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The Use of Geographic Information Systems in Poverty Advocacy

By Jason Reece & Eric Schultheis

The use of geographic information systems (GIS) gives advocates a powerful way to understand how laws and policies affect the poor based on where they live. Through the use of this computer-based tool, advocates can visually illustrate adverse effects upon the poor and thus more effectively focus their advocacy efforts. Understanding how GIS works and how it can be applied in the real world can both expand the advocacy community’s perception of the intersection of space, place, race, and poverty and further specific advocacy goals.

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