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LSNC's Racial Equity Project Update on Supporting Advocacy with Mapping

Friday, May 11, 2007

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Racial Equity Project Update on Supporting Advocacy with Mapping
(REP Newsletter, Spring 2007)

The REP recently created a database of Census 2000 SF3 data indexed to publicly available census map files (shp. files for the techies) available from ESRI . The database markedly decreases the time and effort needed to create maps for neighborhoods within Sacramento County. Take a look! We also recently discovered some niffty freeware that allows organizations to assemble area databases of relevant Census 2000 data in a cost effective way to be used with ArcGIS or Maptitude. Contact us at to learn more.

Working with attorneys in LSNC's Sacramento office, the REP created maps to support outreach to local high school students. The maps were designed to be simple (target audience was high schools students) and to be reproducible on a black and white copying machine. Take a look at the Del Paso Heights map and the North Highlands map.

LSNC's Auburn Office and the REP are investigating the intersection of sub-standard housing and race in the Lake Tahoe region. The REP created a series of maps to supplement a recent site-visit. Take a look at the South Lake Tahoe map.

A REP extern, Bandana Kohli, completed a case study of the Sikh community in northern California. Her project relied heavily on census and fieldwork data and is the perfect example of how fact-based analysis should inform and support community lawyering. Take a look at excerpted graphs and charts from the case study.

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