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									National Welfare Rights Union                                                                                      10/3/09 3:45 PM

 Linking up the struggles!

                                Our Mission

                                Welcome to the NWRU web site! The National Welfare Rights Union is an
                                organization of, by, and for the poor in the United States and beyond. We
                                are building a social movement committed to ending poverty and
                                ensuring a better world for our children and ourselves. We are dedicated
                                to unity among low-income, public assistance recipients, and the

                                NWRU Board Drafts 8 Position Points to Dismantle Poverty in the U.S.
                                August 2008
                                America’s poor and disenfranchised are languishing in the misery of rising poverty, a
                                circumstance mostly ignored across the country. A nation that does not have a concrete plan
                                for the elimination of poverty is a country that is prepared to tolerate poverty, and is doomed
                                to failure.

                                The "National Welfare Rights Union's Eight Position Points to Dismantle Poverty in the
                                U.S." were drafted, discussed, and unanimously voted upon at our recent retreat-conference.
                                As the recognized representatives that speak for the victims of poverty, the NWRU
                                respectfully submits them to the Presidential Candidates as the foundation on which to start
                                addressing poverty in the U.S. The National Welfare Rights Union also believes that “8 is

                                From the Co-President's Desk...
                                by Marian Kramer, Detroit, MI
                                October 2008
                                "There are many online posts these days about the relationship between the Association of
                                Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and the National Welfare Rights
                                Organization (NWRO). Many social commentators on the Internet have correctly identified
                                the former George Wiley as an instrumental organizer in the origin of both groups.
                                However, ACORN (originally founded as the Arkansas Community Organizations for
                                Reform Now) and the NWRO had significant differences in their leadership and organizing

                                The NWRO then—as with the National Welfare Rights Union (NWRU) now—put the                                                                                             Page 1 of 3
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                                The NWRO then—as with the National Welfare Rights Union (NWRU) now—put the
                                victims of poverty in leadership positions where they advocated for themselves and the
                                needs of other low-income families. The NWRO sought to protect and give a voice to poor
                                women and children across the U.S. in a time when poor families were under attack. Today,
                                the NWRU continues that mission through its local work in chapters across the country, and
                                fights for the human rights and dignity of all victims of poverty.

                                We commend Senator Obama for his work as a community organizer in Chicago. We
                                suggest that the commentary on these organizations would better be served by focusing on
                                the outstanding needs of poor and low-income families and a national agenda to dismantle

                                More information about dismantling poverty in the U.S. can be found at "National Welfare
                                Rights Union's Eight Position Points to Dismantle Poverty in the U.S.".

                                April 2008
                                In Michigan, Governor Jennifer Granholm recently proposed in her 2008-2009 State Budget
                                a $3.00 per person increase in the FIP (welfare assistance) grant. She also
                                proposed restoring the child school clothing allowance back to $75.00 per child. FIP
                                recipients only receive this clothing allowance once each September. The clothing
                                allowance was reduced last year to $43.00 per child. Both proposals, if passed, are
                                scheduled to go in effect in October 2008. Read more.

                                What We're Doing
                                Water Affordability in Michigan: Marian Kramer wins Purpose Prize
                                award for her work in implementing a water affordability plan to
                                prevent shut-offs in Detroit.

                                                        What is the Purpose Prize? Purpose Prize awardees
                                in the news.
                                (click image to view video)

                                Welfare Reform
                                Across the country, thousands of poor and low-income people are
                                suffering from the effects of reform legislation. The implementation of the
                                1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act
                                ended the entitlement to welfare that had in been in place for over 65
                                years. Residents of the U.S. are no longer guaranteed the right to feed,
                                to    clothe,   or    to    house
                                themselves and their children in
                                this, the richest country in the
                                world. In a time of high and
                                rising     unemployment,       the
                                government tells its people to
                                "just get a job" without                                                                                        Page 2 of 3
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                                "just get a job" without
                                guaranteeing them the right to a
                                job at a livable wage, or a guaranteed adequate annual income if no work
                                can be found. However, we will not die! We will survive by any means
                                necessary and we will fight to ensure that other poor people survive and
                                build a movement in this country that is linked to ending poverty in the

                                If this country truly wants to respond to the needs of its impoverished it
                                must listen to the impoverished who currently suffer under the existing
                                                                inhumane systems, and who best know
                                                                what policies must restore our lives. The
                                                                NWRU will take our movement into the
                                                                streets of this nation--from the farms of
                                                                rural America to the tenements of the
                                                                inner city, from the homeless ghettos to
                                                                the college campuses, and from the halls
                                                                of Congress to the hearing rooms of our
                                                                state houses. We are building a movement
                                                                that cannot be stopped. We will win--our
                                children's survival and well-being demand no less!
                                Photos courtesy of Kensington Welfare Rights Union

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