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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).

Cleveland New Black Panther Party, Urban Education Justice League to hold anti-Cleveland schools property tax levy forum today at CSU, schools levy debate is August 30, 6pm at Lil Africa, 6816 Superior Ave. in Cleveland

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From the Metro Desk of Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

CLEVELAND, Ohio-The education committee of the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party in cooperation with the Urban Education Justice League will host an educational forum in opposition to the Cleveland schools property tax levy from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday, August 20, at Cleveland State University's Main Classroom Building, room 134, 2121 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland.

For more information contact Al Porter at 216-704-5036.

Donna Walker Brown, a community activist who says she will run for Cleveland mayor in 2013, told Cleveland Urban News.Com that she will speak at the event and  that she is against the schools levy because it is "the same ole levy with the same ole crooks to misappropriate the levy money." (Editor's Note: Walker Brown and Kimberly Brown will debate Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson on the schools levy at a grassroots forum sponsored by Cleveland Urban News.Com, the Imperial Women, Cleveland African American Museum, the Carl Stokes Brigade, the Underground Railroad, Organize Ohio, Ohio Family Rights, the Oppressed People's Nation, Black on Black Crime, the Family Connection Center, Cleveland Jobs With Justice and others on Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 6 to 8 pm at Lil Africa, 6816 Superior Ave. The moderator is state Rep. Bill Patmon (D-10). For more information on the debate contact Kathy Wray Coleman at 216-659-0473 and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Other speakers at the CSU forum include Community Activist Norma Freeman, and Rhonda Hill, a Cleveland schools parent.

Cleveland voters will decide the schools levy at the ballot box on November 6.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:12

6th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstates malicious prosecution, First Amendment lawsuit filed by Journalist and Community Activist Kathy Wray Coleman against Judge Kathleen Ann Keough, City of Cleveland, city officials, that Judge Nugent wrongly dismissed

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From the Metro Desk of Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a previously dismissed malicious prosecution and First Amendment lawsuit filed in federal court in 2010 by Community Activist and Cleveland Urban News.Com Publisher and Associate Editor Kathy Wray Coleman against Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge Kathleen Ann Keough (pictured), the City of Cleveland, and several city officials and other alleged culprits.

The defendants also include former Cleveland Law Director Robert Triozzi, Cleveland Chief Prosecutor Victor Perez, and assistant city prosecutors Joan Bascone and Lorraine Coyne, all of whom are White, though Coleman is Black.

Judge Donald Nugent, the presiding judge over the case from the Federal District Court of the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland, had dismissed the suit, ruling that Coleman had missed a single status conference after her then attorney Wayne Kerek withdrew from the case.

That so-called scheduled conference, wrote Coleman in her successful brief on appeal, never really was set with any notice to her, and she was never given "prior notice of potential dismissal of the case before the dismissal as mandated by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure."

In reinstating the lawsuit the panel of judges of the Sixth Circuit said that Nugent abused his discretion by throwing out the case without prior notice and an opportunity to respond and possibly cure any defect.

Now back before Nugent, the suit is pending for further court proceedings, including a possible jury trial.

"Free speech is not always free because one must often pay a price for it and Blacks, women and the little people truly have a difficult time getting fair court proceedings to seek redress for statutory and constitutional wrongs in state and federal courts that serve the politically corrupt Cuyahoga County," said Coleman, who acted as her own attorney for the successful appeal but says she is now searching for representative counsel to prosecute the case. "We want this case heard on the merits at a public trial and we call for an investigation of the number of credible Civil Rights lawsuits filed by Blacks, women, activists, journalists and others that have been dismissed erroneously by Judge Nugent and other federal and state court judges of Ohio for the establishment."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 01:36

California's Black Attorney General Kamala Harris visits Cleveland, thanks Obama campaign volunteers, does one-on-one interview with Cleveland Urban News.Com, says Romney's tax plan hurts middle class, Black community, meets with Black elected officials

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

CLEVELAND, Ohio-California Attorney General Kamala Harris (pictured), the first Black to win a statewide election there, flew to Cleveland from San Francisco last week to thank Obama campaign volunteers, and to warn Blacks that Mitt Romney's proposed tax plan is what she dubs elitist and hostile to middle class Americans and the Black community, particularly in comparison to the tax platform the president offers.

