The Chicago Lawyers' Committee Blog Archive

Ruth Greenwood of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Mar 26, 2015
The Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday in the case of Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, reversing and remanding a decision that Alabama did not engage in unconstitutional racial ger...
Jay Readey of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Feb 12, 2015
As a Chicagoan, a baseball lover, and a youth coach, I am in a perfect storm reading the news that Little League International has canceled the US Championship of Jackie Robinson West and vacated i...
Jay Readey of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jan 4, 2015
Here's a New Year's resolution for college seniors: move to Ferguson, Missouri after graduation. Take out a lease, take up residence, and participate in building a stronger community ...
Jay Readey of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Sep 16, 2014
I have been pushing the idea of neighborhood equity as a gateway to so many of the race- and poverty-based civil rights issues we still struggle with. Based on the recent important soci...
Ruth Greenwood of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Mar 26, 2014
By Michael Brey, University of Iowa Law School Two recent court rulings chronicle the ongoing battle over voter suppression laws in the Midwest. On Wednesday, March 19, a federal judge&rsqu...
Ruth Greenwood of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Mar 12, 2014
Last Friday, March 7, was the 49th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. On that day in 1965 John Lewis, then the SNCC President, and other civil rights leaders attempted to march from Selma to Montg...
Jay Readey of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Feb 1, 2014
So excited that the Tribune chose to run this at the top of its Super Bowl Sunday opinion section. Our second entry in A New Plan of Chicago... http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/ar...
Ruth Greenwood of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jan 22, 2014
Last year’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v Holder thrust a “dagger to the heart” of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), according to Congressman, and veteran of the 1960s marc...
Ruth Greenwood of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Oct 30, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking last Friday at the Equal Justice Works annual conference, noted that he wanted the legacy of his leadership of the Department of Justice to be recognition of ...
Jay Readey of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Sep 16, 2013
At the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, we have been watching the Chicago Public School closings and their effects on students and communities very closely. So I rea...
Ruth Greenwood of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Aug 30, 2013
By Marissa Liebling and Ruth Greenwood Under David Orr's leadership, Cook County has supported and implemented many strong policies to increase voter accessibility and participation. This w...
Paul Strauss of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Aug 21, 2013
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced significant changes in how the federal government treats people charged with drug offenses. The changes he announced include: U.S. Att...
Marissa Liebling of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jul 29, 2013
The Pennsylvania state legislature passed a law in early 2012 requiring all voters to present a photo ID at the polls. Viviette Applewhite, a 92-year-old woman who has voted in nearly every electio...
Ruth Greenwood of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jul 22, 2013
It’s no secret that Illinois has a reputation for political corruption and machine politics. But it’s not just through corruption and bribery that our elected representatives let ...
Maurice Green of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jul 1, 2013
A lack of empathy perpetuates racial disparities.... At least, that is what Slate writer, Jason Silverstein, argues. Touching on a plethora of severe identity issues within our “post-racial&r...
Maurice Green of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jun 27, 2013
I am so sick of entitled white students from the suburbs that blame affirmative action for their lack of success in college of admissions. College admission, especially for very selective sch...
Haben Ghebregergish of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jun 20, 2013
In May, I attended the 7th Annual Chicago African Summit, a full day event hosted by the United Africa Organization (UOA) dedicated to issues affecting the African immigrant and refugee population....
Maurice Green of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jun 18, 2013
It broke my heart the other day when I saw a family of four buying their actual groceries at a gas station. The family consisted of a mother who clearly looked overworked and anxious, three little ...
Paul Strauss of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on May 24, 2013
One of the authors of a recent Heritage Foundation report opposing immigration reform turns out to have written a 2009 Harvard Ph.D. thesis entitled “IQ and Immigration Policy.” I...
Paul Strauss of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on May 20, 2013
The Heritage Foundation recently released a report opposing immigration reform, arguing that the cost of government benefits that will be paid to immigrants and their children will be much higher t...
Paul Strauss of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on May 17, 2013
On May 6, 2013, the Heritage Foundation released a report intended to weaken support for a comprehensive immigration reform bill, entitled, “The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty...
Paul Strauss of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on May 17, 2013
On May 6, 2013, the Heritage Foundation released a report intended to weaken support for a comprehensive immigration reform bill, entitled, “The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty...
Jay Readey of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Apr 25, 2013
When he was six, our biracial, African-American son told my wife and me that he was only playing baseball if Daddy coached. I had never been a baseball guy (thought the game was slow and bori...
Marissa Liebling of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Apr 8, 2013
By Ruth Greenwood and Marissa Liebling When signing the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law in 1965, President Johnson said: "Until every qualified person regardless of . . . the color ...
Cindy Tapper of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Apr 1, 2013
In a number of key swing states, state legislators have either spoken in favor of, or introduced legislation, that would switch their respective states to a system in which Electoral College votes ...
Cindy Tapper of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Mar 27, 2013
By: Renee Hatcher, CLC Staff Attorney Twenty-four hours after signaling apprehension to rule on California’s Proposition 8 challenge, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitu...
