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Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black newspaper and newspaper blog.  National political news, and urban news from Cleveland, Ohio.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  5 million views.

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Click below to read over 1,400 archived Cleveland Urban News.Com articles by year at our blog of (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

 


2017 (127) 2016 (138), 2015 (213), 2014 (266), 2013 (227),


2012 (221), 2011 (135), 2010 (109), 2009 (50)

 

(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 Mayor Frank Jackson names Attorney Michael Bowen as his new campaign manager as the November general election nears....Bowen is Black and will take a temporary leave from his law practice to run Jackson's campaign

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Pictured are Clevelanf Mayor Frank Jackson, and his newly appointed campaign manager. Michael Bowen

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-Cleveland, Ohio - Expanding and enhancing his campaign for the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 7 general election, where he will face Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed in a non-partisan runoff, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson has named key additions to his campaign's leadership team, including a new campaign manager.


Michael Bowen, who is Black and 30-years-old, has been named campaign manager and will oversee day-to-day operations Jackson, a three term Black mayor seeking an unprecedented fourth term, announced to staffers at his campaign headquarters on Carnegie Avenue in Cleveland on Thursday morning.


In addition, Mayor Jackson announced that R Strategy Group will lead campaign strategy initiatives, and communications.


Firm vice president Jon Benedict will serve as chief strategist and work with Jeff Rusnak, R Strategy Group's president and CEO, on media and other communication, and with vice president Kathy Berta on field outreach and volunteer activities.


Both Reed, who is also Black and has served 16 years on city council, and Jackson, a city council president turned mayor, are Democrats.


"We are very excited to join this great team and help ensure Mayor Jackson's re-election," Bowen said . "Cleveland has momentum today, and that's thanks in large part to Mayor Jackson's leadership."


Bowen said that "there is so much at stake in this election, and we have to continue the progress achieved under Mayor Jackson."


An attorney with the powerful law firm of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister who will take a temporary leave from his law practice to lead Jackson's campaign, Bowen worked formerly for former Democratic Lakewood mayor Ed FitzGerald, who is also a former Cuyahoga County executive who lost a bid for governor in 2014 to John Kasich, a 2016 unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president.  And he assisted campaigns for his mother, the late Lynn Ruffner, a Shaker Heights councilwoman who died in 2014, and since ousted Cuyahoga and County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, a former common pleas judge who lost a Democratic primary for reelection to current county prosecutor Michael O'Malley in 2016. He was a field director for the May 2015 renewal of the county’s Arts & Cultural Levy, which passed with 73 percent of the vote.


The mayor's former campaign manager, Wayne Clark of  the state of Maryland, who is also Black and led Jackson to a 39 percent victory among eight challengers relative to the Sept 12 non-partisan primary, will remain as part of his campaign team as a consultant when needed, Jackson said Thto ursday.


"I want to thank Mr. Clarke for his efforts build this campaign and to help win the primary election," Jackson said. "We are expanding our campaign team to ensure that we have the energetic leadership to take the campaign to the next level. I believe that this team will take us to victory in November."


The shake-up in the mayor's campaign team comes with the Nov. 7 general election just five weeks away.


And though Jackson finished the primary with roughly 39 percent of the vote, and Reed with a distant 22 percent, 61 percent of voters chose somebody other than Jackson, and 78 percent chose a candidate other than Reed, who, this week, named Kevin Jones, a senior account executive with Stern advertising, as his new campaign manager to replace Angela Shute Woodson.

 

Jones is Black, and a key organizer of Reed's annual family Unity in the Park concert and festival at Luke Easter Park on the city's largely Black east side.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.



Last Updated on Friday, 29 September 2017 17:10

Dwyane Wade signs with the Cavaliers and reunites with LeBron James

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- It is worth remembering, as Dwyane Wade (pictured) and LeBron James embark on their reunion in Cleveland, that Wade recruited James to join him in Miami seven years ago.

As the headliners in a collective that also featured Chris Bosh, Wade and James crammed greatness into their four seasons as teammates on the Heat: four consecutive trips to the N.B.A. finals and two championships. It almost felt inappropriate, unbefitting of their excellence, that their run ended with a loss. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE AT NEW YORK TIMES.COM

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenews blog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Cleveland community activists call the Plain Dealer editorial on Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo sexism, and retaliation because Russo, who leads the reentry program, is top in dismissing illegal criminal cases against Black and other defendants

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Pictured is cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


Investigatory article by Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, Ohio- Greater Cleveland community activists are speaking out against what they say is harassment by the Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper editorial board, its online affiliate at Cleveland.comthe Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley against Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo in retaliation for the judge's routine dismissal of bogus criminal cases and the granting of early release from prison to some defendants, a large amount of them erroneously convicted in the first place.


According to the Plain Dealer, Judge Russo leads practically all of the 34 majority White judges on the general division common pleas court in dismissing criminal cases that lack merit and require dismissal under state law, the rules of court, case law, or other authorities.


Most of the impacted defendants are Black.


"As president of Black on Black Crime Inc and a community activist in the trenches I would say that the unwarranted attack on Judge Nancy Margaret Russo by the Plain Dealer and its opportunistic cronies is definitely retaliatory because of the many times that the judge has given out even handed justice in regards to minorities and women," said Black on Black Crime president and community activist Alfred Porter Jr. of Cleveland.


Community activist Art McKoy, founder of Black on Black Crime Inc and the Black Man's Army, and likely the most prominent Black activist In greater Cleveland, said he supports Russo because she is " a fair and thoughtful judge."


At issue is a rape case involving a six-year-old victim where Judge Russo, a 20-year veteran on the common pleas bench, denied a last minute telephone request by prosecutors to delay sentencing of the perpetrator so the child's pregnant mother could have labor induced, a ruling that has unnerved the county prosecutor's office, Sondra Miller of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center , and the Plain Dealer, which did a self-serving editorial last week seeking to vilify Judge Russo.


On Thursday, Russo sentenced Justin Christian, 30, of Elyria to 35 years in prison for kidnapping the six-year-old child from her bedroom last year and raping her, and for attempted kidnapping of another girl in Elyria.


The judge did so without continuing the sentencing date, the girl's mother rescheduling the inducing of labor and attending the sentencing.


Continuances of pretrial and sentencing hearings are discretionary by judges, who wield a high degree of power, and can easily destroy people.


Russo, 60 and a Democrat, is also the judge over the reentry or early release docket, her rulings often angering O'Malley and his predecessor, Tim McGinty, as to the  early release of criminal defendants, most of them Black, and in cases that are sometimes suspect and often a by-product of malicious prosecutions, public records and Cuyahoga County Jail interviews by investigative journalist and editor Kathy Wray Coleman  of Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com reveal.


And the judge dismissed charges per a motion by prosecutors against the East Cleveland 3 in 2016, Laurese Glover, Derrick Wheatt, and Eugene Johnson.


They spent 20 years in prison, all three of them Black, and teens when they were arrested and charged, and falsely accused of shooting and killing 19-year-old Clifton Hudson.


A 14-year-old female witness, who testified against them, allegedly via manipulation by prosecutors, later recanted, prompting an investigation, and the subsequent dismissal of all charges.


Activists believe that that and other cases that Judge Russo fairly handles are, in part, the real reason for the recent attack on the judge's credibility by the state's largest newspaper, particularly since her White male judicial colleagues and other area judges routinely escape scrutiny by the Plain Dealer editorial board and the prosecutor's office, no matter what they do, whether legal or illegal.


Community activists say the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, a political venue where Blacks cannot lead, rarely speaks out and is governed by grants from big business that help  it prosper. They say its is hardly in a position to single out Judge Russo for scrutiny. It and the Cuyahoga County Domestic Violence Center are run by middle class White women like Sondra Miller (rape crisis cemter)  who rarely, if at all, come in the inner city of Cleveland to see about poor Black women who have been raped, or to rally with community activists and the victims' families. This includes, say activists, rallies as to the rape and murder of poor Black women, including the Imperial Avenue Murders of 11 Black women by serial killer Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland East 93rd Street Serial Murders of a still at large killer or killers, and the also gruesome murders of three young Black women by East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison.


An  investigation by Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper, reveals that White male judges often do as they please and are not usually the subject of harsh editorials by the Plain Dealer, including Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell, a thief who has stolen a wealth of homes via illegal foreclosures for corrupt banks and mortgage companies such as JP Morgan Chase Bank.

 

O'Donnell caught the ire of the Black community in 2015 when he acquitted since fired Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo of volunteer manslaughter charges for gunning down two unarmed Blacks suspects in 2012 with 49 bullets.


He lost a subsequent second bid
for a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court in 2016 after the greater Cleveland Black community, led by community activists and some Black members of Cleveland City Council, campaigned against him over the Brelo verdict and his arrogant and insensitive response to community outcry.


And he is angry, sources said yesterday, and is allegedly showing it against Blacks that appear before him.


Common Pleas judges like Daniel Gaul, always in hot water for impropriety measures and harassing Black defendants, and once almost suspended by the Ohio Supreme Court, manage to escape beccoing a target of the Plain Dealer and so does disgraced former Bedford Municipal Court Judge Harry Jacob, an alleged pimp and the subject of a prostitution investigation regarding defendants in the suburban courtroom he once ran.


Jacob resigned from the bench, and saw his law licence suspended for two years after convictions on five misdemeanor counts in 2014 in a bench trial, including solicitation and falsification of court records.


He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and two years probation.


Felony counts of bribery and prostitution were dismissed by his judicial associate, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan, who presided over the bench trial and is a privileged White man like Jacob.

 

Corrigan handed Jacob a lenient sentence based possibly on race and gender, and collegiality and favoritism, legal pundits said.


Municipal courts and the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas general division court led by presiding and administrative judge John Russo, are, by no means, a safe heaven for Blacks, other minorities, or poor people, research reveals.


Data show that Blacks are disproportionately indicted, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to prison in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, and is roughly 29 percent Black, and is the state's second largest of 88 counties.


Research also shows that the whole system is a sham.


Pretrials in felony cases can be weekly so indigent attorneys can get paid as much as possible, many of the defendants forced unnecessarily to take time off work, some of them losing employment due to the inconvenience.


And defendants who plead not guilty are often treated as though they are guilty upon arraignment, some arbitrarily forced to wear expensive GPS monitors and relegated to probation at the pretrial stage of the criminal proceedings, a real money-maker for the county, and the state.


 

Arrest bonds are often atrocious and unfair in both municipal and common pleas courts in the county, coupled with a Jim Crow-type grand jury indictment system in Ohio that favors police and the White establishment, and that has few, if any, constitutional safe guards for the Black community, poor people and others that meet its wrath by judges, police, and a racist and sexist county prosecutor's office.


Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.




Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 00:54

Video where former Cleveland City Council president George Forbes vigorously curses and threatens investigative Cleveland TV reporter Carl Monday years ago at Cleveland City Hall until the late Hough councilwoman Fannie Lewis intervenes

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Video where former longtime Cleveland City Council president George Forbes vigorously curses and threatens investigative Cleveland TV reporter Carl Monday years ago (1984) at Cleveland City Hall until the late Hough councilwoman Fannie Lewis intervenes, Forbes of whom is also a former longtime Cleveland NAACP president. Remembering the antics of the once powerful George Forbes, also a Cleveland attorney, though part time since Forbes is now 86-years old.

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 03:47

North Korea does not want war, but wants a deal like the Iran Nuclear Deal that Iran got under the Obama administration in 2015, some GOP federal lawmakers say as President Trump threatens to "totally destroy North Korea if necessary"

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Pictured is former United States president Barck Obama

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-As tensions between the United States and North Korea increase, some GOP federal lawmakers, such as  Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, say North Korea is really not looking for war but for a deal similar to the Iran Nuclear Deal reached under the Obama administration.


The controversial nuclear weapons deal, reached in 2015 between the United States, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and Iran, seeks to end what was then a 12-year crisis over Iran's suspicious nuclear weapons program.


It is one of former president Barack Obama's signature policy initiatives, the measure passing a Republican -dominated congress and United States Senate with opposition from key GOP Senate leaders, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.


It was vehemently opposed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who unsuccessfully lobbied against it during a speech before a joint session of congress in March of 2015, a speech arranged by then House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and boycotted by several Democratic lawmakers.


A Republican, Boehner resigned from congress in September of 2015 amid a fallout with key right-wing Republican congressional operatives.

 

The nuclear weapons deal also lifts crippling sanctions against Iran over a period of years, and places a variable freeze on sensitive nuclear materials for at least a decade.


President Donald Trump, a Republican, wants the Iran Nuclear Deal gone, saying it is embarrassing, and too lenient, although Iranian president Hassan Rouhani disagrees and wants the agreement to remain intact.


Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly (UMGA) on Tuesday in New York, and before leaders and representative of 193 countries, the president took on North Korean President Kim Jong-un, and threatened to "totally destroy North Korea if necessary."


But Secretary of State Rex Tiller stopped short of saying he wants the nuclear deal abolished, saying, instead, that it needs to be revisited.


Tiller said the "sunset clause" of the nuclear deal, which automatically lifts most key restrictions on Iran's nuclear program by 2030, raises serious concerns.


A Democrat and the nation's first Black president whose second four-year term ended in January when Trump became president, Obama fought hard to bring the Iran Nuclear Deal to fruition, and won bipartisan support of the legislative measure that is now under deep scrutiny as Korea threatens possible military action against the U.S., a threat met with a counter-threat by President Trump, a tendentious president who rarely backs away from controversy.


“I am heartened that so many senators judged this deal on the merits, and am gratified by the strong support of lawmakers and citizens alike,” said Obama in a press release to Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com when the framework for the Iran Nuclear Deal was agreed upon in 2015, a comprehensive agreement that includes a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action


This week French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters that he firmly rejects any military solution to the North Korean crisis and warned against dismantling the nuclear agreement with Iran.


France is among the five world powers associated with the nuclear agreement that also includes the United Kingdom, Russia, China and Germany


All of the congressional Democrats from Ohio supported the deal when it passed congress in 2015, including Congresswomen Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely black 11th congressional district includes the city of Cleveland, Marcy Kaptur , a Toledo Democrat whose 9th congressional district extends to Cleveland,  Joyce Beatty of Columbus, and Tim Ryan of Niles. And so did U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland, a Senate Democrat.

 

Fudge and Beatty are the only two Blacks in congress from Ohio, a pivotal state for presidential elections that Obama carried in 2008 and via his reelection in 2012.


“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the strongest option we have to prevent Iran from continuing its nuclear weapons program," Fudge said in 2015 when the plan was agreed upon as part of the nuclear weapons deal.


Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 September 2017 22:59

Memorial services for retired Cleveland judge Jean Murrell Capers announced... By ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog

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CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Memorial services for  retired Cleveland Municipal Court judge Jean Murrell Capers (pictured) are set for  Monday, Sept 25 at 6 pm at Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Cleveland, 3842 Eat 131st Street.

Arrangements are by EF BOYD AND SON FUNERAL HOME

Capers was the longest living former or current Black elected official in Ohio, and likely elsewhere, and the first Black woman to serve on Cleveland City Council.


The beloved public servant passed away in her sleep the afternoon of July 17 at the Judson Manor assisted living facility in Cleveland where she lived for the last several years.


Judge Capers, as she was affectionately referred to since judges in Ohio retain such title unless they quit, lose election or reelection or are removed from the bench for malfeasance or other reasons, died with a doctor, a nurse and her guardian, Vel Scott, by her side, a family spokesperson said.


An Obama supporter, Capers was elected to Cleveland City Council in 1949, long before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


She was a staunch advocate for Blacks, women, the poor and other disenfranchised groups, and was one of the first members of the  Women's Advisory Council for the women's division of what is now called the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.


After retiring she frequently would rally and march with greater Cleveland community activists on community issues.


She believed firmly in the application of the Constitution of the United States of America from the free speech clause of the first amendment to the equal protection and due process clauses under the 14th amendment.


And she would call out Black leaders she felt did not stand up enough for the Black community.


At the age of 62 she was appointed to the Cleveland Municipal Court bench. She  later won election to the court, now a 13 -member largely Black court, and remained there until her retirement.


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, the city's three-term Black mayor and former council president who for decades represented ward 5, which includes the central neighborhood, said Capers will not be forgotten.


"Judge Capers gave her time and talent to mentoring future leaders and was a tenacious advocate and fighter for the city, the central neighborhood and the people," said Jackson in a press release. " I remember her as a person who required excellence, order and professionalism."


Jackson said that Capers was "the first ‘Negro’ female member of city council, but despite her accomplishments, she never forgot where she came from, and stayed in the central neighborhood until just a few years ago. "


"Judge Capers was a colleague, neighbor and a friend, I will miss her dearly," said Mayor Jackson, a Democrat.


She was a community icon and had an enduring personality, said other Black elected officials who knew her.

 

"To have known her was to have loved her," state Rep. Bill Patmon, a Cleveland Democrat  and former city councilman, told Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com during an interview on yesterday. "If there is one icon that shows brightly in Cleveland's historical years, she was it, and we shall miss her."


11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes parts of the majority Black city of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, and one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio,  praised Capers too.


"Judge Capers was a role model for women from her competitive days as a tennis and health and physical education teacher, to her advocacy in the courtroom and time on the bench," said Fudge. "She was a tireless worker and our champion, fighting to defend the rights of people."

 

Born on Jan 11,  1913, Capers has been courted for the last several years on her annual birthday by the Black community of greater Cleveland and area media, among others, the last gathering with community activists, friends and family members on her birthday this year at the Judson Manor assisted living facility.

 

At that birthday gathering, which also included her younger sister Alice Murrell Rose, now 100 years-old, and her sister's son, Capers was vibrant and told .Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com that she expected to live many more years.


" I don't think about dying," Capers told editor Kathy Wray Coleman of .Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, "Ohio's Black digital news leaders. "I think about living."


Also a former school teacher and prior assistant attorney general, and a Black Democrat turned Republican with friends and supporters across partisan lines, she was one of five siblings, and was born in Kentucky, later migrating to Ohio and becoming a legend in her own right.


The outspoken and highly respected Capers was a community activist and until recently remained active in the community.


Until last year Capers was an assistant commentator on the weekly WJMO 1490 am radio show in Cleveland dubbed the Art McKoy University Show of Common Sense, a radio broadcast that features community activists Art McKoy and Al Porter of Black on Crime Inc and addresses urban issues across the spectrum from Black on Black Crime and police brutality to racism, and politics.


"We  loved the judge and we will miss her," said McKoy, a longtime community activist who founded the greater Cleveland grassroots group Black on Black Crime Inc.


Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:11

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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 www.clevelandurbannews.com 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 www.clevelandurbannews.com 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 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