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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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08/27/2013 - Charles Elsesser - lock_open
Within the past decade there has been a renewed interest in a style of practice we call “community lawyering.” I use the... Read more

Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care

01/01/2003 - National Academy of Sciences - lock_open
Racial and ethnic disparities in health care are known to reflect access to care and other issues that arise from differing socioeconomic... Read more

How to have productive conversations about race at work

12/16/2020 - Meredith Somers MIT Management - lock_open
From the introduction: The police body camera footage, social media posts, and mounting news stories all made it clear to the leadership... Read more

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