WCAC’s Annual Legislative Breakfast – March 27, 2013

WCAC’s Annual Legislative Breakfast – March 27, 2013

Bob Jennings, and Noreen Johnson Smith, Senator Michael O. Moore, Board Member Gladys Rodriguez Parker on behalf of Congressman James P. McGovern, Representative John Mahoney, Board Member Joanne Gravell, District Attorney Joseph Early, Jr., and Board Member Steve Letendre.

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WCAC's Legislative Breakfast - March 8, 2012

WCAC’s Legislative Breakfast – March 8, 2012

Local legislators and WCAC Board Members (L to R): Edward Lopes, Donald Xenos for District Attorney Joseph Early, Jr., James O’Day, Dale Allen, Michael Keegan, Winifred Octave, William Van Dam, Anne Gob, Gladys Rodriguez-Parker for Congressman James McGovern, Jack Foley, Barbara Haller for City Councilor Joseph O’Brien, Matthew Beaton, Joanne Gravell, David Muradian for Representative George Peterson, John Weeks for Representative John Mahoney.

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WCAC Legislative Breakfast 2010

WCAC Legislative Breakfast – February 12, 2010

Legislative Breakfast Feb. 12, 2010: (left to right) Senator Harriette L. Chandler, Jim Kersten for Rep. Vincent Pedone, Stuart Loosemore for Rep. Anne M. Gobi, WCAC Board Member Winnie Octave, WCAC Board Treasurer Jack Foley, WCAC Board Chairwoman Deborah Penta, Rep. James J. O’Day, Stephanie Kozlowski for Rep. Paul K. Frost, Senator Michael O. Moore, WCAC Board Member Sue Obiero, and Rep. Robert P. Spellane.

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STATEMENT FROM WCAC

In the wake of the murder of Mr. George Floyd, we are still searching for words adequate to express our disgust and horror over the actions of those responsible for his death; our deep sadness for Mr. Floyd’s family, friends and community; and our anger over the repeated dehumanizing and fatal oppressive actions that threaten our nation. On behalf of the Worcester Community Action Council, we unequivocally condemn the police brutality that led to Mr. Floyd’s death. We join the call for justice, unity, peace and reform.

Worcester Community Action Council is directly and indirectly affected by the tragic events in our country that have reopened wounds that were never healed.  Our board of directors, staff and clients feel the impact of these events in deeply personal ways, and struggle with the feelings of fear, mistrust, separation, and anger.  We stand together in solidarity with the thousands of peaceful demonstrators across the country who are demanding justice for Mr. Floyd and an end to the systemic and intentional acts of oppression imposed upon communities of color.  George Floyd is now among countless, precious Black lives lost due to the imbalance of power in this country that has been perpetuated by racism.  Systemic racism must end.  We must hold ourselves accountable as allies to act as a relentless force for positive change.

Community Action was created in 1964 from the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement as part of the federal Economic Opportunity Act in the “War on Poverty”. In our role in the community, WCAC must renew and strengthen our calls for an end to the poverty and inequity that threaten our society.

We will be a strong voice against injustice, oppression and hate by advocating for policies that create equitable access to education, health, social and economic systems.

We will continue to work to stabilize individuals and households through our programs while deepening our resolve to create economic self-sufficiency through financial building blocks.

We will continue our leadership role in the City of Worcester’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative in partnership with the Worcester Police Department and Worcester Public Schools, recognizing youth employment and education are pathways for success.

We will continue to invest resources in our youngest children across Southern Worcester County from ages zero to five as we help prepare them for long-term success in school and life.

We will use our agency’s purchasing power to support African American, Latinx and Immigrant- owned businesses by purchasing goods and services.

We will support a diverse staff at all levels to work within our own agency staff to examine, change and navigate ourselves and our community into a just and equitable era.

We will listen to the needs of our community and routinely shift our work to address these needs directly.

We will partner with you, and like-minded organizations, to support initiatives that help our community heal, unify, and become stronger.

Together, we can make meaningful reforms, and change the course of the future for our children.

Signed,

Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director                    Noreen Johnson Smith, WCAC Board Chair

Statement endorsed by WCAC Board of Directors 6/2/2020