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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 and, 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…
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 The segment highlights our concerns for the health of women and children if the Affordable Care Act is repealed by congress.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,, Protecting Our Children's Safety Before and After School and Peace in the Hood with Khalid Samad. Kathy Wray Coleman, Imperial Women Coalition, and Tel: (216) 659-0473

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge's Washington D.C. press secretary leaves post to serve as the Obama campaign's regional press secretary in Ohio

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Washington, D.C. press secretary for U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), a Warrensville Hts Democrat whose 11th Congressional District includes Cleveland's predominantly Black east side and Black pockets of Akron, a city some 35 miles south of Cleveland, has left her post to serve as an Ohio regional campaign press spokesperson for Obama for America, President Barack Obama's reelection campaign venue.

Laura Allen (pictured) told Cleveland Urban News.Com in a telephone interview yesterday from Washington, D.C. that she will begin working for the Obama campaign beginning next week and that Fudge has not found a replacement for her yet, and she said that she does not know what regional post she will be assigned to but that she has, in fact, joined the Obama 2012 campaign.

"I start next week," said Allen, who said also that she would be relocating to Columbus, Oh. this weekend.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 April 2012 12:04

Zimmerman charged with Trayvon's murder, mass rally in Cleveland with Vision of Angels, NAACP, SCLC, United Pastor's in Mission, grassroots, elected officials is Sun, April 15, 3:00 pm, 2nd New Hope Church, State Sen. Turner to read Senate resolution

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-In the wake of the announcement yesterday by a special prosecutor that volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman will be charged with second degree murder in the killing of unarmed seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin (pictured) the Vision of Angels Youth Dance Troop, the Imperial Women Coalition, community activists, the Imperial Women Coalition, clergy, youth, elected officials, the United Pastor's in Mission and Cleveland NAACP and SCLC  officials will go forward with a mass rally for Martin scheduled for Sun. April 15 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Second New Hope Baptist Church in Cleveland, 2917 E. 116th St at Buckeye Ave . (Editor's note: View a complete list of rally speakers and participating organizations toward the middle of this article)

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 April 2012 05:26

Mass rally for Trayvon Martin is April 15, 2nd New Hope Baptist Church in Cleveland, 3:00 pm, led by blind man Sears Mitchell, with youth, elected officials, grassroots, Cleveland NAACP, SCLC, Imperial Women Coalition, Vision of Angels dancers, pastors

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-A mass rally for justice for seventeen-year old Trayvon Martin will be held on Sun., April 15 from 3:00 to 6 pm at The Second New Hope Baptist Church, 2917 E. 116th St. at Buckeye Ave. in Cleveland., Oh.,  telephone number 216- 229-2022.

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 April 2012 00:22

Editorial: Plunderbund.Com writer questions State Sen. Nina Turner , State Rep. Sandra Williams in co-sponsoring proposed legislation for Mayor Jackson's pursuit of state law for Cleveland schools education plan

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(Editor's note from Cleveland Urban News.Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com: This editorial is published at Plunderbund.Com in opposition to support by Ohio State  Sen. Nina Turner (D-25)(pictured), a Cleveland Democrat, and state Rep.  Sandra Williams (D-25)(pictured), head of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and also a Democrat, in co-sponsoring legislation last week that is  pushed by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who controls the city schools. Proposed through Turner in the Ohio Senate and through Williams in the Ohio House of Representatives, the mayor's proposed state law would negate  the teacher's negotiated collective bargaining agreement in order to dismantle teacher tenure and seniority in layoffs in the Cleveland Municipal School District and, among other provisions, demands merit pay for teachers . Jackson also wants to use  public monies  funneled to the majority Black school district for charter schools. The mayor backed off of a proposal for Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon to have authority to fire employees at low performing schools, a proposal initially offered in spite of data that show that new teachers and Black teachers will be the first fired because they are typically relegated to schools with students with learning and behavioral problems ).

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(Editor's note from Cleveland Urban News.Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com: The below editorial is not the opinion of Cleveland Urban News.Com or the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com and is that solely of Plunderbund.Com )

Let’s get one thing straight — I love Cleveland-area Senator Nina Turner.  I love her impassioned speeches and I still get chills as I remember listening to her fight against Senate Bill 5 last year on the Senate floor.  And her introduction of legislation to protect men from the dangers of “Viagra” was magical.

Last week Turner and Representative Sandra Williams got duped by Ohio’s education reform machine as the two were all but forced to co-sponsor legislation in their respective houses that would force significant changes on the Cleveland School district, effectively enacting Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s “Cleveland Plan.”  Turner and Williams were stuck having to either support the severe changes to the district or opposing the plan and being portrayed as not advocating for improvement in the struggling school district. Read more at......

