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Mark Toney, a Vallejo, California native, came in 1978 to study at Brown University and became active in the peace movement and local civil rights campaigns. In 1982, as lead organizer for WAGE, Toney began his work lobbying on issues affecting lower-income Rhode Islanders .
During the three years that the organization was active, there were over 1,500 members from all over the state that participated in campaigns to guarantee employment to poor Rhode Island residents, ensure that utilities were not shut off due to lack of payment and clothe and feed poor children.
These posters are examples from the Mark Toney Papers of the causes that WAGE fought for in order to bring an end to homelessness, poverty and high unemployment of Rhode Island’s poor citizens.
Written by James DaMico, Librarian
 Mark Toney Papers, MSS 966, Rhode Island Historical Society. (http://rihs.minisisinc.com/rihs/scripts/mwimain.dll/144/RIHS_M2A/LINK/SISN+4203?SESSIONSEARCH)