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U.S. Representative Maxine Waters blasts President Trump in speeches in Cleveland at the CDWC brunch, and to the Black community at G-Lancer where she was introduced by Kathy Wray Coleman, editor of Cleveland Urban News.Com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a Los Angeles Democrat, has become a thorn in the side of President Donald Trump, and she brought her message against the boastful Republican president to Cleveland last week, speaking on Saturday, May 6 before a sold out crowd at the Cuyahoga County Democratic Women's Caucus (CDWC) annual brunch and also that day to a group of Black leaders, elected officials and community activists at G- Lancer restaurant in downtown Cleveland. (Editor's Note: Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Imperial Women Coalition, and is editor-in chief at ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com ,introduced Congresswoman Waters at Lancer's to a audience that gave the lawmaker a standing ovation as she entered the room).

Her visit to Cleveland May 6,  which was not her first, is in addition to the campaign by Waters against Trump's
policies, a campaign that she has waged on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, and also to major news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, not to mention to listeners at public forums in other cities, both large and small, across the nation.

At the women's brunch on Saturday, which was held at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, she labeled the billionaire and former real estate mogul who upset Democrat Hillary Clinton in November to take the presidency an outright "liar." And this was before a capacity crowd of Democrats, mainly women, including three female gubernatorial candidates for the 2018 governor's race in Ohio,  at least three state representatives, council persons from across the state, members of the Ohio State Board of Education, former congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar, Toledo Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, and Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.

Columbus Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown, a daughter of U.S. senator Sherrod Brown, and a Democrat like her father, also spoke.

Brown, like Waters, was recognized by the CDWC for her community service, as were Lana Moresky and Amy Hanauer.

Waters called Trump an enemy to women, the Black community, and the country in general, and she said that the president should be considered for impeachment relative to the fiasco regarding the ongoing investigation around Russian email hacking during the presidential election.

Trump, said Waters, has distanced the nation's allies, and "knows nothing about foreign policy."

The most senior of 12 Black women currently in congress, Waters, 78, took issue with the president's efforts to get the GOP dominated congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and she took objection to his stances on medicaid and medicare, as well as his positions on jobs, education and reproductive rights.

The president's anti-Muslim travel ban is ludicrous at best, Waters said.

She shot down nearly every policy Trump has proposed or has pushed through congress since taking office in January,

And Blacks and women, said Waters, are disregarded by Trump because he subordinates Black people and "just does not respect women."

Though Trump was a focus, Waters also spoke on women's issues to the largely White audience, and she urged women to run for office.

"Representative Waters' speech was so moving," said CDWC Chairwoman Cindy Demsey, who presented the congresswoman with her organization's courage award. "Women were actually cheering from their seats."

Even suburbanites at the brunch were motivated, some saying they wish they lived in Cleveland, a majority Black major American city where political action is ongoing, including the women's march in January and the science march held last month.

"I think she [Congresswoman Waters] is just fantastic." said Lakewood Councilman John O'Mally. "I wish I lived in Cleveland and I am ready to take action now."

At Lancer's in Cleveland's Black community the tone against Trump was nearly the same, the congresswoman entering the room to a standing ovation from Black leaders, elected officials and community activists, and taking the microphone and immediately blasting the president as a detriment to Blacks and to the overall welfare of the country.

She said that Trump is not thinking about the middle class and poor people and is about tax breaks for the rich, and "money, money money."

And when she called for Trump to be impeached if an investigation calls for such as she did earlier that day at the women's brunch, the audience broke into applause,

The Black community must vote, she said, and Black elected officials have got to be more assertive like community activists in getting across a message of resistance and empowerment.

The seasoned lawmaker urged more protests in the streets to address what she says is the president's anti-Black and anti-Democratic agenda, and she said that Black people and other disenfranchised groups must "resist, resist, resist."

The Rev. Dr. E. Theophillus Caviness, likely the city's most influential Black preacher, who is senior pastor at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church and leads the Cleveland chapters of the National Action Network and Southern Christian Leadership Conference, told ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com that Blacks leaders in Cleveland support Congresswoman Waters without reservation.

"We support what Congresswoman Waters stands for and we want people nationwide to know that she has our backing here in Cleveland," said Caviness.

The Black crowd at Lancer's included Cleveland city council persons, state representatives, members of the Cleveland NAACP and Black Women's Political Action Committee, political candidates, and community activists.

