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"PRRAC Update"

July/August 2010 issue of Poverty & Race

  • On May 5, at Seattle Univ., PRRAC held a meeting of the 11 King County/Seattle grantees in our latest round of research/advocacy grants, to review progress and results.

  • We are pleased to announce that Brian Smedley has joined the PRRAC Board. He is Vice-President and Director of the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

  • Board member john powell was honored by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center with their annual Mildred & Richard Loving Civil Rights Award (named for the couple who successfully challenged Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage).

  • Former Board member Florence Roisman, now Prof. of Law at the Indiana Univ. School of Law in Indianapolis, received the Servant of Justice Award (along with Vernon Jordan, Jr.) from the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, for her lifetime commitment to justice and her myriad achievements. Past recipients include Eric Holder, Thurgood Marshall and Janet Reno.

  • Board member Maria Blanco was the featured speaker at “Brigadistas and Activists: A Legacy Without Borders,” in Berkeley, CA, the 74th  reunion of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Americans who fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War; Maria’s father as a child left Spain and emigrated to Mexico, where Maria was born and raised. Her talk focused on Baltasar Garzón, the courageous Spanish judge who is using international human rights law to combat crimes against humanity in Chile and Spain, and who is currently being persecuted in Spain for his activism.

  • Research Director Chester Hartman contributed “Steps Toward a Just Metropolis,” one of two dozen essays in the just-published volume What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, eds. Stephen A. Goldsmith & Lynne Elizabeth (New Village Press), each recounting the influence Jacobs had on their work and lives.

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