Mike Ferner is a candidate for mayor of Toledo, Ohio.
Mike Ferner grew up in rural Ohio, working on farms much of his youth. After 12 years of Catholic education and a head full of John Wayne movies, he enlisted in the Navy right out of high school in 1969.
During three years as a hospital corpsman he nursed hundreds of wounded soldiers returning from Viet Nam, an experience that radicalized him for life starting with his discharge as a conscientious objector.
Mike has been an independent member of Toledo City Council and a candidate for mayor of his city; an organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); Communications Director for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy and has served as national president of Veterans For Peace.
Just prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, he lived there for a month with a Voices in the Wilderness delegation, returning in 2004 for another two months as an independent journalist and wrote “Inside the Red Zone: A Veteran For Peace Reports from Iraq” (Prager 2006). His activism includes several arrests for “disturbing the war,” including disrupting a session of Congress.
His current interest is learning how the Populists organized the largest democratic, mass movement in U.S. history and how to apply that to work he’s doing with Move to Amend.
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It was a shame about Dennis Kucinich, looks like the Shaker Heights communities, what have you, or the Rockefeller enclaves around Cleveland finally had to end his reign as a peoples Congressman. When he came out to Seattle, his reception was pretty cool. Looks like the freedoms we’re fighting for all over the world is whether we’ll shop at Target, or Wal*Mart.