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new: Appalachian Coalfield Delegation
Position Paper on Sustainable Energy

Appalachian Coalfield Delegation & DataCenter
Spring 2007

Appalachian grassroots groups join forces with DataCenter to release a scathing report on the impact of coal mining to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. The Delegation created an historic moment with its powerful stories and diverse outreach. Alliances were forged and the civil society discourse on energy, particularly what is sustainable energy and who gets to define it, has been challenged. Their answer---"it comes from the people!" As most government officials continue to ignore the atrocities of mountain top removal, coal sludge impoundments, and underground injections of sludge, it is up to the people of the Appalachian coal fields to let the world know the harsh realities of an economy built on seemingly cheap electricity.

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new: Behind the Test Scores: Teaching and Learning Under Arrest
Justice Matters with support from DataCenter
October 2007

In an era of high-stakes testing, there are policies and practices in West Contra Costa Unified School District that result in a narrow, unresponsive, and superficial education for thousands of low-income students of color. Behind the Test Scores: Teaching and Learning Under Arrest reports on a survey of West Contra Costa teachers. The survey results reveal discriminatory practices that shape which students receive extra attention and which do not; classrooms stripped of science, history, art, and P.E.; and schools that fail to prepare students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. This teaching and learning crisis students are facing is due to a climate that emphasizes test scores over high quality learning that prepares students for their futures.

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new: Displacing the Dream: A report on Bay Area newspaper coverage of development and gentrification
Center for Media Justice (formerly Youth Media Council) with support from DataCenter
The YMC has spent much of this year analyzing 3 months of coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, and the San Jose Mercury News. The result is this report on the dominant and missing stories in coverage of gentrification and displacement in the Bay. With contributions from anti-displacement groups in SF and Oakland and the Miami Workers Center, research support from the DataCenter, and poetry by Roopa Singh, Displacing the Dream promises to be a groundbreaking tool to support creative communications strategies for organizers in the Bay and beyond.

full report 33 pages, PDF, requires free Adobe Acrobat®Reader.
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Towards a Community Agenda: A Survey of Workers and Residents in Koreatown, Los Angeles
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, in association with DataCenter
April 2007
Fifteen years after the Civil Unrest in Los Angeles, this research report shows Koreatown residents and workers still face considerable challenges with substandard conditions in three main areas that community members identified through surveys: poor job quality and low wages, limited access to health care, and a lack of decent, affordable housing. Race relations and discrimination at the workplace and in housing also remain issues in Koreatown, according to the report.
full report 17 pages, PDF, requires free Adobe Acrobat®Reader.
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Behind Closed Doors:
Working Conditions of California Household Workers

Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Day Labor Program Women's Collective of La Raza Centro Legal, DataCenter
March 2007
Household workers work in the private homes of their employers, performing tasks such as in-home child, patient, and elder care, housework, and cooking. Mujeres Unidas y Activas and the Day Labor Program Women's Collective of La Raza Centro Legal came together to analyze and to strategize to improve the household work industry. Because there is no accurate data available about the number of household workers or information about their work conditions in California, these Bay Area organizations of low-income immigrant Latina women, many of whom are household workers, joined with the DataCenter to create a participatory research project to assess the industry. The research shows that household workers are primarily female immigrants. While supporting their employers' homes and families, findings show household workers are working in substandard and often exploitative conditions, earning poverty wages too low to support their own families, and lacking access to basic health care.
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Worth More Than A Thousand Words:
Picture-Based Tobacco Warning Labels and Language Rights
in the U.S.

POWER, Tobacco Free Coalition, DataCenter
February 2007
Cigarette smoking kills one out of two long-term users, making tobacco consumption one of the most important public health issues for nations all over the world. At the same time, addiction to tobacco products has made transnational tobacco one of the most profitable industries in the global economy. Years of deception and misinformation have created a huge gap in public awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco products. Working class and immigrant communities throughout the United States are at once targeted by the tobacco industry as consumers, and often barred from access to public health warnings as a result of English-only text-based warning labels. One of the most successful and cost-effective policy initiatives to eliminate this gap is the use of picture-based tobacco warning labels. This report summarizes the history and current status of tobacco warning labels in the United States, describes the problem of language discrimination and the international trend toward picture-based warning labels, and details recommendations for legislative action.
full report 24 pages, PDF, requires free Adobe Acrobat®Reader.
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Home Is Where the Work Is:
Inside New York's Domestic Work Industry

