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The DataCenter "is blessed to have served the social justice Movement for over three decades. Some highlights from our past include: [1]

  • 1977 - DataCenter—an activist library and publication center—is founded in affiliation with the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) by Jon Frappier, Fred Goff, Loretta Strharsky & Harry Strharsky and 40 dedicated volunteers.
  • 1979 - Establish Corporate Profile Project for clients such as United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations & customized research service for immigration attorneys representing Central Americans seeking political asylum.
  • 1980 - Publish press profiles, The Reagan File, on Ronald Reagan and his policies on labor, El Salvador, foreign policy, and military policy in Asia.
  • 1981 - New Right Project tracks the rise of neo-conservatism; Launch Right-to-know Project in response to censorship & growing restrictions on access to information; Monitor plant closures and layoffs; Publish press profile Toxic Nightmare for free distribution to leading environmental organizations
  • 1983 - Expand Search Service to include corporate accountability research to support community, labor, and corporate campaigns and political asylees from all over the world.
  • 1984 - Establish Third World Resources quarterly newsletter and specialized resource directories series.
  • 1987 - Launch Pro Bono Fund to subsidize services to low-budget social justice organizations.
  • 1988 - Search Service goes online.
  • 1991 - Launch the Cuba Project/Conexiones to respond to information needs of institutions in Cuba & facilitates information exchange between U.S. and Cuban colleagues for the next ten years; Publish three volumes of press on the First Gulf War.
  • 1993 - Launch Freedom of Expression Project & CultureWatch newsletter monitoring the culture wars waged by the Religious Right until 2000.


Accessed April 2010: [2]

  • Co-Chair - Andrea Cristina Mercado Valle - Lead Organizer & Political Education Coordinator, Mujeres Unidas y Activas
  • Co-Chair - Neil Tangri - Co-founder & Waste and Climate Change Campaigner, GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives)
  • Secretary - Jessica Guadalupe Tovar - Contra Costa County Organizer, Communities for a Better Environment
  • Treasurer - Swati Prakash - Program Director, Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice, Pacific Institute
  • Max Weintraub - Toxics Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • miho kim - Executive Director, DataCenter
  • Yvette Robles - Director, Bayview Hunters Point Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities


Accessed April 2010: [3]


Accessed April 2010: [4]

"The work of the DataCenter is supported by contributions from individual donors, community-based organizations, and the following foundations:



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  1. History, DataCenter, accessed April 13, 2010.
  2. Directors, DataCenter, accessed April 13, 2010.
  3. People, DataCenter, accessed April 13, 2010.
  4. Funders, Data Center, accessed April 13, 2010.