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 19:20

First Lady Michelle Obama announces 15,000 more jobs to military spouses in private sector jobs initiatives program that she sponsors that protects job seniority for spouses as military families on assignment relocate

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-On Tues. First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured) held a conference call with Cleveland Urban News.Com and  reporters and bloggers from across the nation to announce the celebration of  the first-year anniversary of an organization dubbed Joining Forces that she and Dr. Jill Biden created that has brought jobs to military spouses across the country, and to recognize 11 new corporate and other private sector companies that have joined the initiative and will bring 15,000 more job opportunities this year alone."

"Since we started Joining Forces one of our biggest goals has been to address employment issues for not just our veterans but also for our spouses," the First Lady said."Arise Virtual Solutions, Alpine Access -- those are just a few, but there are so many other companies who have stepped forward on behalf of our families to lead the way.

A major highlight of the Joining Forces initiative is the reciprocity agreement for seniority on those jobs to transfer from participating companies in different U.S. cities, something that had not traditionally occurred for America's military spouses, mainly working class women, who would sometimes have trouble finding employment at all.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 April 2012 05:12

U.S. Rep. Fudge, State Rep. Patmon, Black leaders say Republican controlled Ohio Senate repealed HB 194 to stop voters from doing it in November and replaced it with new bill to slash early voting, silence Black vote in November

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COLUMBUS, Ohio-Cleveland area Black leaders like U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-11) (pictured), a Warrensville Hts. Democrat, and state Rep. Bill Patmon (D-10) (pictured 2nd), a Cleveland Democrat, say that a bill dubbed Senate Bill 295 that passed the Ohio Senate last week that repeals or replaces House Bill 194, the voter suppression bill, will work to silence the Black vote in Ohio in November and is designed to circumvent a voter's referendum on HB 194.

"The rush by the Republican led Ohio Senate to repeal H.B. 194 will most certainly lead to voter confusion," said Fudge, whose 11th Congressional District includes Cleveland's east side and Black pockets of Akron, a city some 35 miles south of Cleveland. "Ultimately, I welcome a roll back of any measure that suppresses voting disproportionately for specific groups of voters, but the deliberate inclusion of a ban on in-person early voting three days prior to an election speaks volumes about the intent of the Ohio Senate, and it is my fear that they will repeal and replace the law with similarly restrictive provisions on voting, without an opportunity for Ohioans to again voice their opinion through a referendum."

SB 295, which Senate Democrats unanimously opposed, must pass the Ohio House and escape a veto not expected by Republican Gov John Kasich to become law.

And it is likely that it will become a state law subject also to a voters referendum like HB 194 if the Democrats get enough signatures to put it on the ballot next year after the presidential election is over, though lawmakers are confused on the legalities of attempts by the Republican controlled state legislature to stop a voter referendum on the November ballot of HB 194 through the substitute SB 295.

The Ohio Democratic Party collected enough signatures last year to let voters decide if HB 194 should stand or be repealed as a state law that, among other requirements, slashes early voting and requires Ohioans to jump hurdles through identification mandates to vote in November when President Barack Obama will square off with Mitt Romney, the likely nominee for the Republican Party for president of the United States of America.

Angry over the upcoming ballot initiative relative to HB 194, the Ohio Senate watered down the voter suppression agendas that were in HB 194 and passed SB 295 , making a voter referendum on HB 194 essentially null and void, maybe.

Though the Ohio Constitution allows voters to decide if HB 194 should stand or be repealed because enough signatures were secured to put the issue on the ballot through what is called a referendum vote, it is unclear what happens when the state legislature repeals the law before voters can decide themselves whether to dump it or not.

Ohio State Rep. Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland)

"When you have an argument between the legislature or the executive branch and the people, the courts usually decide the outcome," said Patmon, one of five Cleveland area Black state legislators, and a former Cleveland councilman who ran unsuccessfully for mayor against current Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in 2009. "It's all designed to undermine the people that are fighting for the right to vote."

The Rev Jesse Jackson Sr.

Civil Rights activists such as the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. (pictured 3rd) are upset too.

"We need the attorney generals of the 34 states to convene and protect the right to vote," said Jackson in referencing HB 194 and similar bills pushed by the Republicans in other states during a visit to Cleveland last year.

Reach Journalist Kathy Wray Coleman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and phone number: 216-932-3114.


Last Updated on Saturday, 07 April 2012 02:15


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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