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Response to the White Supremacist Coup →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Statement in Response to the White Supremacist Coup Lawyers for Civil Rights Calls for Independent Investigation and Charges Against Lynch Mob January 7, 2020 At Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), we want everyone to sit with the discomfort of the deadly white supremacist insurrection at the Capitol. We cannot let...

Justice Department Must Maintain Disparate Impact Protections →

Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) met with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget to express serious concern surrounding an eleventh-hour attempt by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to revise Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Although the agency was unable to...

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...

Expanding Our Police Accountability Work →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights Deepens and Expands Police Accountability Work Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) was founded to marshal the legal resources of the private bar to address ongoing civil rights challenges. More than five decades later, there is still a critical need for legal advocacy coupled with community-based activism to address...

Sheriffs’ Entanglement With Immigration Officials Illegal, Taxpayer Lawsuit Says →

Immigrant Rights
Sheriffs’ Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials Illegal, Taxpayer Lawsuit Says  28 Taxpayers Ask Massachusetts’ Highest Court To Declare 287(g) Agreements Unlawful Taxpayers filed a petition directly in Massachusetts’ highest court seeking to invalidate entanglement agreements between county sheriffs and federal immigration officials. The case, Cofield v. McDonald, was filed by Lawyers...

Urging Passage of Police Reform Bill (S.2963) →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Amplify Latinx and Lawyers for Civil Rights are urging Governor Charlie Baker to restore key provisions to the Police Reform Bill (S.2963). Specifically, we are focusing on: Restoring key standards and definitions for use of force to S.2963; and Returning use of force regulatory powers to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)...

Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision in Trump v. New York →

Redistricting, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights condemns the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Trump v. New York to vacate the well-reasoned decision of the three-judge panel that found the Trump Administration's attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from the congressional apportionment base unlawful. Multiple three-judge panels across the country -- from California, New York and...

Statement on Attorney General Investigation Against Bristol County →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) applauds the investigation by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, which led to today's finding that Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson's "institutional failures and poor decisions . . . culminated in a calculated—that is, planned and deliberate—use of force against . . . detainees that was...

Massachusetts Must Address The Housing Crisis →

Housing, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent a open letter to the Governor and Commonwealth of Massachusetts demanding immediate state action to fix problems that are plaguing the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program, which provides emergency housing assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The systemic failures of the RAFT program are...

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.

Strega Restaurant Found Liable For Sexual Harassment →

Strega Waterfront Restaurant Found Liable For Sexual Harassment Of Latina Employee  Low-Wage Worker Subjected to Sexual Proposals, Offensive Comments from Supervisor In a case that demonstrates the continuing resonance of the #MeToo and #YoTambien movement for low-wage workers, the full Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) affirmed a judgment in favor...

Immigrants to Census Bureau: We’re Here and We Count →

Immigrant Rights, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus curiae) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of national organizations and Boston-based immigrants' rights and faith-based groups in Trump v. New York, the case that will determine whether undocumented immigrants may be considered in the apportionment...

Democratizing Redistricting in 2021 →

Racial Justice, Redistricting, Voting Rights
While our work to safeguard the vote during the 2020 election cycle has concluded, democracy doesn’t stop here.  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is launching Democratizing Redistricting in 2021 to ensure that the forthcoming redistricting process is fair, equitable, transparent, and community driven. This work will be coordinated with community and coalition...

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...

Victory! Nationwide Injunction Against HUD →

Victory! Fair Housing Organizations Secure Stay and Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Against HUD Judge Mark Mastroianni of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has issued a stay and nationwide preliminary injunction against Secretary Ben Carson and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), halting HUD's overhaul of the disparate impact protections...