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Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some  four million views.

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(Editor's note: Kathy Wray Coleman (second from right next to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at far right) has received the President Obama 2016 community service award, which was handed to her by 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at Kaptur's Cleveland District office). Standing with Coleman are Renata Jakupka (third from left), who recommended that Coleman receive the award, and community activists Frances Caldwell, David Patterson, Marva Patterson, Ada Averyhart, and Genevieve Mitchell).


(CLICK ON THE WORDS BELOW THE BELOW PICTURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO) Cleveland Channel 5 News television station coverage and video of May 6 Seymour Ave rally with speeches from Seymour survivor Michelle Knight (Lillian Lee), activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who organized and led the event, state Rep Nickie Antonio, Patrice Brown, and activists Judi Holowatyj and Genevieve Mitchell, activist women calling for more funding and changes locally, statewide and nationally as to violence against women and children. Coverage came also from the Plain Dealer and channels 3, 8, and 19.This news video also shows our salute to Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, all 3 of whom escaped the then Seymour Ave home of rapist Ariel Castro on May 6, 2013 after being held captive for a decade... By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor of www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders
She was one of the statistics, held captive and tortured along with two other young women. On the fourth anniversary of their amazing rescue, Michelle Knight, one of the…
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KATHY WRAY COLEMAN LEADS RALLY: Cleveland 19 News coverage and video of the Seymour Avenue rally featuring our march where Seymour Ave survivor Michelle Knight (now Lillian Lee) came out in support. The segment highlights our concerns for the health of women and children if the Affordable Care Act is repealed by congress. Thanks to all who participated in an event also covered by the Plain Dealer Newspaper and Cleveland news channels 3,5, and 19, 8., You often do not need hundreds or thousands of people to draw attention to a worthy cause..... Thanks to the many groups represented including Women's March Ohio, Women's March Cleveland, Imperial Women Coalition, the Carl Stokes Brigade, United We Stand out of Media, Ohio, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Pro Choice Naral Ohio, Refusefacism.org, Protecting Our Children's Safety Before and After School and Peace in the Hood with Khalid Samad. Kathy Wray Coleman, Imperial Women Coalition, Clevelandurbannews.com and KathyWrayColemanonlinenewsblog.com Tel: (216) 659-0473

Zimmerman jailed after judge revokes bond for lying about finances in case of alleged murder of unarmed Black teen Trayvon Martin, Black community quiets down, young Cleveland area activist groups like the Oppressed People's Nation continue the fight

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor

SANDFORD, Florida-Accused teen murderer George Zimmerman (pictured), a racist White volunteer community watchman who gunned down the unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin earlier this year in a suburban neighborhood in Sandford, Fl. and was charged in April with second degree murder after outcries of an injustice by the Black community and others, was jailed again on Sun. after a judge revoked his bond, saying he lied about his finances.

Florida judge Kenneth Lester ruled that Zimmerman lied about monies he got from a promotional website around the murder and last week revoked his $150 thousand bail, and ordered him to report to jail by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, not all is quiet on the Black front of a once enraged Black community on the celebrated case.

"We will keep protesting until we get justice for Trayvon Martin," said Ernest Smith, 34, who leads the Oppressed People's Nation, an activist group primarily of twenty something community activists that has led community protests in the Cleveland area on the Martin case and other issues of public concern impacting the Black community and young people.

Other greater Cleveland activist organizations have rallied behind the Martin case too, with protests also spearheaded by the Imperial Women, Black on Black Crime Inc and Peace in the Hood , and the activists have said that are monitoring the case and that they remain a  part of the national Civil Rights thrusts for justice for Trayvon.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 19:03 Read more...

Former presidential candidate John Edwards acquitted of charge that he used campaign funds to hush pregnant mistress Reille Hunter from dying wife Elizabeth Edwards, jury deadlocks on remaining 5 charges

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By Kathy Wray Colman, Editor

RALEIGH, North Carolina-A North Carolina jury last week freed John Edwards (pictured) of charges that he used more than $1 million in campaign funds from his unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008 to hush his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter while his wife Elizabeth Edwards was dying of breast cancer.

After deliberating for eight days, the jury, on Thurs., acquitted the former U.S. senator of one charge and deadlocked on the remaining five felony charges, forcing a judge to declare a mistrial.

Edwards, 58, a millionaire who rose to fame by winning record breaking North Carolina jury verdicts in libel and slander and personal injury lawsuits, and the 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee for president, did not take the stand at trial.

The prosecution relied heavily on testimony from Andrew Young, a former top campaign official who initially agreed to a cover up and publicly lied in 2008, saying that he was the father of  Edwards and Hunter's baby, Frances Quinn Hunter, now four years old,

But Young came across to the jury as suspect, legal pundits said, partly because he used some of the campaign funds at issue  toward his and his wife's 1.6 million mansion. She too testified against Edwards at trial.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 June 2012 04:22 Read more...

