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September/October 2005 Newsletter

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Articles
Resources

      Race / Racism
      Poverty / Welfare
      Community Organizing
      Criminal Justice
      Economic / Community Development
      Education
      Employment / Labor / Jobs Policy
      Families / Women / Children
      Health
      Homelessness
      Housing
      Miscellaneous
      Job Opportunities / Fellowships / Grants

Articles

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  • "Very Low Birthweight in African-American Infants: The Role of Maternal Exposure to Interpersonal Racial Discrimination," by James W. Collins, Jr., Richard J. David, Arden Handler, Stephen Wall & Stephen Andes [9649] See full text.

  • "Towards a "Fair Health" Movement," by Gail Christopher [9647] See full text.

  • "The Contribution of Black-White Health Differences to the Academic Achievement Gap," by Richard Rothstein & Tamara Wilder [9648] See full text.

  • "Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Medicare," by Ellen O'Brien [9650] See full text.

  • "Community Health Strategies to Improve the Life Options of Young Men of Color," by Jorielle R. Brown [9651] See full text.

  • "The Right to Health Under International Law and Its Relevance to the United States," by Alicia Ely Yamin [9652] See full text.

Resources

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Race / Racism

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  • "African Americans and Latinos: The Future of the Middle Class:" A 23-page transcipt of a June 7, 2005 Demos Forum, featuring Thomas Shapiro (Brandeis), Eric Rodriguez (National Council of La Raza) and Javier Silva (Demos), is available (possibly free) from Demos, 220 Fifth Ave., 5th flr., NYC, NY 10001, 212/633-1405, www.demos.org [9530]

  • "Pathway D: Walking Through the Valley," an 88-page, 2005 is one of a series of Faith & Life Resources -- "A Peace Journey for Congregtions" -- Topic Three is "All God's People: Confronting Racism"; Topic Five is "Restorative Justice: Responding to Crime." Available (no price listed) from the Mennonite Publishing Network, Scottdale, PA 15683, 800/245-7894. [9549]

  • "Does Making Work Pay Still Pay? An Updagte on the Effects of Four Earnings Supplement Programs on Employment, Earnings & Income" (2005) is available at www.mdrc.org [9561]

  • Amerisia Journal plans "An Asian Canadian Issue" for Fall 2007 and is soliciting contributions. 2-page abstract due by Nov. 30, 2005 to guest co-editor Henry Yu, henryyu@ucla.edu [9570]

  • The Center for the Study of Political Graphics is holding a sale on new & vintage posters. They're at 8124 W. Third St., #211, LA, CA 90048-4309, 323/653-4662, cspg@politicalgraphics.org, www.poliitcalgraphics.org [9576]

  • What;s Race Got To Do With It? (2005)is a 55-minute documentary-in-progress "that will go beyond identity politics, celebratory history & interpersonal relations to articulate the many myths & misconceptions that underlie & obstruct our thinking about race in today's post-Civil Rights world. Inf. from Larry Adelman at California Newsreel, [9586]

  • New NYC Civil Rights Law The NYC City Council has passed, and Mayor Bloomberg ayor has signed the “Local Civil Rights Restoration Act.” The measure is directed at preventing the City’s Human Rights Law from being interpreted in tandem with the cutbacks in civil rights that have occurred on the federal level in recent years. The new law pointedly requires judges to interpret provisions of the City's Human Rights Law to best accomplish its “uniquely broad a remedial purposes,” regardless of how “its federal and state counterparts have been construed.” It also provides stronger protection against retaliation for persons who file a discrimination complaint. Further inf. from the Anti-Discrimination Ctr. of Metropolitan NY, 299 Broadway, #1820, NYC, NY 10007 www.antibiaslaw.com [9589]

  • "Embracing the Opportunities for Increasing Diversity Into the Legal Profession: Collaborating to Expand the Pipeline," hosted by the ABA Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profesison & The Law School Admission Council, will be held Nov. 3-5, 2005 at Rice Univ., Houston. Inf. from the ABA Advisory Council, 321 No. Clark St., Chicago, IL 66010-4714, 312/988-5100. [9528]

  • "No Retreat, No Compromise" is the US Human Rights Network first bi-annual meeting, Nov. 11-13, 2005 in Atlanta. Inf. from the Network, 659 Auburn Ave. NE, Unit 205, Atlanta, GA 30312, 404/588-9761, conference@ushrnetwork.org www.ushrnetwork.org [9534]

Poverty / Welfare

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  • "Costly Credit: African Americans and Latinos in Debt" (13 pp., May 2005) is available (possibly free) from Demos, 200 Fifth Ave., 5th flr., NYC,NY 10001, 212/633-1405, www.demos.usa.org [9529]

  • "An Atlas of Poverty in America," by Amy Glasmeier can be accessed at www.emsei.psu.edu/~kolb/amy/Atlas/ [9544]

