Publications and Research

Document Type

Book Chapter or Section

Publication Date

Spring 4-2014


This chapter recounts the creation of a digital oral history archive documenting the Welfare Rights Initiative (WRI), a grassroots student activist and community leadership training organization located at Hunter College. The author examines, through these oral history interviews, social movement activity at the level of a grassroots organization as exemplified by WRI, which was developed to aid student welfare recipients to become agents of social change and actively involve them with policymaking. The project depicts the experiences of members in this feminist grassroots organization and provides us with new insights to the origins of advocacy, documenting the singular historical importance of grassroots organizing and working-class feminist activism.


This is the pre-print version of a work originally published in "Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Movements and Beyond," edited by Melissa Morrone.



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