Monthly Archives: June 2017

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

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.

Continue reading “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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Welfare & Caregivers Delegation and Rep. Gwen Moore at the People’s Summit 2017

Phoebe Jones (Global Women’s Strike, Philadelphia), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI), Pat Gowens (Welfare Warriors, Milwaukee) and Reverend Annie Chambers (Big Momma’s House, Baltimore) at People’s Summit 2017. Photos by Rachel West (US PROStitutes Collective, San Francisco Bay Area), who was also a member of the Welfare and Caregivers Delegation to the Summit.

Welfare and Caregivers delegation members Phoebe Jones & Rev. Annie Chambers and Rep. Gwen Moore urging support for the RISE Out of Poverty Act which would make ending child poverty the goal of federal welfare policy

Many thanks to Resist for helping to fund delegation members to attend the People’s Summit!
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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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