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Workfare-Fight Mailing List
Workfare-Fight is an international list for welfare recipients and welfare organizers. With or without workfare, its subject matter is personal experience with life on welfare or in need of welfare and with the welfare system under so-called welfare reform. However, personal experience is not required in order to subscribe to the list.
The list started out with the focus being primarily on workfare (and therefore its name), but workfare is only the tip of the iceberg, the most visible and obnoxious aspect of welfare reform.
In the long run another devastating aspect of welfare reform, in the US, is an appallingly short lifetime limit on welfare eligibility.
US workfare managed to get itself "exported" around the world under the disguise of "active social policy," "activation," "social political paradigm shift," "community wage" and other clever terms to hide its true origin and its ideological debt to a distant past, the Victorian work- and poorhouse. Time limits might do the same unless massively rejected and exterminated on sight, as should have been done with workfare.
However, welfare policies are an ever-moving target as demonstrated for instance by UK Channel 4's recent series Benefit Busters (autumn 2009), with which Channel 4 has the audacity to claim that the labor market is "the new welfare state"! Does it get any more insane than that? Wait and see! You bet it will. Until people decide that enough is enough and start to revolt against it.
One important purpose of the Workfare-Fight list, therefore, is to create much needed solidarity and support among welfare recipients, activists and organizers across borders via the net.
To subscribe to the list, send "subscribe workfare-fight" (without the quotation marks) in the body of a mail to: listserv AT vian.dk
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Workfare-Fight has existed since September 1998.
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