Category Archives: Racial Justice

Response to Department of Justice’s Latest Threat to Defund Sanctuary Cities

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice represents the cities of Lawrence and Chelsea in Massachusetts in litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Trump Administration’s efforts to defund sanctuary cities. The Department of Justice’s most recent announcement threatening to defund sanctuary cities represents an unprecedented encroachment on the lawful exercise of local and state authority.

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Immigration Enforcement at Massachusetts Courthouses: A Growing Threat

Information Uncovered Through The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice’s Public Records Requests Concerning Federal Immigration Enforcement  Federal immigration authorities have traditionally avoided immigration enforcement at courthouses. This has been done in recognition of the fact that we as a nation are stronger if immigrant families are not deterred from participating in court

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Youth Who Discovered TD Garden’s Broken Promises Seek Public Records

Youth Who Discovered TD Garden’s Broken Promises Seek Records Of Other Commitments Made TD Garden’s Commitments To Community Recreation Remain Unfulfilled Today, on behalf of youth affiliated with the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice submitted a comprehensive public records request to the Boston Planning & Development

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Standing Up for Firefighters of Color in Springfield, MA

Standing Up for Firefighters of Color Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus curiae) brief in Superior Court in Hampden County in support of Black firefighters who are holding the City of Springfield accountable for not enforcing its own residency requirements for public employees. The case, Savage v.

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Yesterday, we got an award! Today, we’re back in the trenches.

Yesterday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice received the Boston Bar Association’s Beacon Award for Diversity and Inclusion.     This award recognizes the importance of our life-changing and law-changing work. We foster equal opportunity and fight discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action,

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We’re Taking Action in Response to ICE Raids in Sanctuary Cities

Lawyers’ Committee Takes Action in Response to ICE Raids in Sanctuary Cities   Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice took immediate action in response to ICE raids targeting immigrants in Massachusetts. The federal government is explicitly retaliating against Massachusetts because our Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in Lunn v. Commonwealth that state

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