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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 February 24, 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...

Racial Disparities in Boston’s Municipal Contracts →

Economic Justice, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights calls on the City of Boston to implement immediate corrective action to address the gross racial disparities in municipal contracts confirmed by the City’s recently released Disparity Study. LCR stands ready to take legal action against the City if race-conscious measures are not implemented to diversify municipal...

Voting Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Worcester, MA →

Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Voting Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Worcester, MA A coalition of Black and Hispanic/Latino/a residents of Worcester today filed a federal voting rights lawsuit alleging that the City’s at-large system for electing School Committee members discriminates against communities of color. The plaintiffs also include community organizations Worcester Interfaith and the National...

Urgent Vaccine Administration Recommendations →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities
As the Commonwealth begins Phase Two of its statewide vaccination program, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and the Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN) sent an open letter to the Governor's Office, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health with urgent vaccine administration...

Boston’s New Fire Cadet Program →

Employment, Racial Justice
Boston’s New “Fire Cadet” Program: Will It Actually Help Diversify The Boston Fire Department? Firefighters Of Color And Civil Rights Advocates Say Program Holds Promise – But Only If Implemented Correctly Today, firefighters of color and their allies are announcing an action plan essential to ensuring that the City of...

Latina Former U.S. Marine Pass Over By Boston Police →

Employment, Police Accountability
While Claiming to Value Diversity, Boston Police Department Continues to Bypass Qualified Applicants of Color Latina Former U.S. Marine Arbitrarily Passed Over for Hire Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) has filed an appeal with the Civil Service Commission on behalf of our client, Gladys Mueller, a Latinx former U.S. Marine, single...

Immigrants Improperly Excluded from Unemployment Benefits →

Coronavirus, Employment, Immigrant Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights has identified repeated instances of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who are being improperly denied unemployment benefits by the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The immigrants, including TPS recipients from Haiti, Honduras and El Salvador, are all legally permitted to receive unemployment benefits, particularly...

White Supremacist and Insurrectionist Officers →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
"Boston must become a testing ground for the ideals of freedom."— Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, on MLK Day 2021, we call on law enforcement agencies to root out officers with white supremacist and insurrectionist tendencies. For our safety -- and the safety of our children, families and communities...

Federal Lawsuit Against the EPA Filed in Boston →

Race and Climate
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), GreenRoots and Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after it failed to investigate discrimination concerns in the ongoing Eversource East Eagle substation project in East Boston, a predominantly low-income and immigrant community in Massachusetts. The groups previously filed...

Urging the Justice Department to Convene Prosecutors →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) urges Attorney General-Designate Merrick Garland, Associate Attorney General-Designate Vanita Gupta, and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights-Designate Kristen Clarke to set a deliberate and intentional racial equity and racial justice agenda at the Justice Department.  The Justice Department must take immediate action to address the police misconduct...

Eviction Crisis in Massachusetts →

Coronavirus, Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is encouraged to see that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has responded to demands that LCR made on behalf of renters of color and low-income renters, by updating the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program, which provides life-saving emergency housing assistance during the COVID-19...

Civil Rights Implications of U.S. Attorney Search →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights urges the Search Committee leading the process of identifying viable candidates to lead the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts to take into consideration racial justice, immigrants' rights, and civil rights issues. In an open letter sent to Judge Nancy Gertner, who is leading this important...