Make a Difference by Reaching Out

Fewer people are reaching out to people different from themselves. Lonnie Powers makes the case for learning from people with different backgrounds and experiences.

Blog Post (Massachusetts)

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
August 5, 2014
Link to story

Tags: Civil Rights, Law Schools

Organizations mentioned/involved: South Coastal Counties Legal Services (MA) (SCCLS), Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC)


Every year, South Coastal Counties Legal Services in Massachusetts helps to place approximately 25 AmeriCorps Legal Fellows in civil legal aid programs across the state.

Like the Freedom Summer volunteers, each of these AmericCorps fellows chose to “touch the pain” in the lives of those who need legal assistance. That choice and that experience has changed their lives — and will continue to do so — in myriad ways.

Though many Fellows were deeply moved and saddened by these injustices, there is no question that their lives have been changed because they have “touched the pain.”

have no doubt the AmeriCorps Legal Fellows will continue to engage with those who share a different worldview and, most important, will continue to “reach out and touch the pain.” In doing so, they are slowly chipping away at inequality and expanding justice for all.