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Former Cleveland judge Pauline Tarver dies, and she was also the former longtime executive director of the Cleveland NAACP....Mayor Jackson, Congresswoman Fudge, State Representative Bill Patmon and Charles Bibb Sr. comment

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Former Cleveland Municipal Court judge Pauline Tarver, a Democrat and former executive director of the Cleveland NAACP turned judge, died Wednesday while a candidate this year as a favorite in a four-way race to regain a seat on the 13- member largely Black Cleveland Municipal Court bench after she lost it in 2015 to the late Ed Wade, a Black Republican who succumbed to cancer in 2016. She was 63.

 

She was endorsed in her most recent bid for judge by 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat and one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio.

 

Both Fudge and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson issued statements commending Tarver for her community service, the mayor saying that she was one of the most committed public servants he has had the privilege of knowing, and  Fudge saying that Tarver was hardworking, upstanding, caring, and "a true guardian of the law."

 

Tarver had been a judge for 12 years when she lost to Wade in a close race two years ago.

 

The circumstances behind her death were unreported at press time. She was briefly on life support, and was taken off Wednesday, sources said.

 

Memorial services are Saturday morning Aug 5 at Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland beginning with a 10 am wake followed by services at 11 am.

 

While once campaigning for judge she said for an article for a University of Akron blog that she had prepared all her life for the bench.

 

"My entire life I have prepared to be on the bench," said Tarver. "I have been involved with the community my entire career, working as a community organizer and the going on to work with all facets of the community, victims of crime, police departments, and grand juries."

 

Tarver continued.

 

" I worked five years with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center counseling victims, training law enforcement and grand juries in rape evidence collection while volunteering with Women Together, the battered women’s shelter in the late seventies and early eighties."

 

As executive director of the Cleveland NAACP Tarver fought tirelessly for the Civil Rights of Black people, sources said. And she was resilient.

 

"Pauline Tarver served the Cleveland NAACP well for years and was an unusual and independent-minded jurist, and she steered her own ship," said state Rep. Bill Patmon, a Cleveland Democrat and mayoral candidate who said he was sadden to learn of her passing behind the death last week of retired Cleveland judge Jean Murrell Capers at the age of 104, and the first Black woman elected to Cleveland City Council. ( CLICK HERE TO READ THE JEAN MURRELL CAPERS ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM )

 

Charles Bibb Sr, a former East Cleveland councilman and Cuyahoga County Democratic Party operative who leads the Carnegie Roundtable said that he was " glad to see that Pauline Tarver had been elevated from executive director of the Cleveland NAACP to a Cleveland judge."

 

Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, who knew Tarver, called her death "a loss to the judiciary and to the Civil Rights and women's rights movements"

 

Francess Caldwell, executive director of the Cleveland African American Museum, said she volunteered under Tarver with the NAACP and that Tarver "was a fair judge when some of these Black judges are unfair to the Black community."

 

Tarver's sudden death sent shock waves throughout the Black community since she was well-known in the community and in political circles as a judge and a longtime former executive director of the Cleveland NAACP under the reign of the once powerful George Forbes, now a part time local attorney and former longtime Cleveland City council president who lost a mayoral run-off to his protege, Mike White, in 1989. He then served 20 years as president of the Cleveland NAACP branch until he resigned in 2012.

 

Tarver graduated from John Adams High School in Cleveland and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from John Carroll University and a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall School of Law.

 

She never married, and had no children.

 

She is survived by siblings, among others, and was close to her  her mother, Sarah Massengill-Tarver, a Civil Rights advocate who died in 2013.

 

Tarver was first elected to the Cleveland Municipal Court bench in 2003 and was reelected for a second six year term in 2009 before losing a third term to Wade in 2015. She was the executive director of the Cleveland NAACP from 1982-2003, and was also a prior grant writer and community organizer.

 

Additionally, Tarver was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, the Black Women's Political Action Committee, and the National Council of Negro Women, among other organizations.

