Monthly Archives: January 2017

Fighting the Wave of Hate in Greater Boston

In Framingham, Massachusetts, residents received unwanted KKK materials. Framingham officials have indicated that they are investigating, but that KKK activities may be protected by the First Amendment. We disagree. Had materials praising ISIS and urging residents to join its ranks appeared unbidden on Framingham doorsteps, we presume that such actions would have been thoroughly condemned

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Black and Latino Amazon Drivers File Discrimination Class Action

BLACK AND LATINO DRIVERS FILE CLASS ACTION DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS AGAINST AMAZON Complaints Allege Amazon Illegally Fired Drivers Based On Overly Stringent Background Checks A group of eight Black and Latino former Amazon drivers filed class action complaints today with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), charging that Amazon illegally discriminated against them and other similarly-situated

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Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges

Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges The federal government has all but abandoned its commitment to enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws. The federal government is impeding progress in voting rights and police accountability cases. Right now,  immigrants and refugees are being detained and interrogated in airports. Overnight, we’ve had to create a shield to

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Fighting Local Immigration Enforcement in Bristol and Plymouth Counties

This week, the sheriffs of Bristol and Plymouth counties in Massachusetts agreed to enforce federal immigration officials. In an era of scarce resources, it is fiscally irresponsible to divert local resources and funds to federal immigration enforcement. When state and local police are co-opted into federal immigration enforcement, the public will associate police with immigration.

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On MLK Day Leaders Agree: Boston Still Has Work To Do

Boston community leaders are contemplating where the city stands, 49 years after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Here are some who are sharing their thoughts with the Boston Herald on Martin Luther King Day: “We are the city where Martin Luther King became Dr. King. From Boston, a tremendous amount of

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Calling on Facebook and Twitter to Combat Hate on MLK Day

Tackling Hate on Martin Luther King Jr. Day On a daily basis, we receive reports from individuals who have been targeted for hate speech, bullying, intimidation, and violence – often via social media. Facebook and Twitter have become the preferred platforms for hate speech and are filled with racist and derogatory taunts against minorities. While

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Do Courts Set A Double Standard?

“The Take with Sue O’Connell” featured a discussion on January 5, 2017, with Oren Sellstrom of The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and Julia Huston of Foley Hoag concerning Massachusetts’ courts and whether they fail the test of minority hiring and freedom of information:  

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