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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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SYSTEMIC OPPRESSION AND TRAUMA: WHY HEALING-CENTERED TWO-GENERATION APPROACHES ARE CRUCIAL TO POVERTY ALLEVIATION

07/02/2019 - Sabea Evans, Center for Hunger-Free Communities - lock_open
Systemic racism and discrimination are forms of systemic oppression found to be root causes of poverty and hunger in the United States.... Read more

The Roles of Suspensions for Minor Infractions and School Climate in Predicting Academic Performance Among Adolescents

09/29/2021 - Juan Del Toro and Ming-Te Wang, University of Pittsburg - lock_open
Study published in American Psychologist that shows that more African American youth are suspended for minor infractions than... Read more

For Black students, unfairly harsh discipline can lead to lower grades

10/07/2021 - Lea Winerman - lock_open
Black students are often subject to harsher discipline at school than white students, and those punishments can damage students’... Read more

Landlords Are Less Likely to Reply to Applicants with Black and Latino Names

11/29/2021 - Kelsey Butler - lock_open
In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers created fictitious renters with names more often associated with White, African... Read more