By Tamar W. Carroll
In 1962, the pioneering social work agency Mobilization for Youth (MFY) began its anti-juvenile delinquency program in New York’s Lower East Side. Within two years, energized by the civil rights movement, residents and staffers together transformed MFY from a social service program into a hotbed of direct action organizing. Low-income African American and Puerto Rican mothers, together with MFY organizers, generated social movements that forever changed New York City and shaped the national War on Poverty. As Stanford Kravitz, an architect of the Economic Opportunity Act observed, their efforts “escalated long-festering problems into wide public view, so that discussion of them as critical national issues could no longer be avoided.” In doing so, MFY participants and staff “prepared the ground” for the establishment of the Community Action Programs (CAPs) of the War on Poverty, which was launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
“To Help People Learn to Fight”: New York City’s Mobilization for Youth and the Origins of the Community Action Programs of the War on Poverty
This is the first of three excerpts we are publishing from the author's new book Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty and Feminist Activism (University of North Carolina Press: 2015).
By Lisa A. Kozenko
This is the first in a series of posts about the New York Chamber Music Society. Future posts will look at the musicians in the group, its repertoire, and venues and composers of the time. There will be a salon-style concert, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the NYCMS’s first major performance, on December 20, co-sponsored by The Gotham Center and featuring the chamber music of Mozart, Bach, and Bax, plus a special piece written for the occasion. Email here for more information.
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