Toledo Activist Opportunities: NW Ohio/SW Michigan March Watch

. February 15, 2017.

By Nicole Marie Green, Courtney Probert and Athena Cocoves


Angry? We get it. Now do something about it.  Activists in Toledo are busy. Join them. 

Keep an eye on this list— we’re going to keep updating it.



6-7:30pm. Every Tuesday
Community Solidarity Response Network of Toledo Weekly Meeting

Join a local group of citizens who are concerned with police brutality and believe #Blacklivesmatter. This group is dedicated to creating direct and peaceful action against police violence.
Padua Center, 1416 Nebraska Ave.,



6:30pm. Thursday, February 16.
Move to Amend Monthly Organizing Meeting

A monthly meeting will be held at the public library to discuss financial issues for the city of Toledo with city council. Citizens are welcome to participate in the open forum. Please bring questions and concerns.
Toledo Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan Ave., 419-259-5200

All day. Friday, February 17.
General Strike Against Trump (Toledo event)

Fed up with the government? Be a part of a peaceful demonstration in Toledo which will rally against the executive orders of Trump and his administration. Exercise your right and let your voice be heard.

6-8pm. Friday, February 17
Call to Action – FLOC Associate Members and Supporters Meeting

The Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) and Homie Association will be meeting to discuss Trump’s immigration ordinance. Supporters are encouraged a “call for action,” to unite diverse cultures within the Toledo community.
Farm Labor Organizing Committee, 1221 Broadway St., 419-243-3456. Contact Ramon,  

1:30-4pm. Sunday, February 19
Citizens Climate Rally (Ann Arbor)

Climate change is inevitable and pollution is threatening our wildlife and ecosystem making it harder to sustain life. The University of Michigan is hosting a rally to educate and promote a more healthy environment.. Everyone is welcome to participate. Don’t be silent, we only have one planet. Call for action will take place following the march. Guest speakers include: Republicans Debbie Dingell and Yousef Rabhi; Mayor Christopher Taylor; Councilman Laura Rubin and Executive Director Huron River Watershed Council.
Federal Building, 200 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI.

2-4pm. Sunday, February 19
Local Feminist Resistance Group Forming

If you oppose Trump’s policies and agree there is corruption under his administration, you can take action in the community by attending Northwest Ohio Feminists Organization’s first meeting and share your concerns. At the first meeting, the group will discuss the Indivisible movement. Attendees are asked to read Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda ( before attending.
People Called Women bookstore, 6060 Renaissance Pl., Suite F. 419-469-8983.

5-7pm. Sunday, February 19
Toledo Area Progressives Social

See what the Toledo Area Progressives are all about during their monthly meeting. Network, socialize and learn about activist opportunities.
Maumee High School PAC Center, 1147 Saco St.

6pm. Sunday, February 19
Without Borders Community Dinner

It’s all about unity and fellowship at this gathering. To promote social relationships between the Arab and non-Arab communities of greater Toledo, all are welcome to come together and share delicious food. Free and open to the public.
Crossroads on 23, 6960 Sylvania Petersburg Rd., Ottawa Lake, MI. 734-854-1301.

1-4pm. Sunday, February 19  
Direct Action Training! (Ann Arbor)

Want to be a more effective activist? Or do you just want to learn the basics of being an activist? This training session will discuss the history and method of direct action, what to do when things escalate, as well as risk assessment for specific scenarios.
Ibew Local 252 Union Hall, 7920 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, MI.

5:30-7pm. Monday, February 20
Monday Seminar Series: Making a Fundraising Ask with Lucas County Democrats

Need help raising money for your campaign? An experienced fundraiser, Michael Hart is here to help guide you. Learn the proper ways to ask for money in support of your campaign and developing a fundraising plan for potential donors at Lucas County Democrats’ February seminar session.
Lucas County Democratic Party, 1817 Madison Ave., 419-246-9301.

10:30-11:30am. Monday, February 20
Representative Jim Jordan at Harding Home for President’s Day (Marion) 

U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan will visit the Harding Home Presidential Site to meet with the public.
Harding Home site, 380 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, OH. 

