The Brooklyn Welfare Action Council: Forty-Six Welfare Rights Member Groups
In 1967 the proliferation of storefront centers, the expansion of WRO membership throughout Brooklyn, and increased demonstrations and activities suggested the need for a coordinating body--that is, a unifying council or boroughwide executive committee. To that end, many community and borough meetings were held to determine how best to effectuate a federation. Welfare rights members decided to establish a coordinating council for Brooklyn. Information about preformation, purpose, and function were disseminated to all local welfare rights groups. Welfare rights leaders were asked to report members' comments to the ad hoc planning committee (for a coordinating council). Flyers were distributed throughout the neighborhoods listing the ad hoc members' names and the agenda for the first meeting. At that time a draft constitution was offered and accepted by the membership.
The developing concept and the actual council (the Brooklyn Welfare Action Council, or B-WAC) were funded by Catholic Charities of Brooklyn. Its initial budget was $5,000,