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30 Small Businesses Receive Reopening Support →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
FUNDING AWARDED TO THIRTY DIVERSE SMALL BUSINESSES IN COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19  Lawyers for Civil Rights Provides Support to Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses Across Massachusetts Inspired by a successful and innovative partnership between Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Tufts Health Plan supporting small businesses affected by the pandemic,...

Protected: Drawing District Lines In Lowell: Protecting The Right To Vote For Communities Of Color →

Lowell Lines, Voting Rights
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Worcester Police Fail to Protect Black Mother and Her Kids →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
"Black cunts!" That's what Ms. Lewis and her 13 year-old daughter were called along with other horrifying expletives. That's what the white gas attendant at Pat's Towing in Worcester yelled as he violently attacked Ms. Lewis' car terrifying Ms. Lewis and her three kids trapped inside. The white gas attendant violently approached Ms. Lewis'...

Diversifying Public Contracts →

Economic Justice, Racial Justice
New Data Reveals Progress And Continued Need for Action in Diversifying Public Contracts in Boston Statement in Response to Latest Figures Regarding Minority- and Women-Business Enterprise Participation in Boston Contracting The City of Boston presented data on the public contracts awarded during the first three quarters of fiscal year 2020....

Victory! U.S. Supreme Court Keeps DACA Alive →

Immigrant Rights
Statement in Response to Supreme Court's DACA Decision Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) applauds the ruling today from the U.S. Supreme Court halting the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Trump Administration, as part of its ongoing campaign to dismantle humanitarian immigration protections, has long-sought to end...

City Must Act Swiftly to Remedy Injustice to Boston’s George Floyd →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Civil Rights Attorneys Representing Mother Of Terrence Coleman Call On City Leaders To Act Swiftly To Remedy Injustice To “Boston’s George Floyd” In the wake of the George Floyd murder, cities across the country are re-examining their own police killings of Black men and women. Here in Boston, Terrence Coleman, a...

Diverse Small Businesses Receive PPE Support →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
FUNDING AWARDED TO TWENTY DIVERSE SMALL BUSINESSES IN COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19  Lawyers for Civil Rights and Tufts Health Plan Program Providing Support to Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses Across Massachusetts Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Tufts Health Plan announced today that twenty small businesses have been awarded $1,000 grants  to purchase...

Housing Relief Assistance Initiative →

Coronavirus, Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights is launching a new pro bono initiative to connect those who need help paying rent or other housing expenses with volunteers who can help complete an application for RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) or the City of Boston's Rental Relief Fund. Our volunteers can help families at risk...

Defund School Police →

Education, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) commends the Minneapolis public school board for its unanimous vote last week to end financial ties with the Minneapolis Police Department after yet another unarmed Black man, George Floyd, was murdered by police. With support of students and the Minneapolis teachers union, the school board said that the...

Responding to the Policing Crisis →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights has been actively responding to the racial justice and policing crisis pre-COVID and mid-COVID. Here's a snapshot of our life-changing work: We currently represent Hope Coleman, the mother of Terrence Coleman, a young Black man with mental health issues who was killed by Boston police. Hope...

Support Our Life-Changing Legal Work →

Economic Justice
We are very grateful for these amazing entrepreneurs who are supporting Lawyers for Civil Rights: Check out Jill Rosenwald's amazing pottery. This is their biggest sale of small items, all priced under $100. There is just one of each item and items do sell out quickly. 25% of the sales from...

Response to Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association →

Police Accountability
Response to Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association’s Letter to Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins We, the undersigned, condemn in the strongest possible terms the letter sent by the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) to Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins on June 2, 2020. For the BPPA to attack the powerful statements...

State Denies Equal Access to Public Hearings →

Race and Climate
State Denies Equal Access to Public Hearings Community organizations file civil rights complaint charging Commonwealth with national origin discrimination  Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), GreenRoots and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) have filed a Title VI civil rights complaint against Massachusetts energy agencies after officials failed to provide proper translation and...

We are all Minneapolis →

Coronavirus, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Scenes reminiscent of the civil rights era are unfolding across the country. Black lives are at stake. Peaceful protesters, bystanders, and reporters have been injured and arrested.  Cities are on fire. Lawyers for Civil Rights was founded at the height of the civil rights movement to move racial justice struggles...

LCR Awarded Cummings Grant →

Economic Justice
Visit the Cummings Foundation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Lawyers for Civil Rights, 617-988-0624, iespinoza@lawyersforcivilrights.org Contact: Alison Harding, Cummings Foundation, 781-932-7093, aeh@cummings.com Lawyers for Civil Rights Awarded Cummings Grant Boston-based nonprofit receives Cummings Foundation grant Boston, May 22, 2020 – Lawyers for Civil Rights is one of 130 local nonprofits to...

Coronavirus Pandemic Response →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Intake The demand for our free legal services has increased exponentially since the start of the public health and economic crisis.  Since March, we have received over 350 requests for legal assistance (intakes). The estimated demographic breakdown is as follows: 55% Black; 25% Latinx; 10% Asian American; and 10% other....

Blocking ICE Arrests in Courthouses →

Immigrant Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights' landmark case blocking immigration arrests in and around Massachusetts courthouses, Ryan v. ICE, is the first case of its kind in the country. The case was filed in partnership with Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, Committee for Public Counsel...

Defending Diversity in Higher Education →

Education
Coalition of Harvard Students Submit Bold Legal ResistanceAgainst Continued Attacks on School’s Affirmative Action Policies Multiethnic Group of Students and Alumni File New Legal Brief in Appeals Court to Protect Racial Diversity at Harvard and Other Schools A diverse group of Harvard students and alumni of color (student-amici) dismissed the intentions and likely...