Monthly Archives: July 2016

Our Executive Director Keynotes EEOC National Conference

The executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, was the keynote speaker at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission‘s national conference in San Francisco, CA, on July 21, 2016. His remarks focused on the intersection of race, poverty, immigration, sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV status. As Espinoza-Madrigal noted: “One of the

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Civil Service Commission Orders Boston Police to Reform Hiring Practices

On behalf of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers (MAMLEO) and the Boston Society of Vulcans, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights participated in a Civil Service Commission hearing on July 21, 2016, concerning irregularities in the Boston Police Department’s hiring practices. During the hearing, Civil Service Commission chairman Christopher Bowman ordered the

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Serving the Legal Needs of Small Business Owners

Since January, our Economic Justice Project has supported more than 120 entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Bay State Banner featured our work this week. The businesses we support are economic engines fueling the growth of our Commonwealth. To learn more about our work with small businesses in disadvantaged communities please visit: The Bay

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Gov. Baker’s Early-Voting Funding Cuts Harm People of Color & Low-Income Communities

Last week, Governor Baker vetoed $1.2 million dollars in state spending that was earmarked to implement the Commonwealth’s new early-voting program, an important measure to eliminate barriers to full electoral participation, particularly in communities of color. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice calls upon Governor Baker to reconsider his decision. In the

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Letter in Response to Gov. Baker’s Veto of the Elections Budget

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is asking Robert DeLeon, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts, and Brian Dempsey, House Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means to override Governor Charlie Baker’s veto of the elections budget, particularly with respect to early voting measures that are critically important for communities of color

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Town Hall: Race in Boston

Channel 5 WCVB and the Boston Foundation convened a town hall discussion on race in Boston with community leaders and advocates. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice was invited to participate. The video is available here: (check-out our executive director Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal tackling police accountability and economic justice issues on minutes

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