Massachusetts: Poor People's Campaign

Poor People's Campaign

Instead of soliciting checks from millionaire contributors, this candidate for Governor of Massachusetts cashes a $486 welfare check every month. Dorothy Stevens, 48, a single mother of four who has spent most of her life on welfare, announced her bid for the Democratic nomination last week. Her platform: a $10-an-hour minimum wage, universal child care and higher payments for families on public assistance.

Stevens is part of a national trend: the Detroit-based Welfare Rights Organization says similar candidates will run this fall in the Oakland mayoral race and legislative contests in Michigan and Maryland. A veteran welfare- rights lobbyist who earned...

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