Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights In the summer of 1963, civil rights activists throughout the South risked their lives to end discrimination and segregation in education, housing, employment, and voting.
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At President Kennedy’s request, nearly 250 lawyers met at the White House where the President urged them to use their legal training to move the struggle for the protection of civil rights from the streets to the courts. As a result, the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and its regional affiliates were born. In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. opened the northern front in the civil rights movement. As part of the Chicago Freedom Movement’s push for open housing, Dr. King organized freedom fighters to march in all-White southwest side neighborhoods where they were met by violent mobs. These actions laid the groundwork for the country’s passage of the Fair Housing Act. In 1969, in the aftermath of riots, violence, and mass arrests in response to Dr. King’s assassination, and political protest and police brutality at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, a group of Chicago attorneys and law firms formed the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Since that time, the organization has operated as Chicago’s preeminent non-profit, civil rights legal organization, producing important victories in fair housing, hate crime, education, and other cornerstone civil rights cases. We are civil rights lawyers and advocates working to secure racial equity and economic opportunity for all. We provide legal representation through partnerships with the private bar, and we collaborate with grassroots organizations and other advocacy groups to implement community-based solutions that advance civil rights. We are committed to the unfinished business of our nation’s civil rights movement. Our vision is to root out and dismantle deeply entrenched systems of discrimination, racism, and economic oppression. We believe in the power of the law to uplift and give voice to those individuals, organizations, and communities most impacted by poverty and racial disparity, including racial and ethnic groups, religious minorities, women, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. We identify and disrupt patterns of discrimination. Through longstanding partnerships with member law firms, we provide high quality legal assistance to clients and communities in litigation and transactional matters. We collaborate with community leaders, advocacy organizations, and attorneys to craft and implement community-based solutions and policy reform. We use a broad range of advocacy tools that include direct legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, community education, and coalition building. Our current legal projects focus on education, housing, voting and civic empowerment, public safety, and community economic development.

When a small nonprofit was wrongly accused of owing $17,000 to the state, attorney Yates French of Kirkland & Ellis LLP ...
12/18/2020
Bullied by Government: How the South Shore Chamber of Commerce Resisted Defeat — Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

When a small nonprofit was wrongly accused of owing $17,000 to the state, attorney Yates French of Kirkland & Ellis LLP volunteered to take their case through our pro bono program.

After three years and three rounds in court, a judge last month ruled in favor of South Shore Chamber of Commerce - Chicago - and cleared their name.

#ProBono #Chicago #RacialEquity #CommunityDevelopment

Representing the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Yates French went to court three times over the course of three years in order to show that the small nonprofit had neither misspent nor improperly withheld $17,000 in government grants.

We are HIRING a voting rights attorney!If you have 4 to 8 years of relevant experience as an attorney and/or policy advo...
12/17/2020

We are HIRING a voting rights attorney!

If you have 4 to 8 years of relevant experience as an attorney and/or policy advocate working with community organizations on racial equity issues, this is the job for you. Help us protect voter access and create a healthier democracy for all.

Learn more: https://www.clccrul.org/career-opportunities-and-more #JobOpening #CivilRights #VotingRights #Chicago

We are proud to partner with IL Raise Your Hand on this report on voter and community experiences during this year's CPS...
12/16/2020
LSC Election 2020 Report

We are proud to partner with IL Raise Your Hand on this report on voter and community experiences during this year's CPS Local School Council elections. #EducationEquity #Chicago #LSCElections2020

LSC Election 2020 Community Feedback & Recommendations Prepared by Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education & Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Table of Contents Introduction/Summary Who We Are Methodology Before Election Day Election Day After the Election Recommenda...

Our board member Keenan Saulter is representing a client who was subjected to an unbelievable and outrageous violation o...
12/16/2020
‘You Have the Wrong Place:’ Body Camera Video Shows Moments Police Handcuff Innocent, Naked Woman During Wrong Raid

Our board member Keenan Saulter is representing a client who was subjected to an unbelievable and outrageous violation of her rights, her dignity and her humanity by Chicago police.

“If this had been a young woman in Lincoln Park by herself in her home naked, a young white woman — let’s just be frank – if the reaction would have been the same? I don’t think it would have been,” Saulter said. #PoliceAccountability #RacialEquity #Chicago

For the first time, police body camera video reveals what an innocent woman said happened to her nearly two years ago: police officers wrongly entered her home with guns drawn and handcuffed her naked as she watched in horror.

Check out this exciting job opportunity! #CivilRights #LegalAid #DisabilityRights #jobopening
12/16/2020

Check out this exciting job opportunity! #CivilRights #LegalAid #DisabilityRights #jobopening

Do you have a passion for #DisabilityRights? Do you identify as a person with a disability? Are you graduating from law school this December (2020) or in May 2021? If so, you should click on the link below and learn about our BRAND NEW Indiana Disability Rights Disability Law Fellowship. ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️
https://www.in.gov/idr/IDR-Disability-Law-Fellowship/

Applications are due on JANUARY 26, 2021 so don't delay!!!!

