last updated:  12 March 2001

Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU)

"One of the things that makes the Kensington Welfare Rights Union so special is that it's a real live honest-to-goodness people's revolution." Steve Earle

Steve attended the annual Folk Alliance conference in February 1999 as a member of the KWRU delegation held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  On Friday, 26th Feb, Steve participated in the "Music and Politics" workshop that was moderated by music journalist Dave Marsh, as well as the "KWRU & the March of the Americas" workshop.

To contact the Kensington Welfare Rights Union:
phone:  215-203-1945 

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photos courtesy of Glen Hatchell

Sent: 19 July, 1999
Subject: Steve Earle visits KWRU tent city

Last night, July 18, Steve Earle visited Clintonville, the tent city established in North Philadelphia by the Kensington Welfare Rights Union to house homeless families. The city of Philadelphia, although it controls thousands of empty housing units, has refused thus far to house the families, which include children in desperate need of medical care.

In the evening, at his show before 6,000 fans at Penns Landing, Steve Earle dedicated a song to the KWRU and everyone living on the lot at Clintonville. He urged everyone in the audience to go to Clintonville after the show and offer any assistance possible.

Steve Earle is one of a growing number of musicians who are aligning themselves with America's new movement to end poverty, led by the poor themselves. Earle, along with Jackson Browne and others, will perform during the March of the Americas, a march from Washington DC to the UN in New York that will take place from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1. For more information, contact the KWRU at (their website is at