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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).

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Activist Kathy Wray Coleman (far right) of the Imperial Women Coalition leads anniversary women's
march in Cleveland, Ohio on Jan 20, 2018.
To Coleman's direct left is Kenyona Sunny Matthews of Akron, director of Women's March Northeast Ohio
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Women's March Cleveland 2018 video: Cleveland Black women activists speeches, led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman, of the Imperial Women Coalition, who opened as the first speaker at the event, and also led the 7,000 person march.....Also featured are lieutenant governor candidates Akron Councilwoman Tara Mosley- Samples and former congresswoman Betty Sutton, and gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich, a former congressman and former Cleveland mayor....By and, Ohio's Black digital news leaders

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Memorial service for community activist, former Call and Post reporter Grace Waite- Jones is Saturday, Dec 8, 1pm, Lucas Memorial Chapel in Gardfield Hts, Ohio near Cleveland

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-chief, Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND,Ohio- The memorial service for Grace Waite- Jones (pictured), a community activist and former reporter for The Call and Post Newspaper who also fought against apartheid in South Africa,  will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 pm at Lucas Memorial Chapel, 9010 Garfield Blvd in Garfield Hts, a suburb of Cleveland.

Waite- Jones, 65, died suddenly at her home in Cleveland on Nov. 27.  The cause of her death was unknown at press time.

Waite- Jones and her twin sister Gloria were the youngest of 10 children.  In 1967 Waite Jones wed Richard E. Jones. The couple divorced in 1970.

Waite- Jones was employed in different capacities including as a Call and Post reporter in the 1970s and 1990s and briefly as its editor in the late 1990s. As a reporter for the Black press she  interviewed notables such as singer Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire group members, and the Harlem Globe Trotters. She is also a former secretary of internationally renowned boxing promoter Don King, publisher of the Call and Post which has distributions in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

A graduate of John Adams High School in Cleveland, Waite- Jones was a community organizer on the streets of the  majority Black east side of Cleveland during the 1980s and 1990s who fought against racial injustice and bigotry against the Black community and others. In 1994 she traveled to South Africa as then the local president of TransAfrica and as a delegate for The Africa Fund to help monitor the elections process and to assist Nelson Mandela in his appointment as South African president.

Community activists said that she will be sorely missed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 08:23

Are the Cleveland Cavaliers doing better or worse since temporarily losing guard Kyrie Irving to a finger fracture last month? Is his replacement Jeremy Pargo effectively stepping up to the plate?

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By Karl Kimbrough, Cleveland Urban News.Com Sportswriter

CLEVELAND,Ohio-Are the Cavaliers getting better or worst as an NBA basketball team serving the major metropolitan city of Cleveland since temporarily losing Kyrie Irving (pictured) to an injury last month? Is Irving's replacement, Jeremy Pargo (pictured), effectively stepping up to the plate?

Before Kyrie Irving's finger fracture that sideline the point guard who was drafted by Cleveland as a first all around pick in 2011, a year after Lebron James left the team and joined The Miami Heat, the Cavs had won two games and lost eight.Since then, in eight games, they are two and six. After Kyrie's injury most observers probably looked at the Cavs as a definite high lottery team this year and thought they would be almost unteachable.

Let's face it, entering this season Irving was the only star quality player on the team. So if anyone on the roster thought they deserved more attention this was their opportunity. He has done so much for the team offensively, creating his own shot and facilitating for others. Even more, Irving would be the go to player in crunch time, at the end of games. What would they do without him?

Coach Byron Scott decided to insert little used Jeremy Pargo at Irving's position. Pargo was acquired in a trade this summer and had only appeared in two games this season before starting in place of the injured Irving.

When asked why he chose Pargo, Scott told reporters that he chose him because  in comparison to other considered "he plays better defense."


Cleveland Plain Dealer announces layoffs of a third of newsroom staff, Guild union president won support of Cleveland area community activists leaders, some Black elected officials at forum Sunday at Lil Africa, activists vote 2-to-1 to keep it a daily

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, will layoff a third of its 168 newsroom staff next year Guild President Harlan Spector told union members in an email today.

Spector said that management had notified him that some 58 union positions of the Northeast Ohio Guild Local One are subject to either layoff or an offer at, the newspaper's online news venue which brings in a fraction of the revenue the print newspaper gets.

The Guild includes reporters, columnists, photographers, designers and some editors.

On Sunday Spector and former Guild president and retired Plain Dealer Reporter Richard Peery met with a group of Cleveland area majority Black community activist leaders and some Black elected officials at Lil Africa on Cleveland's largely Black east side of town and those in attendance voted 2-to-1 to  back the union on the issue before them, and called for Advance Publishing, the newspaper's owner,  to keep the Plain Dealer a daily print publication instead of going to three-days-a-week as contemplated.

