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Approaching Consumer Work with a Racial Justice Lens
Session 1 | 2PM (ET), July 13, 2021
Consideration of race is central to the practice of consumer law for low-income people. During this session, we will discuss why race is a critical part of anti-poverty advocacy generally and consumer advocacy specifically. Speakers will introduce concepts to help advocates advance racial equity in their work and discuss how racial justice may require advocates to change their approach in advocacy and in court. Presenters: Ben Carter (Kentucky Equal Justice Center), Kimberly Merchant (Shriver Center on Poverty Law), & Odette Williamson (National Consumer Law Center)

Session 2 | 2PM (ET), July 20, 2021
Promoting racial justice in consumer advocacy may require organizational realignment and forging closer partnerships with community. Join this session to hear from both advocates and community members about how Legal Aid of Arkansas changed their approach to consumer advocacy to better support a vibrant community of Marshallese in-migrants being targeted by predatory consumer practices. Presenters: Eldon Alik (Marshallese Consulate, Springdale AR), Melisa Laelan (Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese), Susan Purtle (Legal Aid of Arkansas), & Mallory Sanders (Legal Aid of Arkansas)

Session 3 | 2PM (ET), July 27, 2021
Understanding history is crucial to appreciating how racism permeates our work. During this session advocates will discuss how specific regional histories of indigenous oppression in New Mexico and sharecropping in Mississippi have informed their understanding of the predatory pay day lending landscape in their state. Contextualizing pay day lending in this way surfaced new issues and presented different approaches in two unique communities within different political environments. Presenters: Lindsay Cutler (New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty) & Charles Lee (Mississippi Center for Justice)

All sessions are 90 minutes long and will be recorded for later streaming.
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