Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

As Congress Offers Billions in Corporate Welfare, As Laura Bush Condemns the Treatment Ofafghan Women, and As Mayor Rudolph Guiliani Lures Tourists to New York By Casting It As a City Ofcompassionate

StoryDecember 03, 2001
Watch iconWatch Full Show
Topics

Congress offers billions of dollars in corporate welfare to wealthy multinationals; Laura Bush condemns the brutaltreatment of Afghan women; and Mayor Rudolph Guiliani lures tourists to New York by casting it as a city ofcompassionate unity after September 11.

But politicians are overlooking a group of people ­ mostly women and children ­ who live in this country and who needassistance the most.

At midnight on Friday night, tens of thousands of families in New York reached a five-year lifetime limit on federalwelfare aid. They are by far the largest group yet to face the federal cutoff that has long loomed in the nation’swelfare overhaul, and they are among the first to face it in a recession.

New York is required by its Constitution to aid the needy, and it has spread a state-financed safety net to catch theestimated 40,000 families whose welfare grants were canceled over the weekend.

But advocates say many recipients of welfare have been improperly severed from assistance because of bureaucraticbungling, if not deliberate intent by the Giuliani administration.

And in much of the country, there is no state safety net, leaving these families with no alternatives.

Guests:

  • Liz Krueger, anti-poverty advocate and former Associate Director of the Community Food Resources Center.
  • Maribel Soto, organizer for Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE).

Related link:


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation