Left: Protesters at the aborted October 15 NSM rally; photo by historymike
(Toledo, OH) A coalition of anti-Nazi activists gathered at the Sanger Branch Library to call for a peaceful, non-violent protest of Saturday's National Socialist Movement rally.
Calling itself TUAR (Toledo United Against Racism), the umbrella group contains members of the ISO, Interfaith Justice and Peace Center (IJPC), League of Pissed Off Voters, National Organization for Women (NOW), the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition (NWOPC), the UT Arab Student Union, Jobs with Justice (JwJ), and UT Anti-War. A number of individual Toledoans also signed the endorsement document (I will avoid posting their names here to prevent them from being subject to the sort of cyber-harassment that these rallies seem to inspire).
This group plans to meet outside of COSI-Toledo at noon on Saturday December 10. The assembled protesters will then march to the designated area as specified by Toledo Police for the rally.
Left: TUAR addresses the members of the press not engaged in the media "blockade"
Joining the Toledo coalition will be a number of regional groups, including the National Women's Rights Organizing Coalition (NWROC), members of the Worker's World Party, and members of the Revolutionary Workers' League (RWL).
Keith Sadler of the ISO outlined the group's goals, and then spoke of the unifying reason for the combined protest.
"Simply put, we are here to protest the Nazis, a terrorist organization," he said. "Our peaceful, non-violent gathering is to stand up against the racist philosophies of this group."
Not in attendance were members of the Type A Collective, a group which will be announcing its plans on the day of the rally.