  • "Welfare Reform in Los Angeles: Implementation, Effects & Experiences of Poor Families & Neighborhoods" (2005) is available at www.mdrc.org [9560]

  • "Census Bureau 2004 Poverty Report:" Poverty increased from 2003 to 2004. Study available from 301/763-4636, or www.census.govt/hhes/www/poverty/poverty04.html [9568]

  • "Two Steps Back: African Americans and Latinos Will Lose Ground Under Social Security "Reform"," by Ross Eisenbrey & William E. Spriggs, a 5-page, July 2005 Economic Policy Inst. report, is available from co-author Spriggs, bspriggs@epinet.org [9577]

Community Organizing

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  • "The Midwest Academy" is holdings its Maryland Training Session, Nov. 14-18, 2005 in Linthicum Heights (nr. BWI Airport -- recently renamed forf Thuurgood Marshall). Inf. from the Academy, 28 E. Jackson Blvd., #605, Chicago, IL 60604, 312/427-2304, mwacademy1@aol.com, www.midwestacademy.com [9565]

Criminal Justice

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  • "Race and Incarceration in Delaware: A Preliminary Consideration," by Thomas P. Eichler (27 pp., n.d. [2005] has been published by the Delaware Center for Justice and Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. Available (possibly free) from the author, teichler@nemours.org [9526]

  • "On the Power of Restorative Justice" is the title of a transcript of a May 2005 Drum Major Institute forum featuring long-time San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey and several commentators (including Rev. James Forbes, Jr. of Riverside Church, Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes & NYC Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Martin Horn. Copies of the 37-page document are available (possibly free) from the Inst., 110 E. 59 St., 28th flr., NYC, NY 10022, 212/909-9663, drummajorinstitute.org [9547]

  • "Chicago Communities and Prisoner Reentry," by Jill Farrell & Christy Visher (2005), is available from The Urban Inst., 2100 M St. NW, Wash., DC 20037, 202/261-5709, www.urban,org [9553]

  • "Prisoner Reentry in Illinois" (2005) is available (likely free) from The Urban Inst., 2100 M St. NW, Wash., DC 20037, 202/261-5709, www.urban.org [9556]

Economic / Community Development

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  • Democrartizing Capital: The History, Law, and Reform of the Community Reinvestment Act (315 pp., 2005) has been published by Carolina Academic Press, 919/489-7468, www.caplaw.com [9531]

  • "The Impact of Community Development Corporations on Urban Neighborhoods," by George Galster, Diane Levy, Noah Sawyer, Kenneth Temkin & Christopher Walker (2005), is available (likely free) from The Urban Inst., 2100 M St. NW, Wash., DC 20037, 202/261-5709, www.urban.org [9557]

  • "Gentrification: Boon or Bane?" appeared in the July/Aug. issue of Shelterforce, www.nhi.org/onlne/issues/142/gentrification.html [9563]

  • "Building Communities" is a March 28, 2006 conf. in DC, co-sponsored by policyAmerica, the New America Fdn., Washington Univ. Ctr. for Social Development, Brandeis Univ. Inst. for Assets &U Social Policy, and Capitol Advantage. Inf. from David Stoesz, davestoesz@aol.com [9569]

Education

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  • "The Governance Divide: A Report on a Four-State [FL, GA, NY, OR] Study on Improving College Readiness and Success," by Andrea Venezia, Patrick M. Callan, Joni E. Finney & Michael Usdan (55 pp., Sept. 2005), from the Inst. for Educ. Leadership, the Natl. Ctr. for Public Policy & Higher Educ., and the Stanford Inst. for Higher Educ. Research is available (no price listed) from the Natl. Ctr., 152 N. Third St., #705, San Jose, CA 95112, 408/271-2699, www.highereducation.org [9520]

  • "Closing the Gap: Moving from Rhetoric to Reality in Opening the Doors to Higher Education for African-American Students" (17 pp., June 2005) is available (possibly free) from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (headed by PRRAC Board member Theodore M. Shaw), and is downloadable at www.naacpldf.org [9524]

  • School Resegregation: Must the South Turn Back?, eds. John Charles Boger & Gary Orfield (2005) has been published by Univ. of North Carolina Press. [9536]

  • "Shortchanging Poor and Minority Students: California's Hidden Teacher Spending Gap" is a 2005 report from Education Trust-West, 155 Grand Ave., #1025, Oakland, CA 94612, 510/465-6444, www.edtrustwest.org [9552]

  • "Kids Wjho Move A Lot - A Problem for Rural Disricts," by Karl Schafft (2005) is available at srdc.msstate.edu [9559]

  • "The Role of Education -- Promoting the Economic & Social Vitality of Rural America" (2005) has been published by the Southern Rural Development Center, srdc.msstate.edu/ [9562]

