Solidarity with Toledo Anti-fascist protester Donell Summers
Defend Toledo Anti-Fascist Protester Donell Summers!
Donell Summers, a North Toledo resident is now locked in a legal
battle over charges stemming from his arrest in the course of the
Anti-Nazi demonstration that turned into the historic October 15th
Uprising, after a police riot was initiated by the Toledo Police
Donell sought to peacefully protest against the genocidal menace
that was attempting to parade through his community.
While he was exercising his right to publicly protest against the
Nazis, police on horseback charged into the demonstration. As Donell
attempted to avoid a charging horse, Toledo Police arrested him.
Of the 110 people arrested that day, most of them community
members, Donell is the ONLY one to take his case to trial. Many other
members of his community were essentially railroaded into bad plea
bargains, where they were given unofficial promises, that were never
delivered on. Amongst these many examples were a close acquaintance
of Donell's who was sentenced to 60 days in jail, after being given
the informal impression by prosecutors, that he could expect community
The Anti-Racist Action Network is currently trying to raise $3500
to help with Donnel's legal fees. It is very important that all those
who support the right to protest, community self-determination, and
just due process, contribute to Donell's legal defense in any way that
they can. We must support the idea that we have a responsibility to
We are also asking that people write and call the Toledo
Prosecutor's office and ask that Donnel's charge of aggravated riot be
A victory for Donell will go along way for securing the rights of
all those Toledo residents arrested for daring to challenge the
message of Nazism. Lasandra Burrwell, a wife and mother, was cruely
sentenced to 5 years in prison for her opposition to Nazism. She
received this sentence as a part of a plea bargain. A victory in
Donell's case, could set a precedent in favor of other members of the
community that are pursuing justice in the courts.
It is important to consider the case of the people of North
Toledo. If the world had seen more communities like this one, perhaps
the Holocaust and World War II would never have happened. It is
communities like these that battled the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto,
fought against Jim Crow, and brought down Apartheid in South Africa.
Those of us on the side of freedom, dignity, and equality should
defend their efforts.
Donell Summers, was peacefully engaging in his legal right to
public protest. The Toledo police suppressed this right with an
illegal arrest, and the court system is trying to suppress his freedom
with their railroading plea bargains and kangaroo courts.
The Anti-Racist Action Network urgently requests that you
contribute any sum that you can, however small to Donell Summers'
legal defense fund and show your solidarity with political prisoners
all over the world.
To donate please visit,
Please contact Lucas County Prosecutor Julia R. Bates at politely
demand the immediate dismissal of charges against Donell Summers.
Lucas County Courthouse
Adams and Erie Streets
Toledo, OH 43604