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Buying, Selling, & Leasing Can Support Civil Rights Justice
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (CLCCR) is a community of civil rights lawyers and advocates dedicated to realizing the vision of leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. As a member of Investing In Communities®, CLCCR can receive funding from the real estate transactions of its supporters, at no cost to the supporter or to CLCCR. Already $6,560 has been raised. As more supporters use this platform, at no cost to them, CLCCR will have more funds to stand up for oppressed minorities, the LGBTQ community, women, marginalized religious groups, immigrants, and people with disabilities, among others.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law began in 1963 when President Kennedy assembled 250 lawyers at The White House to encourage them to use their expertise to promote Civil Rights in court. Today, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law continues this mission with programs including the Community Law Project, the Education Equity Project, the Hate Crime Project, the Housing Opportunity Project, the Police Accountability Project, the Settlement Assistance Program, and the Voting Rights Project.
Community Law Project
To spur economic development in low-income Chicago neighborhoods, the Community Law Project:
- Provides transactional legal assistance to community development oriented nonprofits;
- Provides legal assistance to low to mid income entrepreneurs starting their own businesses; and
- Implements community lawyering by knowing community needs and developing strategies to meet them at the ground level.
Education Equity Project
To fight for equal education opportunities for everyone, the Education Equity Project:
- Protects the rights of individual students;
- Empowers communities to break the prison to school pipeline; and
- Promotes systemic reform in Illinois schools.
A recent success was the passing of state law SB100, which brought needed change to school discipline policies.
Hate Crime Project
The Hate Crime Project is designed to protect and advocate for those affected by hate crimes by:
- Seeking policy reform;
- Offering legal representation; and
- Coordinating community trainings.
Through these efforts, CCLCRUL not only helps minorities and other oppressed groups to know their civil rights, but has successfully defended them in court.
Housing Opportunity Project
The Housing Opportunity Project provides legal representation to those experiencing discrimination around housing opportunities.
Police Accountability Project
The Police Accountability Project works to keep police accountable for their treatment of all people, regardless of their race or socioeconomic status, to ensure that all people are treated fairly and with dignity by police officers.
Settlement Assistance Program
Society works best with a level playing field – when all parties are informed and capably represented. The Settlement Assistance Program was established to ensure that all stakeholders are well represented, providing volunteer attorneys to make this possible.
Voting Rights Project
One of the key rights and duties of American citizens is the right to vote. Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law defends this right with the Voting Rights Project, which:
- Advocates for better voting laws that do not exclude or inhibit people of color from voting and provides legal defense of these laws; and
- Provides training and education on everything community members need to know about exercising their right to vote.
Buying or Selling a Home Can Help Promote Civil Rights
At no cost to themselves, Anyone who cares about civil rights can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support their mission by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?
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