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LCR’s Legal Warriors at Lav Law →

BizGrow, Economic Justice, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights at the 2022 Lavender Law Conference  LCR’s legal warriors and our pro bono partners will be presenting on a wide range of cutting-edge civil rights and intersectional issues at the upcoming Lavender Law Conference hosted by the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association in Los Angeles. This is where...

State Law Inhibits Municipal Supplier Diversity →

BizGrow, Racial Justice
New Research Finds State Law Inhibits Municipal Efforts to Increase Supplier Diversity  Over the next five years, cities and towns in Massachusetts will have over $7 billion to spend from the federal recovery and infrastructure bills. However, Massachusetts municipalities are poorly-positioned to invest these dollars equitably, due to constraints imposed...

Race/Gender Gaps in Boston’s Municipal Workforce →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) issued an open letter to Mayor Michelle Wu outlining findings based on public records disclosures from four Boston agencies: the Boston Police Department (BPD), Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC), and Boston Public Works Department (BPWD). LCR submitted public records...

Condemning Lax Sentencing in East Boston Hate Crime →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lax Sentencing in East Boston Hate Crime Endangers Spanish-Speaking Community The East Boston District Court has failed to meaningfully sentence Stephanie Armstrong in connection with the heinous attack on a Latinx mother and minor in East Boston. This follows on the heels of the lax sentencing of another white assailant,...

Emergency Relief Sought Against the Military to End HIV Discrimination →

Employment, Racial Justice
Emergency Relief Sought Against the Military to End HIV Discrimination   Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a preliminary injunction in Doe v. Austin, a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging the U.S. military’s discriminatory policies against people living with HIV. This motion seeks emergency relief to return a young Latinx man living with...

Condemning the Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs →

Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Condemning the Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Reckless and Dangerous Decision Undermines Healthcare Disproportionately Endangering People of Color, Low Income Individuals The U.S. Supreme Court has eviscerated Roe v. Wade, stripping the fundamental right to reproductive health. This decision is an abomination. It is a blatant attack on access...

Annual Civil Rights Reception (June 2022) →

Events
Lawyers for Civil Rights will host its annual civil rights reception on June 23 at 5:30 PM. At the reception, we will honor Boston Impact Initiative and MGH's Community Health Improvement Team. Lawyers for Civil Rights (Zoom Event)When: Jun 23, 2022 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: Lawyers for...

Meet LCR | HealthJustice →

Health Disparities
Our medical-legal partnership is now LCR | HealthJustice For nearly two decades, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) has partnered with MGH-Chelsea to provide free legal assistance to the most vulnerable patients, including people with disabilities seeking public benefits and those who are threatened with eviction. In recent years, we’ve expanded...

Boston’s Land Audit →

Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights Applauds and Encourages the City’s Effort to Identify Public Land that Can Be Used to Promote Housing Justice  On June 15, 2022, Mayor Michelle Wu released a highly anticipated report on the audit of city-owned land in Boston. The report, which links to an interactive map of municipal real estate...

East Boston Patients Urge AG to Investigate and Reform →

Health Disparities, Racial Justice
As Investigations Into East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Continue, Community Demands Reforms To Stop Discriminatory, Substandard Care MA Attorney General and Department of Public Health Investigating Harrowing Patient Reports Of Misdiagnosis, Delayed Care  In a letter sent to the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Department of Public Health today, Lawyers for...

Wrongful Eviction of Black Businesses →

BizGrow, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
City of Boston Must Stop Developer Who Promised “No Displacement” From Evicting Minority-Owned Businesses From 1127 Harrison Avenue in Roxbury Small businesses owned by immigrants of color and women have pleaded with the City of Boston and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) to hold a developer to its...

Opposition to Receivership in Boston →

Education
Opposition to Receivership of Boston Public Schools Stakeholder Collaboration, Not State Takeover, Is the Path Forward for Boston Public Schools Lawyers for Civil Rights issued a letter to Jeffrey C. Riley, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), voicing opposition to any effort by DESE to...

From Buffalo to Everett, MA: Rampant Racism →

Uncategorized
Statement on White Supremacist Mass Shooting in Buffalo Lawyers for Civil Rights Condemns the Buffalo Massacre and White Supremacist Terrorism On Saturday, May 14, 2022, a white supremacist gunman murdered ten people and injured three others in a predominantly Black area of Buffalo, New York. The killer preemptively published a...

Black Youth File Racial Profiling Complaint Against Medford Police Department →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Unlawful Traffic Stops Due to Race Persist in Massachusetts Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed an internal complaint with the Medford Police Department (MPD) on behalf of Jeremiah Mamousette and Hibaq Warsame, two Black college students who were illegally stopped, removed from their vehicle, searched, handcuffed and held at gunpoint in...

Lawsuit Filed to End HIV Discrimination in the Military →

Employment, Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Time to End The Military’s Discrimination Against Individuals Living with HIV Federal Lawsuit Challenges Military’s Ban on Enlisting and Commissioning from Military Academies  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont against U.S. military officials and the Vermont...

Statement on Supreme Court Draft Opinion →

Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Statement from Lawyers for Civil Rights on the U.S. Supreme Court Draft Opinion Leaked Draft Overturning Roe v. Wade Would Disproportionately Impact People of Color, Low-Income Individuals May 4, 2022 Earlier this week, a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion which would overrule Roe v. Wade became public. If this opinion is issued as drafted, it...

Lauren Sampson Day →

Race and Climate
At Lawyers for Civil Rights, we continue to remember the life and legacy of our friend and colleague, Lauren Sampson. Lauren's birthday, April 18, has been officially declared the Lauren Sampson Day of Environmental Justice by the City Council in Boston. We have also spearheaded the placement of a memorial plaque...

Displaced Minority Businesses Call on City to Halt Roxbury Development →

Economic Justice, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Community Groups Call On City To Halt Roxbury Development That Is Displacing Small, Minority-Owned Businesses Developer Made Repeated “No Displacement” Promises When Seeking City Approval  African Community Development of New England (ACEDONE) and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) formally called upon the City of Boston and the Boston Planning & Development Agency...