The reports and curricula of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund are designed to build the public understanding that is essential for our nation to continue its journey toward social and economic justice.

Reversing the Rising Tide of Inequality: Achieving Educational Equity for Each and Every Child

Education_Equity_report_cover_forweb300px“Reversing the Rising Tide of Inequality: Achieving Educational Equity for Each and Every Child” aims to bolster the effort to achieve both quality and fairness in our nation’s public educa­tion system. In the report, we explain the current available state remedies for inequity; examine the Equity and Excellence Commission’s findings regarding the inequities that exist in U.S. educa­tion and its five-part agenda to address them; and conclude with recommendations designed to operationalize that agenda and make equal educational opportunity a reality for each and every child in the United States. (April 2013)

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Restoring a National Consensus: The Need to End Racial Profiling

Restoring a National Consensus: The Need to End Racial Profiling in America is an update of our 2003 report, “Wrong Then, Wrong Now: Racial Profiling Before and After September 11, 2001.” Sadly, 10 years after 9/11, the problem of racial profiling continues to be a significant national concern that demands priority attention. In releasing this report, our goals are to examine the use of racial profiling in the street-level context in which it originally arose, in the newer context of counterterrorism, and in the most recent context of immigration; and to re-establish a national consensus against racial profiling in all its forms. (March 2011)

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The Hard Count: A Community Perspective on 2010 Census Operations in the Gulf Coast and Texas Colonias

The Hard Count: A Community Perspective on 2010 Census Operations in the Gulf Coast and Texas Colonias chronicles the challenges encountered in achieving a complete count in New Orleans, the Colonias, and the Mississippi Delta, and the efforts by local advocates and the Census Bureau to overcome these challenges. The report offers a set of concrete recommendations that would lead to a more accurate count for the region in the 2020 census. (February 2011)

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Railroaded Out of Their Rights: How a Labor Law Loophole Prevents FedEx Express Employees from Being Represented by a Union

“Railroaded Out of Their Rights” explores the historical anomaly of FedEx’s coverage under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), which is uniquely designed to regulate the railroad and airline industry. Similar package-delivery companies are covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). (June 2010)

Let All Voices Be Heard – Restoring the Right of Workers to Form Unions: A National Priority and Civil and Human Rights Imperative

Today, the labor and civil rights movements confront another shared crisis — the systematic, often brutal denial of the right of American workers “to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively…and to engage in other concerted activities….” (September 2009)

Counting in the Wake of a Catastrophe: Challenges and Recommendations for the 2010 Census in the Gulf Coast Region

Four years after the catastrophic combination of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and multiple failures of government preparation and response, this report reviews factors that contribute to the unique difficulties in obtaining an accurate count in the Gulf Coast region for the 2010 Census. (August 2009)

Confronting the New Faces of Hate: Hate Crimes in America 2009

This report is an update of our 2004 report, Cause for Concern. Sadly, five years later, the problem of hate crimes continues to be a significant national concern that demands priority attention. It is time for our nation to redouble its efforts to combat the commission of hate crimes in America. The purpose of this report is to highlight the need for a coordinated response by every sector of society to eradicate this problem. (June 2009)

Low Power Radio: Lost Opportunity or Success on the Dial?

In an era of mass media consolidation, LCCR believes that it is important to preserve an avenue through which diverse viewpoints can be represented over the public airwaves, namely, low power radio (LPFM). Unfortunately, Congressional inaction is preventing this opportunity from being fully available to communities across the country. In this report, LCCR calls on Congress to lift its restrictions on the FCC’s authority to license LPFM. (April 2009)

Restoring the Conscience of a Nation: A Report on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Since the 1980s, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission has been debilitated by efforts to weaken and undermine its integrity and independence. This report chronicles the history of and the need for the commission over the years, as well as offering recommendations on how return the commission to its original mandate and expand on it to preserve and protect the civil and human rights of all Americans. (March 2009)

