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Welfare Rights celebrates victories, looks ahead to new battles

By mick

Deb Howze speaking at Welfare Rights Committee celebration.

Minneapolis, MN – More than 40 members and supporters of the Welfare Rights Committee (WRC) gathered here, Aug. 10, to celebrate past victories and look ahead to future battles.

Leaders of the WRC told how politicians from both parties, along with poverty pimps, opposed the WRC legislation to double the public assistance grants during the 2013 legislative session. In the end the WRC won the first grant increase since 1986 – $110 per month extra for people not in subsidized housing, starting in 2015.

“This was a wonderful event,” said Angel Buechner of the WRC, “and we’re going to keep putting heat on the politicians to raise the welfare grants now.”

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