Kensington Welfare Rights Union
the United States
|Housing and justice|
The Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KRWU) is a progressive social justice, political action, and advocacy group of, by, and for the poor and homeless operating out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group was founded by six women, including Cheri Honkala, and formed in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood in April 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.
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 to call attention to HUD's failed housing policies.
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- Jha, Sandya Rani (2017). "The power of keeping it simple: humans deserve housing". Transforming communities: how people like you are healing their neighborhoods. Saint Louis, Missouri: Chalice Press. pp. 48–60. ISBN 9780827237155. OCLC 988276950.
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- Mazelis, Joan Maya (2017). Surviving poverty: creating sustainable ties among the poor. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 9781479873593. OCLC 946161360. A sociological study of KWRU.
- Zoelle, Diana; Josephson, Jyl J. (2005). "Making democratic space for poor people: the Kensington Welfare Rights Union". In Leatherman, Janie; Webber, Julie A. Charting transnational democracy: beyond global arrogance. Houndmills, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 55–74. doi:10.1057/9781403981080_3. ISBN 1403969523. OCLC 57311708.
- Zucchino, David (1997). Myth of the welfare queen: a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist's portrait of women on the line. New York: Scribner. ISBN 0684819147. OCLC 36446930.
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