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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 3.5 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, Genevieve Mitchell and Ada Averyhart).

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activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman saying Blacks and women are at risk with Donald Trump

It's official. Brelo judge John O'Donnell, who acquitted the since fired Cleveland cop of gunning down two unarmed Blacks, loses Ohio Supreme Court race to Republican state appeals court judge Pat Fischer, Common Pleas Judge O'Donnell also stole homes

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Pictured are Ohio 1st District Appellate Court Judge Pat Fischer (wearing eye glasses), and Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell. Fischer beat O'Donnell for an open seat on the Ohio Supreme Court, the results becoming official some two weeks after the Nov 8 general election. O'Donnell took heat from community activists and Black elected officials after acquitting a since fired White Cleveland cop of manslaughter charges after he gunned down two unarmed Blacks with 49 bullets

 

By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.2 million views).

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio- Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell, who in 2015 acquitted a since fired White Cleveland cop of gunning down two unarmed Blacks, and who, according to public records, has stolen a wealth of homes from county residents for JPMorgan Chase Bank and others via illegal foreclosures, has conceded the Ohio Supreme Court race to state appellate court judge Pat Fischer. (Editor's note: Public records reveal that those that complained of the housing theft by O'Donnell  and others were maliciously prosecuted by some Democratic municipal court judges of Cuyahoga County and outgoing county Democratic prosecutor Tim McGinty where some of the stolen homes were sold for cheap via sheriff's sales to the judges friends, other politicians, media affiliates, and some Black leaders and elected officials, among others. Some Republican judges, from the Supreme Court on down, and visiting judges, both Republicans and Democrats alike, condoned the theft of homes, data reveal, and they too have sometimes retaliated against county residents that have complained, data also show).


A Republican and a 1st District appellate court judge out of Cincinnati, Fischer was beating O'Donnell, a Democrat who lost a bid to the state's high court in 2014 to Republican Judi French, by some 24, 000 votes as to the unofficial Nov. 8 election day count.


But some 260,000 provisional and absentee votes had not yet been counted.


Nearly two weeks after the November general election the remaining ballots have since been counted with O'Donnell losing by .25 percent of the 4 million votes casts, an outcome that does not mandate a recount under state law.


O'Donnell's loss is a lesson taught, no doubt, as he bragged earlier this year of acquitting Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo of manslaughter charges in a bench trial in 2015, though Brelo, who was later fired, gunned down unarmed Black Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell with 49 bullets.


Brelo was the lone Cleveland officer charged that did the shooting where 12 others, none of them Black, were spared criminal charges per lobbying by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, whom voters, led by the Black community with its 70 percent rejection, ousted him this year in the Democratic primary and chose Michael O'Malley, who had no general election opponent and takes office in January 2017.


Russell and Williams were killed the night of Nov 29, 2012 with the 13 cops , including Brelo, slinging 137 bullets into the 1979 Malibu Classic Russell was driving and following a high speed car chase from downtown Cleveland to neighboring East Cleveland.


Brelo jumped on the hood of Russell's car and fired the 49 bullets into the front windshield, both Russell and Williams dying on the spot, the county medical examiner ruled.


An excessive force and wrongful death lawsuit was settled by the city of Cleveland for $3 million to be split between the Russell and Williams families.


Racial unrest continues to mount relative to the Cleveland police murders of Blacks, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Kenneth Smith, Tanisha Anderson and Brandon Jones, all killed by police in the last five years.


Local community activists and area Black leaders, including the eight Blacks on Cleveland City Council, were unnerved by O'Donnell's arrogance when he bragged to the media of his Brelo acquittal..


Led by east side Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell those Black council persons refused to endorse him, and so did community activists.


Conwell mailed letters to his roughly 25,000 constituents urging them to vote McGinty , who is White and pro-cop, out of office this year, and subsequently sent a letter asking that they also deny O'Donnell a chance at the open seat on the Ohio Supreme Court. He  was successful with both endeavors.


O'Donnell's controversial acquittal of Brelo set off a firestorm of controversy, some 61 people arrested the day of the controversial acquittal, a bench trial decision that sparked immediate protests. And it costs O'Donnell the election.


O'Donnell, of Lakewood, and who is White, also lost the endorsement of  the Plain Dealer, his hometown newspaper,  to Fischer.