"She was wonderful," said East Cleveland Board of Education president and mayoral candidate Una H.R. Kennon of Waters.

Others agreed.

"Congresswoman Waters is fabulous, and we support her," said Cleveland activist Dionne Thomas Carmichael.

State representative Bill Patmon, a Cleveland Democrat, told ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com that Waters understands Black people and can be trusted to work in the best interest of the Black community.

"Every Black person in town should have been here to hear her speech," said Patmon.

At both events Waters was escorted by her husband, Sydney Williams, a former United States Ambassador to the Bahamas, and a former Cleveland Browns NFL football player.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 19:29

Mike DeWine refuses to issue Ohio Attorney General opinion on whether Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson can run for mayor due to an expunged felony conviction

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a former U.S. senator and a likely gubernatorial candidate for the 2018 race for Ohio governor, has refused to honor request by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley for an AG opinion on whether Cleveland Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson is eligible to run for mayor because of a board of elections complaint that claims his 1998 felony extortion conviction that was expunged in 2008 by a common pleas judge lacks merit.

The county board of elections complaint was filed by Ed Davila, who wants Johnson, who is Black, out of the race for mayor.

In short, DeWine called O'Malley's request for an AG opinion frivolous, given that state law permits common pleas judges to expunge certain state and federal convictions, including felony convictions for extortion, for which Johnson was convicted of some two decades ago, his record subsequently wiped clean by a common pleas judge in Cuyahoga County.

A source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that O'Malley, who is White, is simply on a witch hunt because Johnson is among  nearly a dozen potential mayoral candidates and the only one to take out petitions to date, all of them seeking to unseat incumbent three-term Black mayor Frank Jackson, who is also a Democrat like O'Malley and Johnson.

Also of importance is the zeal by White folks to keep Black men from getting second chances in life because of felony convictions, no matter the extent of the crime or crimes or how long ago they were committed, Johnson supporters and others have said.

The board of elections complaint says in part that the board of elections should usurp state law and brand extortion as bribery, a felony conviction not eligible to be expunged under state law in Ohio.

And this is though the board of elections has no such authority.

For the complainant to win in the least, legal research suggests, would require the General Assembly to change the state law on what felonies can and cannot be expunged, or for a judge to rule that the state law at issue is unconstitutional, and even that may not pass constitutional muster on any appeal, and it would be after the fact and not applicable relative to Johnson.

Laws are not always clear on their faces and judges must interpret such as is the claim against Johnson with the board of elections, one that alleges bribery and extortion are one in the same and if state law precludes a felony record for bribery from being expunged, it, in essence, applies to extortion.

The state law, however, does not say that extortion convictions, whether federal or state convictions, cannot be expunged.

"It could come down to whether it is the strict definition of the law, as Jeff Johnson wants it to be, or the language of the law" a prominent Cleveland defense attorney told  under condition of anonymity.

"The judge that made the determination in Johnson's case to expunge his felony conviction in 2008 apparently went with the strict definition concept," the source said. " And if the prosecutor's office failed to raise the issue before the judge it could very well be a dead issue  in the Johnson matter."

Also at issue is the failure by the prosecutor to object to Johnson's felony getting expunged at the trial court level by the common pleas judge that expunged it,  or appealing the ruling or court order, appeals courts usually saying that on appeal issues typically have to be raised at the trial court level in order to be heard .

A former Cleveland councilman and Parma safety director who ousted fellow Democrat Tim McGinty in the Democratic primary last year with staunch help from Black voters in Cuyahoga County, a 29 percent Black county that includes the city of Cleveland, has now secured an agreement by neighboring Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh to act in his place for a hearing on Davila's complaint.

That hearing was set to go forward on May 15 but has now been delayed for Walsh and her legal team to do research.

Walsh will replace the role of O'Malley and will act as a special prosecutor in the matter, O'Malley now claiming he has a conflict of interest, whatever that may be.

A former Akron assistant city prosecutor, Walsh is also a Democrat, and a no-nonsense prosecutor who last year was elected to a historical fifth term.

First elected in 2000, Walsh is a powerful woman, and has a long list of notable wins during her four terms as Summit County prosecutor, including a conviction this year of former Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee, who is Black, on seven counts of corruption related charge,  and the denial last year by a Summit County common pleas judge of a bid by Akron police captain Douglas Prade, who is also Black, for a new trial in the 1997 slaying of his Black ex-wife, Dr Margo Prade.

