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PRRAC: Connecting Research to Advocacy

The Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) is a civil rights policy organization convened by major civil rights, civil liberties, and anti-poverty groups in 1989-90. PRRAC's primary mission is to help connect advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues, and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy on structural inequality issues. PRRAC sponsors social science research, provides technical assistance, and convenes advocates and researchers around particular race and poverty issues. PRRAC also supports public education efforts, including the bimonthly newsletter/journal Poverty & Race, and the award-winning civil rights history curriculum guide, Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching (co-published with Teaching for Change). At the present time, PRRAC is pursuing project-specific work in the areas of housing, education, and health, focusing on the importance of "place" and the continuing consequences of historical patterns of housing segregation and development for low income families in the areas of health, education, employment, and incarceration. PRRAC's work is informed by an extensive national network of researchers, organizers, attorneys, educators, and public health and housing professionals.

PRRAC has received financial support from hundreds of individual donors, as well as from the Rockefeller, Ford, W. K, Kellogg, Taconic, Irvine, C.S. Mott, Annie E. Casey, Levi Strauss, Morton K and Jane Blaustein, Spencer, George Gund, Albert List, Fannie Mae, Boehm, AMJ, Tides, Caroline & Sigmund Schott, Nathan Cummings, Joyce, Abell, Akonadi, New World, Hartford Courant, and Freddie Mac Foundations, the Impact Fund, The Open Society Institute, Working Assets Fund, the Fund for the City of New York, Funding Exchange, the Lindheim Memorial Trust, The Krieger Fund, and The Baltimore Community Foundation.

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