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Welfare Rights are a Big Deal

From their base at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Public and Community Service Ann Withorn and Diane Dujon organized and wrote, taught and spoke about women’s poverty, welfare rights, and about how hard it is to keep the focus on expanding public “welfare” as a program and a social ideal — not just on fixing particular ills within an inherently flawed system, or just on planning illusionary schemes to move poor women “from welfare to work” and into a “pathway to the middle class”.

Ann and Diane will hold this public conversation as a forum for sharing stories and questions based in their 35 years of welfare rights work. They will bring their perspectives on the centrality of a commitment to welfare rights for any radical social movement — be it focused on labor, feminist, racial or economic justice. They will bring memories of the strategic and tactical debates into a discussion about what it might mean to imagine and act for economic justice and social change — now and in the future.

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  • Angela D

    Wish I could make this! There's also a related event this evening (Thursday), 6:30-8:30Hunger and Food Stamp Cuts in the Black Community:
    It's a moderated discussion with experts that will highlight the real-world impacts on minority communities from cuts to food assistance in the Boston area.

    January 30, 2014

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