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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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(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).



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Basheer Jones and Soul Science Lab hip hop duo among performers in Cleveland for the Carl and Louis Stokes commemorative event, a free concert on the Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of the Stokes brothers at Tri-C on September 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm

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Pictured are Asante Amin of the Brooklyn-based hip hop duo Soul Science Lab (wearing blue printed shirt), Chen Lo, also of the Soul Science Lab duo (wearing red printed shirt), Local Cleveland artist and community activist Basheer Jones (wearing black suit in picture with green background), the late Carl B. Stokes, who was the first Black mayor of Cleveland and of a major American city ( wearing black suit and no eyeglasses), and Carl's brother , the late Louis Stokes, a Civil Rights attorney and the first Black congressperson from Ohio

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio-As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the legacy of the late and legendary Cleveland mayor Carl B Stokes, and his late brother, congressman Louis Stokes, also a legend in his own right, University Hospitals, in partnership with the initiative “Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future,” will present Soul Science Lab’s “Soundtrack ‘63”, a live, multimedia hip hop concert and stage production depicting the African-American experience and Civil Rights Movement in America.

 

The event  will be held on Friday, Sept., 15, 2017 at the Cuyahoga Community College  Campus (Tri-C) auditorium in Cleveland beginning at 7:30pm.

 

It is free and open-to-the public with a private matinee performance exclusively for the Cleveland Municipal School District followed by the public performance at 7:30 p.m.

 

To RSVP for tickets visit st63.eventbrite.com.

 

Entrance is accepted also at the auditorium door if seats remain available, organizers said.

 

Soul Science Lab (SSL), is a Brooklyn, NY based music and multimedia hip hop duo of Chen Lo (creative director) and Asante Amin (musical director) that translates stories into soul stirring sounds and dynamic visuals, including songs and rhymes, and from a modern day perspective to entertain audiences of all ages.  (Editor's note; To learn more about Soul Science Lab, visit soulsciencelab.com).

 

"On behalf of Soul Science Lab we truly believe that this is a privilege and honor to be asked to pay tribute to this 50th anniversary commmemoration." Soul Science Lab publicist Jasu Sims told ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog.

 

Also on hand to perform will be local artists like Lucretia Bolden and Basheer Jones, a Cleveland native and Morehouse graduate and community activist.

 

Carl B. Stokes was a former Cleveland judge and the first Black mayor of Cleveland and of a major American city, and his older brother and only sibling,  Louis , was a Civil Rights attorney and the first Black in congress from Ohio who led Ohio's largely Black 11th congressional district, formerly the 21st congressional district.

 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Carl  Stokes' historic election in 1967 as Cleveland mayor.

 

"Consistent with University Hospitals' core values of excellence, diversity, integrity, compassion and teamwork, Soundtrack '63 is a fitting historical tribute to the timeless legacy of Mayor Stokes and Congressman Stokes," said Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD, chief clinical diversity officer at University Hospitals.

 

The concert is a tribute to the legacy of Carl and Louis Stokes with a look back at the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, an event that is part of year-long commemoration of the Stokes brothers.The production will connect generations through an immersing video of pivotal highlights of the Civil Rights Movement along with live performances of spirituals, protest songs, hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul and popular 20th century music performed by an 18-piece orchestra and a soul stirring vocal ensemble.

 

More than 60 organizations and numerous individuals are affiliated with the Stokes' commemorative initiative. For more information on the commemorative initiative visit stokes50cle.com

 

Carl Stokes and his brother, Louis , who served 30 years as a member of the United States House of Representatives before retiring in 1998, played key roles in the advancement of Cleveland and the nation through the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.

 

From the Black empowerment songs of James Brown to the outcries for justice in Ferguson, “Soundtrack '63” illuminates attention around the Civil Rights Movement, one of the single most important movements in history with messages that remain relevant today, organizers said..

 

Most recently the popular duo was featured in TheRoot.com’s Black History Month series and VICE.com's publication, the creators for their 360 degree video, "I Can't Breathe.

