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verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is motivating some people in the Toledo area
to call for a change in the racial environment.
leaders are hoping now is the time for this discussion. They say a rally this
weekend, which will coincide with rallies across the nation, may be a call for
need to have a systemic commitment to looking at what's going on in our
society," said former mayor Jack Ford. "We shouldn't wait until we have our own
spoke about race and the Zimmerman verdict during a fundraiser for his bid to
run for city council member. He criticized the courts in Lucas County.
knows that the juvenile justice and the adult criminal justice system in this
area, as in most areas, has a tremendous racial bias in it," he said. "If you
go down to the jail, most of you would be stunned by the blackness you see."
Rep. Michael Ashford (D-44th District) says as he's traveled the
area, he's heard from passionate people about the Trayvon Martin case.
a concern about what happened," Ashford said. "And to bring awareness and try
to get people engaged in some type of positive way."
men are calling on demonstrators to do that in a peaceful way this Saturday.
The rally will be at 5:30 p.m. in front of the courthouse in downtown Toledo.