(Toledo, OH) Toledo citizens will get a chance to tell city leaders their feelings about the use of police and city revenues to provide protection for neo-Nazi and racist groups during white power rallies.
Organized by a group known as the October Fifteenth Collective, the "Rally Against Racism" will take place Sunday, August 12 at noon, and will be held at Wilson Park. The flyer provided by the group calls on city leaders "stop supporting racism and violent threats toward minorities in our community":
The Rally Against Racism will be a chance for you to speak openly to city officials and tell them that our money, resources, and quality of life should not be jeopardized for the sake of those preaching hatred and genocide.The group notes that the city's current financial difficulties have led to the cancellation of programs such as public pools, and members of the October Fifteenth Collective question the merits of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect neo-Nazis.
Wilson Park is located at 600 East Oakland Street in North Toledo, and the park is within the epicenter of the failed rally by the National Socialist Movement that sparked the 2005 North Toledo riot.
Members of a group known as American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP) recently announced that they plan to stage some sort of event on Friday, August 17 in Toledo. City officials have vowed to force ANSWP to restrict their activity to a designated area, much like the plan developed for the second NSM rally in December 2005 and the recent white supremacist rally in Kalamazoo.