Welfare Stickers

Politically and socially, the key social fact that has long obsessed me has been poverty, especially women’s poverty….and the importance of maintaining a responsible social state for addressing poverty.  This was always the major focus for my writing, my teaching and my activism.  Over the years my ideas and activism deepened, but poverty and economic injustice were always at the core of everything.

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Diane Dujon and Ann Withorn, 2014

Most recently, the concept of “precarity” and seeing the precariat as a new dangerous class as presented by Guy Standing has helped me to move forward.  Currently,  the Basic Income idea and movement are the focus of much of my activism and speaking.  Essentially, I see Basic Income as “welfare for all.” And that is a positive good for all — but only if it is truly universal, not categorical.  Otherwise we recreate the the divisions of our historic welfare system

Since so much of my past and current writing and speaking focus on welfare rights and building the Basic Income Movement, I’ll let my writing speak for itself.

I do want to  note here that over the past year Basic Income has gained far more national and international attention.  It is being discussed, written about and serves as a source for organizing in ways I could never have dreamed three years ago. Because of this, I am even more committed to gathering people together around the concept, and to reaching out to other movements so that BI grows into a wider, bigger global movement for social and economic justice, and that it stays rooted in feminism, socialism and a commitment to deeply radical, liberationist thought and action. The time is now, bolstered and challenged by the “fierce necessity” recognized by our most visionary and radical predecessors.

Here are uploads of some of my less easily found writings, and summaries of talks given, often with my friend and comrade, Diane Dujon on the subject:

Here are uploads of some of my less easily found writings, and summaries of talks given, often with my friend and comrade, Diane Dujon on the subject:

Savina Martin, our Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign Leader at 2018 Women’s March

Fulfilling Fears and Fantasies, 2004 welfare in the Right-wing worldview

Women and Basic Income, 1993 Journal of Poverty, my first attempt to connect Basic Income and Welfare

Survival News, The welfare rights newspaper, published out of Boston

Mother Heroes, 1996 How to view Women on Welfare, with an award at least

For Better and for Worse 1986 tensions among women in the welfare state

Legitimacy Is Elsewhere  1995 unpublished Talk at the Florence Heller School of Social Policy Brandeis University

We Don’t All Agree that Welfare Has Failed 1996 For Crying Out Loud

Radical Truth Sayers 2012 Ann on the Welfare Rights Movement

Withorn-1996- “Why do They Hate me So Much?” American_Journal_of_Orthopsychiatry

We Knew We Were Somebody, 2010 Diane and Ann Talk About Welfare Rights

Who Cares? 2007  Research Plans

IntroductionABCD 2002

Basic Income as a Poverty Prevention Strategy 2015 Report Back from North American Basic Income Congress in NYC

Poor Peoples Campaign 2018

Questions Must Be Raised

 

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