Monthly Archives: September 2016

Lawyers’ Committee Applauds Mayor Walsh’s Call for Public Conversations on Race and Equity

Yesterday, at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Martin Walsh announced that he will hold a series of public conversations on race and equity. We applaud Mayor Walsh for encouraging Bostonians to engage in open, transparent, and robust dialogue. As Mayor Walsh aptly noted: “Boston is long overdue for a more open and intentional conversation

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Statement: U.S. Attorney Finds Boston Latin School Violated Federal Civil Rights Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 Civil Rights Groups’ Statement on Finding by U.S. Attorney that Boston Latin School Violated Federal Civil Rights Law Groups Behind Federal Complaint Urge City to Use Agreement to Improve the Racial Climate of Every Boston School Boston, MA: Today, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz found that Boston Latin School (BLS)

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The 2016 Presidential Election and Diverse Communities

The University of Pennsylvania will host the Spectrum Conference on September 23-25, 2016. This conference brings together students, alumni, and allies for dialogue centered on issues of cultural identity. In a plenary session, the Lawyers’ Committee’s executive director, Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, will address the potential impact of the 2016 presidential election on diverse communities.

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Changing the Reality of Racial Profiling

In a landmark decision issued yesterday, the highest court in Massachusetts ruled that in light of prevalent racial profiling practices, a Black man who chooses to avoid Boston police officers should not be viewed as suspicious. Such actions may be motivated instead by a simple desire to avoid the “recurring indignity of being racially profiled.” We applaud the

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New Food Business Start-Up Program Helps Launch Women and Minority-Owned Businesses

  Commonwealth Kitchen and the Economic Justice Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights have teamed up to launch a new Food Biz 101 class.  The ten-week series is taught by a dynamic range of industry experts, including pro bono attorneys from Goodwin, to guide aspiring entrepreneurs through the complex challenges associated with successfully

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Black Driver Files Racial Profiling Complaint Against Police in Walpole, MA

Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (“LCCREJ”) filed a complaint against the Walpole Police Department on behalf of John-Paul Wahnon, a Black driver who was illegally stopped, removed from his vehicle, and searched by Walpole police officers. Mr. Wahnon is a professional career counselor who has worked for multi-national corporations in

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Lawyers’ Committee Urges Integrity In State’s Minority-Owned Business Program

The Lawyers’ Committee this week called upon the State’s Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) to limit its equal opportunity program for public contracting to only those minority groups for which there is documented discrimination.  Massachusetts’ “affirmative marketing program” is a critical means of ensuring that minority-owned businesses have equal opportunity to compete for public contracts.  However, if groups for which

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LGBT People of Color Experience Discrimination, Exclusion and Violence

Karen Holmes Ward of Channel 5 WCVB’s “CityLine” dedicated her Sunday, September 11, 2016 program to exploring the vulnerability experienced by LGBT people of color as members of two minority groups. As part of this program, our executive director Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal tackled the heightened forms of discrimination, exclusion, and violence experienced by LGBT people of

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Massachusetts and the Carceral State Conference

Harvard Law School hosted a conference on “Massachusetts and the Carceral State” on September 11, 2016. As part of this conference, our executive director Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal participated in a plenary discussion focused on policing and communities of color. He tackled the importance of improving diversity within police departments to promote community representation. Follow this conversion

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