‘The NCNW newsletter was an interesting mix of articles on women’s groups across the country, the organization’s local efforts in Brooklyn and lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C., recipes, oral histories, essays and personal columns, and letters to the editor. The newsletter went through many incarnations as different women joined the group and contributed to it. The first version, National Congress of Neighborhood Women Quarterly, was published at Unity Press, a New York City cooperative, in the spring of 1976. In that issue, the NCNW listed the goals of their newsletter, including to:
“change the media stereotype of working-class women as `passive and inarticulate,’ share information through a national newsletter about legislation, programs, and issues affecting women, add the voices and strengths of working-class women to the women’s movement, and alert the nation to the importance of saving and developing urban and rural neighborhoods.”
National Congress of Neighborhood Women Quarterly
In 1978, the newsletter was renamed Neighborhood Women and was distributed nationally to the thirty NCNW affiliates in twenty cities as well as interested individuals.’
Concept Outline for Stabilization and Expansion of the NCNW
How Did Working-Class Feminists Meet the Challenges of Working across Differences?
The National Congress of Neighborhood Women, 1974-2006,
Documents Selected and Interpreted by Tamar Carroll
‘The National Congress of Neighborhood Women was founded to establish a voice in which the issues and concerns of poor and working-class women could be heard and given priority on a national basis.
Since the advent of the women’s and neighborhood movements, poor and working-class women realized that there could be a place where their messages could be heard, and they themselves were the best channel through which this message could be delivered. Throughout our five year history, NCNW has had a multitude of requests from neighborhood women who were seeking to connect with other women like themselves and share their common experiences. Absent from conventional forms of media are positive portrayals of low and moderate income women whose struggles have been an indispensible part in the stabilization and revitalization of communities and neighborhoods throughout the country. We have been the organizers of block associations, tenant patrols, day care centers, and senior citizen housing while, at the same time, we nourish and support our families. For this reason we have begun out networking newsletter.
This newsletter is a combination of all our efforts and represents who we are. It is an instrument, which allows us to exchange ideas, contribute articles, share successes, failures, needs, and whatever it is we wish to express. Its pages are filled with dedication, belief in a better tomorrow, and as with all ingredients of a fine recipe, is filled with much love.’
Jan Peterson, NW Founder