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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  four 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).

 

Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L Fudge re-introduces bill to address Ohio drug addiction and heroin epidemic and is joined by fellow Democratic congress persons Ryan, Kaptur and Beatty as Ohio leads the nation in heroin-related deaths

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CLEVELAND URBANNEWS.COM-Washington, DC –  Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black 11th congressional district includes Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, on Friday joined fellow Democrats Congressman Tim Ryan ) of Niles(OH-13,  Congresswomen Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), whose congressional district extends from Toledo to Cleveland, and Joyce Beatty of Columbus (OH-3), in announcing a crucial bill re-introduced by Fudge officially titled the Breaking Addiction Act of 2017.


The Breaking Addiction Act was first introduced by Reps. Fudge and Ryan in 2014, and directed the secretary of Health and Human Services to accept state Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD ) exclusion waiver applications.


The 2017 version enhances the previous legislation by getting rid of the IMD exclusion completely to reduce red tape and allow states like Ohio to address the growing drug epidemic faster.


"As Ohio continues to grapple with a deadly heroin/opioid epidemic, this legislation breaks down barriers to treatment and increases the number of beds available for patients suffering from substance use disorder,"Fudge said in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper.

 

Last year Ohio had the most recorded deaths related to heroin in the United States, one in nine, in fact, data show. And the buckeye state led in the most recorded deaths for synthetic opioid, a figure of roughly one in 14 U.S. deaths.


Cuyahoga County, the second largest of 88 counties statewide and of which includes Cleveland, recorded some 500 heroin and fetanyl-related deaths in 2016 alone.

 

Under current law the (IMD) exclusion prohibits Medicaid matching payments for services provided in treatment facilities that have more than 16 beds.  The Breaking Addiction Act removes this outdated policy, allowing states to better utilize Medicaid to serve more people.

 

“Too many Ohioans in the 11th congressional district suffer from substance abuse, and they are not alone," said Fudge " Our state and nation are in the middle of a deadly epidemic that, if it continues, will have devastating effects on our future,"


The congresswoman said that "while many seek care, they are turned away because communities cannot meet the demand for treatment."


"By getting rid of the antiquated IMD exclusion," said Fudge, "the Breaking Addiction Act not only increases access to treatment, but gives states the flexibility and resources they need to save lives.”

 

“Each day I turn on the news and learn about another life taken too soon because of heroin or prescription drug abuse," said Congressman Ryan. "As a country, we must do more to ensure these men and women have access to the care that is desperately needed, and that means taking a hard look at our current treatment structure."


Ryan said that he was " proud to join Congresswoman Fudge in introducing the Breaking Addiction Act, which addresses the growing drug crisis and increases access to addiction treatment."


Congresswoman Kaptur, the longest serving woman in congress, agreed.

 

“Families and communities devastated by the tragedy of opioid addiction need relief," said Kaptur.  "Empty promises and shell game budget maneuvers will not stem the tide of suffering and heartache that so many families endure as a result of the opioid crisis in America."


Congresswoman Beatty, one of two Blacks from Ohio in congress along with Fudge, who is also a former Warrensville Heights mayor and prior national president of Delta Sigma Theta Inc, said the heroin epidemic is growing.

 

“Every day, on average, nearly 10 Ohioans die from an accidental opioid overdose," said Beatty. "In fact, the state of Ohio has the unfortunate distinction of having the most opioid-related overdoses than any other state in the nation."

 

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters to speak in Cleveland in May 2017 at the Cuyahoga County Democratic Women's Caucus brunch....Her current husband played for the Cleveland Browns

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Pictured is California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the longest serving Black woman in congress

 

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CLEVELAND URBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a President Donald Trump critic and a Los Angeles Democrat who is also the longest serving of 12 Black women currently in congress, will keynote the brunch of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Women's Caucus (CDWD), which will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. (Editor's note: Cuyahoga County includes the majority Black city of Cleveland and is Ohio's second largest county. It is a Democratic stronghold and is roughly 29 percent Black).


The theme of the timely women's event is "the future is female."


Waters has recently made headlines in calling for 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. (Editor's note: Following a long tenure as a Fox News commentator O'Reilly resigned earlier this month following fallout associated with multi-million dollar sexual harassment lawsuit settlements on his behalf at the conservative television news station).


In response to the O'Reilly comment, which former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton publicly denounced, Waters said "let me just say I am a strong Black woman and I cannot be intimidated."