Cuyahoga County, a 29 percent Black Democratic stronghold that includes the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland, is the largest of Ohio's counties with some 1.26 million people. The closest to that is Franklin county with some 1.25 million people, followed by Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati, with a 800,000 people population.


O'Donnell won Cuyahoga County over Fisher 229, 800 votes to Fischer's 173, 860, or 57 percent to 43 percent, poor results given that its O'Donnell's county, and a Democratic stronghold.


And while O'Donnell won over Fischer in Franklin County, which includes Columbus, Fischer beat him 54 percent to 46 percent on Fischer's home turf of Hamilton County.


Fisher did better collectively in the remaining 85 counties combined, all of which have populations of less that 600,00. And of 79 of those 85 counties have populations of less than 250,000.


It didn't help the Democrat O'Donnell that Republicans were in rare form on election day,  giving President-elect Donald Trump a win in the state of Ohio over Hillary Clinton by 6 percent.


For now the state's high court still lacks diversity from a partisan standpoint, and

from a racial standpoint.


The seven-member all White Ohio Supreme Court has only one Democrat, Justice William O'Neil.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 10 December 2016 22:57

Free play this weekend in Cleveland titled 'Incognegro' and starring former Cuyahoga County commissioner Peter Lawson Jones, others: Cleveland Treatment Center presents 'Incognegro: An Unsung Hero,' a play directed by Eric Schmiedl that is free admission

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Pictured are playwright Eric Schmiedl (wearing eye glasss), actor Peter Lawson Jones, a former Cuyahoga County commissioner (wearing red tie and light grey suit), and actor Jack Schmitt (wearing red tie and dark grey suit)


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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.2 million views).

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Treatment Center will present the production 'Incognegro: An Unsung Hero,' a free and open-to-the-public play directed by Eric Schmiedl with show times on Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 7 pm and Saturday, Nov 26 at 2 pm and 7 pm at the Saint Ignatius High School Breen Center for the Performing Arts, 2008 West 30th Street in Cleveland.


The free community event, held during the Thanksgiving weekend, is made possible by a grant from the Cuyahoga County Arts and Culture, the county's publicly funded arts and culture venue.


The play is adapted from Ralph Ellison’s classic 1953 novel by Matt Johnson about an unnamed African -American’s search for self, and is loosely based on the life and career of native Georgian and former NAACP head Walter Frances White, who was born in 1893 and led the NAACP for a quarter of a century as its chief secretary.


White, dubbed Incognegro in the play, was "light-skinned' and an investigative journalist who covered lynchings and other violence in the deep south  in the 1930s that usually went unreported.


The term "incognegro" is a play on the word "incognito" and "was coined to describe a Black person trying to maintain a low profile, or who is racially ambiguous."


Former Cuyhoga County commissioner Peter Lawson Jones is among the staring cast members and plays duel role's Incognegro's editor and a 'Field-negro,' with Incognegro played by Jack Schmitt, a young up and coming local theatre actor.


The Cleveland Treatment Center is a  medically assisted opiate-heroin based and methadone treatment facility. Its goal, in part, is to provide state -of-the-art and cost effective treatment for residents of Northeast Ohio, which includes Cleveland.


Led by executive director L.C. Collins, the Cleveland Treatment Center has a history of using arts and culture to reach out into the community, according Schmiedl, a reputable playwright and native Clevelander whose plays for adults and children have been produced at the Cleveland Playhouse, the Denver Center Theatre Company, Cleveland Public Theatre, Karamu House, the Oregon Children's Theatre, and elsewhere in the United States.


 

Two of the cast members have successfully graduated from the treatment center, Pierre Betts, the production manager for the play, told Cleveland Urban News.Com in an interview last week. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 November 2016 02:18

Tamir Rice Cleveland police killing 2nd anniversary rally and sit-in: Tamir Rice's mother, Samaria Rice, demands aggravated murder charges against the two Cleveland cops involved in her son's killing and their firing, State Rep Bill Patmon comments

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Pictured are Samaria Rice, the mother of slain 12-year-old Cleveland police shooting victim Tamir Rice, and Tamir Rice himself

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.2 million views).


