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Springfield Police Lacks Accountability, Transparency & Diversity →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT LACKS ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY AND DIVERSITY Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent a letter to Justice Roderick L. Ireland, special advisor to the City of Springfield, identifying alarming trends we have observed surrounding deep-rooted injustices in the Springfield Police Department (SPD). The 11-page letter highlights three critical areas where reform...

Settlement Reached In Landmark COVID-19 Class Action Case Against Bristol County House of Correction →

Coronavirus, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Please scroll below for the settlement agreement in Savino v Souza, the landmark class action lawsuit challenging unsafe conditions at the Bristol County House of Correction (BCHOC) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Settlement Reached In Landmark COVID-19 Class Action Case Against Bristol County House of Correction The parties in Savino v...

BizGrow Highlights 20 Small Businesses →

Economic Justice
We're proud to highlight 20 inspiring and uplifting small businesses for the 20th anniversary of our economic justice project, LCR | BizGrow! Learn more about BizGrow. Click here to download the small business list.

State Must Provide More Vaccine Access →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) commends the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ commitment to increase trust, vaccine acceptance and administration rates through the Vaccine Equity Initiative. LCR particularly applauds the state’s efforts to accelerate the vaccination of essential workers. However, troubling statistics reveal persistent racial inequities in the state's current vaccination programs and the disproportionately...

Statement on the American Rescue Plan’s Disparities →

Coronavirus, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is deeply concerned to see that, under the much-lauded American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP), low-income communities of color like Chelsea, Massachusetts, will receive far less federal funding than whiter, wealthier communities. As the Boston Globe recently reported, Chelsea, "with a reported population of just under 40,000"...

Welcome Letter to Mayor Janey with Racial Justice Blueprint →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
AFTER DECADES OF INSUFFICIENT MUNICIPAL ACTION, LAWYERS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS GIVES MAYOR JANEY BLUEPRINT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND IMMIGRATION REFORMLawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) congratulates and applauds Mayor Kim Janey for her historic leadership as Boston's first Black woman Mayor. For many years, LCR has tirelessly advocated for the City...

Black Nurse Files Discrimination Complaint Against Lowell Transit Authority →

Racial Justice
Black Bus Rider Files Discrimination Complaint Against Lowell Transit Authority Following Racial Harassment Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on behalf of Lucia Appia, a Black immigrant woman, who has repeatedly endured racial harassment and discrimination by employees of...

Condemning Anti-Asian Violence →

Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) stands with the Asian-Pacific Islander community — in Georgia and across the country — as we mourn the murder of six Asian-American women. For months, law enforcement has ignored waves of anti-Asian violence, hate crimes, and vitriol sweeping the nation. In our own backyard, LCR...

Mobile Vaccinations with Whittier Street Health Center →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities
WHITTIER STREET HEALTH CENTER LAUNCHES COVID-19 MOBILE VACCINATION WITH COMMUNITY-BASED GROUPS IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN BOSTON  The Whittier Street Health Center (WSHC), a comprehensive and innovative health care and wellness center championing equitable access to high quality, cost-effective health care for diverse populations, proudly announces its partnership with community-based...

Black Father Racially Profiled by Police in Needham, MA →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Statement on Independent Investigation into Racial Profiling of Marvin Henry in Needham, MA The Town of Needham released a report by Attorney Natashia Tidwell examining the racial profiling and handcuffing of Marvin Henry, a Black father of four, by the Needham Police Department (NPD) in January 2020, as well as the subsequent...

Equitable Vaccine Access →

Health Disparities
ALARMING VACCINE INEQUITIES IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN MASSACHUSETTS  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) applauds President Biden’s commitment to "make every adult in the U.S. eligible for vaccination no later than May 1." As part of this life-saving directive, the federal government is "increasing the number of places Americans can...

Intervention to Protect Diversity in Boston’s Exam Schools →

Education, Racial Justice
COALITION OF BLACK, LATINX & ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND FAMILIES OF COLOR INTERVENE TO DEFEND EQUITY IN BOSTON’S HIGHLY SELECTIVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS The NAACP Boston Branch, the Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN), the Asian Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network (APIs CAN), the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), and three...

Key Immigration Updates | Actualizaciones clave de inmigración →

Immigrant Rights
Español abajo The Biden-Harris Administration has proposed and implemented several changes in federal immigration policy. Below are key updates as of March 12, 2021. Check back here for further information. El gobierno de Biden-Harris ha propuesto e implementado varios cambios en la política federal de inmigración. A continuación se muestran...

Boston Police Funding Out of Step with Major Cities →

Police Accountability
BOSTON POLICE FUNDING OVER THE LAST DECADE: EXPLOSIVE GROWTH BUT FEW DOLLARS TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OR ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT FROM LAWYERS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS SHOWS BOSTON IS OUT OF STEP WITH OTHER MAJOR CITIES, NOT RESPONSIVE TO CALLS FOR POLICE REFORM A report released by Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) analyzes Boston Police...

Literacy Resources →

Education
Check out these resources for students and parents compiled by the Boston Schools Fund.

Response to Boston’s Executive Order on Minority Contractors →

Economic Justice, Racial Justice
On the heels of the federal civil rights complaint filed with the Department of Justice, Mayor Walsh released yet another vague executive order that is insufficient to address the racial crisis surrounding the City of Boston’s public contracting.  In light of the disparity study and the civil rights complaint, the...

Legal Action Supporting Small Businesses in Boston →

Economic Justice
DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST THE CITY OF BOSTON ON BEHALF OF MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES UNLAWFULLY SHUT OUT FROM PUBLIC CONTRACTS Today, the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA), the Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN), and Amplify Latinx filed a civil rights complaint against the City of Boston in response to gross racial disparities in public...

Minority Population Growth Changes Electoral Districts →

Voting Rights
Minority Population Growth Changes Five Majority-White Electoral Districts to Majority-Minority  Census Data May Confirm That Even More Majority-Minority Districts Are Viable A new analysis commissioned by Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and conducted by Professor Maxwell Palmer of Boston University provides a preview of the opportunities that lie ahead to make representative...