Toledo Activist Watch

. February 15, 2017.
Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson embraces Ramon Perez, staff organizer at the Toledo office for FLOC, during the FLOC March for Immigrant Justice on September 9. Photo Credit: Crystal Jankowski.
Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson embraces Ramon Perez, staff organizer at the Toledo office for FLOC, during the FLOC March for Immigrant Justice on September 9. Photo Credit: Crystal Jankowski.

By Sean Nestor, Crystal Jankowski, 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.


Fourth Monday
Toledo Area Jobs with Justice and Interfaith Worker Justice Coalition
Jobs with Justice is a grassroots volunteer organization committed to worker justice in all its forms. Major areas of focus include improving the condition of working families, establishing healthcare for all, and ending discrimination. 5:15PM, Monroe Street United Methodist Church (3613 Monroe St.) Contact: Secretary Bob Lynn,

Every Tuesday
Community Solidarity Response Network
Join a local group of citizens who are concerned with police brutality and believe #Blacklivesmatter. This group is dedicated to creating a direct and peaceful action against police violence. 6pm, Padua Center (1416 Nebraska). Contact:

Every Tuesday
Indivisible Ohio – Resist Trump Tuesday
A weekly peaceful protest against Donald Trump and the Republican agenda. Bring your own signs. Noon-12:45pm. Rob Portman’s Office (420 Madison Ave.)

Second Tuesday
Toledo NAACP
The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People works to assure the economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. 7pm. African-American Legacy Project (1326 Collingwood Blvd.) 419-214-1551

Third Wednesday
Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie
This grassroots organization was founded in Toledo to protect the Western Lake Erie Basin and the communities that depend on it. ACLE has been instrumental in pushing for an impaired watershed designation for Lake Erie through the EPA. 6:30pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 4441 Monroe St. Contact: Mike Ferner,

Third Thursday
Toledo Move To Amend
Move To Amend is a national organization committed to passing an amendment to the US Constitution declaring that corporations cannot have the same rights as human beings and that political donations should be limited. 6:30pm, Main Branch Library (325 N. Michigan St.) Contact: Doug Jambard-Sweet,


Julian Mack during a DefendDACA demonstration at Senator Rob Portman's office. Photo Credit: Crystal Jankowski.

Julian Mack during a DefendDACA demonstration at Senator Rob Portman’s office. Photo Credit: Crystal Jankowski.


2-3pm. Sunday, November 9.
Issue 2. Reducing the High Cost of Health Care.
Our Revolution of Northwest Ohio presents this discussion with Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, allied groups, Matthais Detamore (Outreach Coordinator for Yes on Issue 2 and President of Maumee Valley Progressive Caucus), Recognize Our Revolution endorsed candidates and elected officials, and others. UA Local 50 Pipefitters. 7570 Caple Blvd., Northwood, Ohio. 419-704-1863.

6pm. Wednesday, November 8, Heatherdowns Branch
7pm. Thursday, November 30, Oregon Branch
Human Trafficking 101
Hosted by the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, this series is an interactive program to address community concerns related to human trafficking in Northwest Ohio. Free.

6:30-7:30pm. Wednesday, November 8.
TPS Parent Congress Meeting – November 2017
Parents of Toledo Public Schools students are encouraged to meet to address questions and concerns from all learning communities. Board of Education room at the Toledo Public Schools District building (behind the Summit YMCA), 1609 N. Summit St., 419-654-9918.

7-9pm. Wednesday, November 8.
Toledo Activist Happy Hour
Mingle with Pro-Choice Toledoans as they go over new developments in our local plan to target ProMedica before we receive a ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court on Capital Care. The Attic on Adams, 1701 Adams St., 419-243-5350.

6:30-8pm. Thursday, November 9.
Stop Gerrymandering Presentation Road Show
Come and learn how congressional districts are drawn and steps you can take to create effective change. Speakers will include Dr. Melissa Miller, a BGSU associate professor. Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg.

10am-noon. Thursday, November 9.
Free Training for TPS Volunteers
This is a free training for Toledo Public Schools parents, caregivers and community volunteers. If you work with TPS children in TPS schools, this training is for you. It teaches best practices when volunteering with K-12 students as well as TPS policies for volunteers including background checks. East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave., 419-691-1429.

10am-12:30pm. Saturday, November 11.
A Community of Committed Men
Each year, nearly 13,000 African American babies die before their first birthday. Discuss strategies on how men can help combat this troubling statistic. The Family Baptist Church, 1002 W. Bancroft St., 419-241-6668.

7:30-9:30am. Monday, November 13.
1 in 5 Breakfast & Collaboration, Homeless Services Partnership
One in five Lucas County residents lives in poverty. This formal event is dedicated to bringing community and business leaders together to share the status and needs of our homeless population. The breakfast’s objectives: increasing awareness of hunger and homelessness in the community; raising resources to bolster HSP growth and current initiatives; garnering support to increase local impact; illustrating the value of partnerships and collaboration to combat homelessness. $30. Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center, 2213 Cherry St.,

6-8pm. Monday, November 13.
CityHack: Before the Riots – Explorative Meetup
Toledo is facing many challenges. Join a discussion to help identify the most pressing issues and how we can make a concerted effort to attack them directly. Code City at Rustbelt Coffee, 119 N. Ontario St., 419-819-5988.