But the activists said that their support is contingent upon the promise that Guild members will push for fair play for the Black community, something Spector promised community activists.

"Yes," said Spector to the question posed by community activists at the forum on whether he would push the union to demand fair coverage in the Black community if supported.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 17:36

Community activists to protest Cuyahoga County children and family services officials, Ed FitzGerald over negligence around Emilliano murder case, Tuesday, Dec 4, 11:00 am, Jane Edna Hunter Bldg in Cleveland, 3955 Euclid Ave

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND,Ohio- Community activists will protest on Tuesday, Dec 4 at 11:00 am in front of the Jane Edna Hunter Building for Cuyahoga County Family and Children Services, 3955 Euclid Ave in Cleveland, over the neglect by the agency and Cuyahoga County officials in the murder case of three-year-old Emilliano Terry (pictured), which followed cries for help from the agency by his mother, 20-year-old Camilia Terry.

"Ohio Communities United will be gathering in front of the Jane Edna Hunter Building on Tuesday Dec 4, 2012 at 11 am to protest the failure of this system of both mother and child, Camillia and Emilliano Terry," said Community Activist Mariah Crenshaw in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com. "We ask people to join us and to invite others in the community to hold Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services Chief Administrator Patricia Rideout and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald accountable for the death of that baby."

Community Activist Mary Keith said that "legislative policy changes are needed.'

The elder Terry is in the county jail on a $2 million bond and is expected to be indicted tomorrow by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury on  charges that she  murdered her son and put him in a trash dump outside of her apartment building on Cleveland's east side where she lived with her two other younger children, both now in foster care. Camilia Terry, a foster care survivor herself,  had allegedly told county social workers and other employees that she was overburdened and wanted her three children put up for adoption.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 00:32

Rev Caviness, Cleveland Area Black ministers meet to push Ohio State Senator Nina Turner to run for Ohio Secretary of State against Republican Jon Husted

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- Led by Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church Senior Pastor Rev E. Theophilus Caviness (pictured), who is also 1st vice president of the Cleveland NAACP and the executive director of the Cleveland Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a small but influential group of Cleveland area Black ministers, labor officials and community activists met at a Glenville area church Tuesday night to promote the candidacy of State Sen. Nina Turner(D-25) (pictured) as Ohio’s next Secretary of State. They hope to convince Turner, a former Cleveland Ward 1 council person and a Cleveland Democrat to take on Republican Jon Husted for the seat in 2014.

Other influential ministers at the meeting were Bishop F.E. Perry, Rev. Tyrone Davis, Rev. Larry Harris and Rev. Dan Smith.

No African American Democrat has ever been elected to a statewide office in Ohio, though some have been appointed like Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Evette McGee Brown, who lost her seat to Republican Sharon Kennedy in November.

Turner has not said whether she will run for Ohio Secretary of State but has heightened her visibility this year, including actively campaigning for the successful reelection of President Obama and making appearances on national cable news stations like CNN and MSNBC.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 03:44

Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper current and former writers Guild union presidents to participate in grassroots forum for support for newspaper to stay a daily on Sunday, Dec 2, 2:30-4:30 pm, Lil Africa, 6816 Superior Ave in Cleveland

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher and  Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

"We really appreciate the opportunity but are unavailable on such late notice."... Plain Dealer Publisher Terry Egger and Editor Debra Adams Simmons in a prepared statement to Cleveland Urban News.Com....Read this quote and more in the article below

CLEVELAND, Ohio- A former and current president of the Cleveland Plain Dealer Local One of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper's Guild, the newspaper's union for some 170 reporters, photographers, designers and other employees, will speak and take questions from a panel and the community at a grassroots forum on the union's campaign push to keep the Plain Dealer a daily print publication on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2:30-4:30 pm at Lil Africa Recreation Center, 6816 Superior Ave in Cleveland. The event will be moderated by State Rep. Bill Patmon (D-10), who said that he "would be happy to moderate the forum." (For more information on the forum call The Imperial Women at 216-659-0473).

It is sponsored by several grassroots factions including The  Imperial Women, Black on Black Crime Inc., The People's Forum, The Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, The Lucasville  Uprising Freedom Network, The People's Fight Back Center, Worker's World, Revolution Books, The Oppressed People's Nation, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Peace in the Hood, The Carl Stokes Brigade, The Joaquin Hicks Real People's Movement, Ohio Family Rights and The National Organization for Parental Equality.

