The Bush Administration Takes Aim: Civil Rights Under Attack
is an initiative of the Department of Public Policy of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund. The effort was managed by Julie Fernandes, Senior Policy Analyst/Special Counsel, with the assistance of Rob Randhava, Policy Analyst, under the overall supervision of Nancy Zirkin, Director of Public Policy.
Staff assistance was also provided by Corrine Yu, Director of Education; Brian Komar, Director of Strategic Affairs; Tia Sumler, Program Associate; Lisa Haywood, Office Manager; Michelle Woolley, Policy Associate; and Charlotte Irving and Connie Dennard, Administrative Assistants.
We would like to thank Ron Weich, partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, who wrote the report, as well as acknowledge the contributions of Bruce Goldstein of the Farmworker Justice Fund, Ross Eisenbrey of the Economic Policy Institute, and David Bruck and Kevin McNally of the Capital Defense Network. Special thanks to members of the civil rights coalition for their input, review and suggestions: Chris Anders, ACLU; Leslie Annexstein, National Women’s Law Center; Jocelyn Frye, National Partnership for Women and Families; Melissa Joseph and Nancy Kreiter, Women Employed; Sharon Masling, National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc.; Muriel Morisey, LCCREF Board Member; Karen Narasaki, NAPALC and LCCREF Board Member; Lynn Rhinehart, AFL-CIO; and William L. Taylor, Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights and LCCREF President.
Finally, we would like to thank the Shefa Foundation and the Ford Foundation for their financial support of this initiative. The purpose behind release of this report is to highlight some of the ways in which the Bush administration is systematically impeding civil rights progress. While each of these actions by the administration may have received some attention by the media, the trend has not garnered sufficient public attention, both because national security dominates the headlines and because regulation, litigation, and funding often make only a faint impression on the public consciousness. We think it is imperative that attention be paid to these efforts which taken together represent a disturbing trend that must be addressed. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of statements and interpretations contained in this publication.
Karen McGill Lawson, Executive Director
Wade Henderson, Counsel