A Glenville councilman who was head of the Black student union and homecoming king in his college days at Kent State University, Johnson was convicted in late 1998 by a federal jury of Hobbs Act extortion for reportedly receiving some $17,000 in campaign contributions from Arab-American grocers.

But the federal indictment did not charge Johnson with bribery. He was charged, in fact, with four counts of extortion and two counts of wire fraud.

The wire fraud counts were dismissed before trial and Johnson, who alleged entrapment to no avail, was convicted on three of the four extortion counts.

He served nine months of a 15-month federal prison sentence.

When the federal indictment came down Johnson, also a former city councilman, was a state senator in ambitious pursuit of the congressional seat vacated by the retirement of longtime 11th congressional district congressman Louis Stokes, a seat that went to the late Stephanie Tubbs- Jones of Cleveland, who, like Stokes, was Black.

Then the co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's first and failed Democratic primary bid for president against former president Barack Obama, Tubbs-Jones died of a brain aneurysm in 2008, just weeks before Obama accepted the Democratic nomination president. She was succeeded in congress by current congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Black Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes parts of Cleveland and its eastern suburbs, and a pocket of Akron and staggering parts of Summit County suburbs.

The Ohio Supreme Court restored Johnson's law license in 2009 and in 2010 he was again elected to city council, though the board of elections complaint says the councilman should have never been able to re- assume his city council seat due to the extortion conviction, another allegation that a a source said is also likely frivolous.

Johnson was a rising star in the Democratic Party prior to his legal troubles.

But he acknowledges his mistakes and says he is running for mayor of Cleveland because he is the best candidate  to resurrect inner city neighborhoods, and to improve the lives of Clevelanders in a major American city steeped in poverty and plagued with a public school system that struggles to stay above water.

Under state law the mayor of Cleveland has control of the city's public schools and appoints the Cleveland Board of Education.

The Cleveland mayoral seat and all seats on the 17-member city council are up for grabs this year, all seats of which carry four-year terms.

Other mayoral wannabe's include Councilman Zack Reed, and  former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer, who, like Jackson, are Black.

Jackson, on Wednesday, announced a $65 million plan to redevelop neighborhoods and improve housing, and to replenish downtown Cleveland.

The city's non-partisan primary for city council and the race for mayor are September 12  with a June 29  deadline for filing legitimate petitions to get on the ballot.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 14 May 2017 15:26

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 04:27

Seymour Avenue survivor Michelle Knight to speak at 5 pm today, May 6, at 2207 Seymour Avenue anniversary rally of the escape of the Seymour Avenue rape and kidnapping victims, her lawyer tells activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Seymour Avenue rape victim survivor Michelle Knight (pictured) will join community members, led by community activist women, to remember the abduction, decade-long rape and escape of the Seymour Avenue victims from the wrath of convicted rapist Ariel Castro at an anniversary rally and march at 5 pm on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2207 Seymour Avenue on the west side of Cleveland. (Editor's note: Bring protests signs and candles please and call the Imperial Women Coalition at 216-659-0473 for more information).


Knight now goes by the name of Lillian Lee and her attorney, Christine Evans of Hahn, Loeser and Parks LLP, notified key rally organizer Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition via email that Knight will speak at the event at 5 pm.


"Lily will stop by to show her support," said Evans.


Coleman said that "we are excited and pleased to have a survivor and women's and children's advocate of Ms. Lee's (Michelle Knight) caliber to join us on this most worthy date for such a necessary remembrance event."


The activist women say the event will also address the Violence Against Women Act, local, county, statewide and national public policy changes sought, and a demand for resources as to violence against women and children, human trafficking, and the epidemic of missing persons.


May 6 marks the fourth-year anniversary of the escape of Gina DeJesus, Knight, and Amanda Berry from Castro's Seymour Avenue home, which has since been demolished.


In addition to Knight, some 16 speakers will take to the podium, all but two of them of whom are activist women, with Rhiannon Childs, the state director for Women's March Ohio, a key organizer of the Women's March Cleveland that drew some 15, 000 people for a march in January, as the keynote speaker.


