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African Americans, particularly African-American women, experience violence resulting in death at the hands of family members more often than any other racial group in the U.S. Although from 1976 to 2005, intimate-partner homicides among African Americans declined 69.2%, in 2005 African Americans disproportionately accounted for nearly a third of the intimate-partner homicides that occurred in […]

Domestic Violence: A local story

October 31, 2009 | Comments Off on Domestic Violence: A local story

MAY 8, 2009: JULIUS SCOTT, 74, of Dorchester was stabbed to death allegedly by his girlfriend, Verna Sewell, 64. Sewell allegedly confessed to stabbing Scott after he hit her with a brick. Sewell told police the two were having an argument and struggled over the knife, and “somehow it ended up in his chest.” In […]

Domestic Violence Week (A Literary Interpretation)

October 20, 2009 | Comments Off on Domestic Violence Week (A Literary Interpretation)

You’d have to get close to see the red-purple bruises on her dark-brown skin.  The impressions of his thumb in the top of her collar bone, branching out to the thick twin lines that curved, almost, to the back of her neck. She covered them with make up and remembered how she couldn’t breathe. The […]

While other problems–high incarceration rates, the education attainment gap, housing instability, disproportionate HIV rates, and violent crime in black communities — are often the topic of discussion and activism, domestic violence is rarely discussed. It should be. Domestic violence is not only as much of a problem in the black community as it is across […]


    Harvard Black Law Students Association presents...
    Social Justice Week

    March 2nd - 6th

    Monday: Social Justice Week Kick-Off

    BLSA general body meeting featuring a special presentation by Noah Hood and the BLSA Social Justice Committee

    Langdell South 7:00 pm

    Dinner will be served

    Tuesday: Education

    Education Awareness Candy Campaign Learn about some of the problems facing Boston's youth, including the unfair and exclusionary expulsion policies

    Harkness Common 12:00 noon

    Wednesday: Housing

    Housing Recovery Acts in MA Some of the areas foremost housing activists will gather to discuss legislation concerning predatory lending practices

    Hauser 101 7:30 pm

    Refreshments will be served

    Thursday: Criminal Justice

    Sealing Criminal Records: Implications for Social Justice

    A panel of the leading voices in criminal justice reform will speak about criminal record information laws.

    Austin Hall 7:00 pm

    A Soul Food Dinner will be served.

    Friday: Criminal Justice

    CORI Sealing Training

    Criminal Record Sealing Training involves hands-on training. Participants will be able to help with upcoming CORI Sealing projects.