64 Day Campaign Week Two Highlight: Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

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ABOUT

The Michigan Welfare Rights Organization is the union of public assistance recipients and low-income workers in Michigan. MWRO has chapters across Michigan and is one of the founding members of the National Welfare Rights Union. Our goal is to organize recipients and low-income workers to fight for our rights, to eliminate poverty in this country and to build an army prepared to battle for the economic and human rights of millions of disenfranchised Americans.

Welfare recipients, low income workers and homeless people rarely know what benefits they are entitled to under existing social service rules and regulations that undergo daily sometimes hourly changes.  Since President Bill Clinton signed the Welfare Reform Bill on August 22, 1996, most of the safety nets that barely separated poor people from outright hunger and homelessness have disappeared reducing millions across the country and hundreds of thousands in Michigan to membership in the "New Great Depression."  The focus of MWRO is to intervene and advocate on behalf of the victims of poverty when disputes surface between this population and service delivery agencies.  MWRO sponsors training sessions for the victims of poverty that cover eligibility for Food Stamps, Medicaid, cash assistance, disputes with landlords, utility companies and how to file a hearing when these rights are being violated.  The work is monumental, sometimes crushing and seemingly endless.

"We, the poor and working people living in America refuse to accept responsibility or blame directed toward us and imposed on our children for the poverty we are forced to live in. As members of the National Welfare Rights Union and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, we recognize high-tech manufacturing as the dawn of a complete new era which can guarantee forever and for all a life free from material wants. Therefore, in order to cleanse this imperfect nation, re-establish justice, ensure economic stability, provide for the common security, promote the national welfare, and enhance the blessings of financial freedom once enjoyed by the collective posterity, we do re-dedicate and re-establish our singular commitment to take control of our nation as patriots as we fight for the American Dream."

HIGHLIGHT

MWRO is partnering with other grassroots organizations in the Housing is a Human Right Coalition (HIHRC). HIHRC organizes to assist homeless families into abandoned Detroit homes and supports the safety and security of neighborhoods and communities. The Coalition was developed to help homeless women who have children that were cut off from welfare (due to Governor Rick Snyder’s implementation of time limitations on cash assistance, TANF program) and homeless veterans. HIHRC believes housing is a human right, and works so that everyone can obtain a home.

Publication Date: 
Nov 7, 2012

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