Monthly Archives: August 2016

Lawyers’ Committee Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Our executive director, Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Collete Phillips and Get Konnected participating in a lively interactive discussion on September 27 with Daniel Arrigg Koh (Chief of Staff for Mayor Walsh), Sylvia Ferrell-Jones (YWCA Boston), Robert Leikind (AJC New England), Christina Chan (Attorney General’s Office) and Jessyca Feliciano (ALPFA Boston). The

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Volunteer for Election Protection

Election Protection is the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition. We aim to ensure that all eligible Americans have the ability to cast a meaningful ballot and have their vote counted. We have a national voter hotline (866-OUR-VOTE), available in English, Spanish and several Asian languages. We also have an Election Day field program that

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Suppression and Disenfranchisement of Minority Voters

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice partnered with Howard University, the MA Black Lawyers Association, and the National Bar Association to conduct a voting rights seminar focused on the suppression and disenfranchisement of minority voters. The seminar was held at the Oak Bluffs Library in Oak Bluffs, MA on August 20, 2016

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Lawyers’ Committee Urges MBTA To Mitigate Impact Of Late-Night Service Cancellation

LCCREJ is again urging the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to mitigate the impact of its cancellation of late-night service on communities of color and low-income individuals.  Our previous advocacy on this issue highlighted the importance of transportation equity to the civil rights struggle and demonstrated how the MBTA’s termination of late-night service disproportionately impacted these communities.  Our allies at

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Lawyers’ Committee Investigating Amherst-Pelham’s Treatment of Parent Challenging Racial Harassment

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice has sent a public and student records request to the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District regarding the treatment a mother and her daughter received from the district this past school year. Specifically, the Lawyers’ Committee is requesting information on the district’s use of “Stay Away Orders” like

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Community Leaders Express Concerns Regarding Police Training

On August 5, community leaders expressed concerns regarding the Boston police unions’ demands for more guns and armor. As our executive director, Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, discussed with the Boston Herald: “Instead of focusing on essentially the militarization of police, what we should be focusing on is training — training to de-escalate encounters and incidents and training

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Why Early Voting Matters

In a podcast interview with the Massachusetts Lawyers’ Weekly, our litigation director, Oren Sellstrom, explains how restoring funding for early voting in Massachusetts is just one battle in a nationwide war over expanding political participation and combating voting restrictions. The podcast is available here: http://masslawyersweekly.com/2016/07/25/podcast-despite-governors-veto-early-voting-likely-this-fall/

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Boston Public Schools’ Report Highlights Racial Bias at Boston Latin School

Boston Public Schools’ Report Highlights Racial Bias at Boston Latin School BOSTON, MA – Yesterday, the Boston Public Schools’ Office of Equity released the findings of its second round of investigation into the racial climate at Boston Latin School.  The breadth of this investigation is commendable, covering over 100 reported incidents of identity-based bias compared to seven

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