Mike Ferner, a former Toledo councilman and one-time mayoral candidate, was arrested yesterday with his brother for spray-painting anti-war slogans on overpasses along I-475/U.S. 23 in Maumee and Sylvania Township. . . .
The Ferners face at least two counts each of vandalism and one count each of possession of criminal tools — the can of fluorescent orange spray paint recovered in their pickup when it was pulled over by Sylvania Township police, troopers said. Both were being held last night in the Lucas County jail in lieu of $3,000 bond apiece pending arraignment in Maumee Municipal Court.
Mike Ferner has been an active critic of U.S. military action in Iraq and, in 2003, took part in a “peace tour” of that Mideast country. He has several previous convictions for civil disobedience related to war protests or other causes he has taken on.
Story here. Ferner is a member of Veterans for Peace and has written extensively for CounterPunch, antiwar.com, and other publications. He traveled to Iraq in Febryuary 2003 with the pacifist group Voices in the Wilderness.