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Boston Must Provide More Drop-Boxes for the Election →

Coronavirus, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Communities of Color Are Particularly At Risk of Disenfranchisement  In an open letter issued to Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston's Election Department,  Lawyers for Civil Rights is urging the City of Boston to provide additional secure municipal drop-boxes in advance of the November election. Our experience with the September primary—during which Boston...

State Improperly Inflates Minority Small Business Engagement →

Economic Justice, Racial Justice
New Data Reveals the Baker Administration Has Inflated the Amount of State Money Going to Minority-Owned Small Businesses in Massachusetts  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) strongly condemns the Baker Administration’s misrepresentation of state contracting with minority-owned small businesses in Massachusetts. In recent reporting, WGBH found that “the state has inflated...

Election Protection Coalition Flags Vote-by-Mail Issues →

Coronavirus, Voting Rights
“Election Protection” Coalition Flags Vote-by-Mail Issues In Primary Election in Massachusetts  Seeks More Volunteers, Urges Election Officials To Fix Problems Before November Massachusetts experienced a momentous Primary Election with the inaugural roll-out of vote-by-mail (VBM) and the first extended early voting period for a Primary Election. As a result, the Bay...

Statement on First Circuit Opinion in Courthouse Arrest Case →

Immigrant Rights
Statement Regarding First Circuit Opinion in Courthouse Arrest Case (Ryan v. ICE) Although we are disappointed in today's ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Ryan v. ICE, it is only a preliminary decision that sends the case back to the District Court in Boston for...

Statement on Boston’s Exam School Admission Errors →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) has learned that, due to database errors beginning in December 2018, a number of students entitled to admission at one of Boston's three exam schools either did not receive invitations at all or were not invited to their top choice of school for both the...

Reopening Support for Small Businesses in Rhode Island →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
30 Minority- and Women-Owned Small Businesses in Rhode Island Receive Grants by Lawyers for Civil Rights, Tufts Health Plan and Washington Trust Funding to Help Businesses Reopen and Operate Safely During COVID-19 Pandemic Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), Tufts Health Plan and Washington Trust announced today that 30 small businesses, specifically those that are minority-owned...

In Memoriam: Edward J. Barshak →

Events
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) mourns the passing of Edward J. Barshak, our long-time Board member. Our thoughts are with all his family and friends at this difficult time. Ed was a distinguished and influential leader in Boston's legal community. His life-long passion and vision for racial justice continues to...

Senior Litigator or Staff Attorney (Racial Justice & Policing) →

Employment
Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) is a leading hub for litigation and advocacy in response to the current climate. We have filed and won dozens of life-changing and law-changing cases on a wide range of civil rights issues, including racial justice, voting rights, education, immigration, housing, and policing.  In response to the national...

Statement on Bail Assistance →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) unequivocally condemns all forms of violence in the strongest terms. We are committed to seeking justice and healing for victims and survivors of crimes.  LCR continues to call for reforms to our bail and criminal system that ensure equal justice for all, not just those who...

Victory! Khmer Vote-By-Mail Applications →

Coronavirus, Voting Rights
Following Community Pressure, Secretary of Commonwealth Sends Out Khmer-Translated Vote-By-Mail Applications Bowing to public outcry and legal pressure, Secretary of Commonwealth William Galvin has reversed course, mailing out vote-by-mail applications translated into Khmer to voters in Lowell as required by law.  The applications – also in English and Spanish – began...

Volunteer Opportunity: Housing Crisis →

Coronavirus, Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) is seeking volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students to help low-income families at risk of housing insecurity to apply for rental relief through the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (“RAFT”) program, a one-time grant administered by MetroHousing Boston that provides financial support to families...

Volunteer for Election Protection →

Voting Rights
Are you concerned about shenanigans on Election Day? Volunteer for non-partisan election protection! Lawyers for Civil Rights and our community allies run non-partisan election protection in Massachusetts. In the 2016 election, we partnered with over 500 volunteers, including lawyers, college students, and people like you. This November, election protection will be even more critical. We...

State Fails to Send Khmer Vote-By-Mail Applications →

Coronavirus, Lowell Lines, Voting Rights
Civil Rights Organizations Call On Secretary of Commonwealth To Send Khmer-Translated Vote-By-Mail Applications Despite Legal Requirements, And Representations To Supreme Judicial Court, Galvin Fails To Mail Translated Applications Lawyers for Civil Rights and the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) today called upon Secretary of Commonwealth William Galvin to immediately implement the emergency State...

Keeping Courthouses Safe For All →

Immigrant Rights
Civil Rights Groups Fight to Keep Courthouses Safe for All  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), and Goodwin LLP presented oral argument in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to preserve a groundbreaking preliminary injunction blocking immigration officials from arresting people...

Support for Rhode Island Small Businesses →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights and Tufts Health Plan Team Up to Support Rhode Island Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 Crisis  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Tufts Health Plan are collaborating to provide support to struggling minority and women-owned small businesses located in Rhode Island communities particularly hard-hit by the...

Undocumented Immigrants to Trump: We Are People and We Count →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
CIVIL RIGHTS AND IMMIGRANT JUSTICE GROUPS ANNOUNCE FEDERAL COURT CHALLENGE TO TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S EXCLUSION OF UNDOCUMENTED INDIVIDUALS FROM CENSUS COUNT Undocumented Immigrants to Trump: We Are People and We Count In response to the Trump Administration’s racist memorandum excluding undocumented immigrants from the Census 2020 count, Lawyers for Civil Rights has filed...

Student Advocacy Groups Sue BPS and BPD for Records on Information Sharing With ICE →

Education, Immigrant Rights
Student Advocacy Groups Sue Boston Schools, Police Department to Uncover Records Showing Student Information-Sharing With ICE As police reform takes center stage at the national, state, and local levels, the Center for Law and Education, Inc. (CLE), Multicultural Education, Training, and Advocacy, Inc. (META), and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR)...

Needham Police Accused of Illegally Handcuffing and Profiling Black Father →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Needham Police Department Accused of Illegally Handcuffing and Profiling Black Father  A can of tea and some cough drops. That’s all Marvin Henry was buying when he was—wrongfully—suspected of shoplifting from CVS when he was stopped by multiple Needham police officers, including the Chief of Police, in January 2020 as...