Race & Climate Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights has launched a new practice area focused on climate resilience and environmental justice in low-income communities of color and immigrant communities.
With each passing year, the impact of climate change on low-income communities of color and immigrant communities becomes more harmful and dramatic. How we address that impact is one of the most pressing civil rights challenges we face today. As leaders on the front lines of justice, we must not only address the disproportionate impact of climate change on low-income communities of color and immigrant communities, but invest in creative and courageous actions in climate resilience planning, decision-making, policy-making, and legal action that include directly-impacted individuals.
While Massachusetts has existing infrastructure for environmental justice work, many of the organizations driving this work tend to focus on environmental issues rather than on the particular communities most affected. Low-income communities of color and immigrant communities are significantly underrepresented in decision-making, planning, and advocacy. Yet these communities are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, heightened proximity to environmental hazards, and a shrinking safety net to protect from extreme climate events and the adverse health impacts of pollution.
Our Race and Climate Justice Project will integrate the voices of low-income people of color and immigrants into climate change discussions, and ensure that solutions reflect the perspectives and needs of our communities.
Race & Climate Justice Project
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News and Resources
Feb 27, 24Statement on Attorney General’s Lawsuit Against Milton
Feb 21, 24Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System
Feb 20, 24No Path to Justice for Victims of Discrimination in the MCAD
Feb 05, 24Settlement Reached in Arlington Racial Profiling Case
Jan 29, 24Middlesex County DA Supports Children of Missing Migrant Woman
Dec 05, 23Making Police Misconduct Investigations Public Enhances Transparency
Nov 30, 23Joint Statement: Walpole and Civil Rights Advocates
Nov 26, 23Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Resources
Nov 26, 23Know-Your-Rights Guides in English and Spanish
Nov 16, 23Victory! Multi-Million Dollar Settlement for Black Police Officers
Nov 08, 23Fireside Chat with Rep. Ayanna Pressley
Oct 10, 23Congressional Briefing on Legacy Preferences
Oct 03, 23DEI In Massachusetts Public Schools: A Legal And Practical Guide
Sep 21, 23Faneuil Hall Shopkeepers of Color Targeted and Criminalized
Sep 18, 23Rhode Island Excludes Minority-Owned Businesses From State Contracting
Sep 12, 23Dismantling Discriminatory Hairstyle Rules
Sep 05, 23LCR’s Legal Warriors at the HNBA National Conference
Sep 05, 23LCR’s Legal Warriors at Lav Law