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Reinventing CitizenshipBlack Los Angeles, Korean Kawasaki, and Community Participation$
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Kazuyo Tsuchiya

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681112

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681112.001.0001

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Struggling for Political Voice

Struggling for Political Voice

Race and the Politics of Welfare in Los Angeles

(p.59) 3 Struggling for Political Voice
Reinventing Citizenship

Kazuyo Tsuchiya

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explains how Los Angeles activist Opal C. Jones and other African American leaders insisted on the rights of the poor to participate in the Los Angeles War on Poverty by establishing the Economic Opportunity Federation (EOF) that provided opportunities for residents to join the Community Action Agency (CAA). The agency is a group of non-profit organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s war on poverty. Jones used the antipoverty program as a way to politically confront Mayor Samuel Yorty and other government officials who sought to secure control of the antipoverty programs for personal interests, resulting in a crucial change in the political status of African American residents in Los Angeles.

Keywords:   Opal C. Jones, War on Poverty, Economic Opportunity Federation, Community Action Agency, Mayor Samuel Yorty

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