“Everybody needs to know that anybody soliciting any kind of money, even if it’s an administration fee, anything like th...
12/14/2020
As COVID-19 vaccines arrive, so does reckoning with racism in health care; herd immunity hinges on Black trust

“Everybody needs to know that anybody soliciting any kind of money, even if it’s an administration fee, anything like that, it’s not legit. The vaccine is free.” -lDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike

#Chicago #COVID19 #RacialEquity

How do you persuade Black Americans to accept the COVID-19 vaccine when elders remember the Tuskegee Experiment and the younger have grown up in health care deserts, acutely aware they receive lower quality health care than whites?

Nearly a year after recreational marijuana’s legalization took effect, there’s not a single licensed marijuana business ...
12/11/2020
‘Epic failure’ of Illinois’ legal weed backers in Springfield to keep promises on diversity

Nearly a year after recreational marijuana’s legalization took effect, there’s not a single licensed marijuana business in the state with a majority owner who’s a person of color.

Our Program Counsel Akele Parnell calls this a racial monopoly: “We’ve just seen the benefits accrued to the same old folks: people that are wealthy to begin with, well-connected." #CannabisEquityIL

Nearly a year after recreational marijuana’s legalization took effect, there’s not a single licensed marijuana business in the state with a majority owner who’s a person of color.

We agree with Gina Ramirez of NRDC: "The only way to equitably reform zoning policies that have fueled environmental rac...
12/10/2020
Op-ed: Stopping environmental racism can start by denying General Iron a permit

We agree with Gina Ramirez of NRDC: "The only way to equitably reform zoning policies that have fueled environmental racism is to give residents more say in the process for rewriting and implementing these policies." #StopGeneralIron #DenyThePermits #EnvironmentalRacism #Chicago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot should deny General Iron’s pending permit on the Southeast Side, pass a moratorium on new industrial facilities in that part of the city, and give the community a seat at the table when making reforms to zoning laws.

“It’s not because Black teachers are less effective or have lower performance than white teachers in Chicago. It’s that ...
12/10/2020
New Study Says Chicago’s Teacher Evaluation May Penalize Black Educators

“It’s not because Black teachers are less effective or have lower performance than white teachers in Chicago. It’s that Black teachers in Chicago teach systematically in very different school settings." #EducationEquity #Chicago

The scores could lead to disproportionate and incorrect identification of Black teachers for remediation and dismissal — an outcome that would be counterproductive to efforts to diversify the teacher workforce.

Right now, renters in Chicago, Evanston, & Mount Prospect are all protected by municipal ordinances that define basic te...
12/09/2020

Right now, renters in Chicago, Evanston, & Mount Prospect are all protected by municipal ordinances that define basic tenant-landlord rights & responsibilities.

ALL Cook County residents should have these protections, especially now when so many families face housing insecurity. Residents, 50+ nonprofit organizations, & advocates throughout Chicagoland are working to pass the Residential Tenant Landlord Ordinance (RTLO) & protect suburban renters.

Add your voice: bit.ly/protectcookcorenters
#CookCoRLTO #RentersRights #twill

Thanks to our Board Member Caronina Grimble for the epic advice!Catch this gem and so many more in last night's 'Marchin...
12/04/2020

Thanks to our Board Member Caronina Grimble for the epic advice!

Catch this gem and so many more in last night's 'Marching Onward to Equity' livestream: http://bit.ly/clccr2020

Thanks to everyone who participated, and a special thank-you to our donors and sponsors, who made last night's celebration possible. We are #MarchingOnward together!

12/04/2020
Chef Erick's Favorite Black & Brown-Owned Chicago Eateries

Chef Erick Williams of Virtue Restaurant, who won our Spirit of Hope Award during our #MarchingOnward 2020 Gala, shares some of his favorite Black and Brown-owned restaurants in Chicago.

Our restaurant raffle raised $3,576 that will be entirely donated to seven Black & Brown-owned eateries: Peach's Restaurant | Brown Sugar Bakery-Chicago | Ethiopian Diamond | Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods | @Sweet Maple Cafe Chicago | Carnitas Uruapan | Carver 47 Food & Wellness Market

TONIGHT: Hear the multi-talented Sandra Antongiorgi perform a heart-stopping duet with Lizz Wright during our FREE lives...
12/03/2020

TONIGHT: Hear the multi-talented Sandra Antongiorgi perform a heart-stopping duet with Lizz Wright during our FREE livestream benefit, 'Marching Onward to Equity' produced by Windy City Indie.

