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Welfare Radio Collaborative

A joint project of the National Radio Project’s Women’s Desk and the Women of Color Resource Center (Collaborative was 2003 to 2006)

The Welfare Radio Collaborative was a training, radio production and empowerment project. Our purpose was to voice the issues, circumstances and effects of low-income women in the welfare system from all aspects of life – personal, political, social and economic.

We promoted in-depth reporting on issues related to women and welfare, and challenged media misrepresentation and racial stereotypes of women on welfare. This project was grounded in the research of journalists, welfare advocates, and women directly affected by welfare policies.

The Welfare Radio Collaborative:

  • Trained and emploed women affected by welfare to produce radio documentaries about the welfare system.
  • Provided political education on state and national welfare policies.
  • Created news segments on welfare issues for Free Speech Radio News.
  • Distributed to over 195 international and local radio stations as part of National Radio Project’s weekly series, Making Contact.

The Welfare Radio Collaborative was funded in part by generous individuals, the Race, Gender and Human Rights Donor Circle at the Women’s Foundation of California, and the Community Technology Foundation of California (CTFC), which helps underserved communities secure social justice, access and equity through the application of information and communications technologies.

For more information about the Welfare Radio Collaborative, please contact Lisa Rudman .

Programs by the Welfare Radio Collaborative – click through to descriptions for guest contact information and audio files.

18-05 Children Denied: Family Cap and Foster Care

43-04 Regulating Love
(featuring a Welfare Radio Collaborative segment)

07-04 A Poor System: Welfare Punishing Women