 

With on-screen commentary from some of the movement’s renown voices, including motivational speaker and intellectual, Dr. Cornel West, and esteemed poet Sonia Sanchez, Soul Science Lab duo Chen Lo (creative director) and Asante Amin (musical director), take the audience on a journey through milestone events in African-American history, highlighting the year 1963, which was four years before Carl B. Stokes was elected mayor of Cleveland.

 

Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, including more than 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located on a 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

 

The main campus also includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, which is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation.

 

University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital is Ohio's only hospital for women, and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, is also nationally renowned.

 

UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the country, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation, and urology For more information, go to UHhospitals.org.

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 15 September 2017 21:16

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson wins primary election with ease to face Councilman Zack Reed in November, with Councilman Jeff Johnson finishing third and out of the contest, and as East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King overcomes Una Keenon in East Cleveland

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Pictured are Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (wearing beard), Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed (wearing eye glasses and no beard) , and East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King


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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio-Among eight majority Black challengers that sought to unseat incumbent three-term Black mayor Frank Jackson in Tuesday's non-partisan primary election for mayor of the largely Black major American city, Cleveland voters chose Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed in second place to the popular Jackson to square off in the upcoming Nov. 7 general election with East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King winning over closest challenger Una Keenon in the five-way Democratic primary in neighboring East Cleveland.


If Jackson wins reelection for a fourth term he will enjoy a likely supportive Cleveland City Council, his top critics, councilmen Jeff Johnson and Zack Reed, off city council and out of politics for now, and come January 2018, Jeff Johnson via his primary election loss for mayor on Tuesday, and Reed in November, unless he can overcome odds to convince Cleveland voters to select him over the veteran Jackson, a former city council president.


The races for mayor in Cleveland and East Cleveland and for city council in Cleveland relative to Tuesday's Sept. 12 primary election are among several races in Cuyahoga County this year, including suburban races.


Voter turnout was low in both Cleveland and East Cleveland and elsewhere in the county, with only 12.95 percent of registered voters casting ballots.


Unlike Cleveland, the mayoral race in the 95 percent Black East Cleveland is partisan and King will face Green Party candidate and activist Devin Branch in November.


Keenon, president of the East Cleveland Board of Education, was endorsed by the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, one of two Black in congress, and King was endorsed by the Plain Dealer Newspaper, Ohio's largest newspaper.


A retired East Cleveland judge and vice president of the Black Women's PAC, Keenon lost to King 33 percent to his 44 percent with 99.5 percent of precincts in the county reporting, according to the unofficial results of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.


The outcome in East Cleveland may dictate a pending proposed merger with Cleveland promoted by the establishment and the Plain Dealer Newspaper, among others, a merger that  proponents say is necessary to rescue the nearly bankrupt East Cleveland from despair.


Opponents of the merger, including East Cleveland councilpersons Nathaniel Martin and Barbara Thomas, who supported Keenon, and Keenon herself, argue that the Black impoverished city of some 18,000 people should maintain its autonomy from Cleveland, a city with a population of about 385,000 people.


Both Cleveland and East Cleveland are Democratic strongholds in the heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County that is roughly 29 percent Black and the second largest of 88 counties statewide, behind Franklin County, which includes the capital city of Columbus, Ohio's largest city, followed by Cleveland.


Jackson and Reed out did mayoral candidate Councilman Jeff Johnson,  who came in third and closely behind Reed, both Reed and Jeff Johnson favored for second place behind Jackson.

 

Reed trailed the mayor by some 5,500 votes, 7,194 to 12, 699.



East side restaurant owner Brandon Chrostowski finished fourth, followed in order by Tony Madalone, Robert Kilo, state Rep. Bill Patmon (D-10), former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer, and Dyrone Smith.


Jackson won in 15 of the city's 17 wards, losing in Reed's ward 2, and in ward 4, both of them east side wards.  He finished with 39 percent of the vote, followed by Reed with 22 percent, Jeff Johnson with 15 percent, and the fourth place Chostowski with nine percent, the remaining five mayoral candidates all finishing with less than six percent each of the vote.


After conceding defeat, Johnson announced that he is endorsing Reed.


Races for municipal court judicial seats up for grabs in Cleveland and in some jurisdictions elsewhere in the county do not have  primary elections, those candidates of whom will face off in the November general election.


