The Belles of St. Edwards

The politicians want welfare moms to pull themselves out of dependency. But in the fall of 1995, with Congress crafting an end to the nation’s guaranteed welfare benefits, Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala and an organized band of homeless mothers took a more creative approach to “self-help” than the politicians ever had in mind.

Showdown on Aisle Five

A church group leading Harlem’s Bradhurst redevelopment project is trying to convince the city of the perils of Pathmark. Superstore supporters charge the group being power hungry at the expense of cheap food.

City Lit: Eyeing Race

A book review of Color-Blind: Seeing Beyond Race in a Race-Obsessed World, by Ellis Cose, HarperCollins, 1997, 260 pp., $24.

Dawn Of The Cyber-Dole

The state’s massive effort to turn food stamps and welfare checks into ATM-type debit cards could result in unforeseen dangers for low-income New Yorkers, advocates charge.