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.”
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.
In our January column, we wrote about the history of Democracy Day in Cleveland Heights. Since we were writing for the Heights Observer, we kept our focus local. However, Robert Shwab’s letter to the editor in response to that column, published in the February issue, takes a national view. That letter contained some misconceptions, which several readers have asked us to address.