In the races for 17 seats on the largely White Cleveland City Council in which Blacks currently lead in the largely Black wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 there were a few surprises, though Cleveland wards 3,8,11,12.15,16, all of them led by White council persons, did not have primary elections due to only two candidates in the races.


Like the mayoral race in Cleveland, the top two vote-getters for Cleveland City Council seats will square off in the Nov 7 general election.


The outcomes in the largely Black east side wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10, and the closely watched race in Ward 14 on the largely White east side, are as follows:


Ward 5 Councilman Phyllis Cleveland, a Jackson ally who replaced him on council when he was first elected mayor in 2005 after unseating one-term mayor Jane Campbell, ran first in a three-way election ahead of Richard Starr, a new-comer who got 41 percent of the vote to Cleveland's 53 percent, Cleveland initially running behind in early and absentee voting but picking up steam as the evening progressed and as more votes were counted.


Incumbent Terrell Pruitt came in second in the council race in Ward 1 to former councilman Joe Jones, Jones with  44 percent to Pruitt's 36 percent, followed by Kimberly Brown, a former social worker and unsuccessful candidate for mayor in 2009, in third place.


In Ward 2, the council seat held by outgoing Councilman Reed  who chose to run for mayor and not reelection to city council. saw Kevin Bishop finish first among eight candidates on the primary ballot, followed by second place winner Geoff Fitch.


Longtime Ward 4 Councilman Kenneth Johnson, who ran in a crowded field of eight candidates, finished first with 48 percent of the vote, and will face second place finisher Gail Sparks, who came in distant second place with 22 percent.


Ward 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin came in first among seven candidates, Griffin winning with  61 percent of the vote, followed by second place finisher, Joshua Perkins Hamm, who got 14 percent.


Then the city's director of the city's Community Relations Board, Griffin, an avid campaigner, was appointed to his city council seat earlier this year to replace the retiring Mamie Mitchell.


Ward 7 Councilman TJ Dow overcame published criticism from the Plain Dealer to finish first in his six-way race with 41 percent of the vote, ahead of Basheer Jones, who ran second and garnered 38 percent, ahead of  journalist and radio commentator Mansfield Frazier, who took third place.


Popular Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell got 80 percent of the vote to face his closest challenger of four candidates in his race, Anthony Body, who got a dismal nine percent.


Ward 10 Councilman Anthony Hairston, a member of the 11-member Cuyahoga County Council, and Eugene Miller, a previous city councilman who lost to Jeff Johnson in 2010 when city council was reduced from 19 seats to 17 via redistricting, will face off in November for the Ward 10 seat vacated by councilman Jeff Johnson having run for mayor.


Ten people sought the Ward 10 council seat in Tuesday's primary election, the city council race with the most crowed field of candidates.


Hariston finished the primary for Ward 10 with an impressive 46 percent of the vote, compared to Miller's 23 percent.


The closely watched race on the city's largely White west side in Ward 14 brought a competitive race between Councilman Brian Cummins, who is White, and Jasmin Santana, a Latino, both of them neck and neck with Cummins finishing behind Santana 33 percent to her 35 percent.


Former councilman Nelson Cintron, a perennial candidate, finished third among the four candidates in the race in Ward 14.

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 07:09

Cleveland Indians break record with 21-straight-wins

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CLEVELAND — The Streak, now 21 games old and growing, is a living, breathing thing, making history, claiming new victims, sucking in all the oxygen in baseball. By now, it very likely has its own Twitter feed. It is gazed upon with astonishment from all corners of the country and celebrated in all corners of Cleveland, save for a roughly 60-foot-by-60-foot square of lush, carpeted, cherrywood-paneled room in the bowels of Progressive Field where the Cleveland Indians make their home for 81 games each year. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT WASHINGTON POST.COM

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 23:31

Activists to picket Cleveland judge Charles Patton for denying poor Blacks charged with resisting arrest of Cleveland police indigent counsel and retaliating with illegal capius warrants and $15,000 bonds after the speedy trial time has expired

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Pictured is Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Charles Patton

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Blacks accused of crimes by White Cleveland cops and the city of Cleveland, such as a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, are being denied indigent counsel in the courtroom of Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Charles Patton, a former Cleveland councilman who is Black and, according to public records, is then allegedly harassing the Black defendants, especially those that have complained about him via the filing of an affidavit of prejudice with Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor to seek his disqualification from hearing the cases. (Editor's note: Judge Patton has been handpicked by chief and retiring judge Ron Adrine to preside over the cases after Black female judges Pinkey Carr, Lauren Moore and Michelle Earley recused themselves, Patton the handpicked henchman to represent the interest of the city of Cleveland in the cases, with corrupt cops and unethical city prosecutors that are trampling upon the defendants' legal rights also at his disposal).


