Baltimore Sun Editorial in Support of Red Line Case

The Baltimore Sun, Maryland’s leading newspaper, published an excellent editorial today supporting the Red Line complaint CREEC filed with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Covington & Burling LLP; and the ACLU of Maryland.  The problem is not what was in Governor Hogan’s heart when he made that choice, the problem is in what that choice means for the thousands of working poor families — the vast majority of them black — living in the neighborhoods that would have been served by the Red Line. As study after study concluded, the project would have created thousands of jobs (15,000 of them along with $2.1 billion in economic activity, according to one Transportation for America report) and connected these historically isolated communities to job centers like the Social Security Administration and Johns Hopkins Bayview. Talk about breaking the cycle of poverty; that could have been a game-changer for many economically challenged communities, which are even now trying to pick up the pieces after the Freddie Gray unrest. Stay tuned for updates on this ground-breaking...

Baltimore Residents File Title VI Complaint with United States Department of Transportation over Maryland’s Discriminatory Decision to Strip Baltimore of Transportation Funding

Today, CREEC; the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Covington & Burling LLP; and the ACLU of Maryland filed a complaint with the United States Department of Transportation on behalf of the Baltimore City Chapter of the NAACP, Baltimore Regional Initiative Developing Genuine Equality, Inc. (“BRIDGE”), and African-American residents of the City of Baltimore, challenging the state’s decision this summer to cancel plans for the “Red Line” rail system for Baltimore City. The complaint alleges that the decision to cancel the Red Line and divert transportation funds to highway and other projects outside the city has a disparate impact on African-American residents in Baltimore. According to the complaint filed today, this action violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits state agencies that engage in discrimination from receiving federal funds. “This is a critical civil rights issue. Everyone who knows this city knows that the lack of rapid transit restricts access to jobs and housing for low and middle income African-American residents living along the city’s east-west corridor,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, President & Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). The Governor’s unilateral decision to cancel the Red Line this summer came while many residents were still reeling from unrest after the death of Freddie Gray. “It frankly shocked the entire city,” said Ifill, who has spoken frequently about the civil rights implications of the decision to abandon the plan for the Red Line in Baltimore. The rapid transit system would have connected the predominantly African-American communities on the east and west sides of Baltimore and provided access to jobs and...

Complaint Filed: California’s Medi-Cal Program Violates Latin@ Civil Rights

CREEC’s Bill Lee, along with attorneys from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Health Law Program, and Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman and Wasow LLP, filed a complaint against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of a group of Californians who allege that Medi-Cal, California’s health plan for low-income individuals, violates the civil rights of millions of Latinos and Latinas. For more information about the case, please head over to the coverage of the complaint published in the Los Angeles Times or Business...

CREEC Seeks Legal Interns for Summer 2016

The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) invites applications for internships from law students. Two legal internship positions are available in Denver and one position is available in Berkeley. Legal interns work under the supervision of attorneys on all aspects of individual and class action civil rights cases from inception through resolution. Interns may be asked to work on projects including working on factual and legal investigations, interviewing potential clients and class members, and researching and drafting legal memoranda, as well as portions of motions, briefs, discovery, and pre-litigation demand letters. Interns may also be included in strategy discussions and preparation for depositions, mediations, and court proceedings. Legal interns may also work on developing outreach and educational materials. CREEC seeks interns who have strong research, writing, and communication skills; who are enthusiastic, creative, and detail-oriented; and who have a commitment to work for civil rights and social justice. Summer internships are unpaid, although students are encouraged to seek outside funding from their law schools or public interest foundations. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks, although other arrangements may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Application Process Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, 5-10 page writing sample, unofficial transcript or grade sheet, and list of references to: resumes@creeclaw.org. Please indicate “Law Student Internship (YOUR LAST NAME)” in the subject line and specify your desired office location in the cover letter. If you are a person with a disability and need accommodations in the application process, please let us know in your cover letter....
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