Monthly Archives: April 2016

Open Letter on Automatic Voting Registration

On April 27, 2016, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, the Urban League, the NAACP, the Charles Hamilton Institute at Harvard Law School, the New Democracy Coalition, and a host of other leaders and community organizations submitted an Open Letter to the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus in support of House

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Credit Checks For Employment: A Discriminatory Barrier

More and more employers now use credit checks to screen potential employees, even though credit history typically tells next to nothing about a person’s ability to perform a job.  Not only is this practice unhelpful to employers, it is also often discriminatory, as it disproportionately impacts communities of color.  Find out more in this recent article,

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Court Hears Argument in Charter Cap Case

On Friday, April 8th, Suffolk Superior Court heard argument on LCCR’s motion to intervene in the pending litigation over the charter school cap.  LCCR represents the New England Area Conference of the NAACP and individual students of color, students with disabilities, and English language learners who feel their educations would be harmed were the cap

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LCCR Testifies In Support of Automatic Voter Registration

LCCR staff testified this week before the Joint Committee on Election Laws in support of H4097, an automatic voter registration bill authored by Rep. Evandro Carvalho.   Recent studies have shown that 1 in 4 eligible citizens are not registered to vote, and many registrations are inaccurate because of wrong addresses or other errors.  The result

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10th Anniversary Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) held its 10th Anniversary Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference in Springfield, MA, on April 8, 2016.  At the conference, the Lawyers’ Committee’s Executive Director, Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, addressed the challenges presented by income inequality and demographic transition in Boston as part of a plenary dedicated to the current state

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