Category: Coronavirus


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...

Opportunities for Small Businesses →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
FORGIVABLE PPP LOANS  First time PPP borrowers:  Qualifications:Businesses and non-profits (including sole proprietors and independent contractors) in operation prior to February 2020 with less than 500 employees.There’s no revenue loss requirement. Amount: Can receive up to 2.5 times the businesses’ average monthly payroll costs and healthcare costs or $10 million -- whichever...

2020 Annual Report →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
We are excited to share our 2020 annual report. The report is available here. Please click here to download the report.

Open Letter to Biden/Harris Transition Team →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent an open letter to the Biden-Harris Transition team identifying urgent legal and policy issues that are currently affecting people of color and immigrants across the country. The letter identifies seven critical areas for immediate executive action, and urges the new Administration to prioritize the...

The Repair Work Begins Now →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Lowell Lines, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
STATEMENT FROM NOVEMBER 7, 2020 Lawyers for Civil Rights has played a critical role over the last four years securing major legal relief, including nation-wide injunctions, against executive actions that would harm people of color and immigrants.  We've also stopped the dismantlement of long-standing federal programs designed to protect people of color and...

Shenanigans on Election Day? →

Coronavirus, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights and our community allies run non-partisan Election Protection in Massachusetts. Election Protection is a long-standing voter protection effort that aims to ensure that every eligible voter is able to cast a meaningful ballot on Election Day. We’re supporting voters to make sure the election runs smoothly and fairly. Please report problems to help us maintain the...

CDC Eviction Moratorium →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Housing
DOES THE CDC EVICTION MORATORIUM PROTECT ME? AM I ELIGIBLE? You are only covered if: You are an individual with a net household income under $99,000 or a couple with a net household income of $198,000;You can’t pay rent due to a substantial loss of income or extraordinary medical expense;...

Housing First Responders Need More Protections →

Coronavirus, Housing
HOUSING FIRST RESPONDERS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS DEMAND PROTECTIONS FROM EVICTION CRISIS  Urgent Need To Pass COVID-19 Housing Stability Act (H.5018) and Extend Eviction Moratorium Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, Rosie’s Place, Centro Presente, the Chelsea Collaborative, the Brazilian Worker Center, Family Nurturing Center, the...

Exam School Admissions and COVID-19 →

Coronavirus, Education
The Exam School Admissions Working Group for Boston Public Schools (BPS) recently presented its recommendations to the School Committee regarding how the district should alter the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. If adopted, the recommendations would address many of concerns surrounding equity and exam school admissions, particularly in light of COVID-19. Although the...

Alen Air Purifiers and Greater Boston Latino Network Join Forces →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities
Alen Air Purifiers and Greater Boston Latino Network Provide Free Masks To Youth in COVID-19 Hotspots The Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN), a collective of community-based organizations, applauds Alen, the leader in creating pure indoor air, for their generous contribution of 1,000 FDA-compliant masks protecting youth in COVID-19 hotspots such as...

Digital Racial Gap in Boston Public Schools →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
Digital Divide in Boston Public Schools Exacerbates Disparities Along Racial Lines and Disabilities Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell and Lawyers for Civil Rights Urge Immediate Action to Close the Digital Gap As Boston Public Schools (BPS) gets ready for its remote reopening next week with plans to phase in a hybrid...

Expanding Partnership with Mass General →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities
Mass General patients at our health centers in Revere, Everett and Charlestown will now have access to Lawyers for Civil Rights to help them obtain housing and income supports. This will double the capacity of the Legal Initiative for Care (LINC), an innovative medical/legal partnership begun at the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center 17...

Boston Must Provide More Drop-Boxes for the Election →

Coronavirus, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Communities of Color Are Particularly At Risk of Disenfranchisement  In an open letter issued to Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston's Election Department,  Lawyers for Civil Rights is urging the City of Boston to provide additional secure municipal drop-boxes in advance of the November election. Our experience with the September primary—during which Boston...

Election Protection Coalition Flags Vote-by-Mail Issues →

Coronavirus, Voting Rights
“Election Protection” Coalition Flags Vote-by-Mail Issues In Primary Election in Massachusetts  Seeks More Volunteers, Urges Election Officials To Fix Problems Before November Massachusetts experienced a momentous Primary Election with the inaugural roll-out of vote-by-mail (VBM) and the first extended early voting period for a Primary Election. As a result, the Bay...

Statement on Boston’s Exam School Admission Errors →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) has learned that, due to database errors beginning in December 2018, a number of students entitled to admission at one of Boston's three exam schools either did not receive invitations at all or were not invited to their top choice of school for both the...

Reopening Support for Small Businesses in Rhode Island →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
30 Minority- and Women-Owned Small Businesses in Rhode Island Receive Grants by Lawyers for Civil Rights, Tufts Health Plan and Washington Trust Funding to Help Businesses Reopen and Operate Safely During COVID-19 Pandemic Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), Tufts Health Plan and Washington Trust announced today that 30 small businesses, specifically those that are minority-owned...

Victory! Khmer Vote-By-Mail Applications →

Coronavirus, Voting Rights
Following Community Pressure, Secretary of Commonwealth Sends Out Khmer-Translated Vote-By-Mail Applications Bowing to public outcry and legal pressure, Secretary of Commonwealth William Galvin has reversed course, mailing out vote-by-mail applications translated into Khmer to voters in Lowell as required by law.  The applications – also in English and Spanish – began...

Volunteer Opportunity: Housing Crisis →

Coronavirus, Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) is seeking volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students to help low-income families at risk of housing insecurity to apply for rental relief through the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (“RAFT”) program, a one-time grant administered by MetroHousing Boston that provides financial support to families...