Category: Economic Justice

Massachusetts Fails Minority Contractors (Again) →

Economic Justice, Racial Justice
STATEMENT ON BAKER ADMINISTRATION'S FAILURE TO MEANINGFULLY CONTRACT WITH MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES Lawyers for Civil Rights condemns the Baker Administration's blatant misrepresentation of state contracting numbers with minority-owned businesses in Massachusetts. Recent reporting by WGBH reveals that in 2020, the Commonwealth spent just $301 million in direct contracts with minority-owned businesses out of...

Summer Justice →

Economic Justice, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Injustice doesn't take a break during the summer. That's why our legal warriors have been busy fighting for equality and justice.   On the policing front, we're suing the Needham Police Department on behalf of Marvin Henry, a Black man who was arrested and falsely accused of shoplifting. We're also publicly calling for greater police transparency and fairness.In...

Over 300 Minority-Owned Businesses Attend BizGrow Conference →

Economic Justice, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights and nearly two dozen Boston law firms and corporate sponsors will host the BizGrow Conference a free event providing hundreds of minority-owned, woman-owned, and immigrant-owned small businesses with free legal consultations and technical support. The BizGrow Conference will be held virtually on July 22, 2021 from...

BizGrow Conference Schedule →

Economic Justice
We're excited to host our annual small business on July 22, 2021. Our conference schedule is available here: To access the live links, please click here and download the schedule to your computer.

Celebrating 20 Years of Economic Justice →

Economic Justice, Events
We're excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of LCR | BizGrow, our economic justice project providing free legal support to small businesses. The virtual celebration will take place on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 5:30 PM. More event information is available here. To join the event, guests will just have to click...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

Holiday Gift Guide: Small Businesses →

Economic Justice
We are delighted to share this holiday gift guide inspired by the amazing minority-owned, women-owned, and immigrant-owned small businesses that we serve through our economic justice project, BizGrow. Click here to download the gift guide.

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...

State Improperly Inflates Minority Small Business Engagement →

Economic Justice, Racial Justice
New Data Reveals the Baker Administration Has Inflated the Amount of State Money Going to Minority-Owned Small Businesses in Massachusetts  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) strongly condemns the Baker Administration’s misrepresentation of state contracting with minority-owned small businesses in Massachusetts. In recent reporting, WGBH found that “the state has inflated...

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...

Support for Rhode Island Small Businesses →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights and Tufts Health Plan Team Up to Support Rhode Island Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 Crisis  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Tufts Health Plan are collaborating to provide support to struggling minority and women-owned small businesses located in Rhode Island communities particularly hard-hit by the...