Category: Racial 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...

Closing the Digital Divide →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
FRAGMENTED ACCESS: LOW INCOME, STUDENTS OF COLOR SHOULDER EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGES AS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE WIDENS Tech Inequity Has Exacerbated Pandemic-Driven Lost Learning For Low-Income, Black and Latinx Students In Massachusetts As the new school year begins, education advocates, youth-serving organizations, and civil rights lawyers sent an open letter to the...

Incident Reminiscent of Lynching in Martha’s Vineyard Camp →

Racial Justice
Martha’s Vineyard Camp Releases Report on Disturbing Attack of a Young Black Child Recently, the Chilmark Town Affairs Council in Martha’s Vineyard released a six-page report regarding a disturbing incident at a children’s camp at the Chilmark Community Center on July 29, 2021, where two white campers attacked an 8-year-old Black child and...

Civil Rights & Fair Housing Groups Support Disparate Impact Rule →

Housing, Racial Justice
Following Litigation Victory, Civil Rights and Fair Housing Organizations Submit Comments in Strong Support of Disparate Impact Rule  Citing extensively to a landmark nationwide injunction secured by Lawyers for Civil Rights and Anderson & Kreiger, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is reinstating anti-discrimination protections in the Fair Housing Act. These critical...

Taxpayer Challenge To Sheriff’s Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials Can Proceed →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Judge Rules That Taxpayer Challenge To Massachusetts Sheriff’s Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials Can Proceed In a high-profile legal challenge to the ability of sheriffs in Massachusetts to enforce federal immigration law, a Superior Court judge has denied Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald’s attempt to dismiss the case, ruling that the...

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...

Complaint Against the MA Department of Children & Families →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT FAMILIES FILE DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES   Today, Haitian-Americans United, the Greater Boston Latino Network, and Jane Doe, a mother and immigrant with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), filed a civil rights complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act against the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF)...

Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Police in Needham, Mass. →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed By Black Man Falsely Accused By Police in Needham, Mass. #JusticeforMarvinHenry Today, Marvin Henry, a Black father of four, filed a federal lawsuit against the Town of Needham, Massachusetts, alleging that the Needham Police Department violated his civil rights in January 2020, when police officers racially profiled Mr. Henry, and subjected him...

Biden Administration Moves To Reinstate Disparate Impact Rule →

Housing, Racial Justice
On Heels of Nationwide Injunction, Biden Administration Moves To Fully Reinstate Disparate Impact Rule Citing extensively to a landmark nationwide injunction secured by Lawyers for Civil Rights and Anderson & Kreiger, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is reinstating anti-discrimination protections in the Fair Housing Act. These critical...

Civil Rights Investigation of the MBTA →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP CALLS ON U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO INVESTIGATE MBTA FOR CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS Unwarranted Shut-down of MBTA Services After Black Lives Matter Protest Cited As One Of Many MBTA Practices Harmful To Communities Of Color Following the one-year anniversary of the abrupt decision by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation...

Racial Disparities Suffered by Black & Latinx Children in Foster Care →

Racial Justice
Supreme Judicial Court to Hear Case Implicating Deep Disparities Suffered by Black & Latinx Children in Foster Care Civil Rights Amicus Brief Urges Court To Require Greater Efforts To Reunify Families The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) will hear oral argument in a case concerning the obligation of the Department of Children and...

Victory! Federal Appeals Court Rejects Attempt to Hold Up School Decisions →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
VICTORY! FEDERAL APPEALS COURT REJECTS PLAINTIFF’S REQUEST TO HOLD UP SCHOOL DECISIONS  In a unanimous decision issued on April 28, 2021, the Chief Judge and two Circuit Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected an eleventh-hour attempt by a group seeking to halt the...

Statement on Derek Chauvin →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Prosecutors Must Use Their Power To Fight Police Misconduct The convictions for second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, is the first step towards rebuilding trust in communities of color...

Settlement Reached In COVID-19 Class Action Against Bristol County →

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...

Victory on Boston’s Selective Public Schools →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
VICTORY! FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS INTERIM PLAN FOR ADMISSION TO BOSTON’S HIGHLY SELECTIVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS In a decision issued on April 15, 2021, Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts soundly rejected efforts by a group seeking to overturn the Boston Public Schools’ Interim...

Accelerating Police Reforms →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Accelerating Police Reforms Amidst Continued Police Violence As the criminal trial of Derek Chauvin – the officer who killed George Floyd – unfolds in Minnesota, we continue to see alarming incidents of police violence against people of color.  On March 29, 2021, the same day that Chauvin’s trial began, an officer shot...

Victory on Highly Selective School Diversity! →

Education, Racial Justice
JOINT STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO VICTORY IN TODAY'S RULING RELATIVE TO THE BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Thursday, April 15, 2021 The Boston Branch of the NAACP, The Greater Boston Latino Network, Asian Pacific Islander Civic Action Network, Asian American Resource Workshop, Anti-Defamation League of New England, and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute,...