 

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 Saturday, 05 August 2017 03:19

Obamacare in trouble: GOP Senators McCain, and Portman from Ohio join fellow Republicans in passing motion to debate GOP bill dubbed Trumpcare that would repeal and replace Obamacare....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of Clevelandurbannews.com

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, WASHINGTON, D.C- Senate Republicans

, with Rob Portman from Ohio aboard and Arizona Sen John McCain, who is fighting brain cancer, voted 51-50 on Tuesday to move forward with debate on a GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamcare, the 2010 Affordable Care Act, former president Barack Obama's signature heathcare intitiative that brought health care insurance to millions of Americans.

 

 

Led by Organizing for Action, opponents of the bill have regularly protested against Portman in recent months, and often at his door step at the federal building where his Cleveland office is located.

 

Sen Sherrod Brown, a Cleveland Democrat who voted against the measure, says it is offensive, and will hurt lives, and the economy.

 

But sources say there is a long road ahead if a health care solution is reached, including amendments to the bill, if it gets that far.

 

Vice President Mike Pence broke the 50-50 tie to make it 51-50, and after he, President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders lobbied fellow Republicans in support.

 

Trump will speak at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio in Mahoning Count, also on  Tuesday, and is expected to promote the bill dubbed Trumpcare and officially name the American Heath Care Act of 2017.

 

A Washington Post poll released two Sunday's ago says Americans prefer Obamacare by a 2-1 margin and as support of the legislation increases Trump's approval rating is decreasing, having dropped from 42 percent in April to 36 percent as he approaches the six months mark since he took office in January.

 

Senate Majority Leader McConnell has said that repealing and not replacing Obamacare is also acceptable to him, a stance taken in recent weeks as the bill remains mired in controversy.

 

With Democrats in opposition, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, and Reps Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat  and one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio, and Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act in May but it has stalled in the senate even with a revision.

 

Notably, the bill, among a host of mandates, requires an overhaul of medicaid funding and is opposed by Ohio Gov John Kasich, a 2016 unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president.

 

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, 28 July 2017 23:00

Activists, Democratic leaders to protest Trump's July 25 visit to Youngstown, Ohio where a third of the residents, 45 percent of the population Black, have Obamacare heath care insurance and the senate is to vote on a repeal and replacement on July 25

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio-Republican President Donald Trump will speak at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio in Mahoning County on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 just three days after Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a state dinner held Saturday in Columbus by the Republican Party, and activists and Democratic leaders plan to picket the Youngstown event.

 

Organizers say they expect more than 20,000 people who have sought tickets to hear the president speak, his second visit to the swing state of Ohio since becoming president.

 

The senate is expected to vote Tuesday on a GOP heathcare package to appeal and replace Obamacare with confusion over whether the Trumpcare bill is or is not a wholesale repeal.

 

The vote is actually a procedural vote for Republican congressional leaders in the senate to seek to move the bill forward.

 

Billed as the 'Rally in the Valley' the president is slated to speak at 7 pm at the Covelli Centre with doors opening at 4 pm, organizers said.

 

Activists and Democratic leaders will host an anti-Trump demonstration in the city's Central Square some six blocks from where the president will speak.

 

The Mahoning County Democratic Party is led by chairman David Betras.

 

Though U.S senate seats can go either way, the county leans Democratic in presidential elections and the last time voters there voted for a Republican president was in 1972 when Richard Nixon won the White House.

 

Youngstown is located on the Mahoning river and is 60 miles southeast of Cleveland. It has a population of some 64,000 people and is 45 percent Black.

 

A third of Youngstown residents have Obamacare insurance under the Affordable Care Act, former president Barack Obama's signature universal heath care initiative that Trump and GOP senate leaders, namely Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, among others, want repealed and replaced with the GOP version dubbed the American Health Care Act of 2017.

 

A Washington Post poll released last Sunday says Americans prefer Obamacare by a 2-1 margin and as support of the legislation increases Trump's approval rating is decreasing, having dropped from 42 percent in April to 36 percent as he approaches the six months mark since he took office in January.

 

McConnell has said that repealing and not replacing Obamacare is also acceptable to him, a stance taken in recent weeks as the bill remains mired in controversy.

 

To date Republicans lack the votes to either repeal or replace Obamacare.

