WASHINGTON – Hundreds of national and local activists and leaders heard from a wide range of speakers and learned skills to take back to their communities during The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ “Bend Toward Justice” conference held on last week.
“The enduring belief in a more perfect union has always fueled our fight for a fairer and freer America,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference. “As we continue to mobilize, remember: this work has never been easy.
"We won’t get the outcome we want every time. But we can’t win if we don’t fight.
"So, we must reject cynicism. And we should remember that The Leadership Conference coalition was built for times like these — times that require bold thinking, persistence, and courageous leadership.”
View remarks from Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in the video below:
The day’s events also included remarks from: Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii); Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.); Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.); former Tallahassee Mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum; Rebecca Cokley, director, Disability Justice Initiative, Center for American Progress; Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO, National Women’s Law Center; Keith M. Harper, U.S. Ambassador and Permanent Representative, retired, to the United Nations Human Rights Council, and Native American rights lawyer; Mara Keisling, executive director, National Center for Transgender Equality; Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Desmond Meade, president, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition; Judith Browne Dianis, executive director, Advancement Project; and Cristóbal Alex, president, Latino Victory Project.
Attendees also participated in workshops on skills they can take back to use in their work.
Videos of some of the event’s speakers are available on this playlist. The videos provided are:
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 rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.