Chester Hartman and Greg Squires, "Lessons from Katrina: Structural Racism As a Recipe for Disaster" in Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers, and Policymakers, co-edited by Roger Clay and Susan Jones. Reprinted by permission of the American Bar Association. Copyright 2009.
Poverty & Race in America: The Emerging Agendas, PRRAC's 3rd "best of Poverty & Race"
volume has been published by Lexington Books. The 456-page collection is
edited by PRRAC Director of Research Chester Hartman, with a Foreword by Congressman
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Featuring over six dozen pieces (some in symposium form) originally
published in Poverty & Race between mid-2001 and 2005 -- many updated and revised for this
volume -- the book's sections cover Race/Racism, Poverty, Education, Housing, Health, and
Democracy. The 91 contributors to the collection represent the best of progressive thought
and activism on America's two most salient, and seemingly intractable, domestic problems.
The book is ideal for a range of college, graduate school and high school courses. Paperback
edition is $34.95, hardback $95. Order from 800/462-6420 (if you mention code 856POVRA you
can get a 20% discount). For faculty examination copies, contact email@example.com.
Keeping the Promise: Preserving and Enhancing Housing Mobility in the Section 8 Housing
Choice Voucher Program: Final Conference Report of the Third National Conference on Housing
Mobility (2005) (edited by Philip Tegeler, Mary Cunningham, and Margery Austin Taylor) contains
the best current thinking on housing mobility policy. Bound copies are available from
PRRAC for $12 each (including shipping) or a PDF may be downloaded from our website:
PRRAC Executive Director Philip Tegeler and a number of PRRAC's research partners have chapters
in The Geography of Opportunity: Race and Housing Choice in Metropolitan America, edited by Xavier
de Souza Briggs, who is also a member of PRRAC's Social Science Advisory Board. The book explores
the many facets of metropolitan segregation and opportunity, and provides an excellent overview of
the most important new research and policy work in this area. The Geography of Opportunity is
published by the Brookings Institution Press and is available at
(not available through PRRAC).
PRRAC Director of Research Chester Hartman is co-editor of A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social
Agenda, just published by Temple Univ. Press. Contributors include Chris Tilly, Nancy Denton, Peter Dreier,
Peter Marcuse, Dennis Keating, Emily Achtenberg, Robert Wiener, David Bryson, Larry Yates, Michael Swack,
Jon Pynoos, Christy Nishita, Susan Saegert, Helene Clark, Rob Rosenthal, Maria Foscarinis, & John Davis.
Co-edited by Rachel Bratt, Michael Stone, & Chester Hartman. Available for $40 from 800/621-2736
(not available through PRRAC). Link to Temple listing:
http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/1301_reg.html. Examination copies from
"Housing and School Segregation: Government Culpability, Government Remedies." (2005) These three historical studies, by Arnold Hirch, Raymond Mohl, and David Freund, funded by a multi-year grant from the Ford Foundation, trace the development of federal housing and transportation policies in relation to increasing housing and school segregation in American metropolitan areas. These studies take a much closer look at the early decisions and policies within the federal ,bureaucracy that have been broadly described in works like Douglas Massey & Nancy Denton's American Apartheid.
Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights
(2004) provides lessons and articles on how to
go beyond a "heroes" approach to the Civil Rights Movement.
As one of the most commonly taught stories of people's struggles for social justice,
the Civil Rights Movement has the capacity to help students develop a critical analysis of
United States history and strategies for change. However, the empowering potential is often
lost in a trivial pursuit of names and dates. By putting the Movement back into civil rights
teaching, we hope to help students find their connection to history and learn about the roles
they can play in fighting injustice today. This publication challenges many of the myths about
the Movement, making it clear, for example, that the Movement was made by thousands of people and
organizations -- not a few exceptional heroes.
Published by the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) and by
Teaching for Change, Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching
includes interactive, interdisciplinary lessons, readings, photographs,
primary documents, and interviews, with sections on education, labor,
citizenship, culture, and reflections on teaching about the Civil Rights
Movement. 576 pages. Available for $25 from www.teachingforchange.org.
Funded by the Akonadi Foundation; Susan A. & Donald P. Babson Charitable Foundation; Center for
Language Minority Education and Research (CLMER); Humanities Council of Washington, DC; Fannie Mae
Foundation; George Gund Foundation.
The Hidden Housing Problem" is a 41-page commissioned article,
by PRRAC Director of Research Chester Hartman and David Robinson of Legal Services for NYC,
appearing in Vol. 14, Issue 4 (2003) of Housing Policy Debate, the Fannie Mae Foundation
Journal, along with commentaries by Michael Schill of NYU, Dennis Keating of Cleveland State
Univ. and Lenore Monello & Skip Schloming of the Small Property Owners Assn. The article
reviews definitional issues, the available data on evictions particularly as they affect
lower-income and minority tenants and model efforts to reduce the incidence and impact of
evictions. The article ends with a call for developing a national database on evictions: who's
being evicted, for what reason, and what happens to evictees. The articles and commentaries can
be downloaded at
and subscriptions to the quarterly HPD are free from the Fannie Mae Foundation, 4000
Wisconsin Ave. NW, N. Tower #1, Wash., DC 20016-2804, fax: 202/274-8111.