Greater Cleveland community activists are in the process of planning a peaceful picket against Patton as to his alleged malfeasance, and relative to the ongoing mistreatment of Blacks and others across racial lines in the municipal and common pleas courts of Cuyahoga County, activists saying that the high-tech lynching of the Black community and other disenfranchised groups by a legal system in dire need of repair must cease.

"I'm tired and offended and feel that it is time to picket judges who continually harass Black people and Judge Patton has a history of this type of egregious behavior," said Alfred Porter Jr., president of the Cleveland-based grassroots group Black on Black Crime Inc.

Porter said the picket will likely occur the second week in October at the Justice Center in Cleveland where Patton's courtroom is located.

Also in the cases at issue, the speedy trial time has expired, public records show, requiring dismissal of the cases, which has allegedly angered the sometimes incoherent Patton, escalating his harassment of the Black defendants, sources said.

O'Connor has the authority under state law to disqualify Patton and other Ohio judges from hearing cases for prejudice or a conflict of interest, including other municipal judges, and common pleas and appellate judges, this by granting an affidavit of prejudice, which must be filed and sworn to by a party to a case in an inferior court, or by his or her attorney of record, at least seven days before the next hearing before the judge in question.

The 13-member Cleveland Municipal Court is a largely Black court and its judges hear traffic and misdemeanor cases, and civil cases with damages sought below $15,000.

And the judges, like other municipal court judges in Ohio, hold preliminary hearings in felony cases brought initially in their courts, cases that may or may not be subsequently bound over to the common pleas court for possible indictments, or dismissed at the municipal court level..

They do not, however, have jurisdiction to hear felony cases.


On any given Monday, practically all you see are Black defendants in the Cleveland Municipal Court, Cleveland of which is about 58 percent Black.


And bondsmen are getting rich off of the Black community with help from Patton, and several other judges, and via illegal and exorbitant bonds, due process and fair play be dammed.

At least one of the indigent Black defendants told ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com that she does not feel safe appearing alone and without an attorney in court before the harassing Judge Patton and has watched him mistreat Black defendants that come before him, including angrily throwing one in jail for 30 days for questioning the time period for paying a fine and court cost.

Court records reveal that Patton, a Democrat on the municipal court bench since 2006, is on a row in retaliating against those that complain about his courtroom tactics, such as demeaning poor Black people who cannot pay the high court costs and fines, and issuing illegal capius warrants and exorbitant bonds of $15,000 against Blacks that miss a pretrial even after their attorneys appear before him on their behalf after telling their clients they are not on certain occasions required to attend pretrials. And this occurs even if the judge has not summoned them to appear, the activity of which sources say is unconstitutional and a possible violation of the Ohio Lawyer's Professional Code of Conduct and the Ohio Judicial Code of Conduct, among other authorities. (Editor's note: When attorneys appear for pretrials on behalf of the Black defendants that are lucky enough to have representation and in their client's absence at times as lawyers for White defendants frequently do, Patton and the clerk's office refuse to document such on the public case docket to suggest that neither the defendant nor his or her counsel appeared. Then he will issue a capius warrant and exorbitant bond against the Black defendant if Cleveland big wigs and city prosecutors and police urge him to do so, say sources, and in vivid retaliation for affidavits of prejudice filed against him with the Ohio Supreme Court).

Some of the retaliation, say sources, is political in an election year for Cleveland mayor and Cleveland City Council, and the Black defendants at issue are often targets of public corruption by elected officials of Cleveland, police, and others for speaking out on issues of public concern from police murders of Black people to racism, sexism and housing discrimination against the Black community.

