A Lively Experiment

Notes on collections and events at the RIHS

Faith and Freedom Friday: Workers’ Association for Guaranteed Employment (WAGE)

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MSS 966, Series 1, Box 1, Folder: 12, Posters

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 [1].

MSS 966, Box 1, Folder: WAGE - Posters

MSS 966, Box 1, Folder: WAGE – Posters

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.

MSS 966, Box 1, Folder: WAGE – Posters

MSS 966, Box 1, Folder: WAGE – Posters

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.

MSS 966, Box 1, Folder: WAGE – Posters

MSS 966, Box 1, Folder: WAGE – Posters

MSS 966, Series 1, Box 1, Folder: 12, Posters

MSS 966, Series 1, Box 1, Folder: 12, Posters

Written by James DaMico, Librarian

[1] Mark Toney Papers, MSS 966, Rhode Island Historical Society. (http://rihs.minisisinc.com/rihs/scripts/mwimain.dll/144/RIHS_M2A/LINK/SISN+4203?SESSIONSEARCH)

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