  • "Mayhem in the Middle," a 2005 report from the Thomas Fordham Fdn., argues for high standars and accountability for student achievement in middle grades. Available at www.edexcellence.net/doc/2690_MayhemFINAL.pdf [9572]

  • "Educational Progress Across Generations in California," a 2005 report from the Public Policy Inst. of California, focuses on Mexican-American immigrants. Available at www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=402 [9573]

  • "Teacher Attrition: A Costly Loss to the Nation and to the States," a 2005 brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education (1201 Conn. Ave. NW, #901, Wash., DC 20036, 202/828-0828, Alliance@all4ed.org, www.all4ed.org/publications/TeacherAttrition.pdf [9574]

  • A National Poll Finds Americans Feel High School Improvement More Urgent That Elementary Education Improvement: Materials from an Aug. 2005 Alliance for Excellent Education event presenting the results are available at www.all4ed.org.events/NationalPollRelease.html [9575]

  • Postsecondary Education Opportunity devotes its Aug. 2005, 20-page issue to "Minority Undergraduate Enrollments at Leading Public & Private Colleges & Universities. Subs. to monthly are $164, from PO Box 415, Oskaloosa, IA 52577-0415, 614/673-3401, subscription@postsecondary.org, www.postsecondary.org [9578]

  • "High School Students Have Parents Too," a 2005 study by members of the "Youth News Team" in Lexington, KY, is available (possibly free) from the Center for Parent Leadeership at the Prichard Committee, 167 W. Main St., #310, Lexington, KY 40507, kgardner@prichardcommittee.org [9581]

  • "Organizing Family & Community Connections with Schools: How Do School Staff Build Meaningful Relationships With All Stakeholders" (2005?) is available (no price listed) from The Prichard Committee, 167 W. Main St., #310, Lexington, KY 40507, [9582]

  • "Full-Day Kindergarten: A Study of State Policies in the United States" (2005?) has been published by the Education Commission of the States. Inf. from the Foundation for Child Development, harold@fcd-us.org [9583]

  • "PK-3: An Aligned & Coordinated Approach to Education for Children 3 to 8 Years Old" (2005?) has been published by the Society for Research in Child Development. Inf. from harold@fcd-us.org [9584]

  • "Parent Leaders: An Untapped Resource in Education" is a Dec. 1-2, 2005 informational semiknar in San Antonio, sponsored by the Center for Parent Leadership at the Prichard Committee, 167 W. Main St., #310, Lexington, KY 40507,kgardner@prichardcommittee.org [9579]

  • "Six Key Strategies for Teachers of English-Language Learners" is a Dec. 7, 2005 breakfast forum (in DC), sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education. Inf. from them, 1201 Conn. Ave. NW, #901, Wash., DC 20036, 202/828-0828, Alliance@all4ed.org, www.all4ed.org/events/index.html [9571]

Employment / Labor / Jobs Policy

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  • "Promting Work in Public Housing: The Effectiveness of Jobs-Plus," by Howard S. Bloom, James A. Riccio, Nandita Verma & Johanna Walter (263 pp., March 2005) is available (no priced listed) from MDRC, 16 E. 34 St., NYC, NY 10016, 212/532-3200, www.mdrc.org [9521]

  • "The Labor Day List: Partnerships That Work" is a 15-page, Sept. 2005 publication "celebrating successful labor relations strategies in the new economy." Available (possibly free) from American Rights at Work, 1100 17th St. NW, #950, Wash., DC 20036, 202/822-2127,srbprogram@americanrightsatwork.org www.americanrightsatwork.org [9525]

  • Pain on Their Faces: Testimonies on the Paper Mill Strike, Jay, Maine, 1987-1988 by the Jay-Livermore Falls Working Class History Project, Peter Kellman, Coordinator, was published by Apex Press, 800.316-2739. Another excellent treatment of this important strike is The Betrayal of Local 14, by Univ. of Texas Law Prof. Julius Getman (259 pp., 1998), published by ILR/Cornell Univ. Press. The strike divided the small townsof Jay and Livermore Falls, pitted the local against the intenational union, and brought natiional attention, including support visits by Jesse Jackson and Rep. Richard Gephardt. Lots of relevance to the current tensions/divisiveness in the US labor movement. [9550]

Families / Women / Children

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  • "Mississippi Child Care Development Fund: Program Implementation, Evaluation and Impact Analysism" (60 pp., Jan. 2005) is available (possibly free) ffom the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, Mississippi State Univ., PO Drawer LV, Mississippi State, MS 39762, 662/325-3328, www.sig.msstate.edu [9527]

  • "Stand Up for Children Now! : State of America's Children Action Guide" is a 46-page, 2005 Children's Defense Fund publication, available (likely free) from CDF, 25 E St. NW, Wash., DC 20001, 202/662-3576, www,cdfactioncouncil.lorg [9537] See full text.