Show starts at 7pm, but tune in 15 minutes early for some fun dance tunes with DJ Milty Evans. Watch it live: www.clccrul.org #MarchinGonward

Join us TONIGHT for two soul-lifting sessions with talented multidisciplinary artist Avery R. Young! The show starts 7:0...
12/03/2020

Join us TONIGHT for two soul-lifting sessions with talented multidisciplinary artist Avery R. Young!

The show starts 7:00pm CT but hop in the chat at 6:45p for some pre-show holiday hype (dance tunes provided by DJ Milty Evans). Yep, this is what justice sounds like. Watch it live: www.clccrul.org

#MarchingOnward #CivilRights #RacialEquity #LivestreamBenefit

Drumroll, please....The one and only Katie Kadan is in the house, TONIGHT AT 7PM for our livestream benefit, 'Marching O...
12/03/2020

Drumroll, please....

The one and only Katie Kadan is in the house, TONIGHT AT 7PM for our livestream benefit, 'Marching Onward to Equity,' produced by Windy City Indie. Join us at 6:45pm for a pre-show dance party with DJ Milty Evans. Watch it live: www.clccrul.org

#MarchingOnward #CivilRights #RacialEquity #LivestreamBenefit

TOMORROW: Enjoy a fun, soulful jam with The Claudettes as we celebrate civil rights and raise funds to fight for racial ...
12/03/2020

TOMORROW: Enjoy a fun, soulful jam with The Claudettes as we celebrate civil rights and raise funds to fight for racial equity!

RSVP for free and tune in at 7pm tomorrow night: https://www.clccrul.org/marching-onward-to-equity #MarchingOnward #LivestreamBenefit #CivilRights

TOMORROW NIGHT: We are honored and delighted to feature Lizz Wright in our livestream benefit TWICE, as both a legendary...
12/02/2020

TOMORROW NIGHT: We are honored and delighted to feature Lizz Wright in our livestream benefit TWICE, as both a legendary performer and a restaurateur at Carver 47 Food & Wellness Market, where she is co-owner and executive chef.

You could win a $50 gift certificate for takeout at Carver 47 (or one of six other Black & Brown-owned local eateries) when you RSVP at https://www.clccrul.org/marching-onward-to-equity #MarchingOnward #CivilRights #RacialEquity #LivestreamBenefit

#GivingTuesday is almost over, but the fight for racial equity and economic justice doesn't end.Help us defend low-incom...
12/01/2020

#GivingTuesday is almost over, but the fight for racial equity and economic justice doesn't end.

Help us defend low-income students of color who need equal access to remote learning. Donate at https://bit.ly/32Y7ATi #Chicago #EducationEquity

For nonprofits & small businesses, the holiday season is more important than ever to survive this pandemic winter.Your #...
12/01/2020

For nonprofits & small businesses, the holiday season is more important than ever to survive this pandemic winter.

Your #GivingTuesday donation enables us to give free legal assistance to struggling organizations in Chicago's disinvested communities. Donate at https://bit.ly/32Y7ATi

Democracy depends on all of us. Your #GivingTuesday gift can help power an army of legal volunteers to defend voting rig...
12/01/2020

Democracy depends on all of us. Your #GivingTuesday gift can help power an army of legal volunteers to defend voting rights in next year's elections.

Donate: https://bit.ly/32Y7ATi #VotingRights #RacialEquity

We can't fight discrimination unless we can identify where it's happening. This #GivingTuesday, support marginalized com...
12/01/2020

We can't fight discrimination unless we can identify where it's happening.

This #GivingTuesday, support marginalized communities in the face of systemic housing inequities.

Donate: https://bit.ly/32Y7ATi #Chicago #RacialEquity #Housing

Today is #GivingTuesday! Here's what your donation can do to help low-income individuals facing racial discrimination. H...
12/01/2020

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Here's what your donation can do to help low-income individuals facing racial discrimination. Help us stay in the fight for civil rights. Donate at: https://bit.ly/32Y7ATi

Do you have concerns about the LSC (Local School Council) election process? Contact our hotline (via text or voicemail t...
11/30/2020

Do you have concerns about the LSC (Local School Council) election process?

Contact our hotline (via text or voicemail to 262-729-3082, or email to [email protected]), particularly if you see large numbers of envelopes or ballots marked defective and not counted for technical reasons. #LSCElections2020 #Chicago #Education #Voting

On THURSDAY, join us for our FREE livestream benefit with some of Chicago's top musical talents! Performances by Lizz Wr...
11/30/2020

On THURSDAY, join us for our FREE livestream benefit with some of Chicago's top musical talents!

Performances by Lizz Wright & Sandra Antongiorgi, Katie Kadan, Avery R. Young & De Deacon Board, and The Claudettes starting at 7 PM.