 

With Democrats in opposition, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, and Reps Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat  and one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio, and Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act in May but it has stalled in the senate even with a revision.

 

Democrats and some eight to 10 GOP senators, including Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas, would not endorse the bill.

 

Notably, the bill, among a host of mandates, requires an overhaul of medicaid funding and is opposed by Ohio Gov John Kasich, a 2016 unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president.

 

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York says the GOP heathcare bill, which political pundits say is headed for failure,  will "result in higher costs, less care, and millions of Americans will lose their heath care."

 

Republican leaders say the GOP bill is the best substitute to what they say are the ills of Obamacare. including the annual tax penalty against Americans who are not insured.


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 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 05:07

The Word Church to hold "Casket Crusades" march in East Cleveland on July 22, 2017 to highlight deaths from violent crime and drug abuse, the first march of which was held in Akron last week and the third crusade is set for Cleveland July 29

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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-EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio-Black clergy, community activists, family members of victims of crime and others will rally in East Cleveland, a largely Black and impoverished suburb of Cleveland, on Saturday, July 22 beginning at 3 pm at Shaw High School football statium, the second of three "Casket Crusades" sponsored by the Word Church and its senior pastor the Rev Dr. R.A. Vernon, a three Saturdays event to draw attention to heightened community deaths due to drug abuse and violence.

 

The event is open to the public, organizers said.

 

 

The Word Church is an umbrella baptist church with four locations, one in Akron,  another in Cleveland on Kinsman Road on the city's east side, a third in East Cleveland, and  its headquarters in Warrensville Heights,  a staunch middle class Black suburb of Cleveland.

 

Founded in 2000, it boasts a congregation of some 30,000 people.

 

Saturday's East Cleveland event is also promoted by the grassroots groups Black on Black Crime Inc. and the Black Man's Army, though spearheaded by the prominent Word Church, and will begin at 3 pm at the Shaw High School football stadium with a scheduled 5 pm service, organizers said.

 

East Cleveland has some 18,000 largely Black residents, a household median income of $20,000, and skyrocketing poverty and crime.

 

The first of the three "Casket Crusade" marches occurred through the streets of neighboring Akron, Ohio last Saturday and was led by Vernon where the marchers carried empty caskets to symbolize the loss of lives. It drew hundreds, with the third and final march set for Saturday, July 29, a procession beginning at 3 pm at East Technical High School and a service later that day at 5 pm on Public Square in downtown Cleveland.

 

Drug overdoses in America exceeded 59,000 in 2016, a New York Times report reveals, the largest annual jump in history on years, with heroine and opioid deaths, which predominate in the nation's White communities, reaching epidemic figures.

 

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 50.

 

Ohio is in trouble too, 2016 seeing some 4,100 deaths from unintentional overdoses, a leap of 36 percent from the previous year.

 

Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, saw record levels of heroine and fentanyl deaths last year too, figures that have nearly doubled in 2017 in some comparison months, with an overall increase of 24 percent in the Black community for fentanyl deaths, data say.

 

Violent crime statistics are no better.

 

An average of 15,000 people are murdered each year nationally over a period of the last three years with an increase since 2014, and 71 percent of the incidents involved a forearm. And  over 80,000 annual rapes nationwide, and more that 300,000 robberies, the FBI reports.

 

According to  Cleveland.com, Cleveland saw the deadliest year in decades in 2016  for violent crimes with some 136 deaths, a 13 percent increase from 2015.

 

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 Saturday, 22 July 2017 17:36

Retired judge Jean Murrell Capers is dead at 104 and was the first Black woman elected to Cleveland City Council and the longest living former or current Black elected official in Ohio.....Mayor Jackson, Rep Fudge, state Rep Patmon and Art McKoy comment

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- Retired Cleveland Municipal Court judge Jean Murrell Capers, who 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, is dead at 104, the beloved public servant passing away in her sleep the afternoon of July 17.


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.


Funeral arrangements are pending.


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.


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.

 

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


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 where she has lived for the last several years.

