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Sunday, July 9 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Managing Inequality: How Welfare Systems Regulate the Poor

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Inequality and poverty are endemic to capitalism. The U.S. welfare state operates to regulate members of the working class who experience poverty, disability, and unemployment. Workfare policies and means-tested provision of aid reinforce labor discipline and perpetuate capitalist ideology about who "deserves" support. This talk will examin how child welfare agencies in particular work to reproduce capitalist social relations and promote racist and sexist ideology about the private family. It will also will put forward perspectives for socialists on these issues and imagine what systems of care might look like under workers' democratic rule.  

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Jessica Hansen-Weaver

Jessica Hansen-Weaver is a social worker in SF Bay Area and long time ISO member.
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Don Lash

Don Lash is an attorney and writer in New York City. He has worked in disability rights, educational advocacy and child welfare. He has written for Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review, and is the author of When the Welfare People Come: Race and Class in t... Read More →

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Hyde Park A