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Racial Justice

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Welcome to the Racial Justice Practice Area! This practice area strives to strengthen civil legal aid’s capacity and skills to advance racial justice. In this section, you can access materials related to racial justice across multiple substantive areas. You will find articles, toolkits, webinars, slides, videos, and other resources to enhance your knowledge about racial justice and to provide guidance on how to apply a racial equity lens to your work. 

Join the Race Equity Coalition! The REC promotes racial justice advocacy in Massachusetts legal service programs by:

  • sharing ideas, tools and local initiatives
  • collaborating to recognize and eliminate systemic barriers to the advancement and inclusion of Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American people from low-income households
  • engaging in work that advances racial justice. 

The Race Equity Coalition meets approximately once a month and sends out a bimonthly newsletter. You can join the mailing group by logging into Mass Legal Services, clicking “Join Email Groups” and requesting group membership to the Race Equity Coalition. 

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How to respond when a coworker says something offensive

02/07/2023 - KENJI YOSHINO AND DAVID GLASGOW - lock_open
First, when a colleague makes a biased remark, the situation usually feels tense and adversarial, which makes it more likely you’ll... Read more

The Perils of Black Leadership

05/15/2023 - Cyndi Suarez - lock_open
This article highlights the key characteristics of the Black leadership experience: (1) the fact that Black leaders tend to get appointed... Read more

The Ghosts of Housing Discrimination Reach Beyond Redlining

03/15/2023 - Urban Institute - lock_open
Over the last few years, as public attention has focused on disparities caused by structural racism embedded in policy and practice... Read more

The college-going gap between Black and white Americans was always bad. It’s getting worse

05/15/2023 - Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report - lock_open
As states push back against diversity programs, and the Supreme Court considers whether to eliminate affirmative action in admissions, a... Read more