The Future of Fair Housing: Report of the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968, LCCR has partnered with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and the National Fair Housing Alliance to create a national, bipartian fair housing commission to investigate the alarming state of U.S. housing in the wake of the subprime housing debacle. (December 2008)

Transition in Trouble: Action Needed to Ensure a Successful Digital Television Transition

On February 17, 2009, the nation’s full-power television stations will turn off their analog signals and exclusively broadcast digitally. This report discusses the challenges to a successful national transition to digital television, and offers an action agenda to help meet them. (July 2008)

American Dream? American Reality! A Report on Race, Ethnicity, and the Law in the United States

This report supplements the second periodic report of the U.S. to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and offers recommendations for actions that will, if adopted, enhance the government’s ability to comply with the Convention. (January 2008)

Fed Up with FedEx: How FedEx Ground Tramples Workers’ Rights and Civil Rights

This report sheds light on a disturbing pattern at the driver delivery section of FedEx Ground, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation. At the heart of this problem is the claim that FedEx Ground misclassified approximately 15,000 of its drivers as independent contractors, placing them outside the protection of numerous labor and employment laws. (October 2007)

Long Road to Justice: The Civil Rights Division at 50

This report discusses the efforts of the Civil Rights Division over the past fifty years to eliminate discrimination in the areas of education, employment, housing, voting, criminal justice, and public accommodations. (September 2007)

Let All Voices Be Heard: Restoring the Right of Workers to Form Unions

Reforming our labor laws to restore the freedom to form unions, as proposed by the Employee Free Choice Act, is long overdue. (May 2007)

Voting in 2006: Have We Solved the Problems of 2004?

This report looks at some of the serious problems that marred the 2004 presidential election and asks: are we any better off today than we were two years ago? (October 2006)

Realize the Dream: Quality Education Is a Civil Right – Recommendations for Education Policymakers

In this report, LCCREF blends policy recommendations and “best practices” to create a clear picture of how well-run education programs can inform policy making; and how wise policies can encourage the spread of effective education reforms. (September 2006)

Employment Trends in the Communications and Media Industries

While much has been written about the impact that a changed policy environment—most notably, the Telecommunications Act of 1996—has had on consumer prices and competition for service, little attention has been paid to the Act’s impact, if any, on employment, with a particular focus on women and minorities. (July 2006)

Minority Ownership and Employment in the Mass Media

Media remains a critical element in achieving equal opportunity and full participation in civic life. Media shapes public views of minority communities, as well as views on the causes and scope of social problems and the best solutions. LCCREF believes that access to the media by the broadest sector of society is crucial in ensuring that diverse viewpoints are presented to the American people, and that all sectors of society are accurately depicted. (November 2005)

Are We Really a Nation Online? Ethnic and Racial Disparities in Access to Technology and Their Consequences

Using data from the Computer and Internet Use Supplement to the October 2003 Current Population Survey (CPS), this report examines whether there are large ethnic and racial differences in home access to computers, the Internet and broadband in the United States. Estimates from the CPS indicate that there is a large and substantial digital divide currently existing in the United States and raise serious doubts as to whether we are truly a “Nation Online.” (September 2005)

Another Threat to Affirmative Action

While affirmative action policies and programs have improved the success of women and minority-owned business enterprises, these businesses still receive only a fraction of total federal and state contracting dollars. (August 2005)

Anti-Affirmative Action Threats in the States: 1997-2003

An overview of state threats to affirmative action posed by legislation/ resolutions, ballot initiative campaigns, and state executive orders. (June 2005)

CAUSE FOR CONCERN: Hate Crimes in America, 2004 Update

This update of our 1997 report Cause for Concern, highlights the need for a coordinated response by every sector of society to eradicate the problem of hate violence. (August 2004)

American Justice Through Immigrants’ Eyes

A report produced by LCCREF and the American Bar Association on the nation’s immigration policies. (August 2004)

Turning Right: Judicial Selection and the Politics of Power

A report highlighting the right wing effort to capture the courts and the implications for the civil and human rights agenda. (July 2004)

