welfareQUEENS- Las Reinas Del welfare
The welfareQUEENS is a revolutionary group of mamaz, daughters and sons struggling with poverty, welfare, racism and disability, poor women creating art with the goal of resisting and reclaiming the racist and classist mythologies about poverty and the criminilization of poor people in Amerikkka.
Through their art, storytelling and poetry, the QUEENS' project will re-contextualize the word, welfareQUEENS, and who it refers to in a society that makes it illegal to be poor and refuses to recognize, support or legitimize the work involved in raising children With their cultural work, media activism, feature length play, and radio channel these mothers, daughters, and grandmothers, who have all struggled, survived and dealt with this ongoing oppression for years tell their stories, enact their struggles and realize their dreams of survival, thrival and resistance.
(image of Poverty Skolaz from POOR Magazine and LA CAN/WRAP fighting the criminalization of poverty through our voices, our solutions, our self-determined actions)
Whack, Tap, Crack, the sound of the steel Po'Lice flashlight on a car window is like no other, and always had the same effect on homeless me and mama, blood-curdling fear. I thought about our constant po'lice harassment, abuse and eventual arrest for the sole act of being houseless in Amerikkka when i heard about South Carolina's "new" law that officially made it illegal to be homeless in downtown Columbia, SC
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