Noon-1pm. Tuesday, February 21.
#ResistTrumpTuesday Protest

Head over to Senator Portman’s office to join Indivisible Toledo for their weekly Trump protest.
420 Madison Ave., downtown Toledo

7-8:30pm. Tuesday, February 21.
Toledo/Sylvania Town Hall for Bob Latta’s Constituents

Since he has not held any or has any planned, The Toledo/Sylvania Interfaith Friends have invited Representative Latta to a town hall. It is unconfirmed if he will arrive to this non-partisan event.
Toledo Muslim Community Center, 5045 W. Sylvania Ave., 419-671-6295.

6-8pm. Wednesday, February 22. 
Lincoln Day Dinner with Senator Rob Portman (Fremont, OH)

This paid dinner event will feature Senator Portman as a keynote speaker.
Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Rd., 

5:30-7:30pm. Friday, February 24
EqualityToledo February Social Mixer

Join EqualityToledo at the Toledo Museum of Art for a look at “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.” Enjoy a cash bar and appetizers, a tour of the artist’s work at 6pm and socializing. Meet in the Green Room.
Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., 419-407-6225.

6-8pm. Friday, February 24.
Grounded: Activism and Justice in the Age of President Trump

Join Reem Subei (attorney at ABLE) and Zeinab Khalil (a graduate student from YALE and public policy specialist) for this topical discussion.
Toledo Muslim Community Center, 5045 W. Sylvania Ave., 419-671-6295.

7pm-1am. Saturday, February 25
Planned Parenthood Benefit Show (Detroit)

Razorburn Booking presents a fun night out jamming  to several of the hottest female punk rock bands in the Detroit area. Featuring Womb, Birdhouse and Scary Women.
$10. The Sanctuary Detroit, 1501 E. Outer Drive, Detroit, MI.

2-4pm. Sunday, February 26
Yoga For A Cause

Stretch and meditate to the aroma of coffee with friends during a small yoga session. $5 donations suggested, not required. All proceeds go to the Harbor House of Toledo.
Glass City Roasters, 1240 Sylvania Rd., 419-787-7764

8-10pm. Tuesday, February 28.
Letters to stop dePortman

Have you had trouble reaching Rob Portman? The Senator is making it hard for his constituents to engage in conversation. Since hasn’t list office hours posted and has not planned to host town hall meetings, a group of locals are getting together to write letters to Portman and his staff.
The Attic on Adams, 1701 Adams St., 419-243-5350.



7-8pm. Monday, March 6
Block Watch March Meeting: Lindsay Navarre

Interested in criminal justice? Learn about victim’s rights, the anatomy of a criminal case, and how to press charges. Judge-elect of Lucas County Court of Common Pleas and assistant Lucas County prosecutor Lindsay Navarre, will teach you through her presentation, and answer any questions from block watch members. One canned good is highly recommended as donation to the “Feed your Neighbor Program”, but not mandatory to attend.
Toledo Zion United Methodist Church, 2600 Copland Blvd.

5pm Wednesday, March 8 – 8pm Thursday, March 9
Toledo International Women’s Day Rally

Whether you’re angry, worried, upset, or just have something to say, join fellow citizens in this rally to not only fight for women’s rights, but strike any recent political issues under Trump’s rule. Make your voice heard.
1 Government Center, 640 Jackson St.

6-7pm. Wednesday, March 8. 
Service with Pride: Trans Rights Edition

The Trump Administration recently rolled back protections for transgender kids in public schools. Join Equality Toledo to learn more about what the rollback means and then write and call our legislators to encourage them to protect our trans friends and family. Black Kite Coffee, 2499 Collingwood Blvd., 419-720-5820. 

3-5pm. Saturday, March 11
Michael Eric Dyson interview – Donald Trump and Black Issues

With the country in a state of controversy, this event promotes necessary conversation. Share your intellect on personal or collective action plans with others after viewing the video of Michael Eric Dyson’s interview on “Donald Trump, Black Celebrities vs. Intellectuals, and Black History.”
Kent Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. 419-259-5340.

4-6pm. Saturday, March 11
Future of PCW Survey

For those passionate about the PCW bookstore and a feminist space in Toledo; meet with others alike to discuss its future. Please take the survey posted in the event’s description to prepare for the meeting.
People Called Women bookstore, 6060 Renaissance Pl.,
Suite F. 419-469-8983.

2-5pm. Sunday, March 12.
Know Your Muslim Neighbors

Join the Fulton County Indivisible Alliance (FCIA) for a visit to the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. Dr. Talal Eid will provide a tour the Mosque of Perrysburg after their Sunday service.
Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, 25877 Scheider Rd., Perrysburg. 419-874-3509.

