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Mainvest Collapse Impacts Businesses →

BizGrow
With the abrupt closure of Mainvest, a national crowdfunding platform for small businesses, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is calling on the federal government to protect affected small business owners and investors. An estimated $2.4 million in capital is now frozen, with no clear plan for its release. Since 2018,...

Classmates Cut Off Black Girl’s Braided Hair →

Education, Racial Justice
Melrose Public Schools Fail Again To Protect Black Student From Racial Bullying White Classmates Call Fifth-Grader “Monkey” Repeatedly, Cut Off Her Braided Hair Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a federal civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights against Melrose Public Schools for the ongoing and persistent...

Black Children Illegally Restrained at School →

Education, Racial Justice
Black Children are Being Illegally Restrained at School Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against the Town of Marblehead and Marblehead Public Schools in Latest School Restraint Case Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a civil rights lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court against the Town of Marblehead, Marblehead Public Schools, and several...

Diversity in Public Employment →

Employment, Racial Justice
Lack of Diversity in Public Employment in Boston and Across the Commonwealth Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) will join Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia and other prominent leaders, including the leadership of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers (MAMLEO), in a press conference at City Hall Plaza to...

Introducing: BizGrow Central →

BizGrow
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is excited to announce the creation of BizGrow Central, a collaborative space where new and established small business owners will be able to learn together, access vital resources, and develop the skills and resilience they need to thrive. Centrally located in downtown Boston and set to open...

Black Student Files Discrimination Complaint Against Melrose →

Education
Black Student Pushed Out from Melrose Public Schools Files Federal Discrimination Complaint After years of racial bullying and mistreatment, a middle schooler left Melrose Public Schools  Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a federal civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against the Melrose...

Black-Owned Businesses Sue Treasury, FinCEN →

BizGrow, Racial Justice
Lawsuit Filed Challenging “Corporate Transparency Act” – An Overreaching New Federal Law Threatening Small Businesses with Fines, Imprisonment  Lawyers for Civil Rights Joins Black-Owned Businesses and Small Business Development Organizations to Protect Minority Business Owners In a federal lawsuit filed today, Lawyers for Civil Rights, minority-owned businesses, and their allies took aim...

Black Student Sold at Mock “Slave Auction” Files Federal Discrimination Complaint →

Education
Black Student Sold at Mock “Slave Auction” Files Federal Discrimination Complaint Against Southwick-Tolland Granville School District Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District and the Southwick Regional School for their failure to prevent a racially hostile school environment, which led...

Mobile Home Residents Threaten Class Action Lawsuit →

Housing
Demand Letter Threatens Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Vulnerable Mobile Home Residents in Auburn, MA Following Extreme Rent Increases and Numerous Regulatory Violations at Two Mobile Home Parks in Auburn, LCR Issues 30-Day Demand Letter to Park Owners Under Massachusetts’ Consumer Protection Act Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) issued...

Model Anti-Bullying Policy →

Education
Model Policy for Identity-Based Bullying Community Members and Families Want More Tools to Address the Rise of Identity-Based Bullying in Schools Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) released a key tool to combat identity-based bullying in K-12 schools across Massachusetts. Hate crimes and reports of identity-based bullying are on the rise nationally, with many high profile incidents across the...

Rogue Immigration Enforcement →

Immigrant Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) has issued letters to five Attorneys General urging them to reassess the legal options that are available to stop the reckless transportation of migrants into their respective jurisdictions, particularly under circumstances that endanger health and safety. The letters were directed at California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New...

Black Running Crew Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against Boston Marathon →

Racial Justice
BLACK RUNNING CREW FILES FEDERAL DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST BOSTON MARATHON AND NEWTON POLICE Lawsuit Seeks to Prevent Repeat of 2023 Racial Profiling Incident Seeking to forestall a repeat of the racial profiling incident that occurred at the 2023 Boston Marathon, a prominent Black-led running group filed a federal discrimination lawsuit...

Black Students Unfairly Disciplined at Nichols College →

Education, Racial Justice
Black College Student Leaders Unfairly Disciplined After Acting in Self-Defense Nichols College and Dudley Police Must Remedy Impacts of Racially Biased Investigations Two Black student leaders at Nichols College are speaking out after racially-biased investigations of a physical altercation have resulted in severe interruptions in their educational opportunities. Meanwhile, white...

Victory! Court Grants Emergency Receivership →

Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Court Grants Families’ Emergency Petition, Orders Receiver To Manage Edgar P. Benjamin Healthcare Center Petition Documented Threats To Elderly Patients’ Safety And Health Due To Mismanagement Of Nursing Home Acting swiftly on an emergency petition filed by Lawyers for Civil Rights on behalf of families of residents at the Edgar P. Benjamin Healthcare...

Victory for Martha’s Vineyard Migrants! →

Immigrant Rights
In the lawsuit filed by the Martha’s Vineyard migrants and Alianza Americas, the federal court in Boston has allowed Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and pro bono counsel to immediately proceed with legal claims against the plane company, Vertol Systems. Vertol contracted with the State of Florida to carry out the flights...

Lawsuit Against The Benjamin Demanding Receivership →

Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Family Members Urge Court To Appoint Receiver To Avert Imminent Harm To Elderly Patients In Boston Nursing Home Serving Predominantly Seniors Of Color   Petition Cites Critical Management Failures, Staff Shortages, Inadequate Supplies, And Patient Deterioration Update: Victory! The receivership was granted by the Court on April 3. Click here to...

Boston to Pay $4.7 Million in Police Shooting of Terrence Coleman →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
City of Boston To Pay $4.7 Million To Settle Wrongful Death Lawsuit Brought By Hope Coleman – Whose Son Terrence Was Killed By Boston Police In 2016 Young Black Man Living With Mental Illness Shot After His Mother Called 911 For Medical Assistance Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Fick...

Addressing Workplace Harassment and Discrimination →

Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights is calling on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) to implement more robust guidelines to help address workplace harassment and discrimination.  In public comments submitted to the MCAD, LCR urges more dedicated training for employers to effectively respond to various forms of workplace harassment, including discrimination based...