Other speakers include Kathy Wray Coleman of Women's March Cleveland, Imperial Women Coalition and Cleveland Urban News.Com, Genevieve Mitchell of the Carl Stokes Brigade, the Rev Pamela Pinkney Butts, Juanita Brent of Indivisible District 11, Arnold Shurn of the Cleveland Peacemakers, Lucinda Garmus of Women's March Ohio, Cassandra McDonald of East Cleveland and the Call and Post Newspaper, Angela Ladson, Judi Holowatyj of United We Stand out of Medina, Ohio, Patrice Brown, Minister Gwendolyn Pitts of the Imperial Women Coalition, Alfred Porter Jr. of Black on Black Crime and the Black Man's Army, Valerie Robinson of Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Princess Dicee Moore of Rebuilding Our Village and Protecting Our Children's Safety Before and After School, and Fredericka Gates.


Vounteers of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center will also attend, organizers said.


When Cleveland police raided Castro's  west side home in May of 2013 over 100 feet of chain were reportedly found.


All three victims were initially chained in the basement of the two-story home, which was later demolished as part of a plea deal with Castro, though Berry ultimately became Castro's upstairs bedroom slave.


A fired Cleveland schools bus driver, Castro was subsequently convicted of numerous criminal charges, including multiple counts of rape and kidnapping, and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole following a plea deal. He hanged himself in prison hardly a month into his sentence.


Amanda Berry was snatched up on April 21, 2003, blocks from her home and while she was leaving her job at the Burger King Restaurant at West 110th Street and Lorain Avenue.


She turned 31 on April 22, and was nearly 17 when Castro kidnapped her. Gina DeJesus, now 27, knew Castro's now grown daughter, a peer, and was 14 when she was kidnapped.


Like Berry, DeJesus grew up in the neighborhood, and close to the Castro home on the now infamous Seymour Avenue.


Michelle Knight, now 35 and a women's advocate spokesperson, was a small frame 21-year-old when she was abducted by Castro.


Knight disappeared on August 21, 2002, Berry on April 21, 2003, and DeJesus, on April 2, 2004.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 07 May 2017 11:46

Congresswoman Maxine Waters to meet with Black community in Cleveland May 6, 2017 in a public forum from 1:45 pm-2:45 pm at G- Lancer on the 21 restaurant at 1425 E. 21st St. at Superior Ave.....Call Juanita Brent at 216-333-6837 for more information.....

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CLEVELAND URBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters will  be in Cleveland, Ohio this weekend and will participate in a public forum with greater Cleveland Black leaders, Black elected officials and community activists from 1:45 pm- 2:45 pm on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the G Lancer on the 21 restaurant ( the old Maudi Gras restaurant and the new Lancer restaurant) at 1425 East 21st Street and Superior Avenue in downtown Cleveland, Ohio ( For more information call Juanita Brent of District 11 Indivisible at (216) 333-6837. Activists should call activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition at 216-659-0473).


"Congresswoman Waters will attend a meeting with Black leaders and Black activists at the Lancer at 1:45 on May 6," said Juanita Brent of the District 11 Indivisible, who greeted Waters at the airport in Cleveland Friday evening, drove her to her hotel, and got confirmation of the upcoming community meeting.


A niece of the late former state Representative Vermel Whalen of Cleveland, Brent, an organizer of the gathering along with activist Kathy Wray Coleman, the Rev Dr. E. Theophillus and G' Lancer co-owner George Dickson, said that the event in the Black community is open to the public.


In addition to the organizers, Blacks slated to attend include state Representative Stephanie Howse of Cleveland,  community activists Art McKoy, Amy Hurd, Genevieve Mitchell, Princess Dicee Moore and the Rev Gwendolyn Pitts, East Cleveland School Board President Una Kennon, who is also a candidate for mayor in East Cleveland this year and is vice president of the Black Women's Political Action Committee of greater Cleveland, BPAC President Elaine Gohlstin, activist and Cleveland Ward 4 city council president Arnold Shurn of the Cleveland Peacemakers, Warrensville Heights City Council President Kim Hodge, Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Kevin Conwell, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell, and Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman and Cleveland mayoral candidate Zack Reed


A President Donald Trump critic and a Los Angeles Democrat who is also the longest serving of 12 Black women currently in congress, Waters will keynote the brunch of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Women's Caucus (CDWD) at 11 a.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland and will head over to G Lancer afterward.