"The president has created jobs outside of the corporate tax policy and wants tax reform, and Mitt Romney wants to raise taxes on the middle class, cut taxes for the richest Americans, and eliminate cuts to college tuition." said Harris, who added that she is African American and proud of it, a comment that came after Cleveland Urban News.Com asked what nationality she claims, given that she is Black and of Chinese and Indian American descent.

Labeled the female Obama by some of her admirers, and possibly by her political foes,  Harris said that Romney, the presumptive nominee for president for the Republican Party, wants middle class Americans to bear the brunt of the fallout from the failed economic policies of the George W. Bush administration.

Obama's tax  plan, she says, is not deficit driven as is Romney's, and it stops the Bush tax cuts and keeps tax cuts in place for middle and working class people.

Volunteers at Obama's campaign office at the Shaker Square location in the majority Black city of Cleveland were elated that Harris thought enough of their public service to stop through and say thanks.

"Attorney General Kamala Harris laid out the stark contrast between President Obama and Mitt Romney, especially when it comes to building an economy from the middle out rather than the top down," said Frances Hunter, a volunteer with the Obama for America Campaign. "Like President Obama, I believe that we can no longer ask everything from the middle class and seniors like myself while asking nothing from  the top, and it is not fair that folks like me pay a higher tax rate than millionaires and billionaires like Mitt Romney.'"

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:01

Rev. Al Sharpton visits Cleveland, talks Obama, Civil Rights, voter suppression tactics by Republicans against Blacks, other voting communities

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From the Metro Desk of Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Rev. Al Sharpton was in Cleveland, Oh. today to push voter registration at a prominent Black church, to stomp for President Obama, and to talk on voter suppression and other Civil Rights matters during a key presidential election year.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson,  state Sen. Nina Turner (D-25), state Rep. Sandra Williams (D-11), and Cuyahoga County Councilman Julian Rogers (D-10) were among the host of dignitaries that attended.

The luncheon event, held at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland, was sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Chapter of the National Action Network, which is led by Marcia McCoy as its president and the Rev. E. Theophilus Caviness, the executive director of the organization and the senior pastor of Greater Abyssinia.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 August 2012 05:17

Romney chooses Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan for vice presidential running mate over Ohio's Rob Portman, anti-union Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker beat recall with Ryan's help

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney publicly announced his selection today of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (pictured) as his vice-presidential running mate, quashing any speculation that a minority or woman would get the nod or, more notably, U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio.

A native of Janesville, WI, Ryan, 42, and good looking, earned a bachelor's degree from Miami University in Ohio.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 and is a fiscal conservative who chairs the House Budget Committee.

Portman was on the short list but was not well known in Ohio or nationally, and was criticized by the Obama campaign during an interview with Cleveland Urban News.Com and Obama Campaign Manager David Axelrod as linked to the failed economic policies of the George W. Bush administration as Bush's chief adviser on the economy.

Ryan, on the other hand, helped embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker win a recall election in June, one pushed by the state's public sector unions, including the Wisconsin Education Association, the state teachers union connected to the National Education Association, a union that backs Democratic presidential candidates.

"On June 5 courage was on the ballot in Wisconsin and courage won," said Ryan during a speech on Romney 's announcement in which he thanked Wisconsin supporters and Walker, and spoke of his victory over recall.

The WEA and other Wisconsin unions were dismayed over a state law enacted by the Republican controlled Wisconsin State Legislature and supported by Walker that sharply curtails collective bargaining and takes away the right of unions to strike accordingly and to arbitrate most aspects of employee working conditions.

