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Support the RISE Act & Reintroduction of WORK Act!

End poverty of mothers & children. Recognize caregiving work.
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For the first time in decades there is a piece of legislation and one we want reintroduced in the US Congress that recognize the work of mothers.

The RISE Out of Poverty Act (Gwen Moore, D-WI) would make ending child poverty the primary goal of TANF. The Women’s Option to Raise Kids (WORK) Act which needs to be reintroduced into Congress (was introduced in the last Congress by former Congressman Pete Stark, D- CA), recognized that raising children is vital work, and would give mothers the option of raising young children fulltime at home under current welfare legislation (TANF). The two bills together are a power for mothers everywhere, whether we are low income or not. They begin to finally value and provide resources for mothers and to undermine the growing poverty of women and children.

Sign the petition to US CongressCall to ActionJoin the growing list of endorsing organizationsAbout the bills • Letter to Members of Congress, Congressional Black Caucus • Truthout: “Welfare Reform” Is Pushing Women Into Unwaged Work • Letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer • 2Pac: Dear MamaMore…

“Stop-and-Frisk” for Caregivers: How Expanded Mandated Reporting Laws Hurt Families (Truthout.org)

Carolyn Hill and Pat Albright of the Philadelphia-based self-help group DHS Give Us Back Our Children, sister to Los Angeles’ DCFS Give Us Back Our Children, are among those who were interviewed and are quoted in this revealing article.  Professor Dorothy Roberts  (author of Shattered Bonds, The Color of Child Welfare and a co-signer of our Amicus Brief to PA Superior Court in support of Carolyn Hill’s plea for custody of her nieces) and Dr Mical Raz (author and professor at University of Pennsylvania who has been supportive of our work) are also quoted in the article.   Please add your comments to the article!

Thursday, June 29, 2017 By Maya Schenwar and Erica Meiners, Truthout | Report

(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout)

This story is the tenth piece in the Truthout series, Severed Ties: The Human Toll of Prisons. This series dives deeply into the impact of incarceration on families, loved ones and communities, demonstrating how the United States’ incarceration of more than 2 million people also harms many millions more — including 2.7 million children.

Imagine your child casually mentioning to her pre-K teacher that she sleeps with you and your partner in the same bed. Or your kind but nosy new neighbor, who has just dropped off some food, noticing that your six-month-old baby sometimes sleeps with you instead of in a crib. Co-sleeping or “bed-sharing” is common, and according to a number of experts, beneficial. However, many states‘ child protective services departments, and the American Academy of Pediatricswarn against it.

If your pre-K teacher suspects your sleeping arrangement is a form of child endangerment, they are legally obligated to call child protective services (CPS). Across the US, teachers are designated as “mandated reporters” to child protective services. But increasingly, mandated reporting laws are expanding to include nearly every single one of us. In 18 states across the United States, if your nosy neighbor, or any other person, suspects that you are putting your child in danger in some way, they are mandated by law to contact CPS and report your actions — potentially resulting in a disruptive investigation and the possible removal of your child.

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Truthout.org: “Welfare Reform” Is Pushing Women Into Unwaged Work — It’s Time to Change That

Sarah Jaffe interviewed Rev. Annie Chambers of Big Momma’s House in Baltimore, Rachel West of US PROStitutes Collective in the SF Bay Area, and Pat Gowens of Welfare Warriors on the RISE Out of Poverty Act, while they were in Chicago for the People’s Summit. You can also hear audio from the interviews on The Baffler website here.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 By Sarah Jaffe, Truthout | Interview

Rev. Annie Chambers speaks at the International Women's Day Gathering Rally in Baltimore, Maryland, March 8, 2017.
Rev. Annie Chambers speaks at the International Women’s Day Gathering Rally in Baltimore, Maryland, March 8, 2017.

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Grassroots anti-poverty activists going to The People’s Summit in Chicago June 9-11

Several thousand people from diverse movements around the country are coming together for the 2017 The People’s Summit, where they will help to create a People’s Agenda. However as it stands now poverty is not part of the agenda, and our delegation will work to change that. Rooted in the movements that came together behind Bernie Sanders, the People’s Summit is attracting organizers from across the country.

Rev. Annie Chambers, Big Momma’s House, Baltimore

Pat Gowens, Welfare Warriors, Milwaukee

Phoebe Jones, Global Women’s Strike, Philadelphia

Margaret Prescod, Women of Color in the GWS, Los Angeles

Rachel West, US PROStitutes Collective, SF Bay Area

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Women Speak Out at the DNC, July 26 in Philadelphia

Calling All Women!

Women Speak Out at the DNC

Tuesday, July 26, 12 noon – 2pm
Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St. Phila.
btw Spruce & Pine, Walnut-Locust stop on Broad St (Orange) Line

All welcome! Childcare ● Refreshments ● Wheelchair accessible

Mothers, grandmas, nurses, teachers, homecare & domestic workers, students, victims of domestic violence, LGBTQ, farmers, campaigners for justice & for the environment, those with disabilities…

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We are participating in the US Social Forums in Philadelphia, PA and San Jose, CA – June 25-28

Margaret Prescod

SAN JOSE: We are pleased to announce that Margaret Prescod, Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike, co-founder of Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders, and host of Pacifica Radio’s Sojourner Truth, is speaking at the USSF Plenary on Saturday June 27, at 6:30pm, Washington United Youth Center.

