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Support The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Support the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, America’s premier civil and human rights coalition.

 

Founded in 1950, it has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major piece of civil rights law since 1957. More than 200 national organizations that concern themselves with civil and human rights belong to the Leadership Conference.

 

Recently, it has been all over efforts to defend DACA and the Dreamers; it has fought efforts to suppress voting rights; and it has pushed back on Trump’s attempted ban on transgender military personnel. Trump’s been keeping the conference busy, that’s for sure.

 

The Conference also sounds the alarm about lousy federal court appointments and tracks the civil and human rights voting records of each session of Congress, among other things.

 

 

Visit the home page of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights:

http://civilrights.org

 

 

Check out the civil and human rights voting records of every session of Congress from the 91st to the 113th, and learn about crummy pending federal appointments that you should oppose:

http://civilrights.org/our-advocacy/

 

 

Visit its online Action Center:

http://civilrights.org/take-action/

 

 

Donate to the organization:

http://civilrights.org/donate/

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/civilandhumanrights

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@civilrightsorg

 

 

Also follow its president and CEO, Vanita Gupta, on Twitter:

@vanitaguptaCR

 

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Help Build a Monument to African-American Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Ida B. Wells

Help build a monument to the pioneering 20th century African-American journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, who fought lynching.

 

Wells was born a slave in 1862 in Mississippi. When three African-American friends of hers were lynched in Memphis, Tennessee in 1892 for defending their successful grocery store from white assailants, she began an anti-lynching crusade, gathering information on lynching incidents, forming anti-lynching societies, and writing and speaking against lynching.

 

She also fought for women’s rights and helped form the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), but later drifted away from it. She died of kidney disease in 1931 at the age of 68.

 

Wells ultimately settled in Chicago, and a group hopes to build a monument to her in the neighborhood where she and her family lived. As of late April, they’ve raised a third of the funds they need. Sculptor Richard Hunt has agreed to create the monument.

 

 

See the website for the Ida B. Wells monument campaign:

http://www.idabwellsmonument.org

 

 

Read about the plans for the monument and see where it would be installed:

http://www.idabwellsmonument.org/?page_id=109

 

 

Read a short biography of Wells:

http://www.idabwellsmonument.org/?page_id=96

 

 

Donate to the Ida B. Wells monument fund:

http://www.idabwellsmonument.org/?page_id=59

 

 

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Like the Ida B. Wells Monument on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Ida-B-Wells-Monument-133803080055450/

 

 

We at OTYCD learned about the Ida B. Wells monument effort through an activist on Twitter who goes by the handle ‘prison culture.’ Follow her:

 

@prisonculture

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Call Your House Rep to Oppose HR 620, Which Would Undermine the Rights of the Disabled (Updated For the Week of February 12, 2018)

Update Feb 12, 2018: Congress could vote on HR 620 this week. If you haven’t yet called to oppose it, please do.

This OTYCD post originally appeared in October 2017.

Call your house rep to oppose HR 620, which would alter the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and undermine the rights of the disabled.

The ADA was passed in 1990, under President George H. W. Bush. It required businesses to make accommodations for disabled people, including adding wheelchair ramps and bathroom facilities that can accommodate wheelchairs.

HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act, would change the ADA to no longer require businesses to proactively comply with the law. It shifts the burden to disabled customers, who are required to inform the business owner how their rights were violated. Then the wronged disabled people have to wait six months to see if the owner does anything to fix the problems before they can go to court to get them to comply.

You might have noticed that, hey, the law is 27 years old. Shouldn’t pretty much every business that faces the public have brought itself into compliance or sought the necessary waivers? Why yes, yes, they should have. Ages ago. The current law allows businesses to stave off lawsuits if they claim they are making substantial progress toward complying with the ADA. And as you have probably guessed, the government doesn’t generally devote the time or resources needed to nudge businesses to get right with the law.

As of September 7, HR 620 has been reported out of committee. The next step, if it advances, would be a full floor vote in the House. Skopos gives the bill a 17 percent chance of becoming law. Because of where it is in the legislative cycle, we at OTYCD thought the time was right to for an anti-HR 620 action.

As always, before you call, please check the web site and social media accounts of your House rep to see if he or she has said anything about HR 620, and prepare to give thanks or heap scorn. (Politely.)

Sample script: “Dear House Rep (Lastname,) I am (Firstname Lastname from town, zip code). I am calling you to oppose HR 620, which, if passed, would undermine the civil rights of disabled people. Businesses have had 27 years to bring themselves into compliance with the ADA or pursue waivers. Weakening the ADA, which HR 620 would do, would lower the quality of life of millions of aging and disabled Americans. Please oppose this bill and ensure that it does not leave the House of Representatives. Thank you.”

 

See GovTrack’s page on HR 620:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr620

 

Read a piece from the ACLU on the likely effects of HR 620:

https://www.aclu.org/blog/disability-rights/congress-wants-change-americans-disabilities-act-and-undermine-civil-rights

 

Follow the Twitter account of ADAPT, which is all over HR 620-related news and activism:

@NationalADAPT