Domestic Workers United and DataCenter
July 2006
As immigrant workers nationwide battle for basic respect, a leading domestic workers’ organization released a full, unprecedented report detailing exploitative conditions and demographics of the nation’s most hidden low-wage industry. The report combines statistical analysis of data from over 500 mostly immigrant workers with personal stories of workers and employers, in a joint effort between DataCenter and Domestic Workers United. Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley's introduction explains how the nation's troubled history of race, gender and class inequality come shamefully together in its domestic work industry. New York University's Immigrant Rights Clinic delivers a historical look at why the law continues to ignore household labor, perpetuating ancient views that domestic labor is not "real" work.
full report 46 pages, PDF, requires free Adobe Acrobat®Reader.
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Plan Puebla Panama Exists and Mesoamerica Resists
February 2006
The Plan Puebla Panama (PPP) was formally announced in 2001 with the goal of bringing industrial development to the so-called "backward south" of Mexico and Central America and to promote Mesoamerican regional integration. Over the past five years vast resources have created, extended and modernized transportation and energy infrastructure with transnational corporations and 'free trade' (CAFTA) as the primary beneficiaries. Opposition by communities to these mega projects has meant governments have started to 'hide' PPP projects, making people believe the PPP has died a quiet death. This is far from the truth. The number of projects included in the PPP continues to grow. The GTCI (Collective Working Group of the Isthmus), UCIZONI Association of Indigenous Communities of the Northern Zone of the Tehuantepec Isthmus), Oaxaca, Mexico and the DataCenter worked together to write this document, available in both English and Spanish.
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El Plan Puebla Panamá Existe y Mesoamérica Resiste
Febrero 2006
El Plan Puebla Panama (PPP) fue anunciado formalmente en 2001 con el
objetivo de llevar el desarrollo industrial a un "sur atrasado" de Mexico y America Central y de buscar la integración regional mesoamericana. Durante los últimos cinco años, amplios recursos han creado, ampliado y modernizado infraestructura de comunicaciones y energética, acciones que benefician de manera principal a las grandes corporaciones transnacionales y el 'libre comercio'(CAFTA). Oposición a estos megaprojectos por parte de las comunidades ha significado que los gobiernos han comenzado a 'esconder' los projectos del PPP, haciendo al pueblo creer que el PPP se ha muerto silenciosamente lo cual esta lejos de la verdad. El número de proyectos incluidos en el PPP sigue creciendo. El GTCI (Grupo de Trabajo Colectivo del Istmo), UCIZONI (Unión de Comunidades Indígenas de la Zona Norte del Istmo de Tehuantepec), Oaxaca, México y el DataCenter trabajaron juntos para escribir este documento, en español e inglés.
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Plan Puebla Panama: Battle of the Future of Mesoamerica
2nd edition, 2004
The Plan Puebla Panama (PPP) is an estimated $10 billion, 10 to 25 year regional integration project to create and interconnect transportation routes, industrial corridors and a variety of infrastructure projects throughout southern Mexico and Central America, and firmly root the global 'free trade" agenda in the region. This booklet unmasks the lies of "development" that the PPP promises. It features articles by peopleand organizations in Central America, Mexico, and the United States. Produced by the Network Opposed to Plan Puebla Panama (No-PPP), of which DataCenter is a member.
US$4.00, 41 pages, printed edition.
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Peace & Justice Community Summit:
Policy Recommendation & Briefing Packets

Policy recommendations and supporting information to end discrimination against people who have been in prison. Produced by All of Us or None, DataCenter and East Bay Community Law Center for series of Bay Area Peace & Justice Community Summits.
12 pages, PDF, requires free Adobe Acrobat®Reader.
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Justice Detained: The Effects of Deportation on Immigrant Families
Documents the economic and emotional hardship that deportations cause to families left behind, and recommends specific legislative changes to Illegal Immigration and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). Produced by Asian & Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership and DataCenter.
23 pages, PDF, requires free Adobe Acrobat®Reader.

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Oakland Takeover
ly-huong nguyen & terry marshall, 2003
A look at school takeovers in California with a focus on Oakland that reveals deep connections to national educational trends of incapacitating public education and disenfranchising poor and people of color communities. Includes chronology of school district takeovers in California and profiles of Oakland school takeover players, the Broad Foundation and Randolph Ward. Produced by DataCenter Youth Strategy Project.
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Know Your Rights: Crackdown on the Undocumented
This factsheet explains the laws, executive orders and regulations that have stripped basic rights from immigrants since September 11. It summarizes key provisions of the so-called "Patriot Act," parameters of the Presidential order on military tribunals, and federal guidelines for using secret evidence against immigrants. Produced by DataCenter for Homies Unidos.
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The State of Welfare in Butte County
Focusing on Butte County, California, the report documents how the dramatic decline in welfare rolls has had little impact on reducing rural family poverty, even for former recipients who find employment. Includes welfare policy recommendations. Produced by Low Income Families' Empowerment Through Education, Californians for Economic Self Sufficiency: A Project of the National Economic Development and Law Center, DataCenter, Grass Roots Organizing for Welfare Leadership, and National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support.
4 pages, PDF,
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Moving Stronger: Needs of the Criminal Justice Reform Movement
Grace Chang, 2001
Assesses the state of grassroots organizing in the U.S. around a broad spectrum of criminal justice reform issues. Drawn from a national survey of more than 200 organizations and in-depth interviews, the report offers the insights and analyses of long-time organizers and emerging leaders, in their own words. Produced by DataCenter Criminal Justice Program for Open Society Institute.
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