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PRRAC Grant Reports: Environment

    + = Completed Project
    * = PRRAC-Commissioned Project
    # = Project funded under PRRAC/Applied Research Center California Community Research Initiative 

    Research products of completed projects are available from PRRAC. Bracketed italicized identifiers [e.g. F301] are PRRAC's internal project numbers, used here to match grant descriptions with research products.

    Short reports on the research work and updates on the advocacy work this research has supported regularly appear in PRRAC's bimonthly newsletter journal Poverty & Race -- the relevant issues of P&R are noted at the end of each project description. Send PRRAC a self-addressed, stamped envelope for copies of these articles.


+ The International Indian Treaty Council is researching nuclear contamination of indigenous people's land in the U.S., identifying contamination sites and their effects. The focus of their advocacy work will be the UN and its Rights of Children documents. The group has strong links to indigenous people's organizations in other parts of the world.
[F304] Grant amount: $10,000.
Contact: Andrea Carmen, International Indian Treaty Council, 54 Mint St., #400, San Francisco, CA 94103, 907/745-4482 (Carmen's Alaska office).

+ The Asian Pacific Environmental Network has undertaken an environmental justice mapping project on the different A/PI communities in six Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara), disaggregating the A/PI population into its variegated subcomponents and expanding the notion of environmental degradation to incorporate "disamenities." Language- and culturally-accessible educational materials for a number of A/PI communities near and around Superfund sites will be developed, organizing activities will be stimulated, as will national-level advocacy with EPA.
[F301] Grant amount: $10,000.
Contact: Peggy Saika/Yin Ling Leung, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, 310 8th St., #309, Oakland, CA 94607, 510/834-8920.

See article in Poverty & Race, Vol. 5, No. 5.

+ PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth & Her Resources) is researching the environmental impact of a semiconductor consortium on the surrounding Latino neighborhood in East Austin. PODER participates in the "Electronics Industry Good Neighbor Campaign," a collaboration of the Campaign for Responsible Technology and the Southwest Network for Environmental & Economic Justice (of which it is an affiliate member), the objective of which is to ensure that high-tech industrialization benefits the neighbors and workers of high-tech manufacturers without harming the environment. The project supports a range of advocacy work in securing clean, safe job opportunities for East Austin residents; ensuring community participation in developing balanced land use planning guidelines that respect local cultures and the environment; monitoring and enforcing local environmental laws; ensuring community oversight of all government-funded programs designed to benefit industry (tax abatements, utility incentives, etc.); effectuating citizen participation in planning resources for housing and transportation associated with high-tech industrial development.
[F309] Grant amount: $8,000.
Contact: Susana Almanza, PODER, 55 North IH 35, #205B, Austin, TX 78702, 512/472-9921.

See article in Poverty & Race, Vol. 5, No. 3.

    + = Completed Project
    * = PRRAC-Commissioned Project
    # = Project funded under PRRAC/Applied Research Center California Community Research Initiative

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