The upcoming brunch in Cleveland is sold out and will also include as a speaker Columbus Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown.


CDWC Chair Cindy Demsey, also a greater Cleveland attorney, told Cleveland Urban News.Com that her women's group welcomes Waters, a politician par excellence'.


"We are proud and excited to feature Congresswoman Waters," said Demsey. "She has been an outspoken critic for women, children, and those that do not have a voice."


Rhiannon Childs, 38 and the state director of  Women's March Ohio, the state affiliate of the National Women's March movement, said she will be traveling from Columbus for the brunch and that she is in awe of Waters.


"I just love Congresswoman Waters so much for what she does for women and America," said Childs, who is Black. "I like what she stands for, and she speaks the truth."


Demsey said that other political notables who will attend include Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose 9th congressional district extends to Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, and Democratic candidates for office who will be given 30 seconds each to make political pitches, though it will be women only, she said. (Editor's note: Eleventh Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, whose largely Black congressional district includes Cleveland, will not be in attendance due to a prior engagement, Demsey said)


If controversy carries a name, Waters, 78, wears it well, and she is loved and respected, particularly in the Black community, and as an outspoken federal lawmaker in congress since 1993.


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 rebellion and said then that "If you call it a riot it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason. I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable."


Waters was also a supporter of Fidel Castro, a Cuban revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. And  she has a history of opposing the  U.S. trade embargo on Cuba.


The congresswoman, who now represents California's 43rd congressional district, once said that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was partly responsible for supplying crack cocaine to the Black community.


But Waters has also supported public policy measures beneficial to Blacks, women, the elderly, the LGBT community and other disenfranchised groups, including the Affordable Care Act, Planned-Parenthood, abortion rights, and Civil Rights.


She supported former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, both Democrats, and she campaigned for Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful bid for president last year.


Waters is married to former NFL linebacker Sid Williams, her second husband and a diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas who played on various NFL teams during his five years in the NFL, including for the Cleveland Browns from1964-1966.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 10:33

Cleveland City Council seals Cavaliers' $282 million arena renovation deal with few community concessions from the Cavs, say community activists, though the Black contractors say otherwise

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Protests do work for some community activists, as more community concessions came their way this week in response to a $282 million deal to upgrade the Quicken Loan Arena in downtown Cleveland that houses the Cleveland Cavaliers, slim benefits that were brought about with staunch activism led by the Greater Cleveland Congregations and the Rev Dr. Jawanza Colvin, and the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus.


Cleveland City Council sealed the Q-deal Monday night before a crowded room with protesters on hand, voting 12-5 to throw some $88 million toward the renovation project, which followed a vote last month by Cuyahoga County to contribute $144 million.

 

These two tax-supported donations from the city and the county, coupled with the Cavs putting in $122 million through increased rent and Destination Cleveland kicking in 44 million from the county bed tax, brought the Q-Deal to fruition.


But were the concessions activists got, other than the Black contractors, really concessions?


And exactly what concessions did the deal bring for Clevelanders and county residents, aside from some promised money for Black construction workers, an agreement brought about with support from outspoken contractors' activist Norm Edwards, who, in turn, praised Cavs owner Dan Gilbert at county and city council meetings.

 

About $1 million will go to Cleveland's Habitat for Humanity for home renovations of 100 homes, and the Cavs have also agreed to resurface the basketball court at Cleveland's 23 recreation centers, a drop in the bucket, said sources, for a multimillion dollar arena revitalization project that will, among other things, expand the building and add a glass enclosure.


Still, activists in general were upset, saying the Black community was done in and got little in return for their tax dollars, and so were poor people and Cleveland and Cuyahoga County residents in general.


"It is sad and unfair to the Black community and others,"  Cleveland activist Ada Averyhart, who picketed regularly over the issue, said of the Q- Deal.


The Q-Deal was pushed by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, City Council President Kevin Kelley, and Mayor Frank Jackson, the city's three-term Black mayor who is relatively popular and faces a crowded field for re-election this year.


They are a powerful trio, like them or not.


They say the deal will bring in jobs and monies to the city, and the region, and will keep the premiere basketball franchise on equal footing with competitors.


Their support for the controversial project was fueled by a 4-0 sweep on Sunday when megastar Lebron James and the Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA champions, out did the Indiana Pacers to clinch round one and move on to round two of the NBA playoffs.

