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Pamela Oliver
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Professor Pamela Oliver

Department of Sociology

Links to Resources in Ethnic/Racial Movements

List of Topics

  • UW Library's research guide for sociology 220 (link takes you off this site)
  • Getting along with each other
  • General Research Resources
  • African American issues/groups
  • American Indian issues/groups
  • Latino/Hispanic issues/groups
  • Asian & Asian American & Pacific Islander issues/groups
  • Multi-Issue Ethnic Studies or Ethnic Politics Sites (Including "whiteness")
  • Reparations for slavery
  • Affirmative Action + Consider race/ethnicity or disadvantage in college admissions
  • Treaty Rights
  • One language/culture vs. favor multilingual/multicultural
  • Racial disparities in criminal justice
  • Drug war
  • Hate groups, hate speech, hate crimes, pro-tolerance
  • Immigration
  • Hawaii
  • Religious issues/groups
  • Other Groups and Issues
  • Local Groups
  • Multi-Issue Activist Groups (some have positions on "ethnic" issues)
  • Calendars of Ethnic & Religious Holidays
  • Educational Resources (sites put together by/for teachers, often include detailed historical narratives, links to other resources, and lesson plans)
  • Getting Along With Each Other (Links to sites that seem to me to have useful insights)

    Multi-Issue Ethnic Studies & Ethnic Politics Sites

    • Voice of the Shuttle An educational links page on minority/ethnic studies. Lots of links on lots of topics.
    • Saxakali is a "people of color" portal with international orientations. Has link sites on reparations, education, health, immigration, land rights, workers rights, women, prisons.
    • Race, Racism and the Law considers race, racism and racial distinctions in the law; It examines the role of the law in promoting and/or alleviating racism. The site includes statutes, cases, excerpts of law review articles, annotated bibliographies and a wide variety of other documents related to race and racism.  Key topics include criminal justice, Hawaii, Japanese internment, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Africans in America, immigration, English, definitions of race & racism, historical cases of slavery, Jim Crow, case for reparations to blacks (in "justice").  More.
    • Is Race Real? The Social Science Research Council has posted about a dozen good essays discussing and debating the biological and social meanings of race.
    • Understanding Race. A project of the American Anthropological Association with accessible interactive materials.
    • Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  A coalition organization. Their "coalition" page provides links to a large number of religious, ethnic, civil rights  and labor organizations.
    • PBS Site for "Race: The Power of an Illusion" This site has interactive material, including a very difficult quiz asking you to categorize faces by race.
    • Ethnic Newswatch.  Great full-text data base from the ethnic press. You need to be at the Univ. of Wisconsin (including WiscWorld) for access.
    • Minorities at Risk Project Follows minorities around the world.
    • Memorial Library Ethnic Studies Research Guide
    • DiversityInc.com is a site targeted to business "diversity" initiatives. "Hot topics" section includes affirmative action, reparations, etc. You are asked to register for free at the site, but promised that the registration information will nto be sold to third parties.
    • Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium Site emphasizes educational equity by race & gender. Includes a lot of statistics as well as reports and other kinds of resources.
    • Digital History's portal on Ethnic America.
    • UCLA Language Materials Project Profiles of world languages, including maps, dialects, etc.
    • Whiteness Studies. Deconstructing (the) Race.
    • Euroamerican.Org is a multiracial anti-racist site focusing on European American - White culture. "Beyond guilt." Site is still in development, includes lots of articles, letters, quotations and suggested activities.
    • "Seeing Segregation Online" instructions on how to use the Census Bureau's American Factfinder to draw maps of segregation.
    • The Library of Congress' educational resources on Ethnic and Multicultural History.

    African American / Black

    American Indian / Native American

    Latina/o - Hispanic

    • Chican@ Studies Program at UW
    • Community Action on Latin America A local organization concerned with justice in Latin America. Links page is organized around countries.
    • Mexico Connect is a broad site covering many dimensions of Mexico. Principally oriented toward encouraging tourism, but includes significant overviews of history, news, discussion of issues, cultural links. In English.
    • Mundo Hispanico an extensive site with lots of information and links to other sites. Oriented toward general information.
    • Los Angeles. Philip J. Ethington History Department, University of Southern California A fascinating visual site showing population growth, images of the city and much more..
    • "Zoot Suit Riots." A PBS site with detailed accounts of the riots, copies of newspaper coverage, images of the clothing, music, social life, politics of the time. In Los Angeles in 1943: for 10 days Anglo sailors hunted and beat Mexican Americans wearing "zoot suits" (a style of the time); brawling ensued as Mexican Americans fought back.
    • National Council of La Raza is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, founded in 1968. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas – assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. NCLR serves all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country and has operations in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
    • Latin@/Hispanic Student Groups at UW Madison:
      • Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán de UW-Madison (M.E.Ch.A) iis a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura, and historia. MEChA was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of our people.
      • Kappa Delta Chi- Alpha Kappa Chapter (KDChi), Inc is a Latina founded national sorority who aims to achieve professional development, academic excellence, and graduation of all its members
      • Destino is a group that desires to be a spiritual resource for Latino and Hispanic students at UW-Madison. The Destino movement exists to help build personal, professional, moral and spiritual leadership within the Hispanic community.
      • Latino Law Students Association (LLSA)
      • Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc.-Gamma Theta Chapter (Lambdas) - The purpose of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. is to provide the Latino college student the opportunity to be part of a family with a mission.
      • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) UW Students United for Latino Health (UNIDOS) (LMSA-UNIDOS) LMSA-UNIDOS aims to introduce students to the health challenges of the Latino population and their access to healthcare in Madison
      • Latino Mens Group (LMG) serves as a social organization directed towards but not exclusive to Latino men. LMG aims to promote leadership, strive for academic success, and create a sense of family among its members.
      • Professional Association of Latinos for Medical School Access (PALMA - UW Madison) We provide resources for, but not exclusively to, Latino/a students at UW who aspire to go into a career in medicine.
      • Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. (Delta Delta Chapter) (SLB) - the largest historically Latino Fraternal Greek Lettered intercollegiate fraternity in America
      • Sigma Lambda Gamma is the largest, historically Latina-based national sorority with a multicultural membership in chapters and alumnae associations throughout the United States
      • Puerto Rican Student Union (Union Puertorriquena (UP)), dedicated to the mission of promoting Latino/a awareness on campus and celebrating a common history through unifing Puerto Ricans, Latin@s and non-Latin@s. 
      • Is your org missing? Let me know!