RSVP today: https://www.clccrul.org/marching-onward-to-equity #MarchingOnward #LivestreamBenefit #ChicagoCivilRights

Our FREE livestream benefit is next Thursday night, December 3d!When you RSVP, we'll enter one raffle ticket for you to ...
11/28/2020

Our FREE livestream benefit is next Thursday night, December 3d!

When you RSVP, we'll enter one raffle ticket for you to win a $50 gift certificate to one of seven delicious Chicago eateries now offering take-out service (some hand-picked by the award-winning Chef Erick Williams!)

Better yet: You can buy as many raffle tickets as you want for $10 each, and know that 100% of the raffle proceeds will benefit these local Black and Brown-owned restaurants!

RSVP and buy raffle tickets today at www.clccrul.org/marching-onward-to-equity

In every election, we protect voters from intimidation, misconduct, and other barriers at the polls that especially impa...
11/28/2020
Trump Push To Invalidate Votes In Heavily Black Cities Alarms Civil Rights Groups

In every election, we protect voters from intimidation, misconduct, and other barriers at the polls that especially impact Black & Brown voters.

We saw plenty of problems for voters in November - but nothing compares to this administration's attempts to undercut an election result that doesn’t favor them. #VotingRights #Election2020 #RacialEquity

Black voters in Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Atlanta were crucial to Joe Biden's victory. Those are also the places where President Trump's campaign has targeted its legal efforts.

Our FREE livestream benefit is next Thursday night, December 3d!When you RSVP, we'll enter one raffle ticket for you to ...
11/27/2020

Our FREE livestream benefit is next Thursday night, December 3d!

When you RSVP, we'll enter one raffle ticket for you to win a $50 gift certificate to one of seven delicious Chicago eateries now offering take-out service (some hand-picked by the award-winning Chef Erick Williams!)

Better yet: You can buy as many raffle tickets as you want for $10 each, and know that 100% of the raffle proceeds will benefit these local Black and Brown-owned restaurants!

RSVP and buy raffle tickets today at www.clccrul.org/marching-onward-to-equity

Our FREE livestream benefit is next Thursday night, December 3d!When you RSVP, we'll enter one raffle ticket for you to ...
11/27/2020

Our FREE livestream benefit is next Thursday night, December 3d!

When you RSVP, we'll enter one raffle ticket for you to get chance to win a $50 gift certificate to one of seven delicious Chicago eateries now offering take-out service (some hand-picked by the award-winning Chef Erick Williams!)

Better yet: You can buy as many raffle tickets as you want for $10 each, and know that 100% of the raffle proceeds will benefit these local Black and Brown-owned restaurants!

RSVP and buy raffle tickets today at www.clccrul.org/marching-onward-to-equity

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!Chicagoans know good food. That's why we're raffling off $50 gift certificates to local Black & Brown...
11/26/2020

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Chicagoans know good food. That's why we're raffling off $50 gift certificates to local Black & Brown-owned eateries during our livestream benefit next Thursday:

-Peach’s Restaurant (Bronzeville)
-Brown Sugar Bakery (Chatham)
-Ethiopian Diamond (Edgewater)
-Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods (Wicker Park)
-Sweet Maple Café (Little Italy)
-Carnitas Uruapan Restaurant (Lower West Side/Pilsen)
-Carver 47 (Kenwood)

When you buy a raffle ticket, 100% of the proceeds are donated to these restaurants! RSVP and buy raffle tickets today at www.clccrul.org/marching-onward-to-equity

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!Chicagoans know good food. That's why we're raffling off $50 gift certificates to local Black & Brown...
11/26/2020

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Chicagoans know good food. That's why we're raffling off $50 gift certificates to local Black & Brown-owned eateries during our livestream benefit next Thursday:

-Peach’s Restaurant (Bronzeville)
-Brown Sugar Bakery (Chatham)
-Ethiopian Diamond (Edgewater)
-Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods (Wicker Park)
-Sweet Maple Café (Little Italy)
-Carnitas Uruapan Restaurant (Lower West Side/Pilsen)
-Carver 47 (Kenwood)

When you buy a raffle ticket, 100% of the proceeds are donated to these restaurants! Get yours today at www.clccrul.org/marching-onward-to-equity

We are SO excited for our livestream benefit raffle next Thursday night!When you buy a raffle ticket for $10, you get a ...
11/25/2020

We are SO excited for our livestream benefit raffle next Thursday night!

When you buy a raffle ticket for $10, you get a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to one of these local Black & Brown-owned eateries:

-Peach’s Restaurant (Bronzeville)
-Brown Sugar Bakery (Chatham)
-Ethiopian Diamond (Edgewater)
-Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods (Wicker Park)
-Sweet Maple Café (Little Italy)
-Carnitas Uruapan Restaurant (Lower West Side/Pilsen)
-Carver 47 (Kenwood)

Better yet: 100% of the raffle proceeds will benefit these restaurants! So buy your raffle tickets today at www.clccrul.org/marching-onward-to-equity

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