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But the concessions, slim or not, were not easy coming, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert agreeing to a little more monies after a three-months activists' campaign that included pickets at city and county council meetings and at basketball games.


Nearly a third of the 17 member Cleveland City Council, including mayoral candidates Jeff Johnson and Zack Reed, and Ward 8 Councilman Michael Polensek, opposed the deal last night, and three members of the 11-member Cuyahoga County Council voted no last month when county coucil passed legislation to approve its lucrative part of the deal.


Cleveland Councilmen Jeff Johnson and Michael Polensek publicly trashed the deal before voting against it Monday night.


Though the articulate Rev Colvin, whose Olivet Institutional Baptist Church is one of the  most prominent Black churches in Cleveland, said little publicly after the deal went through Monday on whether he is satisfied, he and the Greater Cleveland Congregations wanted from Gilbert and the Cavs, a community equity fund for distressed neighborhoods, mental health substance abuse crisis centers on each side of the segregated city, and $35 million for philanthropic investments.


Little of it materialized, though the fight was not in vain, sources said, partly because it did bring some concessions, and it culminated in a more unified activist movement, maybe.


Time might provide a better understanding of any backlash for Mayor Jackson and city council as this year's races for mayor of the largely Black major American city and seats on city council, all 17 of them up for grabs, nears.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 21:05

LeBron James leads Cleveland Cavaliers to a 4-0 sweep over the Indiana Pacers to advance the Cavs to the second round of the NBA playoffs....By www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders

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Pictured is Cleveland Cavaliers megastar LeBron James

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-Indianapolis, Indiana-The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Indiana Pacers 106-102 Sunday, April 23  in Game 4 of round one of the Eastern Conference playoffs to advanced to the semi- finals or round 2, a 4-1 round 1 sweep led my Cavs megastar LeBron James, who finished Game 4 with 33 points,10 rebounds, four assists and four steals. And he set a league record with his 10th career playoffs sweep.

 

The Cavs outscored the Pacers in Game 3, 199-114.

 

In Game 2, where Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined to score 89 points, the Cavs out did the Pacers 117-11,

 

Game 1,  which set the tone for the first round series playoffs match between the two NBA teams, brought Cleveland a109-108 win.

 

After winning round 1 of the NBA playoffs, the Cavs will host the winner of the Toronto-Raptors series on  May 1 ontheir home turf at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Cleveland trailed in the fourth quarter  of Game 4, 102-100, and with under 2 seconds left, James hit a three pointer, the Pacers, who led at the onset of the first quarter, never recovering.

Kyrie Irving added 28 points for the Cavs on Sunday, and Deron Williams, a reserve-point guard, had 14.

The Cavaliers finished the regular season as second in the Eastern Conference, behind the Boston Celtics.

 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 23 April 2017 21:19

Senator Sherrod Brown to keynote Ohio Democratic Party's April 22 Legacy Dinner, a salute to the late John Glenn, a former astronaut and U.S. senator from Ohio upon whom Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom...ODP Chair Daviod Pepper comments

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Pictured are former president Barack Obama, the first Black president of the United States of America, former astronaut Jand propr U.S. senator John Glenn (wearing White shirt and red tie), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Cleveland (wearing blue shirt and red tie with the U.S flg in the background) and Ohio Demcratic Party Chairman David Paper (wearing red tiw with arms crossed)a

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) will hold its 2017 Legacy Dinner, a tribute to  the late John Glenn, a former Ohio U.S. senator and the first American to orbit the earth,  on Saturday, April 22, at the Ohio Expo

Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio, with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown as the dinner’s featured speaker.


An Ohioan, Glenn died Dec. 8, 2016 at the age of 95.


Former president Barack Obama, America's first Black president and a Democrat like Glenn, bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Glenn at a White House ceremony in 2012.


"He [Glenn] always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts," said Obama, shortly after Glenn's death late last year.


Born July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio and raised in Concord, Ohio, Glenn was a distinguished Marine Corps pilot in Korea and World War ll before joining NASA as an astronaut and orbiting earth three times in 1962, the first to do so from American soil.


He resigned from NASA in 1964 and won a U.S. senate seat in 1974, where he served until 1999.


He was succeeded in congress by the late and former U.S. senator George Voinovich, a Republican and former mayor of the city of Cleveland.


