Whatever is necessary to ensure that people in poverty are heard and listened to on issues that affect our lives
• Empower current and former welfare recipients, low wage workers, and people living in poverty by providing them with the knowledge and the tools to change their lives.
• Educate current and former welfare recipients, low wage workers, and persons living in poverty on their rights and how to advocate on behalf of themselves and others concerning
• Organize people in poverty including youth to provide a voice to be heard on the local, state, and national level.
• Provide training, support, and advocacy to empower people in poverty to be heard on the national, regional, and state levels to ensure that they have a voice in the policies that
• Organize people in poverty to become leaders in their community.
• Provide a space where youth in poverty can organize around issues they are concerned with – our Teen DAWG program
Direct Action Welfare Group (DAWG) is a statewide grassroots organization of current and former public assistance recipients, low wage workers, people living in poverty, and concerned individuals who come together to share information and ideas and to advocate for each other, their neighbors, and themselves. Direct Action Welfare Group’s vision is the end of poverty in West Virginia. In order to make this vision a reality, we advocate with low-income families for economic justice
• Poor people of West Virginia can stand together as an organized community to fight against discrimination and the suffering of poverty.
• No matter how poor you are you have a voice and rights as a human being.
• Every individual should be treated fairly regardless of race, creed, nationality, income, sexual orientation, religion, gender, age, or educational level.
• Access to services and assistance is a right and not a benefit
• Everyone has the right to a good education including post-secondary education, medical, dental, and vision care, a job at a living wage, affordable childcare, decent housing and
adequate food and clothing.
• Every mother should have the option to choose to stay home and care for her children or work