Tag Archives: economic justice

New Food Business Start-Up Program Helps Launch Women and Minority-Owned Businesses

  Commonwealth Kitchen and the Economic Justice Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights have teamed up to launch a new Food Biz 101 class.  The ten-week series is taught by a dynamic range of industry experts, including pro bono attorneys from Goodwin, to guide aspiring entrepreneurs through the complex challenges associated with successfully

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Lawyers’ Committee Urges Integrity In State’s Minority-Owned Business Program

The Lawyers’ Committee this week called upon the State’s Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) to limit its equal opportunity program for public contracting to only those minority groups for which there is documented discrimination.  Massachusetts’ “affirmative marketing program” is a critical means of ensuring that minority-owned businesses have equal opportunity to compete for public contracts.  However, if groups for which

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Lawyers’ Committee Urges MBTA To Mitigate Impact Of Late-Night Service Cancellation

LCCREJ is again urging the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to mitigate the impact of its cancellation of late-night service on communities of color and low-income individuals.  Our previous advocacy on this issue highlighted the importance of transportation equity to the civil rights struggle and demonstrated how the MBTA’s termination of late-night service disproportionately impacted these communities.  Our allies at

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LCCR Urges HUD To Investigate Airbnb For Fair Housing Violations

In a letter issued today, the Lawyers’ Committee calls upon the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to take immediate investigatory and enforcement action to ensure that Airbnb and its hosts fully comply with civil rights laws.  In our letter, we cite recent evidence that Airbnb renters with distinctively African-American names are approximately 16% less likely to be accepted by Airbnb hosts than renters with distinctively White

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Credit Checks For Employment: A Discriminatory Barrier

More and more employers now use credit checks to screen potential employees, even though credit history typically tells next to nothing about a person’s ability to perform a job.  Not only is this practice unhelpful to employers, it is also often discriminatory, as it disproportionately impacts communities of color.  Find out more in this recent article,

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LCCR Advocates For Transportation Equity; Calls on MBTA To Reverse Cancellation Of Late Night Service

In a letter to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) leadership and federal officials, the Lawyers’ Committee called upon MBTA to reverse its decision to cancel late night bus and rapid transit service — a decision that will disproportionately impact minority and low-income communities.  In our letter, we highlight the importance of transportation equity in the civil

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Solutions for Wealth Inequality: A Joint Statement from Civil Rights Leaders

Solutions for Wealth Inequality:  A Joint Statement from Civil Rights Leaders and Organizations on Black History Month   As civil rights leaders and organizations, we stand together this Black History Month to call attention to the income inequality plaguing Boston’s communities of color.  The Brookings Institution recently reported that Boston is #1 in income inequality among the

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Priya Lane Appointed New Director of the Belin Economic Justice Project, featured in Bay State Banner

  Priya A. Lane Appointed Director of LCCR’s Economic Justice Project The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (LCCR) announced the appointment of Priya A. Lane as its Director of the Belin Economic Justice Project. She will oversee the organization’s work providing free business legal support to small minority-owned businesses across Massachusetts. The Belin Economic Justice Project (EJP)

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