11:30am-1pm. Wednesday, November 15.
Women Economic Empowerment #WEE Forum
How can we strengthen women economic empowerment (WEE) in Greater Toledo? Hear from a panel of local women-owned business leaders as they discuss the joys and challenges of being a women entrepreneur in Toledo. This is a free event that included a boxed lunch from Pam’s Corner. Reservation is required at A sponsorship of $25 will give you recognition during the opening of this forum and a listing in the forum brochure. United Way of Greater Toledo, 424 Jackson St., 419-377-5457.

4-8pm. Wednesday, November 15.
Speak Up For Urban Ag! Public hearing on new zoning changes
The public is encouraged to attend this public hearing on a new set of proposed regulations that would restrict urban farming. You can see the city’s proposed regulation along with the urban farmers’s requested amendments here: One Government Center, 640 Jackson St., 510-742-8005.

6:30-8pm. Wednesday, November 15.
ACLE meeting: Where to now?
Public event with an open mic for all visitors to discuss recent victories, why they’ve decided to become involved in activism, and ideas on where to go from here. Grace Lutheran Church, 4441 Monroe St. Free.

5:30-8pm. Thursday, November 16. 
A Stronger Ohio Activist Training Toledo
Join A Stronger Ohio coalition for a training to talk to people in Toledo about issues that matter to them most. 435 S. Hawley St.,

5:30-8pm. Friday, November 17.
Adelante Movie Night – “Bully”
Join Adelante to watch the movie 2011-12 American documentary drama film about bullying and the anti-bullying movement. Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center, 1225 Broadway St., 419-241-1655.

6-9pm. Friday, November 17.
Screening of “I am not your Negro”
A presentation of an Academy Award-nominated documentary based on the work of James Baldwin as part of the Toledo Museum of Art’s Art House Film Series. There is no cost to attend, but you must register. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St.

3-6pm. Saturday, November 18.
#ME TOO March – Toledo
In light of recent events, a rally has been organized to share experiences and awareness of the endless stream of assault allegations that have been dominating the headlines. While the event in all-inclusive, a suggestion that attendees be 16 or older is suggested because of topics that will be discussed. Free. Location TBA

4-7pm. Saturday, November 18.
1st Annual “Toledo Unsung” A Fundraiser & Legacy Honoring Community Workers
The Open Arms Community at Bibleway, in conjunction with lead Community Partners, presents the first annual awards ceremony celebrating grassroots community workers, volunteers, and activists. $10-$35. Frederick Douglass Community Center, 1001 Indiana Ave., 419-244-6722.

7-10pm. Saturday, November 18.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Hosted by Equality Toledo and Toledo Area Transgender Support, attendees will hear from local political and religious leaders before name reading and a moment of silence to honor those who have been lost to violence. First Unitarian Church of Toledo 3205 Glendale Ave. 419-381-6999.

9am-1pm. Sunday, November 19.
#HashtagLunchBag Toledo
A group of local volunteers who hand out clothes, food, and toiletries to the homeless once a month to help the community they live in. Volunteers and donations are always needed. This week they will prepare lunches at Mancinos Pizza, 7200 Lewis Ave., then travel to Uptown Green, 1904 Madison Ave, around 11am to hand them out. Free. 419-346-7831

5:30-8pm. Tuesday, November 28.
Polly Fox Academy’s Dreams for Polly Event
The Polly Fox Academy is the only community school in Northwest Ohio devoted to educating middle and high school pregnant and parenting students, and a rarity across the entire nation. Help support this important community resource during an evening of amazing food by Registry Bistro chef Erika Rapp and a signature #DreamsForPolly drink. Ohio Representative Teresa Fedor will be in attendance. $75. Registry Bistro, 144 N. Superior St.,

5:30-6:30pm. Wednesday, November 29.
CASA Community and Volunteer Information Meeting
Lucas County CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates – is a non-profit organization of volunteers who work for the juvenile court judges to help abused and neglected children find safe and permanent homes. The Lucas County CASA Program, one of the oldest and most respected of the nearly 1000 CASA programs nationwide, has operated in Lucas County since 1980. Learn how to become a volunteer, trained to investigate and monitor child abuse cases, during this meeting. Toledo Lucas County Public Library, 325 N. Michigan St., 419-213-6753.

7pm. Thursday, November 30.
Human Trafficking 101
In partnership with the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, join the Toledo Lucas County Public Library for the last event of this interactive program that addresses an issue widespread throughout our community. Oregon Branch, 3340 Dustin Rd., Oregon. 419-259-5250.


4-11pm. Sunday, December 3
40th Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla
The Holiday with Heart Charity has worked to provide financial support to the local LGBT community for nearly 40 years. Help support the group’s continued efforts during the 40th annual Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla Sunday, December 3 at the Toledo Club. Enjoy dinner, dancing, and tons of fun. This year, proceeds from the event will benefit The University of Toledo LGBTA Initiatives, YGE Program (Young, Gay, and Empowered), and the Toledo Community Foundation Holiday with Heart Fund. Reservations close on Wednesday, November 29, so make sure to buy your tickets now. $85 for a single ticket. Tables also available. 419-470-3937.

7-8pm. Monday, December 4.
Beverly Block Watch: Lucas County Auditor
The guest speaker will be Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez, who will be speaking about the AREIS system and how it can benefit block watch members, as well as the upcoming dog tag registration in December. Please bring a canned good to the meeting as a donation to the “Feed Your Neighbor Program,” if you are able to. The program benefits the Providence Center on Broadway at Western. Toledo Zion United Methodist Church, 2600 Copland Blvd., 419-382-3403.

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Maumee March Against White Supremacy. Photo Credit: Crystal Jankowski.

Maumee March Against White Supremacy. Photo Credit: Crystal Jankowski.