Yearly Archives: 2015

Statement on the Failure to Indict the Police Officers Involved in the Shooting of Tamir Rice

Statement on the Failure to Indict the Police Officers Involved in the Shooting of Tamir Rice The announcement that a grand jury failed to indict the police officers who gunned down Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy playing with a toy gun in a playground in Cleveland, Ohio, is the latest in the steady drumbeat

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Lawyers’ Committee SCOTUS Brief Garnering National Attention

This week’s oral argument before the Supreme Court on affirmative action in higher education ranged widely, with different Justices coming at the issue from a variety of perspectives.  Notably, Justice Scalia raised the “mismatch” theory towards the end of the argument, musing aloud whether African-American students are better off at “slower-track” schools that are not “too fast for them” (p.67).

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Supreme Judicial Court to Hear Important Housing Case

SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENT IN IMPORTANT FAIR HOUSING CASE On December 8, 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral argument in a fair housing case of critical importance to the communities of color served by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice.  The appeal seeks to overturn a lower

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World AIDS Day Joint Statement

World AIDS Day Joint Statement from the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice HIV does not affect all Americans equally. People of color, primarily Blacks and Latinos, are disproportionately represented among the 1 million people living with HIV in the United States. At some point in their

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Advocating for Fair Housing in MA’s Supreme Judicial Court

Lawyers’ Committee Urges Supreme Judicial Court to Overturn Ruling Weakening Fair Housing Law On November 23, 2015, in a case of far-reaching importance, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice filed a brief urging the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to overturn a ruling diluting fair housing laws.  A lower court dismissed the complaint in

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Complaints Against Police Pile Up

Some police officers have amassed a substantial number of citizen complaints against them, according to the Boston Globe.  One dozen officers from the Boston Police Department have faced 20 or more complaints over the past 20 years. As Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights explained in the Boston Globe:

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