Waters has recently made headlines in calling for President Donals Trump to be impeached if evidence reveals malfeasance as to Russian email hacking during the 2016 presidential election, and she is a victim of recently ousted Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly, who dismissed Waters as simply wearing a 'James Brown wig,'  a comment that Black leaders and women's advocates found as offensive, disrespectful, racist, and sexist


The congresswoman, a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, gained national attention in 1992, two years after she was first elected to congress, and when south central Los Angeles erupted in riots following the Rodney King verdict that brought acquittals to a band of White cops that brutally beat the unarmed Black motorist.


Waters described the LA Riots, which claimed 58 lives, as "somewhat understandable, if not acceptable."


The congresswoman, who now represents California's 43rd congressional district, has also supported public policy measures beneficial to Blacks, women and other disenfranchised groups, and the seasoned federal lawmaker supported former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, both Democrats, as well as for Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful bid for president last year.


ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 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 Tuesday, 09 May 2017 10:32

Seymour Avenue anniversary rally is May 6, 2017, 5 pm at 2207 Seymour Avenue in Cleveland with Women's March Ohio director Rhiannon Childs the keynote speaker, and 15 other speakers....Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry are the victims

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Pictured are Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and child serial rapist and kidnapper the late Ariel Castro

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Community members, led by community activist women, will remember the abduction, decade-long rape and escape of the Seymour Avenue victims from the wrath of convicted rapist Ariel Castro at an anniversary rally and march at 5 pm on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2207 Seymour Avenue on the west side of Cleveland. (Editor's note: Bring protests signs and candles please and call the Imperial Women Coalition at 216-659-0473 for more information).


The activist women say the event will also address the Violence Against Women Act, local, county, statewide and national public policy changes sought, and a demand for resources as to violence against women and children, human trafficking, and the epidemic of missing persons.


May 6 marks the fourth-year anniversary of the escape of Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry from Castro's Seymour Avenue home, which has since been demolished.


Some 16 speakers will take to the podium, all but two of them of whom are activist women, with Rhiannon Childs, the state director for Women's March Ohio, a key organizer of the Women's March Cleveland that drew some 15, 000 people for a march in January, as the keynote speaker.


Other speakers include Kathy Wray Coleman of Women's March Cleveland, Imperial Women Coalition and Cleveland Urban News.Com, Genevieve Mitchell of the Carl Stokes Brigade, Juanita Brent of District 11 Indivisible, the Rev Pamela Pinkney Butts, Lucinda Garmus of Women's March Ohio, Cassandra McDonald of East Cleveland and the Call and Post Newspaper, Arnold Shurn of the Cleveland Peacemakers, Angela Ladson, Judi Holowatyj of United We Stand out of Medina, Ohio, Patrice Brown, Minister Gwendolyn Pitts of the Imperial Women Coalition, Alfred Porter Jr. of Black on Black Crime and the Black Man's Army, Valerie Robinson of Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Princess Dicee Moore of Rebuilding Our Village and Protecting Our Children's Safety Before and After School, and Fredericka Gates.


Vounteers of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center will also attend, organizers said.


When Cleveland police raided Castro's  west side home in May of 2013
over 100 feet of chain were reportedly found.


All three victims were initially chained in the basement of the two-story home, which was later
demolished as part of a plea deal with Castro, though Berry ultimately became Castro's upstairs bedroom slave.


A fired Cleveland schools bus driver, Castro was subsequently convicted of numerous criminal charges, including multiple counts of rape and kidnapping, and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole following a plea deal. He hanged himself in prison hardly a month into his sentence.


Amanda Berry was snatched up on April 21, 2003, blocks from her home and while she was leaving her job at the Burger King Restaurant at West 110th Street and Lorain Avenue.


She turned 31 on April 22, and was nearly 17 when Castro kidnapped her. Gina DeJesus, now 27, knew Castro's now grown daughter, a peer, and was 14 when she was kidnapped.


Like Berry, DeJesus grew up in the neighborhood, and close to the Castro home on the now infamous Seymour Avenue.


Michelle Knight, now 35 and a women's advocate spokesperson, was a small frame 21-year-old when she was abducted by Castro.


Knight disappeared on August 21, 2002, Berry on April 21, 2003, and DeJesus, on April 2, 2004.

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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