Category: Racial Justice


Statement on Attorney General’s Lawsuit Against Milton →

Housing, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights Commends Attorney General Campbell’s Swift Action to Hold Milton Accountable for Violating the MBTA Zoning Law Attorney General Andrea Campbell has sued the Town of Milton for its failure to comply with the MBTA Zoning Law. Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) applauds this enforcement action, which comes at...

Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System →

Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and McCarter & English filed an amicus brief in a case pending before the Massachusetts Court of Appeal, which raises important issues about bias in the criminal justice system. The brief was filed on behalf of LCR, the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA), the Jewish Alliance For Law...

No Path to Justice for Victims of Discrimination in the MCAD  →

Employment, Housing, Racial Justice
No Path to Justice for Victims of Discrimination in the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination  Escalating long-simmering concerns over deficiencies at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”), the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (“ULEM”) and Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) have issued a demand letter calling on the agency to take immediate action to adequately...

Settlement Reached in Arlington Racial Profiling Case →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Settlement Reached in Racial Profiling Case Filed By Young Black Man Against Arlington, MA Police  Town Agrees To Systemic Reforms And Compensation  Donovan Johnson, a young Black man who was stopped, held at gunpoint, and thrown to the ground by police in Arlington, Massachusetts who were chasing a white suspect, has settled...

Making Police Misconduct Investigations Public Enhances Transparency →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Making Police Misconduct Investigations Public Enhances Transparency and Accountability Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) and pro bono counsel from Foley & Lardner LLP filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), urging the Court to rule that records of police misconduct investigations are public records. Following the murder of George Floyd, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Policing...

Joint Statement: Walpole and Civil Rights Advocates →

Education, Racial Justice
Joint Statement from The Town of Walpole and Civil Rights Advocates Stemming from an incident that occurred several months ago, the Town of Walpole and Civil Rights Advocates worked together and are pleased to announce that they have resolved the matter amicably. Town legal counsel, attorneys from Lawyers for Civil...

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Resources →

Racial Justice
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action has rocked the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) field and threatens decades of hard-won progress breaking down systemic barriers to level the playing field. The impacts of this decision will be significant and far-reaching. To help mitigate the harm, empower organizations, and...

Victory! Multi-Million Dollar Settlement for Black Police Officers →

Employment, Racial Justice
Multi-Million Dollar Settlement Announced In Discrimination Case By Black Police Officers Against City Of Boston Over Discredited “Hair Test"  City Abandoned The Flawed Drug Test In 2021, Now Pays Damages To Individuals Harmed The City of Boston has paid $2.6 million to settle a longstanding federal discrimination lawsuit alleging that...



DEI In Massachusetts Public Schools: A Legal And Practical Guide →

Education, Racial Justice
As the school year gets underway, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is receiving many inquiries about how best to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in public schools.  Those who support DEI — school administrators, school boards, teachers, community advocates, parents, and students — want a better understanding of the...

Faneuil Hall Shopkeepers of Color Targeted and Criminalized →

Economic Justice, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights Demands Redress for Unfairly Treated Merchants of Color at Faneuil Hall Cease and Desist Letter Details Unfair and Deceptive Practices that Faneuil Hall Management Company Has Aimed at Minority Small Businesses, and Calls For Immediate Amends Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) issued a cease and desist...

Rhode Island Excludes Minority-Owned Businesses From State Contracting →

BizGrow, Racial Justice
Civil Rights Groups Charge That Rhode Island Is Violating Federal Law By Excluding Minority-Owned Businesses From State Contracting In a demand letter, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) have outlined how Rhode Island is violating federal anti-discrimination law by systematically excluding minority-owned businesses from State contracting.  The demand letter calls...

Dismantling Discriminatory Hairstyle Rules →

Education, Racial Justice
Targeting Young Black Athletes Violates Massachusetts’ New “Crown Act Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) issued a demand letter to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), an organization that creates and enforces high school athletic rules, requesting immediate action to stop discriminatory hairstyle policies that violate Massachusetts' new "Crown Act."...

LCR’s Legal Warriors at the HNBA National Conference →

Education, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights at the 2023 Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) convention.  LCR’s legal warriors and our community partners will be presenting on a wide range of cutting-edge civil rights and intersectional issues at the upcoming HNBA Conference in Minneapolis on September 6-8, 2023. This is where you can find...

LCR’s Legal Warriors at Lav Law →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights at the 2023 Lavender Law Conference  LCR’s legal warriors and our community partners presented on a wide range of cutting-edge civil rights and intersectional issues at the Lavender Law Conference hosted by the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association in Chicago on July 24 - 26, 2023.  The...

New Police Discipline Database: More Transparency and Accountability →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights Applauds New Police Discipline Database, Urges More Transparency and Accountability Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) applauds the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission for publishing a database showing the disciplinary records of Massachusetts police officers accused of misconduct.  Transparency is critical for holding law enforcement accountable. ...

Federal Civil Rights Investigation: Harvard’s Legacy/Donor Admissions →

Education, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights welcomes the news we received from the U.S. Department of Education that it has formally opened a federal investigation into our civil rights complaint, which challenges Harvard's discriminatory practice of giving preferential treatment to children of wealthy donors and children of alumni.  As our complaint outlines, these...