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Race-Based Advocacy:The Role and Responsibility of LSC-Funded Programs

Race-Based Advocacy:The Role and Responsibility of LSC-Funded Programs

By Camille D. Holmes, Linda E. Perle & Alan W. Houseman

While Legal Services Corporation (LSC) restrictions impose some limitations, LSC-funded programs still may, and should, engage in aggressive advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and communities of color. Race-based advocacy should encompass traditional civil rights challenges to discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and language as well as representation of people of color on issues that, while not explicitly based on race, may originate in historic racial inequities. Community participation in developing program priorities is critical. Many LSC-funded programs have found creative ways to pursue effective race-based advocacy.

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