Recommendations of the Brennan Center for Justice and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights for Improving Reliability of Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems

A report providing specific recommendations for election officials planning to use electronic voting machines in the 2004 elections. (June 2004)

Blend It, Don’t End It: Affirmative Action and the Ten Percent Plan after Grutter and Gratz

A report developed in collaboration with MALDEF, the Equal Justice Society, and the Society of American Law Teachers. (June 2004)

The Bush Administration Takes Aim: Civil Rights Under Attack

A LCCREF report reveals the ways the Bush administration has reversed longstanding civil rights policies and has impeded civil rights progress. (April 2003)

Wrong Then, Wrong Now: Racial Profiling Before and After September 11

This report compares the practice of “traditional” street-level racial profiling with a new form of post-9/11 “anti-terror” profiling of Arabs, Muslims, South Asians, and Sikhs. (2003)

Bringing A Nation Online: The Importance of Federal Leadership

A report examining the gaps in technology access in underserved and rural communities and the role that federal leadership is playing in expanding digital opportunities for all individuals. (July 2002)

The Success and Failure of the 1996 Telecommunications Act

A collection of essays designed to help inform the broader public about the range of issues and the diversity of viewpoints on communications policy issues. (June 2002)

CommUNITY 2002: Building Community in a Nation of Neighborhoods

A report documenting the successes, challenges, and strategies of the nation’s first initiative to reduce and respond to housing-related tensions. (2002)

Building Healthy Communities

This report analyzes the continuing civil rights problem of unequal access to credit and capital, documenting the continuing need for the Community Reinvestment Act and its vigorous enforcement, and celebrating the CRA’s achievements. (2002)

Preventing Hate, Promoting Respect CD ROM and Manual

A tool to engage students in thinking about their own biases, their experiences with diversity and discrimination, and the essential social skills for living in a diverse society. (2002)

Making The Dream A Reality: A Proposed Civil Rights Agenda for the Bush Administration

A proposed civil rights agenda for the Bush Administration, prepared by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. (April 2001)

From Digital Disconnect to Digital Empowerment: Building a More Equitable Society through Leadership, Investment and Collaboration

An examination of the capacity and use of new technologies among national civil rights organizations, as well as their understanding and participation in communications and Internet public policy issues. (Spring 2001)

Justice on Trial: Racial Disparities in the American Criminal Justice System

An examination of the effects of systematically unequal treatment of black and Hispanic Americans and other minorities as compared to their similarly situated white counterparts within the criminal justice system. (2000)

Census 2000: Everyone Counts!

The “Census 2000: Everyone Counts!” project is designed to educate the nation about the importance of a fair and accurate census in 2000.

All Together Now!

Designed for preschool, kindergarten, and first-grade classrooms, the guide provides the tools to help young children participate fully in the exciting challenge of living in a multicultural society. Compiled by experienced teachers, the activities weave diversity into art, math, science, literature, music, drama, and nature – the subjects you and your students explore in the course of the school year. (1999)

…and Justice for All: The Civil Rights Division at 40

Despite the staggering importance of the Civil Rights Division, many Americans know very little about the Division’s work. While many have heard of the more famous cases handled by the Division, few people understand the complexity involved in defending the basic rights of all people in our society. (December 1997)

Cause for Concern: Hate Crimes in America

This report, the first major comprehensive assessment of the hate crime problem in the United States, discusses what is currently being done on the federal, state and local levels as well as private initiatives to promote respect for diversity and to combat crimes based on bias, and includes ten recommendations for additional action by every sector of society. (1997)

Building One Nation: a Study of What is Being Done Today in Schools, Neighborhoods, and the Workplace

An examination of the dynamics of race relations and intergroup interactions within institutions. (1996)

Talking to Our Children About Racism, Prejudice, and Diversity

A resource to help parents and children talk about diversity, as well as racism and other kinds of bigotry. It offers guidelines for discussing these very difficult issues and includes examples of children’s questions and concerns, and, as a starting point, offers suggestions for answering them. (1995)


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