7-9pm. Monday, March 13.
Constituents Town Hall Meeting

Come ask questions or listen at this town hall meeting sponsored by Fulton County Indivisible Alliance. The event will feature Candidate for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District, US House of Representatives, James Neu Jr as well as Sarah Inskeep from Planned Parenthood, Dennis Slotnick, retired Science teacher from Clay High School, and Ashley Philipp our aspiring candidate for Ohio State Senate District 1.
Sauder Heritage Inn at Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2. Archbold, OH.

6:30-9:30pm. Thursday, March 16.
Roe Together: Toledo Activist Boot Camp

Want to make a difference? Showing up is just the first step. Learn how to be an effective activist during Activist Boot Camp, presented by The Freedom of Choice Ohio coalition. Come learn about legislation, messaging and tactics to continue the fight for sexual freedom and reproductive rights. This event has a sliding price scale of $0-$25.
Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St., 419-214-1717.

5:30-7:30pm. Thursday, March 16. 
Equality Toledo’s March Social Mixer at the Other Side Bar & Grill 

Meet members of Equality Toledo, learn more about the organization and have plenty of fun. Drink specials available. Other Side Bar & Bistro, 5308 Lewis Ave., 419-476-1577. 

12-6pm. Saturday, March 18
Social Justice Art Festival (Ann Arbor)

The University of Michigan School of Social Work is hosting its annual art festival to promote social justice and change in this years’ theme “Our Space: Using Art to Name Our Reality.” All art forms are welcome. Application submissions.
William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center, 1443 Washtenaw Ave., 734-763-3670. Questions contact,

11am-2pm. Saturday, March 18.
Northwest Ohio Young Black Democrats Regional Meeting

Join the organization for their first regional meeting of the year in Lucas County.
Lucas County Democratic Headquarters, 19th St.  

7:15am-9:15pm. Monday, March 20.
Black and Pink March Meeting

Black and Pink is a national organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ prisoners. Learn what the group is about and how to get involved during a discussion of “Are Prisons Obsolete?”, the latest book by Critical Resistance founder and prison abolitionist Angela Davis. For more information, see the Facebook event.
University of Toledo University Hall, 2801 W. Bancroft St., 800-586-5336

6:30-8pm. Wednesday, March 22
Beverly Block Watch’s FREE women’s self defense class

Taught by martial arts and self defense instructor, Michael Schiewer, course through hands on demonstrations, discuss the non-physical aspects of self defense, and engage in a question and answer session. Beverly Elementary School, 3548 S. Detroit Ave.

6-7:30pm. Wednesday, March 22 
How to Be a City Councilor with Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski

Whether you want to run for local office as a Toledo City Councilor, or feel called to civic action, understanding how city government operates is essential to making tangible change. Learn the basics of the local political process this workshop presented by the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and the Library Literati.
Sanger Branch Library, 3030 Central Ave., 419-259-5370. 

10am-5pm. Saturday, March 25
The Immigrants’ March in Ann Arbor

Unite instead of divide at this stand-alone march standing up for immigrant’s unfair treatment and recent attacks under President Trump’s administration. Show everyone that you are not intimidated, and stand with equal opportunity for immigrants.
Federal Building, 200 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI.   

6-10:30pm. Friday, March 31.
Trans Day of Visibility Film Festival

Trans Day of Visibility Film Festival has been celebrated since 2010 to show support and recognition to the LGTBQA+ community. The Toledo Area Transgender Support and Equality Toledo will be showing films of empowerment, and support the trans and nonbinary gender.

Schedule is as follows:
6:00pm Trans Spotlight
6:15pm We’ve Been Around
6:45pm Silent T
6:50pm Passing
7:30pm Trans-Shorts
9pm Out Late—Co-sponsored by Equality Toledo

University of Toledo Student Union, Room 2591, 2801 W. Bancroft St., 800-586-5336


9:30am-12:30pm. Saturday, April 1.
Civics 101: Get Informed. Get Engaged. Get Results. “Foundations of Federal Government.”

Join local officials, political scientists, and your neighbors for the first session of a free, three-part series covering the basics of the political process and how you can actively and effectively participate. The series is nonpartisan, and all are welcome. The next sessions: April 8, “All Politics is Local”; April 15, “Power to the People.”
Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 N. Dixie Hwy., Bowling Green. 419-807-1110.