Paul Strauss of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Feb 1, 2013
In a recent decision by a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in a decision written by Judge Posner, the Court reached out gratuitously to insert an ethn...
Paul Strauss of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jan 31, 2013
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander, puts together information on mass incarceration to argue that the system effectively subordinates African-American men to an underclass, confined in jails a...
Cindy Tapper of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jan 23, 2013
Interested in eliminating housing discrimination in Chicago? The Chicago Lawyers' Committee has an opening for a fair housing staff attorney. Click the link below to learn how you can join the ...
Cindy Tapper of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jan 23, 2013
By: Paul Strauss, Co-Director of Litigation, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the ...
Cindy Tapper of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jan 16, 2013
By: Paul Strauss, Co-Director of Litigation, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. In the book Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools...
Marissa Liebling of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Nov 29, 2012
Voting with a Disability By: Laura McFadden This year’s Election Protection efforts revealed that while some polling places successfully implemented federal and state laws, smoothly a...
Shubra Ohri of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Oct 16, 2012
Prison-based gerrymandering is a practice that considers prisons as the official residences of incarcerated people for redistricting purposes. In effect, this practice dilutes the voting powe...
Marissa Liebling of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Oct 16, 2012
Join Chicago Votes (chicagovotes.com) for a fun large scale, single day event to celebrate democracy and Get Out The Vote. It's called Trick or Vote. Seizing on our nation's on...
Shubra Ohri of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Oct 9, 2012
Our current election system does not allow all citizens to meaningfully participate in the democratic system. Socio-economic classes are not equally represented in the electoral pr...
Jay Readey of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Oct 9, 2012
At a forum this morning called "Chicago World Class City, 3rd World Violence," I heard from the director of U of C's crime lab and Education Lab, a US attorney's office Deputy Chi...
Marissa Liebling of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Sep 24, 2012
Now is the time to make sure you are registered to vote and that your registration is updated and correct! Checking your registration status: You can check your registration status by downl...
Jessica Schneider of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Sep 19, 2012
We are glad that students were able to return to school today. Below is the Chicago Lawyers' Committee position on the CTU strike. Education is the civil rights ...
Nory Kaplan-Kelly of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Aug 8, 2012
One of the most momentous opportunities for participating in our democracy is voting for a candidate. Yet voting terrifies me. Voting terrifies me because it requires that someone stare ...
Jay Readey of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Aug 3, 2012
I am a fervent believer that racial integration – by neighborhood most of all, but also in terms of our interpersonal relations and daily patterns – is the key to a more just and equal ...
Marissa Liebling of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Aug 2, 2012
The argument most frequently cited in support for voter ID laws is simple: we need to secure the vote to prevent voter fraud. However, supporters of voter ID laws have had problems finding ample do...
Paul Strauss of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Jul 31, 2012
In 2011, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, with the Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym law firm, filed a lawsuit challenging a criminal background check report prepared by a com...
Paul Strauss of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on May 9, 2012
The hugely disproportionate rate at which African-Americans and Latinos are sent to jail and prison is one of the major civil rights issues of our time. The number of people i...
Paul Strauss of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on May 9, 2012
Substantial gains in the employment and employment prospects of African-Americans have been made since the onset of the civil rights movement and the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960...
Marissa Liebling of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on May 9, 2012
According to the 2010 census, families with lower household income are less likely to be registered to vote and are less likely to vote. Instead of disenfranchising low-income people, through restr...
Marissa Liebling of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on May 9, 2012
Last year, a new wave of restrictive voting legislation swept the country. Currently, 31 states require some form of identification (ID) to vote, with 15 states requiring photo ID. Out of those sta...
Angie Hall of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on May 9, 2012
When a working mother buys a home, she not only opens the door to a permanent shelter for her family. She opens the door to financial stability—even to modest wealth accumulation. For th...
Angie Hall of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on May 9, 2012
On January 27, 2012, Hull House and its Small Business Development Center closed its doors and its operations. This very important small business resource served a large population of minorit...
Jay Readey of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on May 8, 2012
"The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line." W.E.B. DuBois The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. DuBois famously opened the Forethought of...
Nonprofit organizations are a crucial part of our society, providing help to the needy, education for a lifetime, support for good causes, and other social services. As organizations compete for li...
Betsy Shuman-Moore of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on May 4, 2012
Segregation has a mighty arsenal, and discriminatory zoning laws are one of its favorite weapons. While it is both illegal and becoming increasingly less socially acceptable to explicitl...
Cindy Tapper of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Mar 5, 2012
The hugely disproportionate rate at which African-Americans and Latinos are sent to jail and prison is one of the major civil rights issues of our time. The number ...
Cindy Tapper of The Chicago Lawyers' Committee posted a blog on Feb 20, 2012
Segregation has a mighty arsenal, and discriminatory zoning laws are one of its favorite weapons. While it is both illegal and becoming increasingly less socially acceptable to explicitl...