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.
Monitor Weekly - January 20, 2012
|The Leadership Conference Education Fund||January 20, 2012|
The Leadership Conference announced this week that it has joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court arguing that the minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is clearly constitutional and, in fact, advances equal opportunity and liberty for millions of disadvantaged Americans. As John A. Payton, president and director-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund stated: "By advancing both equality and liberty, the Affordable Care Act promotes not only the health of individuals but also the health of our nation."
Calling the first session of the 112th Congress “one of the least productive on record,” The Leadership Conference this week released it civil rights Voting Record. The Voting Record, which scores Senators and Representatives on the legislative priorities of The Leadership Conference and its more than 200 member organizations, was accompanied by the release of the 2012 edition of the Civil Rights Monitor, a narrative and journalistic review of the year’s civil and human rights issues.
The Leadership Conference is congratulating June Zeitlin on her appointment as Special Representative on Gender Issues for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Chairperson-in-Office. At The Leadership Conference, June is directing advocacy efforts seeking U.S. ratification of Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world.
In The Washington Post, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, commented on the rhetoric of Republication presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who used the phrase “food stamp president” to describe President Obama. “It’s no secret that Gingrich is fighting for his political life,” Henderson told The Post. “In a craven effort to regain his relevance, he’s turned to subtle but age-old tactics of racial invective to feed his base.” And as Tom Toles illustrated, it does not require the CIA to decode Gingrich’s message in South Carolina.
Anti-Equal Opportunity Activist Ward Connerly Facing Accusations of Financial Misconduct
The New York Times has reported that longtime equal opportunity opponent Ward Connerly is being accused of financial misdeeds by a former colleague.
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