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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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Systems Thinking

03/16/2023 - Racial Equity Tools - lock_open
Systems thinking can help people understand why changes in multiple sectors are necessary to make genuinely sustainable progress towards... Read more

Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States

03/14/2023 - Nicole Ward and Jeanne Batalova, Migration Immigration Policy - lock_open
This Spotlight offers information about the approximately 45.3 million immigrants in the United States as of 2021, by compiling the most... Read more

Building a Guaranteed Income to End the "Child Welfare" System

07/12/2022 - Melody R. Webb, Esq. - lock_open
It is time for policy makers to reimagine and dismantle the child welfare system. This Article provides background on disparities in the... Read more

No Coincidence: Black Family Separations Then and Now

02/16/2023 - upEND - lock_open
The family policing system currently separates over 200,000 children from their families annually.  Black children make up a... Read more