And in PHILADELPHIA that Shandre Delaney, mother of prisoner whistleblower Carrington Keys and coordinator of the Justice for the Dallas 6 Support Campaign, will be speaking at the USSF Plenary on Saturday June 27, at 7pm, at Temple University Student Center Room 200.

In both Philadelphia and San Jose

Film screening: Tales of the Grim Sleeper, presented by Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders. Did you know that 200 Black Women are missing in South Los Angeles, 100 suspected to be victims of a serial killer, and that law enforcement referred to the victims as “NHI” (No Humans Involved)? Don’t miss this film! SAN JOSE: THURSDAY 10:30AM @ Sacred Heart Community Services / PHILLY: TBA

Action Table and Petitioning center for the Living Wage for All Workers including Mothers and other Caregivers! Find out how you can get involved in this urgent campaign!

Sign petition: http://bit.ly/livingwage4carers

Donate Now!Please help our grassroots delegation get there!
(Through our fiscal sponsor Women in Dialogue)

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Milwaukee mother claims children taken away because of learning disability (CBS News)

Congratulations to Welfare Warriors for this excellent coverage! Post a comment on the original story here.

CBS 58

Milwaukee -A group of activists is claiming that Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is taking kids away from their parents without proof of abuse or neglect.

Lashei Dickerson is the mother of three kids in Milwaukee. She claims Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services division took her children away because she has a learning disability.

“They shouldn’t be using my disability against me,” said Dickerson. “I feel that isn’t abuse and neglect… both of my kids were removed from me because of how they felt.”

Dickerson says she has complied with what the agency has asked of her. She has obtained a home, clothes for her children, has gone to anger management classes and received mental evaluations, as well as other conditions. However, her children are still in the system.

That’s why the organization “Welfare Warriors” held a rally Wednesday morning outside of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services division in West Allis.

“The problem is, they are illegally detaining children who have never ever been abused or neglected by their family,” said Patricia Owens, who has been advocating for mothers like Dickerson for almost 30 years.

“They are taking children from mothers because the mothers have low IQs.. they say the mothers are mentally ill, sometimes physically ill, but none of them are legal reasons to take a child,” Dickerson said.

The organization has been successful to help other mothers in similar situations and are now doing their best to get Dickerson’s children back as well.

“I’m just staying strong and doing whatever it takes to get my kids home,” Dickerson said.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin sent CBS 58 a statement saying:

“Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services provides a wide range of services to support families and the children who are under our care. Our primary concern is always to keep kids physically and emotionally healthy and provide permanency, stability and well-being for all children.”

Fighting your case to win justice & build the movement: Philadelphia Workshop with Selma James and Nina Lopez

Workshop: “Fighting your case to win justice & build the movement”

Friday April 10
4:30-7:30pm Tabernacle United Church, 3700 Chestnut St, Phila

Followed by Q&A; sharing strategies & resources across sectors.

For those fighting criminalization, discrimination or deportation ● having their children removed ● police/prison guard violence ● elder guardianship abuse ● denial of benefits ● rape victims including those wrongly accused of making a false allegation ● whistleblowers facing retaliation ● groups struggling under the weight of cases while also fighting for change . . . This workshop is based on the principles of self-help, accountability, and holding non-profits and professionals to account. Sponsored by: Global Women’s Strike and Every Mother is a Working Mother Network Co-sponsors: Human Rights Coalition, Payday men’s network, Peacehome Campaigns, Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee

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Dallas 6 – Next court date Friday, March 6

Next court date: Friday, March 6 at 10am – pack the court!

Luzerne County Courthouse, Wilkes-Barre, PA, hearing on motions to dismiss the charges. The start of the trial, should it go forward, has been scheduled for August 24, 2015.

The Dallas 6 are six African-American prisoners in solitary confinement in the SCI Dallas Pennsylvania prison who blew the whistle on and peacefully protested against abuse and violence by prison guards in 2010. They were charged with “rioting” and have been on trial ever since in “kids for cash” Luzerne County.

Derrick Stanley and Shandre Delaney debrief with supporters after the hearing
Derrick Stanley and Shandre Delaney debrief with supporters after the hearing

Feb 19th court summary.

Testimony on the motions to dismiss the charges will now be heard on Friday March 6, as the February 19 session was spent instead on negotiating a favorable plea agreement for Carrington Keys and Anthony Locke which was upended at the last minute by Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis, drawing more attention to Dallas 6 claims of retaliation, personal vendetta and corruption. DA Salavantis has personal ties to SCI Dallas prison. Plea agreement for Derrick Stanley proceeds. Over 40 supporters packed the court. Continue reading