Fight against poverty

WAGES Position Statement

WAGES is a Community Action Agency. Community Action Agencies were birthed in the mid-1960’s during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement. The legislation that started our agencies was a direct result of inequities and lack of economic mobility for those experiencing poverty from the mountains of Appalachia to the inner cities of America’s largest metropolitan areas.

In the spirit of addressing issues of poverty and inequity, WAGES has stood for more than 54 years against racism in any form. An affirmation of this occurred in September 2019, when the WAGES Board of Directors deemed Racial Equity as one of its 2020 focus areas. We could not have known then that we would be here in June 2020. We could not have imagined that our nation would be under siege by a global pandemic that has disproportionately impacted communities of color, not because of biological factors, but due to inequities around access to health care and quality of care. We could not have known that our nation would have witnessed the killing of George Floyd- but here we are.

WAGES stands with those in our nation who seek unity, justice and equality for every American. We vehemently denounce racism, oppression and discrimination. We must all work together to make America live up to its promise of “justice for all.”

Patricia Beier,

Executive Director

Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency, Inc. (WAGES)

601 Royall Ave.
Goldsboro, NC 27534