Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
"You get what you are organized to take!"
Maureen D. Taylor, State Chair, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
Maureen Taylor is a lifelong soldier in the war against the poor. She has served as Chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization since 1993, and was elected Treasurer of the National Welfare Rights Union in 1994.
She is a dedicated community activist who represents public assistance recipients at the Michigan Family Independence Agency (FIA) offices over case disputes. Along with other welfare rights members, she conducts local and state FIA policy trainings, and works with political leaders and corporations to draft policies and procedures that protect poor and low-income families. Over the past few months, Maureen and many other concerned citizens have been working to stop water, gas, and electricity shut-offs for thousands of low-income households in Detroit, and restore winter utilities for those already shut-off.
Maureen earned her Bachelor of Social Work at Marygrove College in 1983, where she was also the distinguished Valedictorian of her graduating class. In 1994, she earned her Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University. Sh has received many distinguished awards for her community organizing and leadership, including the National Community Leader Award from the National Black Caucus in Washington DC.
Currently, Ms. Taylor is the Program Director for the Detroit NFI Community Self-Sufficiency Center. The CSSC is a program that works to assist chronically unemployed persons in the Detroit Central Empowerment Zone. She also serves as a Trustee to New Detroit, Inc, and is a member of several boards and community organizations.