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Wayne Action for Racial Equality group signage vandalized in Wayne County

Wayne Action for Racial Equality (WARE) has worked to help combat racism for 40 years, and has faced an especially tumultuous year this past year.

The group has had representation at various BLM marches across the nation and a strong engagement with the police reform process associated with Executive Order 203.

With the movement growing, WARE expanded its visibility with billboards and signs throughout Wayne County.

“As members of the greater Wayne County community,” said Beth Ares of the WARE Billboard & Sign Committee, “we felt compelled to speak up against racism nationwide and locally, and developed the billboard and sign initiative so that our voices could be heard by the public.”

Many community members donated for the signs, however there have been two incidents of vandalism.

Both instances occurred at the Redeem Bethel Community Worship Center in Williamson. The recent vandalism appears to relate to both race and vaccination.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says this is considered a felony due to the financial damages.

Anyone with any information about this crime is urged to contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at (315) 946-9711.