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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...

El Salvador’s New President Must Defend TPS →

Immigrant Rights
This op-ed was authored by our Executive Director Iván Espinoza-Madrigal and published in Spanish by El Faro, the first digital newspaper in Latin America. El Salvador's New President Must Defend TPS There are approximately 263,282 Salvadoran people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who are living, working, and raising children in the United States....

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...

Comments on HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act →

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

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
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Response to Anticipated Rollback of Federal Discipline Policies →

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 →

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 →

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...