Kensington Welfare Rights Union
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the United States
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The Kensington Welfare Rights Union is a progressive social justice, political action, and advocacy group of, by, and for the poor and homeless operating out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and led by Galen Tyler. The group was founded by Cheri Honkala and formed in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood in April of 1991.
KWRU is a part of the national organization the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign a coalition of grassroots organizations, community groups, and non-profit organizations committed to uniting the poor across color lines as the leadership base for a broad movement to abolish poverty. KWRU is also a member of the steering committee of the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition.
The KWRU was written about in the book Myth of the Welfare Queen by writer and journalist David Zucchino.
KWRU often used direct action tactics such as tent cities and housing takeover to provide housing and dramatize the plight of the homeless. In 1994 KWRU organized the takeover of 12 vacant HUD owned homes in Philadelphia to try attention to HUD's failed housing policies.
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