Category: Racial Justice


Keep The Citizenship Question Off The Census →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (Mintz) filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus curiae) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of national organizations and Boston-based groups in New York v. U.S. Department of Commerce, the case that will determine whether a citizenship question may...

Victory for Liberians. Trump Backs Down! →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
We just secured a major victory for our Liberian clients. Following our groundbreaking lawsuit, the Trump Administration is reversing course and extending humanitarian relief and protection for thousands of Liberian immigrants who faced imminent detention and deportation on March 31. This high-stakes case has garnered the support of ten Attorneys General from...

10 Attorneys General File Brief Supporting Our Liberian Clients →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
In African Communities Together v. Trump, our latest lawsuit against the Trump Administration on behalf of the Liberian immigrant community, ten attorneys general from across the country, including Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and California, have filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief in support of our clients focusing on the irreparable harm...

Launching Multilingual Census 2020 Hotline →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
In light of the critical role that the 2020 Census will play in determining how billions of dollars of federal funding will be allocated, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) today announced a multi-pronged effort to ensure that all Massachusetts residents are counted. The campaign will include a multilingual Census Hotline...

Black Immigrants Sue Trump →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
First, they came for the DACA recipients brought to this country as children. Then, they came for immigrants of color protected under TPS. Now, they come for Liberians. We will not allow the Trump Administration to trample on our dignity and constitutional rights. Today, we opened up a new front against the...

Solutions & Strategies to Diversify Boston’s Exam Schools →

Education, Racial Justice
COMMUNITY FORUM: SOLUTIONS AND STRATEGIES TO DIVERSIFY BOSTON'S EXAM SCHOOLS WHAT: Community Forum on Diversifying Boston's Exam Schools WHO: Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR); the NAACP Boston Branch; and more than a dozen community groups. Speakers will include: Boston City Councilor Kim Janey Iván Espinoza-Madrigal of Lawyers for Civil Rights...

Census Flaws: Language Inaccessibility & Limited Community Outreach →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Census Flaws: Language Inaccessibility and Insufficient Community Outreach Conditions Ripe for Undercount Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) calls on the U.S. Census Bureau to revise its operational plan for Massachusetts to increase outreach to historically undercounted populations who are at risk of underrepresentation in 2020. Given the history of inaccurate...


Lack of Diversity in Boston’s Fire Department →

Racial Justice
Boston’s Response to Report on Lack of Diversity in Fire Department: More Empty Promises? Boston, MA — A recent city-commissioned review regarding the lack of diversity in the Boston Fire Department (BFD) tells an old tale tracing years of City inaction in the face of persistent gender inequality. BFD remains...

Separate and still unequal. →

Racial Justice
January 21, 2019 — Today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it's tempting to say that the worst days of prejudice are behind us, and that the moral arc of the universe is bending closer to equality for all. But, as former Attorney General Eric Holder warns, the arc “only bends...

Hate Crimes Are Multiplying In Massachusetts But We Can’t Blame Trump →

Racial Justice
Hate Crimes Are Multiplying in Massachusetts But We Can't Blame Trump This op-ed by our Executive Director and Civil Rights Fellow was published by WBUR Cognoscenti. In our current social and political climate, it is easy to attribute the recent wave of hate crimes in Massachusetts to the Trump administration. But...

Condemning Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections →

Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights Condemns Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections  As part of its ongoing rollback of civil rights protections, the Trump Administration is directing Justice Department officials to look for ways to eliminate one of the most potent tools of civil rights advocacy: the disparate impact doctrine. Lawyers for Civil...

Tools to Fight Hate: Know-Your-Rights PalmCards →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
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Community-Based Health Center & Immigrants Rights Groups Condemn “Public Charge” Rule →

Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) submitted comments opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed rule improperly expanding the definition of “public charge” to deny immigration protection to those seeking legal permanent residence and other relief. The comments were joined by: MGH—Chelsea HealthCare Center Brazilian Worker Center; Chelsea Collaborative; East Boston Ecumenical Community...

The Next Challenge In The Opioid Epidemic: Battling Rising Rates Of HIV →

Health Disparities, Racial Justice
The Next Challenge In The Opioid Epidemic: Battling Rising Rates Of HIV This op-ed by Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal and Lauren Sampson was published on Nov. 30, 208 by WBUR Cognoscenti. This December marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. The disease has killed as many as 41 million people worldwide, the mortality...

Lowell’s Voting Rights Challenge Is Opportunity For Positive Change →

Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lowell's Voting Rights Challenge Is Opportunity For Positive Change The following guest commentary is also undersigned by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, Nancy Donahue, Brian Martin, Luis Pedroso, Tim Thou, Fru Nkimbeng, and Rev. Dr. Cecilio Hernández. By Michael Gallagher Special to The Lowell Sun In Lowell, we have a long...

Black and Latino Drivers File Discrimination Class Action Against Amazon →

Employment, Racial Justice
BLACK AND LATINO DRIVERS FILE CLASS ACTION DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST AMAZON Complaint Alleges Amazon Illegally Fired Drivers Based On Overly Stringent Background Checks A group of six Black and Latino former Amazon drivers filed a class action lawsuit today in Suffolk Superior Court, charging that Amazon illegally discriminated against them...

Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief to Challenge Bias Against Non-English Speakers in Criminal Proceedings →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a brief as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) along with immigrants’ rights organizations Centro Presente and the Brazilian Worker Center in the case Commonwealth v. Espinal (No. SJC-12597). The case concerns what questions judges must ask potential jurors...