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Charmaine Riley,

The Leadership Conference Outlines Priorities for the Incoming Administration and Congress


The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today launched a new resource highlighting a list of priority initiatives for the Biden-Harris administration and the 117th Congress. The webpage, available here, outlines the current state of civil rights and recommendations that represent a path forward.

"Over the last four years, we have faced demagoguery, fearmongering, racism, and xenophobia from those in power," said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference. "Despite the pandemic and deliberate barriers to the ballot, more than 160 million people voted, shattering records. The country is in need of a course correction, and the new administration and Congress must act immediately. The Leadership Conference coalition provides this list of priorities to ensure civil and human rights are protected and advanced."

Notably, The Leadership Conference, together with its 11 task forces, urge the Biden-Harris administration to take swift and robust administrative action in the first 100 days, including providing fair COVID-19 relief, advancing judicial nominees who will protect civil rights and reversing anti-immigration legislation.

Additional key transition documents, available here, include:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Transition Priorities
Our task forces developed a comprehensive, though not exhaustive, list of priority executive and legislative initiatives that represent a path forward for our country in advancing social and economic justice.

Summary of Transition Priorities
This document is an abbreviated version of the above, allowing ease of identifying those efforts important to the first 100 days and first year of the Biden-Harris administration.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Priorities for the 117th Congress
Similar to the transition documents, our task forces developed a list of priority executive and legislative initiatives that serve as a guide for our advocacy and outreach for the upcoming Congress.

Personnel Recommendations
The Leadership Conference outlines the need to appoint people who have a demonstrated commitment to upholding civil and human rights, supporting marginalized communities, and advancing progressive values; and who are reflective of our nation's tremendous diversity.

Civil Rights Rollbacks
Since Trump took office in January 2017, his administration has worked aggressively to turn back the clock on our nation's civil and human rights progress. Here's how.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society - an America as good as its ideals.

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