each, will be sold for the
event, to be held at Central
Academy, 2727 Kenwood Blvd., Toledo, 6 to 9 p.m. that
evening. A second-place prize of $200 also will be awarded. The
$25 ticket also includes an enchilada buffet dinner. Prizes and
a gift card will be awarded every 25 tickets. Those tickets can
be purchased by calling 419.283.1628.
at 7-ELEVEN convenience store calling on the store to drop the
VUSE E-Cigarettes; action outside the store [2601 W. Bancroft
St.] to drop the VUSE e-cigarette brand, on
Saturday, July 28, 2018, 12:00 noon to 1:00PM.
As part of a national boycott of VUSE, dozens of people will
participate in an action outside of a 7-ELEVEN, calling on the
store to drop VUSE, a brand of electronic cigarettes made by
Reynolds American Inc. that contains nicotine extracted from
is the largest convenience store chain in the Southeast, and
tobacco product sales make up 38% of Kangaroo sales. Consumers
believe that 7-ELEVEN is an integral part of the tobacco supply
chains and therefore should support tobacco farmworkers demands
for better working and living conditions.
For ten years, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC),
a farmworker union representing tobacco farmworkers, has
challenged Reynolds as a leader in the tobacco industry to end
abuses in their supply chain by guaranteeing farmworkers freedom
of association and the right to collectively negotiate better
working conditions. Reynolds sets the term of their grower
contracts and is ultimately responsible for the working
conditions of tobacco farmworkers in their supply chain.
According to FLOC, “in 2011, Oxfam America and FLOC
released a human rights report detailing widespread abuses like
dilapidated housing, sub-minimum wages, work-related illnesses,
and fear of retaliation for speaking out. Since then, FLOC has
continued to bring examples of farmworker abuse to the attention
of Reynolds; however, Reynolds’ response has been to support
charity programs and issue empty standards that have had no
impact on farmworkers’ lives.”
Club Taino Puertorriqueño
will host its annual summer picnic on
Sunday, July 29, 2018, 1-5 p.m., in the Yager Center at
Swan Creek Metropark, 4659 Airport Highway, Toledo. This is the
22nd year the club has hosted the picnic.
Traditional Puerto Rican food will be served in a potluck
format and scholarships will be awarded at the event.
Participants are encouraged to bring a covered dish and/or
beverage to share. People also are advised to bring lawn
chairs, as seating will be limited. The event is free and
open to the public. Contact: María at 419-215-4305.
Ohio Office of Opportunities for New Americans and
the New Americans
will host a listening session in
Toledo on Tuesday July 31, 5:30 p.m., at the
University of Toledo-Scott Park campus, in the Minority
Business Assistance Center (MBAC).
The groups are hoping to
hear details from immigrants and refugees about problems in
accessing statewide services and the opportunities to further
integrate Ohio's newcomers. Guisselle Mendoza McDonald
was recently appointed by the governor
to serve on his new 12-member New
Americans Advisory Committee.
Mendoza-McDonald is a native of Nicaragua who obtained her
citizenship a couple of years ago. She
is director of operations
for the Lucas County Treasurer’s office and a steering board
member for the Welcome TLC, an initiative that works to
welcome newly arrived immigrants and refugees.
According to host
organizer Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (Welcome TLC), the
governor’s office wants to get testimony from foreign-born
community members but will also welcome family members of
immigrants and refugees, service providers, community leaders,
and those generally interested in attending.
The immigrants and
refugees listening session is one of several being held across
the state. Gov. John Kasich created the Office of
Opportunities for New Americans and the New Americans Advisory
Committee several weeks ago by executive order. The mission of
the office is to help ensure these new Ohioans are job-ready by
coordinating existing efforts at the state level, communicating
with immigrant support groups, and by identifying and tearing
down barriers that prevent or impede their integration into
society and economic success.
Office of Opportunities for New Americans
will also hold a listening session on Thursday, July 26,
2018, at 1:00 p.m., in Cincinnati at the
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, 1740 Langdon
Farm Road, Cincinnati.
RSVP to: NewAmericans@development.ohio.gov so all attendees can
The Ss. Peter and Paul Church Festival will
welcome hundreds of families to the church grounds and
surrounding property along S. St. Clair St. the weekend of
Aug. 3 through 5, 2018.
The all-female band Las Fénix of Houston, Texas makes a
return Toledo engagement to headline the festival on Saturday
evening. D.J. Rene Hernández and Temible will open
for the Texas-born girl band. Admission is $10 per person and
the festival that day will run 2 p.m. to midnight.
Friday’s festivities kick off the festival, where WBGU-FM
88.1 D.J. Maudie will entertain the crowd, followed by
Los Hermanos Villegas. Admission is only $5, while the
festival runs 5 p.m. to midnight.
Sunday’s stage entertainment features a return engagement from
D.J. Rene Hernández, followed by Los Aztecas and
Grupo Ferrys. Admission is $5 with the festival grounds
open 2 to 11 p.m.
The weekend-long festival also will feature food, beer, vendors,
kids’ games, and inflatables. ¿Preguntas? Call Mary at