White defendants accused of crimes that appear before Judge Patton are not treated in a similar fashion, their high-paid attorneys often appearing on their behalf before Patton in their absence, and with ease and no harassment of their clients by the runaway judge.

A ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com investigation also reveal that in at least one of those cases of Judge Patton's documented and unprecedented harassment of his own Black people,  cases which are not specially mentioned herein to protected the identities of the harassed Black defendants  due to documented retaliation against them, he is falsifying the case docket with operatives of the Cleveland Clerks of Court office to remove arbitrary pretrial orders from the records, orders issued while an affidavit of prejudice was pending against him in the Ohio Supreme Court. ( Editor's note: In at least one instance a representative of Cleveland municipal Court Clerk of Court Earle B Turner was forced to revise a case docket manipulation by an office employee to remove a pretrial order by Judge Patton, an illegal order for the Black defendant to appear before him while an affidavit of prejudice filed against him was pending in the Ohio Supreme Court).

Ohio Revised Codes (Ohio state law) 2701.031 allows for the disqualification of municipal court judges in Ohio from cases for bias or a conflict of interest in conjunction with the granting of an affidavit of prejudice by Chief Justice O'Connor, and once the clerk of the Ohio Supreme court accepts the affidavit for filing, the judge complained of cannot take substantive actions such as court orders for the parties to the case, including defendants in criminal proceedings, to appear before him or her while the investigation is pending.

Judges that have done so have frequently been subsequently suspended by the state's high court, if the victim of the harassment filed a complaint with the bar.

"The judge [Cleveland Judge Charles Patton] should not be issuing pretrial orders while he is under investigation," an Ohio Supreme Court clerk employee told ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog.

Per an amendment in 2009 by the Ohio lawmakers of the aforementioned disqualification of a municipal court judge in Ohio, the chief judge of Ohio common pleas courts had authority to decide the granting of denying of an affidavit of disqualification of the municipal judge, that authority of which now rest with Chief Justice O'Connor at the Ohio Supreme Court level.

O'Connor is a powerful and popular Republican, and a former Lieut. governor.

Hence, O'Connor now decides such affidavits and not Cuyahoga County Administrative and Presiding Judge John Russo, the chief judge of the 34-member largely White general division court, who, before the change in the state law, decided affidavits of prejudice filed against municipal court judges in Cuyahoga County in Ohio, authority of which he seemingly abused, often denying such affidavits regardless of the merits, and no matter the severity of the prejudice by the judge against the complaining party.


ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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 Monday, 02 October 2017 18:05

Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur endorses former congresswoman Betty Sutton for Ohio governor as Jerry Springer rallies with unions in Cleveland for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and considers a run for Ohio governor....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman

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Pictured are former Ohio congresswoman and Democratic candidate for Ohio governor Betty Sutton (wearing Black suit), Ohio 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose congressional district extends to Cleveland, and famed television host Jerry Springer, a former Cincinnati mayor and Democrat who is considering a run for Ohio governor and who rallied on Labor Day in Cleveland with unions fighting for a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Cleveland

 

ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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 -U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose 9th congressional district extends to Cleveland, on Monday endorsed former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, a Democrat running for Ohio governor in a crowded field of both Democrats and Republicans.


"You know her work," said Kaptur, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1983 and the longest serving woman in congress. "Be ready for Betty."


A Barberton Democrat and the youngest of six children, Sutton. 54, is, to date, among four Democrats seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, all of them running to replace the term-limited Gov. John Kasich, a popular governor and a 2016 unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president whose second four-year term ends in 2019.


The others are state Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, and former state senator Connie Pillich.


Famed television host Jerry Stringer of the "Jerrt Springer Show,"  a former Cincinnati mayor who rallied in Cleveland on Labor Day in support of unions and their fight for $15-an-hour  minimum wage in Cleveland, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, are also considering a gubernatorial run as Democrats. (Editor's note: Springer's vist to Cleveland was sponsored by Raise Up Cleveland and SEIU, among other progressive groups)


Sutton served in congress from 2007 to 2012, losing that year to Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and following the loss of two congressional seats in Ohio per an every-10-years redistricting map adopted by the Republican-dominated Ohio General Assembly.