Ryan said also during his speech to Republican supporters that he and Romney would save Wisconsin from becoming a welfare state and that god and nature govern, apparently over laws and such things as the United States Constitution.

Ohio is a pivotal state for presidential elections and one where unions still have power.

Last year Ohio voters struck down Senate Bill 5, a now defunct state law passed earlier last year by the Republican controlled Ohio State Legislature that would have crippled the state's public sector unions, and precluded the power to strike for fair wages and working conditions, among other radical provisions.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 August 2012 03:27

Grassroots to hold debate on Cleveland schools property tax levy, Aug. 30, Lil Africa, 6 pm, debaters are Councilman Johnson, Donna Walker Brown, Kim Brown, Rep Patmon to moderate, CEO Gordon invited, activists to vote whether to support levy at debate

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From the Metro Desk of Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland Urban News.Com and Cleveland area grassroots groups such as the Imperial Women Coalition, the Imperial Women, the Cleveland African-American Museum, Black on Black Crime, the Carl Stokes Brigade, the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, the Oppressed People's Nation,the Joaquin Hicks Real People's Movement, the People's Forum, Occupy Cleveland, Revolution Books, the Family Connection Center, Organize Ohio, the Lucasville Uprising Freedom Network, the Committee to Bring Home Jamela and Jamyla, the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Ohio Family Rights and Cleveland Jobs With Justice will host an inner city grassroots debate on the Cleveland Public Schools 15 mill property tax levy that is on the November ballot on Thurs, August 30, 2012 from 6 pm-8:30 pm at the Lil Africa Recreation and Party Center, 6816 Superior Ave in Cleveland.

Under state law the predominantly Black school district is controlled by the mayor, currently Frank Jackson, who personally appoints members of the Cleveland Board of Education. (Editor's note: The 15 mill proposed schools property tax levy would cost the average Cleveland homeowner $300 more annually).

The contact persons for the event are Imperial Women Leader Kathy Wray Coleman at 216-659-0473 and Cleveland African American Museum Executive Director Frances Caldwell at the museum offices at 216-721-6555 .

State Rep. Bill Patmon (D-10) will moderate the debate set now between Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson, who publicly supports it, Grassroots and Educational Activist and Slated 2013 Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Donna Walker-Brown , and Kimberly Brown, an author, youth advocate and former Cleveland mayoral candidate who says she shall challenge Cleveland Ward 1 Councilman Terrell Pruitt for his seat next year.

Both Brown's are staunchly against the levy and will debate against it.

Panelists to pose questions during the debate include Imperial Women Coalition Member and Cleveland African-American Executive Director Frances Caldwell, Cleveland Jobs With Justice Executive Director Debbie Kline, Black on Black Crime Founder Art McKoy, Cleveland Criminal Defense Attorney Michael Nelson Sr., Educational Activist and Community Affiiate Mary Keith, Roz McCallister, a member of the Imperial Women and the leader of Ohio Family Rights, and Dr. Eugene Jordan an E. Cleveland dentist who leads the Underground Railroad and is the second vice president of the Cleveland NAACP.

Ernest Smith, leader of the Oppressed People's Nation, will talk briefly about the plight of young Black male public school students in fighting and surviving racism and steotyping.

Community activists have also invited Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge or her representative to update the grassroots committee on public education as to her role as a member of the congressional committee on public education, and Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon has been asked to participate in the debate or to simply attend to show his commitment to the Black and grassroots communities and Cleveland school children.

"The CEO needs to come to talk to inner city residents and community activists on the levy and his decisions on school and community matters, " said Caldwell, who is not only a spokesperson for Cleveland's Black museum but also a strong activist for Civil and human rights.

Also at the forum will be a discussion on the No Child Left Behind federal mandate for public schools and an overview of the Cleveland Municipal School District from the desegregation court order to mayoral control (by former Cleveland School Board Member Genevieve Mitchell).

Last Updated on Monday, 20 August 2012 15:09


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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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