Mark Toney

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Mark Toney

Mark Toney has been involved with developing leaders, building organizations and creating social change campaigns for 25 years. He received his PhD from UC-Berkeley for sociology, and served as the Founding Executive Director of Direct Action for Rights and Equality for eight years. He was Senior Research Associate for the Applied Research Center and most recently worked as the Executive Director of the Center for Third World Organizing.[1]

Workers Association for Guaranteed Employment

From 1982 to 1985 Mark worked as the Lead Organizer with the Workers Association for Guaranteed Employment, a welfare rights organization based in Providence, Rhode Island.[2]

Direct Action for Rights and Equality

In 1986 Toney founded Direct Action for Rights and Equality in Providence, Rhode Island, working on such issues as benefits for home daycare providers, parent involvement in bilingual education, and preventing utility shut-offs in the winter for low-income families. He remained Executive Director/Chief Organizer until 1994.[3]

Center for Third World Organizing

Toney was the Executive Director of the Center for Third World Organizing in Oakland, California from 1999 to 2003. During this time he established the Grass Roots Organizing for Welfare Liberation cmpaign with the goal of advancing "racial justice".[4]

War Times

In January 2002, a group of San Francisco leftists, mainly involved with STORM or Committees of Correspondence, founded a national anti-Iraq War newspaper[5] War Times.

Endorsers of the project included Mark Toney, executive director, Center for Third World Organizing.

Reentry Solutions

In 2004 Mark Toney was involved in the Reentry Solutions program. The program promotes the reintegration of former prisoners through community education, leadership development and policy reform. Based in Oakland, California. Reasons cited for this program were the levels of discrimination against former prisoners in employment, housing, education and benefits contributes to high rates of recidivism. A study carried out by Christopher Uggen, Melissa Thompson, and Jeff Manza provided backing for the program, estimating that number of current and former felons exceeded 13 million, which constitutes 6.5 percent of the adult U.S. population, and 37 percent of Black males.[6]

Africa Action involvement

In 2009, Mark Toney was listed as Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for Africa Action.[7]