ACTION AGENDA: 10 Proactive Welfare Strategies

ACTION AGENDA: 10 Proactive Welfare Strategies1. Return fundraising letters for party organizations, PACs and politicians who support the new welfare law with a note telling them you're now sending your disposable dollars to social welfare organizations. 2. Support your local food banks and social service organizations. (Your local organizations' details here.) 3. Support national organizations such as Stop Corporate Welfare Coalition (Adrien MacGillivray, 202/226-7270), which is targeting a "Dirty dozen" list of "corporate welfare" programs costing $11.5 billion. 4. Lobby your state's governor and legislative officials for full funding of exisiting low-income and poverty programs such as General Assistance, Head Start and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) that might fill gaps left by welfare cutoffs. 5. E-mail the White House (through www.whitehouse.gov) or President Clinton (president@whitehouse.gov) with your thoughts about the new welfare reform act. 6. Publicly challenge inaccurate statistics or misleading stereotypes about those on welfare. 7. Urge your local representatives to look into the positive welfare initiatives being undertaken in Oregon, Minnesota and Vermont. 8. Volunteer five hours a week of child care so that the parent may attend school, literacy classes or counseling, look for a job or run errands. 9. Organize protests or teach-ins to raise your community's awareness of the welfare reform when specific provisions take effect, such as immigrants being cut off in April. 10. Write to your local publications to urge them to cover the real effects of welfare reform, not just the political party line.

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