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Cleveland to thank campaign volunteers and hold Obama campaign fundraiser at Progressive Field, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, others attend fundraiser

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Johnette Jernican, Cleveland.Com Staff Reporter

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Slim and poised, First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured), the most photographed first lady in American and world history, thanked a group of approximately 150 Obama campaign committee volunteers from Cleveland and surrounding suburbs before attending an intimate fundraiser of roughly 250 supporters at Progressive Field on Mon. afternoon in Cleveland.
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Campaign organizers said that the volunteers, who were invited as special guests to meet the first lady, have made tons of phone calls and knocked on more than 8,500 doors in Cuyahoga County, the state's largest county and a Democratic stronghold.
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"You guys are the backbone of this campaign," said Aaron Pickrell, senior adviser to the Obama campaign in Ohio before introducing Mrs. Obama at the meet and greet session for the volunteers to the chant of "Fired it up! Ready to Go!"
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Dressed in a casual sundress, Mrs. Obama, 48, entered the sunny Terrace Room at Progressive stadium on the off day for the Cleveland Indians with a smile and greeted the volunteers to the tune of "Let's Stay Together," the Al Green classic that President Barack Obama sang during an impromptu but memorable performance at a campaign fundraiser earlier this year.
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She then began to to walk the room, shaking hands, and hugging volunteers and taking pictures with them.
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Larsenia Cannon, a volunteer campaign worker in Obama’s Euclid office, commented at the event to Cleveland Urban News.Com that Mrs. Obama makes you feel comfortable and that she shows a lot of compassion and gratitude.
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That sentiment was shared by others.
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"She is an awesome first lady," said Jackie Goins, a retired registered nurse who worked on Obama's campaign for president in 2008 and now volunteers at the president's campaign headquarters in Shaker Square in Cleveland. "She is approachable, caring, and down to the earth, and when you get a hug, it is genuine."
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Karolyn Isenhart, an Obama campaign organizer in the western suburb of Lakewood, said that the first lady connects with the Cleveland crowd because she is a "Midwest girl from a working class family and she shares our stories as working and middle class people."
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Triclelle Connor said that she was moved by the first lady's persona, and her graciousness.
"The first lady is a warm person and I have always been a fan of hers," said Connor, a neighborhood team leader for Cleveland's Ward 9. "She said that what we are doing is important work and thanked us."
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Michelle Obama spent approximately 25 min. with the volunteers and managed to acknowledge nearly each and every one of them, and once she had spoken to the last volunteer, she exited the room for the fundraising reception.
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A volunteer that went to the fundraiser said that she felt at home there too.
The Rev. Ledra Bigelow, an associate pastor at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, one of the city's most prominent Black churches, introduced. Mrs. Obama.
"I want to thank all of you, truly, for taking the time out of your busy lives and your busy days to join us here today," the first lady said during a speech at the fundraiser. "And we're here not just because we want to win an election -- which we do.  We're here and we're doing this because of the values we believe in. We’re doing this because of the vision for this country that we all share."
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Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, whom the first lady thanked along with is wife for attending, State Sen. Shirley Smith (D-22), Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGraph, Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson, and Lillian Greene, a retired Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Court Judge and former Cuyahoga County recorder, were among a host of members of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party at the reception.
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Later in the evening Mrs. Obama hosted a campaign fundraising dinner for about 250 contributors, one that did not include the media, said Laura Allen, an Obama for America regional press secretary for Ohio and the Cleveland area.
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A Princeton University law school alumnus, the first lady was once the president's boss, before Obama gave up fancy law firms to become a community organizer on the inner city streets of Chicago and then an Illinois state senator, and after that, a U.S. senator.
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She is, without question, a fashion trendsetter, following in the foot steps of former first ladies like Jacqueline Kennedy, and Nancy Regan, but offering her own flavor of style and dress.
She has national approval ratings that are as high as 70 percent by some polls.
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President Obama and Republican presumptive nominee Mitt Romney will battle for the White House for the November 6 presidential election, and Ohio, as it has been for more that a half a century, remains a pivotal state.
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Last Updated on Monday, 30 July 2012 07:45

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Cleveland to thank campaign volunteers and hold Obama campaign fundraiser at Progressive Field, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald,elected officials others attend

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By Johnette Jernican, Cleveland.Com Staff Reporte

 

By Johnette Jernican, Cleveland.Com Staff Reporter


CLEVELAND, Ohio-Slim and poised, First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured), the most photographed first lady in American and world history, thanked a group of approximately 150 Obama campaign committee volunteers from Cleveland and surrounding suburbs before attending an intimate fundraiser of roughly 250 supporters at Progressive Field on Mon. afternoon in Cleveland.

Campaign organizers said that the volunteers, who were invited as special guests to meet the first lady, have made tons of phone calls and knocked on more than 8,500 doors in Cuyahoga County,the state's largest county and a Democratic stronghold.

