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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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Diversity Urged for BFD, BPD

Minority advocacy groups are calling on Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to develop a “comprehensive package of diversity solutions” to boost minority rates in the city’s predominately white police and fire departments. More than 100 people attended a community forum on June 20, 2017, hosted by the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, the

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Boston Globe Calls for Action on Exam School Diversity

The Boston Globe Editorial Board calls for “more urgency” in closing Boston Latin’s diversity gap, citing the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice: “There is simply nothing meritorious about a public school admissions policy that favors those who can pay for private test preparation,” said Matt Cregor, the Education Project Director of the

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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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Response to Racial Discrimination at Mystic Valley Charter School

On May 12, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice learned that Mystic Valley Charter School is disciplining of African-American schoolgirls for wearing braids. Today, we sent a letter in response to the school’s discriminatory policy. We do so for three reasons: First, the parents in today’s article expressed concern that White students

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