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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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Building Racial Equity into Emergency Rental Assistance Programs An Equity Checklist for Program Administrators

08/18/2021 - Urban Institute - lock_open
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the disproportionate housing stability challenges faced by Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people, and its... Read more

Working Toward Equal Justice: Addressing the Challenges of Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat for Legal Aid Lawyers

05/09/2018 - Rachel D. Godsil, Director of Research and Co-founder, Perception Institute, and Dushaw Hockett, Executive Director, Safe Places for the Advancement of Community and Equity (SPACEs) - lock_open
Legal aid and legal services lawyers are on the front lines in an increasingly hostile environment for poor people and people of color.... Read more

Researchers Should Understand and Adapt Race and Ethnicity Data That Change Over Time

03/31/2022 - Alaina Flannigan, Rachel Rosenberg, Alyssa Liehr, Reva Dalela, Mya’ Sanders - lock_open
Embedding race equity principles into supports provided for young people who age out of foster care can better prepare them for a... Read more

DISPARITIES IN DEBT: WHY DEBT IS A DRIVER IN THE RACIAL WEALTH GAP

02/07/2022 - Tashfia Hasan, Katherine Lucas McKay, and Joanna Smith-Ramani, Aspen Institute - lock_open
This brief explores the links between racial disparities in debt and those in wealth. It is informed by Aspen FSP’s years of... Read more