Category Archives: Voting Rights

Lowell At A Crossroads

Lowell, MA, finds itself at a crossroads, grappling with the question of what the former mill town should become, according to a feature in the Boston Globe. In Lowell, a minority population that doesn’t see themselves reflected in the city’s halls of power — are at the heart of a federal lawsuit filed against the

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Using Math Superpowers to Fight Gerrymandering

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is leading workshops in a groundbreaking conference of 500+ mathematicians who are using their math superpowers to fight gerrymandering. Our attorneys are presenting on the intersection of racial justice and voting rights, and addressing the nuts-and-bolts of voting rights litigation. The conference, organized by Prof. Moon Duchin of Tufts

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Voting Rights in Lowell

In the City of Lowell, a committee has been tasked with examining and potentially recommending a change to the election system, according to the Lowell Sun. Oren Sellstrom, litigation director for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, said it is too soon to tell how seriously the city officials are taking the

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Automatic Voter Registration

Automatic voter registration, a reform that will modernize voter registration and increase registration rates, is gaining momentum nationally. Eight states and the District of Columbia already have automatic voter registration, and more than 30 states have introduced legislative proposals. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice testified in the Massachusetts Legislature in support

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Voting Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Lowell, Mass.

Voting Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Lowell, Mass. Minority Residents Allege City’s At-Large Electoral System Unlawfully Dilutes Their Vote Boston, Mass. (May 18, 2017) – A diverse coalition of Asian-American and Hispanic/Latino residents of Lowell today filed a federal voting rights lawsuit alleging that the city’s municipal election system discriminates against minorities.  According to the lawsuit,

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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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Lawyers’ Committee Promises to be the Community’s Legal Protectors

The Lawyers’ Committee Promises to be the Community’s Legal Protectors (Bay State Banner) Following the election of Donald Trump, phone calls poured into the offices of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. The dominant theme: The climate at school and work had turned overtly hostile, as if many had taken the election

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Massachusetts Election Protection

In Massachusetts, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice coordinated a non-partisan Election Protection campaign partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, the Anti-Defamation League,  and MassVote. Our campaign deployed 500+ non-partisan poll monitors across the Commonwealth and responded to calls to the voter hotline (866-OUR-VOTE). On

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Civil Rights Groups Announce Election Protection Program in Massachusetts

On the eve of the 2016 election, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law announce the launch of Election Protection to protect the rights of voters across the state of Massachusetts this election cycle. The Election Protection program, which includes a coalition of local and

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