 

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 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 Sunday, 23 July 2017 07:40

Women's March Ohio among Washington protesters against what the national women's movement says is 'a racist NRA' at the anti-gun violence march on July 14, 2017, the acquittal of the cop that killed Philando Castile also among the issues

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By editor and Cleveland journalist and activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, who was among some 10 speakers at the 15,000-person Women's March Cleveland event on Jan 21, 2017, a sister march to the Women's March Washington event held that day in the nation's capital.


CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM-WASHINGTON, D.C.-The organizers of the national women's march out of Washington, D.C. that drew thousands of protests in cities across the country last January, including some 15,000 people to Public Square in downtown Cleveland for a sister march, marched with hundreds of activists beginning at NRA headquarters in Fairfax Virginia on Friday, July 14 and ending at the Justice Department in nation's capital to denounce the National Rifle Association (NRA), the nation's most influential gun-lobbying organization.

The women say they were obliged to protest the NRA and what they say are the organization's "incendiary and racist actions."

The racism, organizers say, comes via a host of initiatives, including pushing for state and federal legislation to increase guns, and, in turn, heightening gun violence in impoverished largely Black cities.

The propensity of the NRA to side with law enforcement on blatantly illegal police killings of Black people is also at issue, organizers have said.

Led by its president, Pete  Brownell, the NRA was founded in 1871 and now boast some 5 million members and an annual spending budget of more that $300 million.

Rhiannon Childs of Columbus, executive director of Women's March Washington, Ohio Chapter, was among a group of activists that traveled from Ohio to Washington for the rally and march.

Child's says that violence against women and others thrives when good people do nothing, and that public policy changes to reduce gun violence are a must.

"We don't have the right to do nothing," said Childs, 38.

Childs says she marched for her cousin Shana White, who was murdered at the hands of gun violence and whose two children she has reared for the past 10 years.

The march, which began with a rally in front of the NRA that was followed by a 17-mile march to the Justice Center, comes after the acquittal on manslaughter charges of Saint Anthony Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the celebrated shooting death last July of Philando Castile, who was Black, unarmed and pulled over as a passenger in a suburb of St Paul, his girlfriend, who was driving the car, posting a now infamous video of the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook live.

A jury, after deliberating for 29 hours over a five -day period, acquitted  officer Yanez of manslaughter and all other charges on June 16, 2017, the same day he was fired from his job, Black America and others, including community activists across racial lines, Civil Rights organizations such as the NAACP and some women's rights groups, still up in arms about what they say was an unjust verdict.

With no supporting evidence, Yanez testified at trial that Castile was reaching for his gun, a lie by all accounts, say some experts,  his supporters and girlfriend, whose four-year-old daughter was also in the car at the time of the killing.

Casrtro had a permit to carry the gun, public records reveal.

The NRA has not issued an official statement on the Castile verdict.

The activists' women say Castile's unprecedented death was a by-product of racism and excessive force and NRA's pro-gun stances on loose gun laws adopted by state legislators and congress that glorify guns while women and others are at increased risk to be harmed with guns, and even erroneously killed.

The women's movement, say organizers, is about the larger issue of gender equality and fair treatment for men, women, immigrants, children, Muslims, Blacks, Latinos, and other minority groups, the LGBT community, and all disenfranchised people.

"It's not about one gender," said Women's March Washington co-chair Carmen Perez. "It's about all of us."

Women's rights, however, remain the cornerstone of the women's movement, activists say, and rightfully so.

Domestic violence, which dominates among women and girls as victims, is a gun's best friend, data show.

According to the Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC gun violence claims more than 2,000 lives annually by way of domestic violence, 75 percent of them women,

Black women are even more at risk.

A study released by the organization the Violence Policy Center for Domestic Violence Awareness Month found that Black women are murdered by men at a rate more than two and a half times higher than White women.

The women's march to the Justice Department on Friday was timely.

The U.S. Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former GOP senator in congress, is an arm of the executive branch of federal government with some 113, 000 employees.

The DOJ, by authority, can prosecute cops that arbitrarily gun down innocent Black people, and enters into court-monitored consent decrees for police reforms with municipalities across the country, Cleveland included, which follows the Cleveland police killings in 2012 of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell, and Tanisha Anderson and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014.

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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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