Category Archives: Racial Justice

We Just Sued Trump to Protect You and Your Neighbors

“Boston must become a testing ground for the ideals of freedom.” Martin Luther King, Jr. (1965) Legal Challenge to Trump Administration’s “Sanctuary Jurisdiction” Executive Order Goodwin, a leading Global 50 law firm, and civil rights advocates Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice today filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration on behalf of

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Travel Ban Targets Seven Muslim Countries

The federal government has closed the nation’s borders to refugees from around the world, and temporarily suspended immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. On February 3, 2017, WGBH’s Basic Black discussed the legal and policy implications of the travel ban with Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson; Abdirahman

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Why Are 90% of Boston’s New Firefighters White?

“In America, we share a dream that lies at the heart of our founding:  that no matter who you are, no matter what you look like…you can make it if you try.” President Obama’s Proclamation on Black History Month (February 2013) CALLING FOR GREATER DIVERSITY IN THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT The Boston Fire Department is

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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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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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