Education for Mobile Students
(Fall 2003) A 64-page
handbook written for PRRAC by Lynora Williams, with a Foreword by Wendy Puriefoy of The Public
Education Network. Drawing on the material from the Winter 2003 Journal of Negro Education
("Student Mobility: How Some Children Get Left Behind"), co-edited by PRRAC's Director of
Research Chester Hartman, Fragmented outlines the specific classroom mobility issues faced
by low-income and minority students, especially homeless, immigrant, farmworker, special ed
and foster children; and provides a series of specific action steps to ameliorate this problem
drawn from "best practices" case studies from Chicago, Texas, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and
Dept. of Defense schools. $5/copy (bulk discounts available by calling the PRRAC office at 202/906-8023).
"False HOPE: A Critical
Assessment of the HOPE VI Public Housing Redevelopment Program"
(2003) by the National Housing Law Project, PRRAC, Sherwood Research Associates,
and ENPHRONT. Nearly a decade ago, the HOPE VI program was launched to
address the most troubled portion of the public housing stock, the small
percentage of public housing sites that were severely distressed.
HOPE VI is a competitive grant program, under which public housing authorities
(PHAs), local entities that administer federal housing programs, apply
to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding
to redevelop or demolish public housing sites. While it was intended to
be a solution to severely distressed public housing, HOPE VI has been
the source of new problems as serious as those it was created to address.
"Student Mobility: How
Some Children Get Left Behind" Winter 2003 issue of
The Journal of Negro Education,
guest editors Chester Hartman (PRRAC Director of Research) and Todd Michael Franke (UCLA). High student mobility is a serious,
underrecognized education problem. Classrooms, particularly those in low-income
and minority areas, may have 50-75% turnover within the academic year. Homeless,
immigrant, farmworker, special education, and foster children are especially impacted.
The major education reforms put forward smaller classes and schools, lower
teacher/student ratios, better-trained teachers, improved physical plant and
facilities, increased emphasis on testing and accountability, etc. all are
undermined, if not made irrelevant, if the classroom is a revolving door. Stable
students, teachers, administrators, and the school itself all suffer.
This 177-page special issue of the JNE stresses the role of housing instability
as the principal cause of school instability, focusing as well on internal school
factors. Individual chapters treat the special conditions and needs of various student
subpopulations affected. And a series of five "best practices" case studies from
Chicago, Minneapolis, Texas, California, and Department of Defense schools illustrate
the range of needed reforms. This pdf file includes an order form
and the Table of Contents.
Misfire" (July/Aug 2002) Shelterforce by Chester Hartman is a review of the Millennial Housing Commissions report,
Meeting Our Nations Housing Challenges.
Classroom Turnover: How Children Get Left Behind" (May 2002) by Chester
Hartman is a chapter appearing in Rights
at Risk: Equality in an Age of Terrorism, the biannual report
of the Citizens' Commission on Civil
Rights. The Citizens' Commission, chaired by PRRAC Board member
William L. Taylor, issued, on Lincoln's birthday ("Is the Republican Party
still the party of Lincoln?") the 7th in its series of biannual reports
chronicling "the progress of the incumbent administration, executive
branch agencies and Congress in carrying out both their moral and legal
duties to end discrimination and advance civil rights and opportunities
for all Americans." The new report, edited by Dianne M. Piche, William
L. Taylor & Robin A. Reed, contains 21 chapters, covering education,
the courts, housing, political participation, affirmative action and
employment, justice, lesbian and gay rights, and the digital divide.
Among the other contributors are PRRAC Board Chair John Boger ("The
New Legal Attack on Educational Diversity in America's Elementary &
Secondary Schools") and PRRAC Board member john a. powell ("Urban Fragmentation
as a Barrier to Equal Opportunity"). The 350-page report is available
for $15 ($10 low-income/students) from the Citizens' Commission on Civil
Rights, 2000 M St. NW, #400, Washington, DC 20036, 202/659-5565. The
report is also available on the Commission's website at
(2001) A spin-off of our prior conference, "Effective Education for Low-Income
and Minority Students." This well-designed, 61-page handbook is
aimed at education reformers within and outside of the system.
Written by Anne Lewis in collaboration with Sandra Paik; Foreword
by Judith Johnson. You can view and print a PDF version, or order
the print version for $5 (postage included); bulk discounts available.
(2001) A second volume of the best articles and symposia from Poverty &
Race, our bimonthly publication, on the country's two most important, and
seemingly intractable, social problems - and the added impact when they
(1997) The best articles and symposia from Poverty & Race, our bimonthly
publication, on the country's two most important, and
seemingly intractable, social problems, and the added impact when they intersect.