  • "Childcare Centers and Inter-Organizational Ties in High Poverty Neighborhoods" is a 3-page, Sept. 2005 Fragile Families Research Brief, available (possibly free) from the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, Wallace Hall, 2nd flr., Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ 08544, www.fragilefamilies.princeton.edu [9538]

  • "A Profile of Low-Income Working Immigrant Families," by Randy Capps, Michael Fix, Everett Henderson & Jane Reardon-Anderson is a 7-page, June 2005 Urban Inst. policy brief, available (likely free) from the Institute, 2100 M St. NW, Wash., DC 20037, 202/261-5709, www.urban,org [9539]

  • "A Look at Low-Income Working Families: Facts and Figures" (2005) is available (likely free) from The Urban Inst., 2100 M St. NW, Wash., DC 20037, 202/261-5709, www.urban.org [9555]

Health

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  • "Medicaid Responsiveness, Health Coverage, and Economic Resilience: A Preliminaru Analysis" Sept. 2005) is an 8-page Execuctive Summary and Implications for Policymakers, available (possibly free) from The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 1090 Vermont Ave. NW, #1100, Wash., DC 20005, www.jointcenter.org [9523]

  • "Know Your Rights: A Handbook for Patients with Chronic Illness" (2005) has been produced by Advocacy for Patients Wito Chronic Illness. Ordering inf./description at www.advocacyforpatients.org [9535]

  • "Income, Poverty & Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2004," a 2005 Census Bureau report, can be found at www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/p60-229.pdf [9567]

  • Cells to Society is a new website from the Inst. for Policy Research at Northwestern Univ., which "seeks to integrate the social, behavioral, biomedical & life sciences to illuminate pathways contributing to health inqualities." [9585]

  • The Kaiser Family Foundation website has a segment on "Race, Ethnicity & Health Care" - KaiserEDU.org [9587]

  • "K nowledge Paths: Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Health" (new 2005 edition) can be found at www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_race.html [9588]

Homelessness

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Housing

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  • "Low-End Rental Housing: The Forgotten Story in Baltimore's Housing Boom," by Sandra J. Newman (7 pp., March 2005), is available($5)from The Urban Inst., 2100 M St. NW, Wash., DC 20037, 877/847-7377, pubs@ui.urban.org, www.urban.org [9522]

  • "Keeping the Promise: Ending Racial Discrimination and Segregation in Federally Financed Housing," by Florence Roisman appeared in vol. 38 (2005) of theHoward Law Journal. It is part of a symposium on the 40th anniversary of the Community Reinvestment Act. Copies of the article are available (free) frommdeer1@iupui.edu [9532]

  • Rural Voices,, the quarterly magazine of The Housing Assistance Council, devoted is Summer 2005, 24-page issue to "Farmworker Housing: Turning Challenges Into Successes." Contact HAC at 1025 Vermont Ave. NW, #606,Wash., DC 20005, 202/842-8660, hac@ruralhousing.org [9540]

  • "Improving Homeownership Among Poor and Moderate-Income Households," by Adam Carasso, Elizabeth Bell, Edgar O. Olsen & C. Eugene Steurle, a 2005 study from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, is available at www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/311184_improving_homeownership.pdf [9542]

  • "How to Better Encourage Homeownership," by Adam Carasso, C. Eugene Steurle & Elizabeth Bell, a 2005 brief from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, is available at www.urban.org/UploadedPDF311193_IssuesOptions_12.pdf [9543]

  • "The Family Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative: Family History & Experiences in Supportive Housing," by Clare Nolan, Cathy ten Broeke, Martha R. Burt & Michelle Magee (2005), is available from The Urban Inst., 2100 M St. NW, Wash., DC 20037, 202/261-5709, www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=311224 [9554]

  • "Less Aid Given for Latino Housing," by Antonio Olivo (2005), is available (likely free) from The Urban Inst., 2100 M St. NW, Wash., DC 20037, 202/261-5709, www.urban.org [9558]

  • "The Promises and Challenges of Co-ops" appeared in the July/Aug. 2005 issue of Shelterforce, www.nhi.org/online/issues/142/co-ops.html [9564]

Miscellaneous

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  • Advancement Project has launched a new blog designed to keep people informed "on the latest racial justice issues such as: voting rights, educational opportunities, immigrant rights, criminal justice, economic justice and policing -- www.justdemocracyblog.org [9545]

Job Opportunities / Fellowships / Grants

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  • The National Low Income Housing Coalition, (headed by PRRAC Board member Sheila Crowley) is seeking an Organizer to engage Coalition members in advancing low-income housing policy goals and in voter registration, education and mobilization. Ltr./resume to Deputy Dir., NLIHC, 727 15th St., 6th flr., Wash., DC 20005. [9551]

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