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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 Close the Digital Divide in the US

07/20/2021 - Bhaskar Chakravorti, Harvard Business Review - lock_open
The U.S. government is negotiating a plan to address one of the most important — but overlooked — problems facing the country:... Read more

Homelessness Is a Housing and Racism Problem

05/11/2022 - Bill Pitkin - lock_open
In discussing why homelessness is more prevalent in some cities, Colburn and Aldern make a helpful distinction between “precipitating... Read more

The Case Against Summary Proceedings: Process as Racism and Oppressio

11/14/2022 - Andrew Scherer, Seton Hall Law Review - lock_open
This Article argues that because of the many ways in which summary eviction proceedings privilege landlords and disadvantage tenants, their... Read more

An Indigenous Abolitionist Study Guide

10/26/2020 - Toronto Abolitionist Convergence - lock_open
In settler states such as Canada, the justice system is an integral component of settler colonial warfare against Indigenous peoples. As... Read more