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Welfare Rights Warriors

Here are links to documents that commemorate and exemplify the work of a number of welfare rights warriors.

Annie Smart (1923-1992)
People's Tribune tribute to Annie Smart (January, 1993)
Survival News tribute to Annie Smart (Spring, 1993)
Report by Annie Smart on Legal Education Workshop (Aug., 1989)
Photo of Annie Smart, People's Tribune, Sept. 1990

Photo of Annie Smart, with Leona Smith and Marian Kramer (no date), Second version of same photo

Annie Chambers 
People's Tribune article on Annie Chambers (Sept., 1983)
Jeanne Dever
Dottie Stevens
Article in Survival News, 1990
Betty Reid Mandel
Testimonial booklet


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Message from Maureen Taylor, State Chairperson, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

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