Monthly Archives: October 2015

Diversity in Police Ranks

If you are hiring a baseball player, do you want someone who knows baseball vocabulary or someone who can pitch, bat, and catch? The same applies to Boston Police Department’s sergeant promotional exam. As LCCR’s Executive Director explained to BNN News on October 30, 2015, standardized written multiple-choice tests for sergeant positions don’t make sense because they

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Engaging Immigrant Entrepreneurs

On November 13, 2015, Alexa Marin, an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, will be speaking at Bunker Hill Community College as part of a workshop entitled “Engaging Immigrant Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners.”  This workshop will feature small business service agencies, main streets programs, and immigrant assistance organizations to address the needs of immigrant small

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MBLA Congratulates LCCR’s Executive Director

The Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA) issued a statement congratulating Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal on his appointment as the new Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (LCCR). MBLA and LCCR have a long and distinguished history of partnership and collaboration.

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LCCR’s Matt Cregor Tackles School Discipline

On October 6, 2015, LCCR’s Education Project Director Matt Cregor keynoted a conference on school discipline in Indianapolis.  As Indiana considers state-wide reforms not unlike those won in Massachusetts, Cregor, an Indiana native, offered a national overview of advancements in addressing racial disparities in discipline.  As featured in the Indiana Lawyer: “One of the keynote speakers was

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Community Forum on Housing

COMMUNITY FORUM ON HOUSING The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, the Latin Herald Newspaper, the East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, City Life/Vida Urbana, and the East Boston Open Discussion hosted a Community Forum on Housing in the East Boston Social Center located at 68 Central Square in East Boston. The forum focused

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Federal Appeals Court to Hear Police Diversity Case

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT TO HEAR ARGUMENTS IN POLICE DIVERSITY CASE Boston, MA – A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in a case of far-reaching importance concerning diversity in police forces throughout Massachusetts.  In Lopez v. Lawrence, Black and Latino police officers are challenging an examination used by Boston, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, Springfield,

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Boston Business Journal Features LCCR

LCCR’s Executive Director Iván Espinoza-Madrigal was profiled in the Boston Business Journal as an emerging Boston leader fighting for justice.  In his interview, Iván discussed the work of LCCR’s Belin Economic Justice Project on behalf of small businesses owned by minorities, immigrants, women, and veterans.

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LCCR’s Education Project in the Spotlight

LCCR’s Education Project Director Matt Cregor was featured as a panelist at a Community Forum on Education hosted by the Boston Branch of the NAACP and the Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts on September 28, 2015. With over 150 people in attendance, the event provided an opportunity for open dialogue on community concerns surrounding the

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Protecting Voting Rights

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), a national association of lawyers, judges, law students, activists, and legal organizations, held its 40th annual convention in Boston in September 2015.  LCCR’s Executive Director Iván Espinoza-Madrigal conducted a voting rights workshop at this national conference.  His presentation explained how marginalized people are disenfranchised, and the work being done to

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