Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Prestigious U.S. Civil and Human Rights Coalition (LCCR) Endorses the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA)

By Steve Ralls

Earlier today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR)— the nation's premiere civil and human rights coalition — offered its endorsement of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA). LCCR is one of the country's most influential voices on civil rights issues, and represents more than 200 national organizations — including the Immigration Equality Action Fund — dedicated to advancing civil and human rights issues at the federal level.

LCCR was founded in 1950 and has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. It is committed to working toward "the goal of a more open and just society — an America as good as its ideals."

The organization's endorsement of UAFA is significant, and puts the group on-record, with Congressional lawmakers, in support of the legislation. In announcing its endorsement, LCCR leaders specifically applauded the Immigration Equality Action Fund's policy team for educating member organizations on the critical need to support UAFA.

As the group's website notes, "The Leadership Conference was founded in 1950 by A. Philip Randolph, head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; Roy Wilkins of the NAACP; and Arnold Aronson, a leader of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council. Their visionary leadership was grounded in their commitment to social justice and the firm conviction that the struggle for civil rights would be won ... through coalition [strategies]."

Steve Ralls' news announcement continues here....   (


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