr., Clinton, Reagan, Carter and Ford visiting President Barack Obama to urge him to take on the banks and create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency to protect Americans from abusive lending practices like the ones that led to the current recession
March 1, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Americans for Financial Reform (AFR), a broad coalition of civil rights and consumer advocates that includes The Leadership Conference, is calling a new proposal to create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency too weak to adequately protect Americans from abusive lending practices like the ones that led to the current recession.
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