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Please help anti-poverty campaigners get to Houston Women’s Conference this Nov. 6-7!

We are appealing for help to get to the 40th anniversary event of the first and only National Women's Conference mandated by Congress -- National Women’s Conference: Taking 1977 into the 21st Century ,  in Houston this Nov. 6-7.  Our delegation has been accepted to present on a panel “Women, Welfare and Poverty: Back to the Grassroots.”

Women and children are now 75% of impoverished people; 10.2 million people in the US are surviving on no income.  Trump just announced adding more cuts in welfare to his legislative agenda.

In 1977 in Houston, TX, thousands of women took part in the first National Women's Conference. Some of us from the Wages for Housework Campaign worked with the leaders of the National Welfare Rights Organization to win a historic resolution. It rejected workfare and called for welfare to be considered a wage, not charity. For the past 40 years we have campaigned to get what was won at Houston implemented, and we are now coordinating the National Welfare and Caregivers Network.


Our delegation includes campaigners for women's rights to welfare, housing and other resources, and against the criminalization of poverty, unjust removal of our children by child welfare agencies, police and prison guard violence and more.

We aim to tell how we organized across race to win at Houston, and how we can build on that victory to broaden today’s movement against poverty, get support for the Rise Out of Poverty Act (Rep. Gwen Moore, D-WI) to be reintroduced in Congress, and press for a living wage for all workers including mothers and other caregivers. The conference is taking place at a time that the movement against poverty is broadening as evidenced by the new Poor People’s Campaign.

You can help to ensure that grassroots voices are heard and that our contributions are not left out of the history of the women’s movement, or its agenda for the future.

Our grassroots anti-poverty delegation includes:

Sabreen Adeeba,
a Black grandmother and great-grandmother with DCFS Give Us Back Our Children in Los Angeles, which works to reunite children unjustly taken from their families and to change child welfare policy. She fought her own case for years, bringing visibility to the bias that low-income women of color face from the child welfare and foster care industry. In her eloquent poetry she brings out the pain caused by separating children from families who love them.
Pat Albright
, a former welfare recipient with the Every Mother is a Working Mother Network in Philadelphia, was part of the Wages for Housework Delegation at the Houston Conference in 1977. She is a white single mother with a Black son who has worked as an in-home caregiver, domestic worker and factory worker.
Reverend Annie Chambers, a life-long grassroots community activist against poverty and for welfare and housing rights, she is a founding member and past President of the Baltimore Welfare Rights Union. A Black mother/grandmother/great grandmother from inner-city Baltimore, she is Director of Big Momma’s House which provides daytime shelter for children, feeds homeless people, works with drug-addicted parents and helps families with children find permanent shelter.
Pat Gowens, Co-Founder and Director of Welfare Warriors in Milwaukee, WI, which for the past three decades has provided a voice for mothers in poverty, including in their newspaper Mother Warriors. Their Mothers and Grandmothers of the Disappeared Children (MaGoD) project provides support and legal advocacy to moms whose children have been unjustly  removed by Social Services because of poverty.
Phoebe Jones, co-coordinator of the Global Women’s Strike in the US, she was part of the Wages for Housework Delegation at the 1977 Houston Conference.  She coordinates the multi-racial Crossroads Women's Center in Philadelphia, which has been supporting and fostering self-advocacy for women struggling because of poverty, ill health, sexism, racism and entanglement with the child welfare and criminal justice systems.  
Marian Kramer,
a long-time advocate for social justice, has been at the forefront of the struggle of the  impoverished and a leader in the fight to stop the privatization of water in Detroit and Highland Park Michigan.  Since the 1960s, she has been in the front lines of the welfare rights and civil rights movement.  Ms Kramer serves as the coordinator with Michigan Welfare Rights.
Margaret Prescod, 
New York State delegate to the Houston Conference in 1977, she is co-founder of Black Women for Wages for Housework and of Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike.  She is an immigrant from Barbados and a community-based anti-racist, women’s rights and anti-poverty campaigner living in Los Angeles. She co-coordinates the National Welfare and Caregivers Network and hosts Sojourner Truth, a nationally syndicated show on Pacifica radio.
Rachel West spoke at the Houston Conference in 1977 as a lesbian mother with Wages Due Lesbians, now Queer Strike. Rachel coordinates US PROStitutes Collective, a multiracial network of women who work or have worked in different areas of the sex industry. US PROS campaigns against poverty and for the decriminalization of prostitution and for justice, protection and resources so that no woman, young person or man is forced into prostitution through poverty or violence. Stats have shown that when welfare rolls are cut, the number of arrests for prostitution increases.

The delegation members are part of the National Welfare and Caregivers Network, a multiracial network of anti-poverty campaigners who are working in support of the RISE Out of Poverty Act, which makes ending child poverty the goal of welfare policy, and for a living wage for mothers and other caregivers.

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In 3 days a delegation of anti-poverty women organizers will participate in an historic conference. Please spread this post far and wide, contribute what you can to ensure their voices are heard, and click the link below to hear one of the organizers, Margaret Prescod, who is part of this delegation.

Hear Margaret Prescod speak about the real issues around women's justice work against sexism, racism and discrimination. As co-founder of Black Women for Wages for Housework and of Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike she must be heard at the Houston Conference.
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Another of the voices who will represent Global Women’s Strike in Houston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbEoxP-1zDo
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Here’s a clip of one of the delegates this campaign will be sending to Houston. Please share her powerful words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUCCtTYshYY
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Less than 2 weeks until The National Women’s Conference-Taking 1977 Into the 21st Century. This delegation of grassroots women organizers have spent decades fighting for women and economic justice. It is critical their experience be at the forefront during this time when women and the poor are under attack. Share this campaign through email/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and donate what you can (even $5 makes a difference). When women/the poor are under attack, what do we do?! STAND UP, FIGHT BACK!
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