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, Cleveland, Ohio- Activists and community members on Tuesday joined the family and friends of 12-year-old Cleveland police killing victim Tamir Rice, including Rice's mother, Samaria Rice, to remember Tamir relative to the second-year anniversary of the tragic fatal police shooting of the Black kid.

 

Supporters, led by Black Lives Matter Cleveland Chapter, gathered at the First District Police Station on Cleveland's largely White west side at 5 pm to address the unprecedented police killing, and its backlash, which has created racial unrest that is ongoing regarding heightened police murders in the majority Black major American city.

 

Activists actually began protesting at 6 am Tuesday morning for a day-long sit-in with first district police subsequently bolting the doors to keep out eight protesters that sought to secure the lobby.

 

Tamir Rice was playing with a toy gun at the Cudell Recreation Center, also on Cleveland's west side, when he was gunned down on Nov. 22, 2014 by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann in less than two seconds, and following a 9-1-1 call of a child with a toy gun.

 

A county grand jury declined to indict Loehmann or his partner at the deadly scene, veteran police officer Frank Garmback. This was per lobbying  by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who is White, and who lost reelection this year as some 70 percent of the Blacks of the 29 percent Black county voted against him in favor of Michael O'Malley, who takes office in January.

 

Samaria Rice, at a press conference with dozens of supporters who had blocked traffic in front of the first district police station where Loehmann and Garmback work, called for incoming county prosecutor O'Malley to push for indictments on criminal charges against the two White police officers, as well as three other demands.

 

The grieving Black mother, who attended the sit-in as early as 6 am, wants the cops that killed her son charged with aggravated murder.

 

"The people voted you in and the people will vote you out," said Samaria Rice of prosecutor O'Malley. "That stands for all public officials that fail to give the people of Cleveland accountability."

 

At least one area public official offered a response.

 

"There are two measurements of a public official, one is responsibility and how deeply he or she cares for the people, and the other is that without justice there is no real representation," state Rep. Bill Patmon (D-10), a Cleveland Democrat and former city councilman.

 

The remaining three demands, said  Samaria Rice, are for the cops at issue to be immediately fired, for outgoing U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to prosecute the killer cops, and for some half million dollars in police resources recently allocated by Cleveland City Council to be reallocated to the majority Black and impoverished Cleveland school district.

 

"Our tax dollars are paying these killer pigs," said Samaria Rice of Cleveland police officers that gun down innocent people, including officers Loehmann and Garmback, both of whom have full support from the largely White Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, which is led by its president. the controversial Steve Loomis, who led union members in endorsing now President-elect Donald Trump.

 

Also targeted was Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, the city's three-term Black mayor, whom Samaria Rice said will be voted out of office next year unless he stands up.

 

The younger Rice joins a long line of Blacks killed by Cleveland police in the last five years, including Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, Kenneth Smith, Tanisha Anderson, and Brandon Jones.

 

In 2015 the U.S. Department of Justice found systemic problems in the largely White Cleveland Police Department which culminated in a court monitored consent decree for police reforms.

 

The city of Cleveland settled an excessive force and wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Rice family for $6 million shortly before the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland this past summer.

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 23:32

Some 700 people rally in Cleveland against President-elect Donald Trump, activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition speaks and leads chants and calls for Trump to diversify his all White male transition team and proposed cabinet

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From the Metro-Desk of Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's Black digital news leader, the online news venue that has interviewed now president Barack Obama one-on-one. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS. (Note: Cleveland Urban News.Com has taken Google Plus by storm with some 3.2 million views under the name Kathy Wray Coleman, its editor-in-chief).

 


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, Ohio- Some 700 people rallied Friday evening on Public Square in downtown Cleveland against President-elect Donald Trump (pictured).

 

All of the local mainstream media were as were some national media and local and other alternative news outlets.

 

The issues of public concere ranged from minority and women's rights to envornmental matters, immigration and the LGBT community.

 

The event began with speeches by various people, including key organizer Marty Krebs, Cleveland activist Khalid Samad of the anti-crime group Peace in the Hood, and Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, a former biology teacher and blogger who leads the women's rights group the Imperial Women Coalition.

 

Krebs said that his objective was to establish a culture of activism and protests and that more protests are forthcoming.