    Asian & Pacific Island American

    Arab American

    Other Ethnic/Identity Groups & Issues


    Economic Issues

    • Center for Social Inclusion focuses on "structural racism," the factors that lead people of color to do worse economically. It publishes fact sheets and reports, for example showing that the 2008-9 economic recession is hurting people of color more than Whites. New York based.

    Affirmative Action


    Language/ Culture Issues (including bilingualism)

    Hate Groups & Hate Crimes

    • Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit organization that combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation.  Its programs include the Intelligence Project (hate groups), Teaching Tolerance, and Tolerance.org.
    • Tolerance.org A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a web site on practicing& teaching tolerance. current links on terrorism & targeting of Arabs.
    • Anti-Defamation League.  Jewish advocacy.  Emphasis on civil rights, hate groups, Israel, Farrakhan and Nation of Islam, religious freedom.
    • White racist groups: 1) http://www.stormfront.org/  2) http://www.resist.com/  
    • FBI hate crimes report
    • ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) works on free speech, religious freedom.  Has position on hate crimes legislation & other issues.



    Local Groups

    Multi-Issue Activist & Policy Groups

    • Alliance for Democracy  Alliance for Democracy.  Includes activist links.
    • Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures  The Positive Future Network's goal is to enhance the power of people working to create a more just, sustainable, and compassionate future by increasing their public visibility, their sense of interconnection, and their access to visions, tools, stories and techniques for change.
    • Heartland Institute  Conservative think tank with lots of on-line articles giving conservative opinions about a wide variety of issues.   
    • American Enterprise Institute Conservative think tank with lots of on-line articles giving conservative opinions about a wide variety of issues. 

    General On-Line Research Resources

    • The UW Library's Ethnic Studies Research Guide
    • UW Madison Library Journal Search Data Base
    • Social Science Information Gateway (last updated 1998)
    • Reference Librarians can answer some questions by email
    • CNN  news service site has archived stories about past issues and some links to relevant external sites.
    • PBS has extensive on-line information supporting its television documentaries.
    • Congressional web sites: House Senate can be searched for speeches, testimony, bills on various topics. 
    • Statistical Resources Web Page This page created at the University of Michigan links you to an extraordinarily wide range of statistical data bases.
    • Harper's Weekly is developing a complex web site of 19th century materials based on its magazine from that time. Contemporaneous coverage of racial and election issues from the time. Parts are available free. They are attempting to sell access to other parts to educational institutions. Includes political cartoons from the time as well as anti-slavery articles, and opinions at the time about reconstruction, etc.
    • historychannel a commercial site mostly advertising their own shows, but detailed "exhibits" contain links to encyclopedia entries and relevant web sites. A search on keywords will bring up short summaries.
    • politics.com a popular site, includes links to organizations for elections and issues
    • stateline.org is devoted to state political news
    • United Nations site
    • Officer.com is a directory of law enforcement-related sites, including criminal justice.
    • Federation of American Scientists, links on intelligence (espionage), weapons policy & arms control.
    • Federal statistical sites gateway with indices by topic, agency, etc.
    • World Sites Atlas Maps on Line.
    • BBC
    • Teacher Oz A collection of links to public domain sources on history. Maps etc.
    • OpenCRS.com is a web site devoted to creating public access to Congressional Research Reports which are public documents that are not generally distributed to the public. These are excellent background briefing sheets on issues relevant to proposed Congressional legislations. The search engine on the site is not good; if you are looking for documents on a specific topic, it will work better to use a search engine such as google with boolean search capacities and restrict the domain to opencrs.com.

    Educational Resources.

    International Resources


    Questions or Comments? Email Oliver -at- ssc -dot- wisc -dot- edu. Last updated January 11, 2014 © University of Wisconsin.