Monthly Archives: November 2016

Lawyers’ Committee’s Post-Election Analysis

On Sunday, November 27, 2016, Karen Holmes Ward of CityLine, WCVB Channel 5’s award-winning urban news program, hosted a roundtable discussion examining the Presidential Election, where Massachusetts stands in regards to its communities of color, and where all Americans can go from here. CityLine’s roundtable discussion featured the Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and

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Confronting the Wave of Hate

On the heels of our open letter to President-Elect Donald Trump – where we made a commitment to aggressively protect minority and immigrant communities in Massachusetts – we are swiftly addressing a wave of hate, including urgent problems related to harassment, intimidation and immigration enforcement. In West Springfield, a Puerto Rican family – including an Iraqi

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Thankful

“As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy This Thanksgiving, I see our challenges as opportunities for us to use our passion, our vision and the law to help bring forth social change and access to justice.

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Police Misconduct in Cambridge, Mass.

Detective Sergeant Thomas Ahern of the Cambridge Police Department was involved in a chaotic street encounter involving a 21 year-old Black man. A video of the encounter, featured in the Boston Globe, displays what the Lawyers’ Committee’s executive director Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal called a “textbook example of police overreach.” On November 23, 2016, the Cambridge Police

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In Open Letter to President-Elect Trump, Lawyers’ Committee Stands Against Racial Profiling and Discrimination

Today, in an open letter to President-Elect Donald Trump, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice made clear that it will aggressively protect the civil rights of minority and immigrant communities in Massachusetts. The Lawyers’ Committee’s letter expressly states that efforts to impose racial profiling and discriminatory policies in the law enforcement and immigration contexts

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As School Discipline Disparities Rise, LCCR Releases Toolkit for Families and Educators to Improve Discipline

According to new data released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, one-year after implementing Massachusetts’ new school discipline law, out-of-school suspension rates are climbing slightly, but especially for students of color, English Language Learners, and Students with Disabilities. The Enterprise: “Racial Disparity Remains in School Suspension Rates”  “The last thing we want

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Design for Equity

Design For Equity, a conference taking place at the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) on November 15-16, 2016, aims to address the history of racial inequity in Boston’s built environment, with a goal of developing actionable tools for design professionals and others to combat these deeply-rooted issues. As part of this conference, the Lawyers’ Committee’s executive director,

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Calling for Civil Rights Probe of Fairmount Line

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice today called upon the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal transportation authorities to investigate recent cancellations by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) of commuter trains on the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line. These cancellations fall disproportionately on minority and low-income communities and therefore raise significant questions about

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Make A Good Investment

Some of you may know that one of my interests is post-apocalyptic science fiction. A reporter recently asked me: “Is that because you think we’re not going to make it?” As I explained to the reporter, it’s the exact opposite. I am attracted to those books and movies because I believe that hardship brings out the

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