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Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Donald Driver Wins ABC's Dancing With The Stars, is second Black to win, watch the video of his electrifying and winning performance with pro partner Peta Murgatroy

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

LOS ANGELES, CA-Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver (pictured) won ABC'S Dancing With The Stars 14th season mirrorball trophy last night, the second Black man to take home the coveted prize next to NFL player Emmett Smith.

Driver's limber pro partner Peta Murgatroy, who is White, was just as talented as the duo performed a free style country kickin dance during this week's finale that rocked the house and sealed their victory.

Driver, 37,  beat out his fellow finalists, Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Cuban actor William Levy.

Watch the video of his electrifying and finale winning performance at http://www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com/2012/05/green-bay-packers-wide-receiver-wins.html

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:48

Ohio lawmakers remove amendment to budget bill that required that Ohioans on food stamps be drug tested, Cleveland NAACP officials, Black Cleveland lawmakers like State Sen. Shirley Smith suggest that the bill is racist, sexist, elitist, unconstitutionaln

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State Legislature last week removed an amendment added a day earlier to the budget bill that required that Ohioans on food stamps and other welfare be drug tested for potential illegal drugs in order to get or to continue getting federally allocated public assistance, a proposed state law pushed mainly by Republicans that some Ohio lawmakers and community activists say is racist, sexist, elitist, and an unconstitutional stretch that goes too far.

"It's unconstitutional and targets Blacks, women, poor people and other minorities," said Dr. Eugene Jordan, an East Cleveland dentist, community activist and second vice president of the Cleveland NAACP. "It is ludicrous."

Ohio State Sen. Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland)

 

State Sen. Shirley Smith (D-22), a Cleveland Democrat, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, that poor, people and minorities were being harassed by the bill and that  it is "crazy."

She did not return phone calls seeking comment from Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com.

State Sen. Nina Turner, also a Cleveland  Democrat, (pictured first above) got so angry over the insensitive legislative gesture that she told her colleagues that if they continue to seek to undermine poor people and minorities with the drug testing bill that she will counter by introducing a bill that requires that state employees and elected state officials are drug tested too.

“If we are going to be sincere in preventing individuals from obtaining public funds while also using illegal drugs, then we should start with the people who have the greatest impact on state dollars, politicians,” said Turner, in a press release.

 

The proposed legislation follows a national trend with 22 other state legislatures introducing, and some adopting, drug testing provisions for welfare recipients.

How state legislatures can dictate federal funds is puzzling some say, and possibly lacking in authority, particularly since federal law, by most authorities, tramples state law in a conflict, absent some collective bargaining and other type of provision that specifies otherwise.

Race, sex, age, religion and  discrimination due to national origin, however,  are plainly addressed independent of a collective bargaining agreement and by state law, under the constitutional provisions of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and by federal statutes such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended .

Whether state legislatures can require unprecedented mandates like drug testing for food when a wide portion of those impacted like Blacks, single  women and other minorities are members of a protected class under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, remains to be seen, if civil liberty groups upset over the trend like the American Civil Liberties Union sue over the controversy.

Ohio State Sen Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster)

 

The  now removed budget amendment, added last Tuesday to House Bill 487, the mid-biennium budget review, was introduced by state Sen. Tim Schaffer (R-31), a Lancaster Republican and conservative White lawmaker who routinely introduces bills, such as gun toting legislation and now the welfare drug testing bill, that most Black lawmakers and many Democrats find offensive and detrimental to the Black community and other disenfranchised groups.

 

Data show that while most Americans on food stamps and other public assistance are White, a disproportionate of recipients are Black, partly, say historians, because racism is still alive in America and the vestiges of slavery and racial discrimination have never been remedied to the extent practicable.

Advocates of the bill claim that the state government should not be used to fund illegal drug use.

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PASS THIS ON PLEASE ACTIVISTS: Community activists to picket Cleveland News Channel 5 for harassment and defamation against Blacks and activists, harassment of the community allegedly led by News Director Jeff Harris (pictured), who joined the local televisionstation in 2014. Please call (216) 659-0473 if Harris, who is White, or anybody else at Cleveland Channel 5 News has harassed you or defamed you,or email us at editor@cleveland urbannews.com. Harris is reportedly being enlisted by police and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to harass outspoken greater Cleveland Black activists, and according to Reporter John Kosich, has agreed to slant stories against the Black community and community activists. Greater Cleveland Black judges and elected officials have also experienced the racist wrath of Harris and Cleveland Channel 5 News, data show. Harris is also accused of taking kickbacks in money to do malicious and false stories against greater Cleveland Blacks and others for corrupt judges, politicians, racist cops, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and others. (By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman)
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Kathy Wray Coleman is the editor-in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com and a 23-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. Coleman covered the presidential election for the Call and Post in 2008, including a one-on-one interview with now president Barack Obama.CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS