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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 3.5 million views.

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Click below to read over 1,300 archived Cleveland Urban News.Com articles by year at our blog of (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

 

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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).

By Clevelandurbannews.com: Below is a photo of some of the nearly 400 people at our March 8, 2017 International Women's Day rally at Willard Park in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Go to Cleveland 19 Action News television on Facebook for a video on parts of the rally speeches by clicking the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Cleveland19News/videos/10155145201979443/ Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper photo at www.cleveland.com.....The historic rally and march were supported by women across racial and socioeconomic lines, organized by Black women and grassroots activists, and led by key organizer and Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, who edits www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders....Thank you Cleveland 19 Action News for the live coverage

 

By www.clevelandurbannews.com: 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EAST 93RD STREET SERIAL MURDERS WITH NEW VICTIM ALIANNA DEFREEZE. THE VICTIMS ARE : Location is at the intersection of East 93RD STREET AND BESSEMER AVE. IN ADDITION TO DEFREEZE THE MURDER VICTIMS ARE JASMINE TROTTER, 20, ASHLEY LESZYESKI, 21, CHRISTINE MALONE 45, AND JAMEELA HASAN, 37. Host groups are the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Rebuilding Our Village and Protecting Our Children, and Peace in the Hood. Contact No. Kathy at (216) 659-0463. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com
Keynote speakers: Angelique Malone, daughter of murder victim Christine Angelique Malone, the mother of Alianna DeFreeze, and Cleveland Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson, women's rights advocate and mayoral candidate, Activists, Black elected officials and others will also speak because we want the at-large killer caught.
Location: (From downtown Cleveland at 55th Street take Kinsman Avenue to East 93rd Street, make a right and go about a mile and a half to Bessemer Avenue). 
STOP THE VIOLENCE. SAVE OUR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Event contact No. (216) 659-0473, the Imperial Women Coalition....
Clevelandurbannews.com and KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com


 

By Clevelandurbannews.com: International Women's Day Cleveland rally and march draw nearly 400 people and are both led by Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured) of the Imperial Women Coalition, an activist, journalist and the key organizer of the event, and with some 15 speakers, including keynote speaker Genevieve Mitchell, who saluted legendary Black women, and Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed

Moonlight wins Oscar for best picture and of the six Blacks nominated for 2017 Oscars acting roles, Viola Davis wins best supporting actress for 'Fences' and Mahershala Ali wins best supporting actor for 'Moonlight,' a Black coming of age film

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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 a 25-year journalist 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


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-HOLLYWOOD, California-Black actors Viola Davis and Mahershala  Ali won Oscars at last night's 89th Academy Awards and the coming of age Black motion picture 'Moonlight' by Black director Barry Jenkins won best picture, the latter after seasoned presenters Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway, who starred together in the 1941 landmark film 'Bonnie and Clyde,' incorrectly named 'La La Land,' and after the pair was purportedly handed the wrong envelope.

 

The blunder, by some standards, will go down as the worst in Oscar history.

 

Ali won best actor for the critically revered 'Moonlight,' and Davis, best actress for August Wilson's critically acclaimed 'Fences,'  best picture nominee directed by Denzel Washington, a best actor nominee who has won previous Oscar for his best supporting role in 'Glory,' and for best actor in 'Training Day,' but went home empty handed on Sunday.

 

Both Octavia Spenser and Naomi Harris were, like Davis, nominated for best supporting actress, Spencer for 'Hidden Figures,' also an unsuccessful best picture nominated film, and, for Harris 'Moonlight'.

 

Ruth Negga lost out and did not win for best actress relative to her starring role in  'Loving,' summing up the six actor/actress nominees as wins by Davis and Ali, and four 2017 academy award losses of  Washington, Negga, Spenser and Harris, an outcome that topped last year's awards ceremony when not one Black actor or actress was nominated.CLICK HERE TO READ THE CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM ARTICLE ON THE BLACK ACTORS AND ACTRESSES NOMINATED FOR 2017 OSCARS

 

"La La Land' did win six academy awards, the most of the evening, including Damian Chazelle for best director, and Emma Stone, best actress, Chazelle taking the best director nod from Jenkins and four others.

 

Kenneth Lonnergan's 'Manchester by the Sea' won for best original screen play and for best actor, Casey Affleck, the younger brother of actor, director and screenwriter Ben Affleck, taking home that notable award. CLICK HERE TO GO TO OSCARS.COM FOR A FULL LIST OF THE 2017 OSCAR WINNERS


(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2017 12:14

Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison loses bid to lead the national Democratic Party to Tom Perez, a former labor secretary and former assistant U.S. attorney general who visited Cleveland in 2013 relative to excessive force killings by police

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Pictured are Cleveland police fatal shooting victims Malisa Williams and Timothy Russell, and Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota, all three of whom are or were Black, and former U.S. labor secretary and prior U.S. attorney general Thomas Lopez, who, on Saturday, Feb, 25, won the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman-ship over Ellison in a close election. Lopez is the first Latino-American to hold the powerful DNC post and Ellison, who was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007, is the first Muslim elected to congress

 

By Kathy Wray Coleman , Editor of Cleveland Urban News.Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog,.Com(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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 a 25-year journalist 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


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-ATLANTA, Georgia-Former U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who served under former president Barack Obama, is the new national chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) following a divisive campaign that pit Perez, the first Latino-American to hold the post, against the old guard and their candidate, U.S. Rep Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who is Black and the first Muslim to win a seat in congress.


Held Saturday, Feb 25 in Atlanta, Georgia, it was the first contested DNC election for national leader of the Democratic Party since 1985.

 

Perez won the DNC chairman-ship by 35 votes in the second round, defeating Ellison, 235-200 out of 435 caucus votes cast to replace U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman- Schulz, who resigned in July 2016 at the height of the Democratic primary presidential campaign following controversy over Democratic emails relative to unsuccessful Democratic primary presidential candidate U.S Sen. Bernie Sander of Vermont.


Interim DNC chair Donna Brazil, who is Black and ran vice president's unsuccessful campaign for president in 2000, stepped in for Wasserman-Schultz, and was the acting DNC chair.


In the first round of Saturday's voting process Perez got  213.5 votes but needed 214.36 votes to win and preclude a second round of votes.


A Bernie Sanders supporter, the liberal-leaning Ellison received 200 votes in the first round of voting, and was supported by Sanders, whom he backed for president in 2016 in the Democratic primary over Hillary Clinton, though Clinton- backer, former president Barack Obama, via campaigning from his former chief adviser Valerie Jarrett, backed Lopez.CLICK HERE TO READ THE CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM ARTICLE ON EDITOR KATHY WRAY COLEMAN'S FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW WITH FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA SENIOR ADVISER VALERIE JARRETT IN CLEVELAND, OHIO WHEN OBAMA WAS CAMPAIGNING FOR REELECTION IN 2012


The other five candidates, who got only  few a votes and dropped out after round one, were FOX 8 news analyst and television commentator Jehmu Greene, South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, air force veteran Sam Rolen, Wisconsin lawyer Peter Peckarsky, and Sally Boynton Brown, executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party.

 

A Civil Rights lawyer and former assistant attorney general who became labor secretary under Obama in July 2013, Perez visited Cleveland in March 2013 as the then assistant attorney general under former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder, and relative to a U.S. Justice investigation of the largely White Cleveland Police Department, which was precipitated relative to the  137 shots Cleveland police killings of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell in 2012. CLICK HERE TO READ THE CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM ARTICLE ON THE FEDS AND THEN ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL THOMAS PEREZ' VISIT TO CLEVELAND TO INVESTIGATE CLEVELAND POLICE KILLINGS AND THAT RESULTED IN A CONSENT DECREE FOR POLICE REFORMS


That visit resulted in a still pending court-monitored consent decree for police reforms between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Cleveland.


Perez sought to mend fences after his win on the weekend over Ellison, quickly appointing Ellison as the deputy chair of the DNC.


Data have not been widely publicized on whom the members of the Ohio Democratic congressional delegation supported between Perez and Ellison, if at all. They include U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge and Marcy Kaptur, whose congressional districts include parts of the city of Cleveland, U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown of Cleveland, U.S. Rep Tim Ryan, possible 2018 gubernatorial candidate who unsuccessfully sought to unseat House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi with Fudge"s support, and U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty of Columbus, one of two Blacks in congress along with Fudge. (Editor's note: Congresswoman Fudge's campaign spokesperson told Cleveland Urban News.Com on Monday that Fudge did not take a position on either Perez or Ellison because she is not an executive committee member and could not vote).


And the divisive DNC campaign unfolded after President Donald Trump, who defeated Clinton in the November general election, issued an executive order as to his on-old temporary Muslin ban that targets seven Muslim countries to preclude travel to and from the United States.


Perez said after his DNC win that Trump is a major priority and that Democrats will do everything possible to see that the country's new executive leader is a "one-term president."


Elected to Congress in 2007 and one of two Muslims in congress along with Rep André Carson of Indiana, Ellison is a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a chief deputy Whip.


He also serves on the House Committee on Financial Services.

His loss to Perez caps weeks of Democratic wrangling, undercurrent highlighted with racial undertones and threats by both sides to vacate the bewildered Democratic Party, a party struggling to regroup following Trump's presidential victory last year and a host of loses of state legislative and congressional seats and governors in recent years.


Republicans control both congressional chambers and now the White House too

No doubt, the Dems have nowhere to go but up.

They lost control the U.S House of Representatives  in 2010, the same year they ceded governor-ships, and in 2014 Republicans ripped control of the U.S. Senate from the Democrats, last year's sweep of the White House giving them unprecedented political power over all three venues for the first time since 1928.

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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 a 25-year journalist 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 Monday, 27 February 2017 20:51

Democratic Judge Sherrie Miday, the first Egyptian-American elected to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas bench, to host victory party and "retire the debt' event on February 28, 2017, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm, at the Barley House restaurant in Cleveland.

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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

 


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Judge Sherrie Mikhail Miday, the first and only Egyptian -American elected to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas bench and a popular Democrat who unseated Republican judge Matthew McMonagle in the November general election, will host a victory celebration and 'retire the debt party' on Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm at the Barley House restaurant in Cleveland, 1261 West Sixth Street.

 

Miday, also the first and only Egyptian-American  judge elected to a common pleas bench in Ohio, is a native of Cleveland, born in the major American city city two years after her parents immigrated from Cairo, Egypt.

 

Interested persons can R.S.V.P. to Karen Connavino by phone at (216) 534-3343 or by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with contributions also accepted at the door.

 

According to a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, the maximum individual donation permitted by law is $600 and the maximum organizational donation permitted is $3,600 with checks not preferred. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEB PAGE OF MIDAY FOR JUDGE TO MAKE A DONATION

 

"I bring a set of important relevant values to being a judge, values rooted in my upbringing that include fairness, compassion, and treating others with respect and dignity," Judge Miday said last year as part of her campaign platform. "These values are unwavering and non-negotiable."

 

Miday, 40, is married to Democratic political strategist Ryan Miday and the couple has three young children.

 

She is a former assistant prosecutor for the city of Cleveland and a prior civil litigator.

 

Cuyahoga County, which includes the largely Black city of Cleveland, is the largest of Ohio's 88 counties and is roughly 29 percent Black.

 

Miday ousted McMonagle 54 to 46 percent with strong support from Black voters, including Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat, other Black greater Cleveland elected officials, and community activists.


McMonagle, 40, whose parents were common pleas and 8th District Court of Appeals judges, was appointed by Gov John Kasich to serve out the unexpired term of disgraced former judge Lance Mason, a Black Democrat and former state senator who spent time in prison for assaulting his now ex -wife before their two young children.


The 34-member largely White general division common pleas court of Cuyahoga County hears felonies and civil cases with damages sought in excess of $15 thousand, among other legal matters.


www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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


Last Updated on Sunday, 26 February 2017 06:24

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge to host greater Cleveland town hall forum on February 25, 2017, three days before the March 4 pro-President Trump protest in downtown Cleveland....Unrest continues as to the president's on-hold Muslim ban, etc

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By editor Kathy Wray Coleman. Tel : (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Coleman, with 3.6 million Google Plus readers alone, is a Black Cleveland journalist and community activist, and the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus. And she interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one. 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-Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (pictured), a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes major parts of Cleveland and its eastern suburbs, invites constituents and others to a town hall meeting on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.


The greater Cleveland gathering will be held from 10 am-3 pm at the Tri-C Corporate College East Auditorium in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, 4400 Richmond Road. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE CONGRESSWOMAN MARCIA FUDGE FEBRUARY 25 TOWN HALL FORUM

 

During the open-to-the public event Rep. Fudge, one of two Blacks in Congress from Ohio, will discuss legislative updates from Washington, programs and services from her offices, and her policy agenda for the 115th Congress.


Fudge will also entertain questions about the Trump administration, and policy changes in general.


The federal lawmaker said that thoughts and concerns of her constituents are paramount and that she invites the public to the community forum.


The forum comes on the heels of unrest relative to policies by President Donald Trump regarding his on-hold temporary Muslim ban, his efforts to derail abortion rights and Obamacare initiatives with support from congressional Republicans, and other matters impacting Blacks and other minorities, senior citizens, immigrants, women, the LGBT community, and children.


Pro-President Donald Trump organizers have scheduled a protest in downtown Cleveland on March 4, less than a week after the aforementioned


By editor Kathy Wray Coleman. Tel : (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com).



Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 01:10

Trump's on-hold Muslim ban getting heat from U.S. Rep Fudge of Ohio, who will meet with Muslim leaders in Cleveland on February 21 at 2 pm and February 22 at 10 am in open-to-the-public forums....Other speakers at the forums include Muslim leaders

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By editor Kathy Wray Coleman. Tel : (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Coleman, with 3.6 million Google Plus readers alone, is a Black Cleveland journalist and community activist, and the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus. And she interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one. 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 – Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) (pictured) announced Friday that she will attend two events this week in Cleveland with leaders of Muslim communities in forums that are open-to-the-public. (See full details and a list of community speakers below this article)


The first event is Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 2 pm at  Masjid Bilal, 7401 Euclid Avenue, and the second gathering, both of them of which are on the city's largely Black east side, and of which, in addition to Fudge, will include Muslim and other speakers as well as affiliates of the Ohio ACLU, is Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 10 am at First Cleveland Mosque, 3613 East 131st Street.


The federal lawmaker, one of two Blacks in Congress from Ohio, told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, that she strongly opposes President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban Muslims from seven Muslim oriented countries from entering the United States, a controversial temporary ban now on hold after an appeals court deemed it unconstitutional.


“The 11th Congressional District is home to many Muslims and Muslims are a part of the fabric of our community," said Fudge, who leads Ohio's largely Black 11th congressional district, which includes major parts of the city of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs. "I fully support them and their right to worship freely and discrimination based on religion is squarely against our nation’s founding principles."


Fudge said that "it is  time for the President to do what is right and live up to the promise of America."


Raj Ali of the Cleveland-based Peace in the Hood said she invites everybody to Tuesday's forum with the congresswoman.


"It is open to the public and we encourage everybody to attend," said Ali.


Don Bryant, president of the greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, said the discrimination against immigrants is deplorable.


"I will be at the event and we appreciate the opportunity to meet on this issue with Congresswoman Fudge," Bryant told Cleveland Urban News.Com.


