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WRI Vision and Planning Retreat Launches Program into its 20th Year!

Welfare Rights Initiative (WRI) brought together staff, students, and alumni for 3 days, November 14-16, for a planning retreat. This weekend of community building and strategizing enabled WRI members to reconnect to their organizational vision and each other. Retreat attendees … Continue reading

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WRI 2013 Newsletter

Read Hirah’s Story Download WRI’s 2013 Newsletter (PDF)

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Join WRI & NY Women’s Foundation on Tuesday, November 12th at 2pm.

WRI will be sharing policy recommendations to help advance the economic status of women, and their families. Tune in at 2pm on Tuesday, November 12th to learn how you can be a part of our education movement. A new administration … Continue reading

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WRI’s 2013 Creative Expression Potluck Event

On Monday the November 4th, WRI had an awe-inspiring Creative Expression Potluck. It was a wonderful night of poetry, song, and other forms of creative expressions at Hunter College. Our alumni base is the heart and soul of the energy … Continue reading

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The New York City Council – Video

The New York City Council – Video. Dear Friends, We hope you are enjoying a good fall and we write to share some policy news. WRI testified Wednesday September 25, 2013 before the NYC Council Committee for Community Development. The … Continue reading

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WRI’s Leadership Training Program – Applications are now being accepted.

Community Leadership Training Program (Fall 2013-Spring 2014) *Students with past or current public assistance experience are encouraged to apply* Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2013 to Spring 2014 Community Leadership Program.  This two semester program explores past and … Continue reading

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NYC Bar Association Panel Discussion: Welfare’s Future in NYC; WRI’s Co-Director, Maureen Lane will be a part of the panel discussion.

Dear Friends, The NYS legislative session ended without passing bill S1419.  The bill is essential to maximize access to higher education and vocational training programs under federal rules for families and individuals receiving welfare in NYS.  The law will help … Continue reading

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Do You Know Your Rights?

If you are worried about dropping out of school because of public assistance requirements, we can help! “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” WORKSHOP June 26th, 2013 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hunter College, East Building Solarium Room 1413 (14th Floor) Call 212-650-3592 … Continue reading

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WRI Alert: S1419: Key Senators Need to Know about S1419

Dear friends, The NYS Legislative session ends June 20th and we still have a chance to make S1419 law.  S1419 allows access to 4-year college and other approved programs for students receiving public assistance.  The Assembly passed their bill in … Continue reading

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