That same year Kaptur beat then U.S. Rep Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland after they were forced to run against east other per the loss of the other congressional seat.

 

Republicans hold 12 of Ohio's 16 congressional seats.


Renacci is among those seeking the Republican nomination for governor, and could face Sutton again, but in a statewide race to lead the pivotal state of Ohio as opposed to a fight for a congressional seat.

 

The former federal lawmaker and loyal Democrat who represented Ohio's 13th congressional district, Sutton sponsored several bills while in congress, including the Protect Consumers Act of 2009, the Josh Miller HEARTS Act, the Contractor Accountability Act, and the Disability Equity Act, which, had it passed, would have eliminated the five-month waiting period currently in place for Social Security disability benefits


She was a key House architect of the American Clean Energy Act, which passed the House of Representatives in 2009 but stalled in the U.S. Senate.


Sutton was a member of the all female, bi-partisan women's baseball team created by former DNC chair and fellow House member Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).


She was appointed by the White House in 2013 as an administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, a government-owned agency headquartered in Washington, D.C.that operates and maintains the U.S. portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie.


ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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, 17 September 2017 20:04

Congresswoman Fudge to lead annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Labor Day parade and festival in Cleveland on September 4, 2017 where the late former congresspersons Louis Stokes and Stephanie Tubbs Jones will be remembered

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Pictured are Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (wearing blue-green suit jacket) as well as the late former congresspersons of the 11th congressional district, Louis Stokes, the first Black congressperson from Ohio, and Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first Black female congressperson from Ohio. Both Stokes and Tubbs Jones will be remembered at the 11th Congressional District Caucus 46th Annual Labor Day Parade and Festival on Monday, Sept 4, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio, an event that Fudge, a Warrenville Heights Democrat and one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio, will lead

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, Ohio-Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, will lead the 46th Annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade and Festival on Labor Day in Cleveland on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.


The theme of this year's gathering is "Empowering Our People," an opportune theme that comes as Civil Rights and Human Rights gains are dwindling away under a Trump administration and a relatively conservative United States Supreme Court.


It might not be as exciting as last year when Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who lost the in the general election to now president Donald Trump, was a special guest, but organizers say it should be thoroughly enjoyable.


The parade kicks off on Cleveland's largely Black east side at 10:30 am from East 149th Street and Kinsman Road and ends at Luke Easter Park where the picnic and festival will begin with political speeches and entertainment from various sources, including marching bands.


Vendors will be on hand also, as will political wannabe's in an election year for Cleveland mayor and all 17 up-for-grabs Cleveland City Council seats, which are among some elections for Cleveland judge seats and offices for mayor, city judge and others seats across Cuyahoga County.


The parade and festival were initiated 46 years ago by Democrat Louis Stokes, the late former congressman before Fudge and prior to the the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Fudge's predecessor and Stokes' successor.


A Civil Rights attorney and the older brother and only sibling of the late Carl B. Stokes, a former city judge, New York anchorman and the first Black mayor of the largely Black city of Cleveland and of a major American city,  Louis Stokes was the first Black congressperson from Ohio and Tubbs Jones, also a Democrat and former county prosecutor and prior common pleas judge,  was the first Black female congresswoman from Ohio.


Both Louis Stokes and Tubbs Jones will be remembered during a special ceremony at the Labor Day event on Monday, organizers said.


"It is important to carry on the tradition of Lou and Carl Stokes," said state Rep Bill Patmon, and a former city councilperson and mayoral candidate this year, among others, including incumbent mayor Frank Jackson, Councilmen Jeff Johnson and  Zack Reed, Tony Madalone, former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer, Dyrone Smith, Brandon Chrostowski, and Robert Kilo.


Patmon said that the legacies of the Stokes brothers are unmatchable, and that Jones and Fudge also have impeccable credentials, Fudge having led the Democratic National Convention in Philadephia last year, and like Louis Stokes, a former leader of the Congressional Black Caucus.


Rep. Fudge is also a former Warrensville Heights mayor and past national president of Delta Sigma Theta Inc., and one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio along with U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Columbus Democrat.


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