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.
Civil Rights Monitor
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Vol. 16, No.1 (Fall 2006)
IN THIS MONITOR,
we review legislative activities related to the Voting Rights Act, immigration, and D.C. vote; discuss an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative in Michigan; and provide updates of developments on the Supreme Court and at key civil rights enforcement agencies. We also summarize Leadership Conference activities, including new initiatives on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and on the intersection of civil rights and communications policy.
On the Hill
President Bush ensured continuing battles over court nominations by resubmitting the names of five controversial nominees that had been returned to the White House unconfirmed when the Senate recessed in August.
The Contentious Immigration Debate of 2006: H.R. 4437, S. 2454, and S.2611
Voting Rights Preserved
Civil Rights Organizations Call for Anti-Predatory Lending Legislation
Support for D.C. Vote Goes Global
The nation's principal civil rights enforcement agencies have come under fire from advocates concerned about the agencies' commitment to enforce civil rights laws.
In the Courts
Seismic changes occurred in the Supreme Court's 2005 term. A new chief justice took his seat just days before the term began, a new associate justice joined halfway through the term, and a new swing voice on many closely-divided issues began to emerge.
In the States
Three years after the Supreme Court approved key elements of the University of Michigan's law school and undergraduate program, Michigan voters face a ballot initiative that would undo affirmative action in the state.
The film "Crash" and Mónica Lozano, publisher and CEO of La Opinión, the nation's leading Spanish language daily newspaper, were honored by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) at this year's Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award Dinner on May 4, 2006 in Washington, D.C.
These days, most of the discussion about communications policy has been reduced and marginalized to talk about the proper mechanis
ms to induce competition and hype about which new gadgets will create the new consumer utopia.
Post-Katrina, Every Day is Still a Challenge