Organizing ADC Recipients for Political Action
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The particular focus of my paper is on the ADC program. I have chosen to examine ADC as a case in point for a variety of reasons. The ADC program is the largest Federally funded public assistance program. It is the most controversial of the programs and it has characteristically attempted to manipulate and control the consumer through more non-need eligibility requirements than any other Federal welfare program. Furthermore, the ADC program caters to a clientele that is predominantly black, separated, divorced or unwed mothers - people who enjoy little political support or legitimacy in our society. It is for these reasons that, in my opinion, the recipients of ADC need to develop a means of asserting their interests and controlling the government, more than any other group of welfare recipients. In this paper, I hope to take a very coherent approach to the problems of ADC and the participation of its recipients in the program. I will first examine the history and structure of the ADC program in the hopes of demonstrating how ADC recipients have been manipulated in the past, and why it is so important for them to organize to express their interests now. I also hope in this first section to point out some of the resources and methods which have been used in the past to create change in the ADC program. Secondly, I plan to discuss some of the problems of organizing the poor, in hopes of reaching some conclusions about the problems which they face in becoming politically active and how these problems can be overcome. Finally, I plan to examine two theories of organizing the poor, comparing and contrasting them. In so doing, I hope to draw some of my own conclusions about what sort of theoretical approach should be taken in organizing the welfare poor.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.