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Democracy Day gives citizens forum to air grievances, ask for change

March 6, 2018

Harold Mosley didn’t intend to step up to the podium in Toledo City Council chambers on Monday, but after listening to several citizens address their elected officials he decided to say a few words.
“This is not about them, this is about us. If you want change, vote,” he said, turning his back to the councilmen and facing the audience of about 40. “I assure you, if you vote, if you vote, you will send a message to not only politicians but corporations.”

Democracy Day allows citizens to address issues in front of city officials

March 6, 2018

TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) — 

A public forum created to allow citizens to tell elected officials what they think needs to be done.

The idea behind Democracy Day began two years ago, after a group managed to get enough signatures on the ballot. After its passing, March 5th became a day where Toledoans voiced their concerns about the impact of money in politics coming from corporations.

Other issues that came up included a group looking for Universal Health Care in Ohio, the prison system and for one Maumee school teacher, the controversial water issue in Toledo.

Local advocates call for preserving net neutrality

February 8, 2018

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken and others expressed support Thursday for preserving net neutrality.

The Federal Communications Commission voted in December to repeal net neutrality. Advocates for its preservation said this removal allows broadband providers to block websites and charge for higher-quality service.

Local network engineer Sean Nestor and Move to Amend Toledo activist Doug Jambard-Sweet joined Mr. Gerken during a news conference at The Sojourner's Truth office, 1811 Adams St.

Fourth of July Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!

June 27, 2017

Clearly, there are reasons to ask what the Founders of Our Country were up to and what our fireworks every Fourth of July about.

But this year, let’s investigate further: was war the only or even the best way to achieve what we now see was more limited than what we were taught?

Who better to proffer that question than the people’s historian, Howard Zinn?

 

Toledo Inaugural Democracy Day

March 30, 2017

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It was open-mic night in Toledo City Council chambers Thursday.

Toledo's first “Democracy Day,” an annual event mandated by voter-approval last year of an ordinance making Toledo officially in favor of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that corporations do not have the same rights as individuals, was an opportunity for anyone to speak on anything. And they did.

Move to Amend group get Issue 1 on ballot for Toledo voters

February 16, 2016

TOLEDO - Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in Ohio's March primary election. Toledo voters will see something new on the ballot- Issue 1.

It deals with political contributions to candidates, but the way it's written can be confusing to voters.

It states "Shall the City of Toledo support the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech and providing for annual public hearings on these topics?"

Move to Amend group get Issue 1 on ballot for Toledo voters

February 16, 2016

TOLEDO - Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in Ohio's March primary election. Toledo voters will see something new on the ballot- Issue 1.

It deals with political contributions to candidates, but the way it's written can be confusing to voters.

It states "Shall the City of Toledo support the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech and providing for annual public hearings on these topics?"

City ballot to address businesses’ personhood

December 28, 2015

One of the many candidates and issues that will be on Toledo’s ballot March 15 will be whether Toledo voters believe corporations have the same rights as individuals.

The Toledo chapter of the national group Move to Amend successfully circulated petitions to get a question on the March 15 ballot seeking passage of an ordinance making Toledo officially in favor of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It states that corporations aren’t people and can’t be protected from campaign-finance restrictions.

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