"I will be there and will be glad to answer questions from the community and the panelists," said Harlan Spectro (pictured in beard), president of The Guild, who will be joined on stage by former Guild president and retired Plain Dealer Reporter Dick Perry, also a former Reporter of the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's most notable Black press with distributions in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

"I can't imagine anyone wanting to move from a daily publication to three days a week. It doesn't make sense and I will be glad to participate in a community forum," said Peery (pictured in brown suit), who is Black and worked at the newspaper for 35 years before retiring, and who was a union president during the newspaper's flourishing days when it was peaking moments in the 1990's and early on in the following decade.

Plain Dealer Publisher Terry Egger (pictured in Black suit) and Editor Debra Adams Simmons (pictured), the newspaper's first Black female editor, were invited to speak but said in a prepared statement to Cleveland Urban News.Com that "we really appreciate the opportunity but are unavailable on such late notice."

Among the other speakers at the scheduled forum on the state of affairs of the newspaper and whether to support the union's efforts, and the newspaper in general, will be Shidea Lane, a  passenger who was upper cut and thrown from a Cleveland RTA Bus in Sept by a since fired bus driver in an episode that went viral, State Rep. John Barnes Jr. (D-12), Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Donna Walker Brown, Community Activists Don Bryant and Khalid Samad, and Former Cleveland School Board  Member Genevieve Mitchell, who will discuss the impact of the newspaper over the years on the Black community of greater Cleveland.

"I will asked if the newspaper  will be fair to all people in its reporting including young Black single mothers and other women," said Lane, 25, and a single mother who said she will only speak briefly.

Panelists are Community Activists Art McKoy, Roz McAllister and Al Porter, and Cleveland Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell.

After questions from the audience, those in attendance will vote on whether to back the union's request for support to urge the newspaper's owner's to keep it as a daily print publication, with results introduced before the audience and issued later to the press and other media.

Community activists say that Plain Dealer affiliates that want support from grassroots factions must seek it by coming into the heart of the Black community.

"This forum at Lil Africa, we hope, will be one of many in the greater Cleveland community to discuss the future of the Plain Dealer Newspaper as it impacts Plain Dealer union employees, the grassroots and Black communities and others, and a majority Black major metropolitan city," said Imperial Women Leader Kathy Wray Coleman, one of the organizer's of the forum who also publishes the online newspaper Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read online Black news venue. 'We invite everybody that reads to this forum."

Also at the forum, community activists will give an award made by PS Awards in Cleveland to Lil Africa owner and operator Nelson for community service, and one to Gavin Steinke, 8, for youth activism and for recently winning his school spelling bee.

A week ago on Nov 18 Terry, who is resigning next month as publisher of the Plain Dealer, told readers that the owners of the publication would be implementing a bold restructuring plan with specifics coming later, a statement that drew scattering attention and more national notice on the stability of the newspaper that endorsed President Barack Obama for reelection in the pivotal state of Ohio, a state that he won by only 2 percentage points.

At issue, among other controversial measures, is the potential by the 170-year-old newspaper's out of-state owners, Advance Publishing, stationed in Staten Island, NY., to change from a daily print distribution to a  three-day a week newspaper, a controversial perspective as to its impact on the community, and on the futures of the employees of Ohio's largest newspaper.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 November 2012 23:50


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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS : BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE: Cleveland police officers and detectives fired, including officer Michael Brelo, and six suspended as to the 137 shots deadly shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.....Not all of the cops that did the shooting were fired....The firings should be vacated the police union says, which likely means arbitration ....A consent decree on police reforms with the city and the DOJ remains....Community activists renew the call for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who shielded 12 of the 13 non-Black cops that did the shooting from criminal charges, to be voted out of office this year, and Congresswoman Fudge wants McGinty gone too.....Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell acquitted Brelo of manslaughter charges....By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

Cleveland police cars chase two unarmed Blacks from downtown Cleveland to neighboring East Cleveland the night of Nov. 29, 2012. The 23 -minute car chase ended in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School and culminated in 13 non- Black Cleveland police officers firing a total of 137 bullets at Malissa Williams 30, and Timothy Ray Russell, 43, the driver of the 1979 Chevy Malibu. Both Russell and Williams were Black, and both died at the scene.  Some 105 police officers and 64 police cruisers participated at some level in the deadly chase.

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS Vote no on March 15, 2016 to the re-election of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (pictured below) Twenty-three years of racist and corrupt McGinty as to 19 years as a common pleas judge and four years as a county prosecutor are enough....He is pro- police, anti-Black, anti -fair and anti-Tamir Rice....Greater Cleveland community activists, including the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Puncture the Silence, Revolution Books, Peace in the Hood, the Oppressed People's Nation, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Million Women March Cleveland and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, want him voted out of office, as do the Cleveland NAACP and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge ....Read here what McGinty, who is White, has done to hurt the Black community and others as a judge and as an overzealous and unfair county prosecutor......By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

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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 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