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Grant Reports - Race / Racism

July/August 2003

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  • "Privatization, Labor-Management Relations, and Working Conditions for Lower-Skilled Workers of Color," by Immanuel Ness & Roland Zullo [8336] See full text.

November/December 1995

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September/October 1995

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May/June 1995

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May/June 1994

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March/April 1994

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  • "Clinica Legal Latina/Ayuda" Ayuda has completed 250 of 400 planned surveys among battered Latina women, detailing their experiences and assessing needs. Preliminary results from this research reveal that in many cases, Latina women whose immigrant status is dependent upon their husbands' sponsorship are at significant increased risk, because the batterer will often use immigration status and the threat of deportation to keep the woman .within the relationship. Under current immigration laws and regulations, immigrant women who are sponsored by their spouses are totally dependent upon their spouses' willingness to follow through with the petition, which the spouse may withdraw at any time prior to obtaining legal status.

    Ayuda has been able to use the preliminary research results to insert language protecting the interests of immigrant women in the Violence Against Women Act, which was recently passed by the House, unanimously. The Act would allow battered immigrant women to self-petition for legal immigration status, rather than having to rely solely upon a battering husband for this process.

    Contact: Yvonne Vega, Clinica Legal Latina, 1736 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202/387-0434 ext. 34 [has no email]; Leslye Orloff, NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund, 1522 K. St. NW, #550, Washington, DC 20005, 202/326-0040, lorloff@nowldef.org.

    Lifetime Prevalence of Violence Against Latina Immigrants: Legal & Policy Implications, by Giselle Aguilar Hass, Mary Ann Dutton & Leslye Orloff (1999, 27 pp. + Tables), available from Leslye Orloff, NOW LDEF, 1522 K St. NW, #550, Wash., DC 20005, 202/326-0040. [5186]

January/February 1994

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  • "Ten New Research Grants Awarded in California" In late October, PRRAC and the Applied Research Center of Oakland jointly made a set of new grants for California-based research in support of advocacy around the intersection of race and poverty, using a $50,000 grant from The Irvine Foundation. A brief description of the work being funded follows:

    Multicultural Education, Training & Advocacy (META) will organize and undertake to summarize key research on the issue of free public education for undocumented aliens, in anticipation of an expected attempt to overturn the Supreme Court's 1986 Plyler decision, establishing such a right. META (whose director argued the Plyler case) will bring together education experts, commission them (and their graduate students) to undertake the research summaries, and make the product available to the Court, before public bodies, and to the public. Grant amount: $6,500.
    Contact: Peter Roos, META, 524 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415/398-1977.


    The Labor Project for Working Families will develop a database and clearinghouse of information on work and family issues related to unions (model collective bargaining contract language, innovative programs, research, legislation, articles). The information will be used as an outreach tool to unions to advocate for more policies and benefits for working families.
    Grant amount: $2,900.
    Contact: Netsy Firestein, Labor Project for Working Families, IIR, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720, 510/643-6814.


    The California Coalition for Rural Housing Project will study more than 50 existing local government inclusionary zoning programs in California to determine their effectiveness in providing low income housing. The research will be used to support a proposed statewide inclusionary zoning law and by local advocacy groups initiating inclusionary
    zoning programs.
    Grant amount: $6,000.
    Contact: Rob Wiener, Calif. Coalition for Rural Housing Project, 926 J St. #422, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916/ 443-4448.


    The Southwest Voter Research Institute, as part of its Immigration and Naturalization Initiative, will undertake research to increase the rate of naturalization in Los Angeles County, primarily among Latinos (one-fifth of all County residents are not U.S. citizens). Research will identify pockets of Latino immigrants in the County for targeted door-to-door outreach, and a second research element will bring immigrants together for focus group discussions to discover the psychological and administrative barriers they face when pursuing naturalization. Increased rates of naturalization will result in enhanced political power.
    Grant amount: $5,000.
    Contact: Robert Brischetto, SW Voter Research Inst., 403 E. Commerce #260, San Antonio, TX 78205, 210/ 222-8014.


    The Data Center will collect information (via news articles, civilian review board and human relations commission data, etc.) on incidents of border patrol and municipal and non-municipal police misconduct, and provide background information on innovation and changes in law enforcement procedures. This information will be provided to the newly formed Alliance for Community Protection Services in support of the first stage of their campaign to reform the behavior of officers in various law enforcement agencies. ACPS includes civil rights, labor union, church, and community groups from San Jose, Los Angeles, Sacramento and the Bay Area.
    Grant amount: $6,000.
    Contact: Fred Goff, The Data Center, 464 19th St., Oakland, CA 94612, 510/835-4692.


    AGENDA (Action for Grassroots Empowerment & Neighborhood Development Alternatives) will survey (using youth surveyors) some 500 South Central Los Angeles youth on public policy issues, inter-ethnic tensions, surrounding conditions, and produce a report and recommendations on youth policies, as derived from youth themselves.
    Grant amount: $5,000.
    Contact: Anthony Thigpenn, AGEN-DA, 2826 S. Vermont Ave., #11, Los Angeles, CA 90007, 213/730-4950.


    The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights will develop a profile of immigrant-based "day labor" programs as a pilot study for the development of a national task force on day labor. Anti-immigrant groups have focussed attacks on day labor programs. The California research will be used as a model for research in other states and as the basis for developing an affirmative program for direct organizing and policy advocacy on behalf of day laborers. Grant amount: $5,000.
    Contact: Cathi Tactaquin, Natl. Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, 310 8th St. #307, Oakland, CA 94607,5101465-1984.


    Asian Immigrant Women Advocates, as part of its Garment Workers Justice Campaign, will conduct research (product line, distribution, profit margins, number of employees, wages, benefits, etc.) on Jessica McClintock, Inc., one of the largest garment manufacturers in the U.S.; and will generate information on the number of jobs created and lost in the McClintock industry (via exportation, future trends, etc.) The Campaign pushes for changes in social policies that will protect the rights and dignity of workers, immigrants, women and low-income people in the, garment industry.
    Grant amount: $5,000.
    Contact: Young Shin, AIWA, 3108th St. #301, Oakland, CA 94607, 5101 268-0192.


    The Vietnamese Community of Orange County (in collaboration with the Social Research Ctr. at Cal. St. Univ. Fullerton) will undertake, via 100 structured face-to-face interviews, a needs assessment of the Orange County Vietnamese community, particularly around issues of jobs and health care. The surveyors will be Vietnamese staff members of the sponsoring group, trained by and working with the CSU-Fullerton Center. The research results will add to the organization's ability to advocate for services for its largely immigrant clientele.
    Grant amount: $3,600.
    Contact: Nghia Trung Tran, Vietnamese Community of Orange County, 1618 W. First St., ' Santa Ana, CA 92703, 714/558-6009.


    The Japan Pacific Resource Network will examine the social and economic impact of Japanese companies in the U.S. upon the lives of American minorities. A community resource manual will be produced, which will include several case studies, presenting practical ways in which minority communities can draw upon the resources of US-based Japanese corporate operations to address their concerns and support community-based initiatives with regard to employment, community economic development and other needs.
    Grant amount: $5,000.
    Contact: Tomoji Ishi/Gina Hotta, Japan Pacific Resource Network, 310 8th St. #3058, Oakland, CA 94607, 510/891-9045.
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