In the fourth session of Putting Racism on the Table (2016), James Bell, founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, focused on mass incarceration.
Many low-income debtors are especially vulnerable to debt scams, including high up-front fees, penalties for early payoffs, inflated interest rates, and "deals" targeting senior citizens, low-income borrowers, and people with poor credit.
Civil legal services help low and moderate-income people with housing problems. Many times people don’t see their housing problems as legal problems.
These models provide examples of advocacy-focused efforts that could have useful implications for funding collaborative communications strategies and infrastructure in grassroots organizing groups.
Attention to the role of gender is most useful with programs that seek to change unhealthy behaviors, such as reproductive health and teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, substance abuse and educational under-achievement. This guide suggests that funders can work to improve program outcomes by helping the funding community and grantees recognize how men and women are affected by disparities in social expectations, such as codes of manhood and womanhood.