[Hpn] KWRU Plans on Protesting the Inauguration of President Bush in DC on January 20 on January 20

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Fri, 5 Jan 2001 00:16:27 -0800 (PST)

CIRCULATE PLEASE FWD Thu, 04 Jan 2001 REPLY TO:: Kensington Welfare Rights Union <kwru@libertynet.org> KWRU PLANS ON PROTESTING THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT BUSH IN DC ON HANUARY 20 The Kensington Welfare Rights Union is organizing a delegation to attend the protests of the Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC on January 20. Buses are leaving the KWRU office in Philadelphia (2825 North 5th Street) at 6:30 am on January 20th. Or, you can join us in DC. Exact location we are meeting will be announced closer to the date. If you are interesting in joining us, please call our office at 215/203-1945 or email us at <kwru@libertynet.org>. KWRU members will be participating in the protests as human rights monitors. We want the world to know that President-Elect Bush, as well as Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (who Bush has named to head the Department of Health and Human Services) are human rights violators. Thompson's shredding of the social safety net in the name of "welfare reform" in Wisconsin was the model for the national "welfare reform" law of 1996. Bush whole-heartedly supports these policies, which are among the most regressive laws of this century. Since January of 1996, over 2.1 million families (6 million individual recipients) were forced off of welfare. One third of those who left welfare are unable to find work, and report no earnings at all. The average yearly earnings of people who left welfare range from $2,980 to $13,444, well below the poverty level. Half say they worried that food would not last until the end of the month, or report skipping meals in the last year. Welfare reform also affects the wages of already low paying jobs. Among the lowest third of jobs in the labor force, welfare reform is projected to cut average wages by 11.9%, from an average of $7.19/hour before workfare to $5.47 after workfare. America has the highest poverty rate and the largest disparity between rich and poor of any industrialized nation. All of this is happening amidst a booming economy and unparalleled abundance in our country. The United States signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This document guarantees the human rights due to every human being, including food, housing, and living wage jobs. Welfare reform violates articles 23, 25 and 26 of the UDHR. (Follow this link to find out more: http://www.kwru.org/ehrc/wahr.html) For information about the economic human rights petition we have filed before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the United States government for violations against the poor, see http://www.kwru.org/updates/12-11-00.html --- CONTACT INFO: Kensington Welfare Rights Union NUHHCE, ASFCME, AFL-CIO PO Box 50678 Philadelphia, PA 19132-9720 Phone: 215/203-1945 Fax: 215/203-1950 email: <kwru@libertynet.org> web: <http://www.kwru.org> To subscribe to KWRU-ANNOUNCE, send blank email to: <kwru-announce-subscribe@topica.com> Visit HPN for CONSTANTLY UPDATING NEWS on Homeless People organizing: ************************************************************ 9000+ articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people INFO & to join/leave list - Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy ************************************************************