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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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Recasting the Community Action Program

Recasting the Community Action Program

The Pursuit of Race, Class, and Gender Equality in Los Angeles

(p.81) 4 Recasting the Community Action Program
Reinventing Citizenship

Kazuyo Tsuchiya

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the contributions of African American social worker Opal C. Jones through the Neighborhood Adult Participation Project (NAPP). Jones fought against racial discrimination by criticizing poor people’s lack of representation in the federal antipoverty agency, and contesting notions of “appropriate female roles” practiced by the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), and the Economic and Youth Opportunities Agency of Greater Los Angeles (EYOA). She also used the NAPP to challenge the meaning of “maximum feasible participation” and accused EYOA of not truly representing the poor.

Keywords:   Opal C. Jones, Neighborhood Adult Participation Project, Office of Economic Opportunity, Economic and Youth Opportunities Agency of Greater Los Angeles, racial discrimination, antipoverty

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