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Response to Anticipated Rollback of Federal Discipline Policies →

Education
Lawyers for Civil Rights Responds to Trump Administration’s Anticipated Rollback of Discipline Policies The U.S. Department of Education is expected to rescind policies created to ensure that schoolchildren of color do not receive disproportionate discipline. Following the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the...

Fired METCO Social Worker Settles Lawsuit with Lexington, MA →

Employment
FIRED METCO SOCIAL WORKER SETTLES DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT WITH LEXINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS  Black Social Worker Terminated For Advocating For METCO Students Lawyers for Julia Finley, a Black METCO social worker who alleged she was unlawfully terminated by Lexington Public Schools (LPS) in Massachusetts for advocating for students of color, announced a settlement of...

Latino Janitor At Logan Airport Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit →

Employment
Latino Janitor At Logan Airport Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Relentless Taunting Included Supervisor’s Remark: “Call Your God To Clean The Urinal” Arcadio Cruz, a practicing Catholic, filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against C&W Facilities Services, a company that provides janitorial service to the Boston Logan International Airport, after he experienced...

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, 2018 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...

Chelsea Collaborative & Lawyers for Civil Rights Respond to Federal Anti-Immigrant Actions →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
President Trump recently announced his intention to issue an executive order terminating “birthright citizenship” for the children of non-citizens born in the United States. This assault on a deeply engrained feature of American society comes as part of an ever escalating war on immigrants. Over the past two years, we...

2018 Year-in-Review →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Check out our latest work. Our 2018 year-in-review is available here: http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf" title="2018 Year in Review"] Our 2018 year-in-review is available here: http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf

Subpoenas For Trump’s Racial Slur Apprentice Videos →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
In what is believed to be the first demand made in a pending federal lawsuit, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR)  issued subpoenas to MGM Holdings Inc. and Trump Productions, LLC, demanding that they immediately produce to LCR “any and all unaired video footage … created during the production of The Apprentice...

Congressional Resolution Honors Our Achievements →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Mass. Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Honoring Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice Bicameral Resolution Marks 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Boston Affiliate Text of Resolution (PDF) Washington, DC – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Stephen F. Lynch, along with their colleagues from the Massachusetts congressional delegation,...

The Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights and Economic Justice Turns Fifty—A Retrospective →

Events
Mark S. Brodin Professor and Michael & Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar at Boston College Law School. Prof. Brodin is also a former staff attorney and member of Steering Committee of Lawyers for Civil Rights. The year 1968 was one of the most tumultuous, and consequential, in the history of our...

Report on Discipline →

Education, Racial Justice
NEW REPORT EXAMINES SCHOOL DISCIPLINE IN MASSACHUSETTS Discipline Rates Drop, But Disconcerting Disparities Remain September 27, 2018 Boston, MA – A comprehensive report issued today by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice examines the state of school discipline in Massachusetts.  The report, Unfinished Business, shows that while measurable progress...

Volunteer for Election Protection →

Uncategorized
Are you interested in getting involved this election cycle? Do you want to help protect the right to vote? Volunteer for non-partisan Election Protection! Please register at: bit.ly/electionprotection2018  

Response to Trump Administration’s “Public Assistance” Proposal →

Racial Justice
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Symposium on the Future of Civil Rights (September 20, 2018) →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Please join us on September 20th for a groundbreaking civil rights conference at Suffolk Law School. Free registration starts at noon. Lunch will be served. Event will conclude with beer/wine reception. This event is open and free to the public. The program is available here. [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SaveTheDate-Symposium.pdf"]  

Children Sue Trump Administration Officials in Class Action →

Racial Justice
CHILDREN SUE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS FOR DAMAGES IN CLASS ACTION OVER TRAUMA CAUSED BY THEIR UNLAWFUL DETENTION AND SEPARATION FROM THEIR PARENTS Boston, MA –   A team of Boston immigration, civil rights, and trial attorneys jointly filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of children seeking damages against Trump Administration officials...