EVENT DETAILS


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Location:        Masjid Bilal, 7401 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103

Time:              2:00PM

Speakers:      Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge; Amir El Hajj Khalid Samad, Community Activist, Founder, Peace in the Hood (organizer); Imam Shafeeq N. Sabir, Masjid Bilal; Imam Paul Hasan; Imam Abdu Semih Tadese; Imam Ahmed O. Saeed; Imam M. A. Shaeed; Imam Yusuf A. Ali; and Imam Albert K. Najieb.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Location: First Cleveland Mosque, 3613 East 131st Cleveland, OH 44120

Time: 10:00 am

Speakers:      Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge; Basheer Jones, Community Activist (organizer); Imam Abbas Ahmad, First Cleveland Mosque; Julia Shearson, Executive Director, Council of American Islamic Relations; and Elizabeth Bonham, Staff Attorney,  ACLU.


Both events are open press.

MEDIA CONTACT: To schedule interviews with Congresswoman Fudge, please contact Lauren E. Williams,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 202-603-3567.


By editor Kathy Wray Coleman. Tel : (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com).


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 09:08

Black Cleveland teen shot and killed on A. J. Rickoff Elementary School playground identified and was murdered two streets over from where murdered Cleveland teen Alianna DeFreeze was last seen....Homicides are on the rise in Cleveland

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By editor Kathy Wray Coleman

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- A 17-year-old Cleveland teen was shot and killed Sunday, Feb 19 on the playground of Andrew J. Rickoff Elementary School on the city's largely Black east side, just two streets over and less than a half a mile from where murdered 14-year-old teen Alianna DeFreeze went missing last month.


Both victims were Black.


Devin Price (pictured), 17, died Sunday night at University Hospitals after being shot at about 6:15 pm that day at the school at 3500 East 147th Street near Kinsman Avenue in the Kinsman-Mount Pleasant neighborhood.


Police said Sunday that Price was shot in the stomach and that they have no suspects, the 15th homicide this year, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

 

Alianna's body was discovered by police three weeks ago in an abandoned home at the the 9400 block of Fullmer Avenue


She was last seen Jan 26 at the 3400 block of East 149th Street
when she was getting off a Regional Transit Authority bus headed to school, less than six blocks from A. J. Rickoff school.


Sex offender Christopher Whitaker, 44 and of South Euclid, is in custody on a $three million bond in DeFreeze's death and has pleaded not guilty to several charges,  including kidnapping and aggravated murder.


Homicides are on the rise in the majority Black major American city, which is led by three-term Black Mayor Frank Jackson, who, this year, is seeking reelection to an unprecedented fourth term


Cleveland recorded 168 homicides in 2016, the deadliest year in decades, and up 13 percent from 2015, though neighboring suburbs also saw increases, mainly due, like Cleveland, to heroin and opiate overdoses on the rise.


Both Price and DeFreeze, who was allegedly bludgeon to death, were murdered in Ward 2, which is represented by city councilman Zack Reed, a vocal critic of the mayor and a possible mayoral contender for the non-partisan race with a June 29 deadline for submitting nominating petitions.


In addition to Jackson, other high profile contenders that have announced they will run for mayor include Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson, former East Cleveland Mayor Eric Brewer, and Edwins restaurant CEO Brandon Chrostowski, who is White but is gaining momentum among blacks for his hiring of ex-offenders that he says deserve a "second chance."


All 17 city council seats are also up for grabs this year with a Sept 12 non-partisan primary for both mayor and city council and a Nov 7 general election for the two top vote- getters.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE ON THE DISCOVERY OF THE MURDERED BODY OF 14-YEAR-OLD ALIANNA DEFREEZE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE ON THE ALIAANA DEFREEZE COMMUNITY VIGIL AND CONDOLENCES FROM CONGRESSWOMAN MARCIA FUDGE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE ON MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR ALIANNA DEFREEZE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 21:15

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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 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