children new hope in their effort to break the poverty cycle. It would end abject poverty in the South.
We, the majority, must begin supporting all indigenous reform groups--for they are our hope for peaceful change--whether they are welfare groups, housing groups, or community job seekers and unions. 12
The VISTAs discerned the weaknesses of the economic system and were frustrated by the absence of any substantive solutions to the problems confronting the lower strata of society. Their disappointment fostered a determination to organize people in order to pressure the government for more relevant programs.
In sum, organizing and demonstrations increased in Brooklyn, together with client self-confidence and respect. Said Ms. Samuels, "the ladder of success was within reach." With the arrival of the VISTAs, WRO activities assumed a new dimension, portending a time for major initiatives.
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Publication information: Book title: Biting the Hand That Feeds Them:Organizing Women on Welfare at the Grass Roots Level. Contributors: Jacqueline Pope - Author. Publisher: Praeger Publishers. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1989. Page number: 80.
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