The city of Lowell is being sued by some of its residents who claim the way the city elects its city council and school committee violates the rights of minorities.
Oren Sellstrom is with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. He's one of the attorneys representing the Lowell residents who are suing the city. 
He spoke with WGBH All Things Considered host Barbara Howard about the lawsuit and what it hopes to accomplish.