In addition to Sen. Brown, a Cleveland Democrat up for re-election next year, three announced Democratic candidates for governor, former state Rep. Connie Pillich, Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni, and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, will also speak at the dinner, ODP Chairman David Pepper said in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper.


Republicans swept all of Ohio's statewide offices in November 2014, namely  Gov John Kasich, a 2016 unsuccessful candidate for president who is term-limited, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Treasurer Josh Mandel, Auditor Dave Yost, and Supreme Court Justices Judith French and Sharon Kennedy.


Republican gubernatorial possible's include Husted, DeWine, also a former U.S. senator, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth, and former Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who recently resigned to give more focus to her gubernatorial campaign.


Treasurer Mandel announced late last year that he will make another run for Brown's seat next year, after failing to seat the liberal U.S. senator in 2012.

 

United states senators serve six-year terms.


Mandel lost to Brown in 2012 by six percentage points, the same year Obama won re-election for president over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.


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U.S. Rep Marcia Fudge comments on Cleveland Facebook murderer Steve Stephens and his victim, Robert Godwin Sr., whose funeral has been announced, and she comments on Mayor Jackson, who faces reelection against Councilmen Reed and Johson, and others

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Pictured are 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (wearing beard and eye glasses), Cleveland Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson (wearing gold tie), Cleveland Ward 2  Councilman Zack Reed (wearing grey tie), Cleveland murder victim Robert Godwin Sr. ,74, (weaing green and brown shirt), and Godwin's killer, Facebook murderer Steve Stephens, 37  (weraing full beard and blue shirt). Stephens allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday, April 18  in  Erie, Pennsylvania in his 2016 ford fusion as police were in hot pursuit following a tip that carries a $50,000 reward

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio - Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11),  a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes parts of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, released a statement on Tuesday following the suicide of Cleveland Facebook murderer Steve Stephens.


"The search for Steve Stephens is over, and I hope our community can begin to heal," said Fudge in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper. "I send sincere condolences to the family and friends of Robert Godwin, Sr., and I pray for their peace during this difficult time."


Made famous by randomly gunning down 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr on the city's largely Black east side on Easter Sunday and posting a video of the shooting on Facebook Live, Stephens, who was Black like Godwin, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday, April 18, in Erie, Pennsylvania, police said.


The congresswoman said that "Mr. Godwin's death was a tragic loss, and a shocking reminder of the toll gun violence is taking on our communities, and we must do everything in our power to stop these senseless acts."


Following a nationwide manhunt, the deranged killer was spotted Tuesday morning in Erie in a McDonald's parking lot, and as police, who were reportedly tipped off, approached the infamous White 2016 ford fusion he was driving, the same vehicle he was driving when he allegedly shot Godwin, Stephens allegedly shot himself to death.


A  former foundry worker, Godwin is survived by 10 children, 14 grandchildren, and longtime girlfriend and the mother of two of his children, Angela Smith, 34.


His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at River of Life Ministries on Lakeshore Boulevard in Euclid and is open to the public.


One of two Blacks from Ohio in congress, Fudge thanked Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Police Chief Calvin Williams, U.S. Marshal Peter J. Elliott, FBI Special Agent Stephen D. Anthony, and local and national law enforcement affiliates for their work in pursuit of Stephens, 37, and a mental health worker who mentored troubled youth for nearly a decade.


Mayor Jackson and Chief Williams are Black and the mayor is seeking an unprecedented fourth term this year in a crowded field of at least eight candidates, including Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed, who announced his candidacy at a press conference on Wednesday, Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson, and former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer.

 

Reed, Johnson and Brewer are also Black.


Both Johnson and Reed are campaigning on neighborhood safety and revitalizing inner city neighborhoods.


Jackson's thrust is that he has a record of success and has balanced the interest of the business community and his constituents in a crafty manner, his critics saying the inner city has virtually been ignored for downtown interests and big business.


Absent a shake-up, prediction is that Jackson will face either Reed or Johnson in a non-partisan run-off, though both Reed and Johnson have taken out petitions for reelection to city council and for mayor, the deadline for which is June 29 for them to file petitions to run for either spot.


All 17 city council seats are up for grabs this year.

 

The mayor and all of city council are Democrats.

 

Cleveland is a largely Black major American city of some 375,000 people, and the second most segregated city in the country, behind Boston.


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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