2:30-5pm. Sunday, April 2.
Iyad Burnat on Non-Violent Resistance

The Palestinian human rights activist will speak at a free event hosted by Lourdes University and the Northwest Ohio Free Speech Alliance (NOFSA). Burnat received the 2015 James Lawson Award for Excellence in the Practice of Nonviolence for leading Bil’in’s non-violent struggle in the occupied West Bank.
Lourdes University Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., 419-885-3211.

9:30am-noon. Wednesday, April 5.
ABLE Immigration Legal-Awareness Training for Service Providers & Community Supporters

Join Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) for a educating session about immigration law. Learn how President Trump’s recent actions on immigration may impact you, your organization, our local immigrant and refugee communities— and what you can do to help. To register, email Juanita Gonzalez at by Friday, March 31.
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library McMaster Auditorium, 325 Michigan St., 800-837-0814.


9:30am-12:30pm. Saturday, April 8.
Civics 101: Get Informed. Get Engaged. Get Results. “All Politics is Local”

Join local officials, political scientists, and your neighbors for the second sessions of a free, three-part series covering the basics of the political process and how you can actively and effectively participate. The series is nonpartisan, and all are welcome. The next session; April 15, “Power to the People.”
Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 N. Dixie Hwy., Bowling Green. 419-807-1110. 

2-3:30pm. Saturday, April 8.
Lake Erie Bill of Rights Training

Toledoans for Safe Water will host a training session for petitioners and volunteers for the Lake Erie Bill of Rights campaign. Learn how to register voters, what the Lake Erie Bill of Rights is and what it will do, techniques for success at petitioning, and how to troubleshoot common problems.
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Searles Room, 325 Michigan St.,

12:30-2pm. Sunday, April 9.
Baldemar Velasquez Discusses the Crisis Over Illegal Immigration

Baldemar Velasquez, President and Founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, has called on the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and on the Toledo community to “adopt” families at risk of deportation and assist with taking care of children and property left behind. Hear him speak about his life, experience and the ongoing crisis.
Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 N. Dixie Highway (Route 25) Bowling Green, OH. 419-885-1162.

9:30am-12:30pm. Saturday, April 15.
Civics 101: Get Informed. Get Engaged. Get Results. “Power to the People”

Join local officials, political scientists, and your neighbors for the last session of a free, three-part series covering the basics of the political process and how you can actively and effectively participate. The series is nonpartisan, and all are welcome.
Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 N. Dixie Hwy., Bowling Green. 419-807-1110.

12-3pm. Saturday, April 15
Tax March Ann Arbor

Are your taxes done? Trump’s will be, but he won’t release them. Show the president you do care and protest to support tax reformation. Don’t miss this deadline or the march.
The Diag, 500 S. State St., 734-764-1817.

6pm. Monday, April 17.
Tree Toledo presents a screening of “Before the Flood”

In an effort to provide more education on the subject of climate change, Tree Toledo is sponsoring a free screening of the 2016 documentary film “Before the Flood.” A collaboration between director Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio, the film explores the impact climate change is having in communities all over the world and what we can do to address it.
Lourdes University Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd.,

10am-2pm. Saturday, April 22.
March for Science: Toledo

Recent rhetoric has inspired dozens of independent, nonpartisan coordinators to march on Washington D.C. and in other locations across the country. The rally will begin at 10am at International Park, the march will start at 11am, and teach-in activities begin at 11:30am at Imagination Station.
International Park, 2 Main St.,

1-3pm. Saturday, April 22.
Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie: The Third Battle for Lake Erie

Toledo’s water was shut off in 2014. See why. Hear why. Remember it so it won’t happen again.
Friendship Park, 2930 131st St.,


3-7pm. Sunday, April 23.
16th annual MultiFaith Banquet, “Countering Hate With Compassion”

The MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio’s annual banquet will include tours of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, meditation, stories of faith, a youth pizza discussion with session guided by Zaynab Alfaham (Welcome TLC AmeriCorps member), a catered dinner and a keynote by Sara Tarana Jobin, resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony and Opera, who will speak about ways to Counter Hate with Compassion – and music
Paid reservations required in advance by April 16. $25/adults. $5/youth pizza discussion (ages 12-21, from 4:30-6pm). Childcare available upon request: $5/per family. Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, 25877 Scheider Rd., Perrysburg. 419-475-6535.

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