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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, Inc

Grantee:        Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Education Fund, Inc.
Ranking:       23rd highest grantee, 2005 — 2009
Received:     $3,755,900
Type:             Civil Rights Coalition
Issue:             Voting Rights Act, Judicial “Extremism”

About:  The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (later Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights, LCCHR) began in 1950 as a coalition of organizations supporting civil rights for black Americans.  Three civil rights leaders founded the organization: Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters founder A. Philip Randolph; NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins, and National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council leader Arnold Aronson.  There are currently more than 200 member organizations ranging widely, from community service groups such as the Association of Junior Leagues and The Elks; to all major labor organizations and dozens of religious groups; to think tanks and legal centers; racial, ethnic, gender, immigrant, handicapped, and sexuality rights organizations, and representatives of the radical Left, such as ACORN and La Raza.

Wade Henderson is the current president and CEO of both the LCCHR coalition and LCCHR Education Fund, the “research, education, field organization and communications” arm of LCCHR.

The LCCHR Education Fund produces reports and educational materials and maintains a minor web presence.  It is a top-down organization that relies on other institutions for research and priorities, and in turn, it adds its name and broad-based, ethnically, and religiously diverse member organization list to causes promoted by groups that lack the appearance public support.

LCCHR Education Fund campaigns include defending affirmative action from legal challenges, opposing so-called “hate crimes,” encouraging immigrants to respond to census workers, and liberal immigration reform.

Mission Statement: The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States.

The Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax-deductible.  It was founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference.

Soros Funding:  In addition to general support, OSI funded the LCCREF’s Save Our Courts program, which “educate[d] the public about the Bush administration’s extremist nominees to the federal courts.”

LCCHR Staff:

  • Wade Henderson
  • Karen McGill Lawson
  • Nancy Zirkin

LCCHR Education Fund Board of Directors:

  • William Robinson (Interim Chair), Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia
  • Muriel Morisey (Vice-Chair), Professor of Law, Temple University School of Law
  • Carolyn Osolinik (Secretary/Treasurer), Partner, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw
  • Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Thought and Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
  • John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress
  • Marilyn Sneiderman, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

LCCHR Executive Committee:

  • National Partnership for Women and Families, Judith Lichtman, Interim Chair
  • National Partnership for Women and Families, Judith Lichtman, Vice Chair
  • Asian American Justice Center, Karen K. Narasaki, Vice Chair, Compliance/Enforcement Committee Chairperson
  • AARP, Barry Rand, Secretary
  • AFSCME, Lee A. Saunders, Treasurer
  • American Association of People with Disabilities
  • American Association of University Women
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
  • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • International Union, UAW
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • League of Women Voters
  • Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund
  • NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc
  • National Congress of American Indians
  • National Council of La Raza
  • National Education Association
  • National Fair Housing Alliance
  • National Organization for Women
  • National Urban League
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • People for the American Way
  • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • Service Employees International Union
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