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2009Opportunity Communities

Utilizing GIS to Support Advocacy and Social Justice

Download or View The Full Report The following report was commissioned by The Opportunity Agenda1 and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies2 to study the role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping in addressing issues of social equity, neighborhood poverty, and community health through university-led initiatives. The Kirwan Institute for the Study … Continue reading »

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2009Civic Engagement

African American – Immigrant Alliance Building

Download or View The Full Report Relations between immigrants and African Americans increasingly draw the attention of policy-makers, researchers, community organizers, and community members alike. Sheer force of numbers accounts for much of this interest. Latinos, many of them immigrants or the children of immigrants, now outnumber African Americans nationally, and many of the nation’s … Continue reading »

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2009Civic Engagement

Building Successful Alliances between African American and Immigrant Groups

Uniting Communities of Color for Shared Success Download or View The Full Report Alliances between African American and immigrant groups—although posing challenges at each stage of development—have ultimately helped position organizations and communities to overcome mistrust and misunderstanding and attract resources for mutual benefit. Alliances provide a platform for the common interests of both groups … Continue reading »

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2009EmploymentFair Credit/Fair Housing

Preliminary Report of the Impact of the Economic Stimulus Plan on Communities of Color

Download or View The Full Report The impact of the recent economic downturn has had a profound effect on the U.S. and global economy. While the troubles plaguing our economy have been devastating to Americans of all walks of life, the devastation is not even. The brunt of unemployment, layoffs, social service and education budget … Continue reading »

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The Benefits of Racial And Economic Integration in Our Education System

Download or View The Full Report In 2007, in Parents Involved, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that school districts could not classify students solely on the basis of race when voluntarily pursuing integration. Since then, many school districts have been scrambling to replace their race-based assignment plans with race-neutral ones. To some this signals the … Continue reading »

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