 

Samad addressed Trump's anti-Muslim stance and Coleman took on the president elect's all White male proposed cabinet to date, calling it a "lily White selection process."

 

All three, Krebs, Samad and Coleman, among a few others, led the protesters in chants.

 

Coleman said that the pendulum has swung,

 

Blacks are being taken back to the 1960s as to Civil Rights gains, and women, she said, are also at risk under a Trump administration.

 

Protesters, in turn, chanted, "we're not going back, we're not going back."

 

"We want minorities, including Blacks, and women on Mr. Trump's transition team and in his cabinet," Coleman said to a wealth of applause.

 

The multicultural groups of anti-Trump protesters from across Northeast Ohio and elsewhere that gathered in Cleveland Friday night then marched to Cleveland State University and returned to Public Square for more speeches.

 

They were energetic and spoke chants such as 'dump Trump,' 'Black Lives Matter,' and 'No Justice. No Peace."

 

The protesters told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, that they are upset over Trump's insensitive pre-election rhetoric and his transition team and cabinet member nominations such as attorney general, senior counsel and chief strategist, and CIA director.

 

To date the one's in question are all White men with a history of conservatism and hostility toward civil and human rights, their critics say.

 

At least one, Stephen K. Bannon, whom Trump chose as his senior counsel and chief legal strategist, has been opposed by some 160 members of Congress and branded a White nationalist by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and 11th Congressional District Congresswomen Marcia L, Fudge.

 

Fudge's largely Black congressional district includes the east side of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs.

 

Also at issue for Fudge, Pelosi, a host of other congressional democrats, and Black leaders, among others, is Trump's selection of Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as the attorney general nominee, given Sessions' record against Civil Rights.

 

The Cleveland protest follows ongoing protests in major cities across America since Trump's election on Nov 8, including Oakland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and New York City.

 

Then the Republican nominee, Trump beat Democratic nominee and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to take the Electoral College and the presidency, though Clinton did win the popular vote.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE ON TRUMP WINNING THE PRESIDENCY OVER HILLARY CLINTON AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

 

President Barack Obama had branded Trump unfit to be president and said during a post-election press conference on Monday that he has reservations about a Trump presidency.

 

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:37

Cleveland anti-Trump protest on Public Square in Cleveland is November 18, 2016, Congresswoman Fudge joins 160 members of Congress in calling for Trump to withdraw his appointment of Stephen Bannon....Hundreds are expected

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.2 million views).

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, Ohio- Thousands have shown an interest in a public protest scheduled for Friday, Nov 18, 2016 from 5 pm-11 pm on Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio to protest president-elect Donald Trump (pictured), according to a Facebook invitation posting where 2,700 people are interested and 893 have to date said they will be attending.

 

Some five thousand people were invited, the Facebook invitation post reveals. CLICK HERE GO TO THE FACEBOOK INVITATION PAGE RELATIVE TO THE CLEVELAND PROTEST AGAINST PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP


The upcoming Cleveland protest follows eight straight days of protests in major cities across America since Trump's election on Nov 8, including in Oakland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Portland and New York City.


Then the Republican nominee, Trump stole the presidency from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, and the favorite according to political polls and political pundits.

 

It was a stunning upset that has rocked the country.

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Clinton won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College and thus the presidency to Trump, a real estate mogul who has never held public office.


Congressional Democrats, Black leaders and others are angry over Trump's selection of some members of his transition team and cabinet, which is ongoing, including his senior counsel and chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon.


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the selection of Bannon racist and joined some 160 members of Congress, mainly Democrats, including the Democratic congressional delegation from Ohio such as Marcy Kaptor, Tim Ryan, and 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, in calling for Trump to withdraw his appointment of Bannon.


"There must be no sugar coating that a White nationalist has been named chief strategist for the Trump administration," Pelosi said of Bannon, Trump's campaign CEO and the former executive president of Breibart News, LLC, a website known for its anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments.


Congresswoman Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who  is Black and whose largely Black congressional district includes the east side of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, told Cleveland Urban News.Com that Bannon must go.


"Hate has no place in the White House," said Fudge of Bannon in a press release and a  letter to Trump. "Mr. Trump, I urge you to reconsider this appointment."

 

Trump supporters say the Democrats are simply sore losers.


Bannon's insensitive rhetoric includes his comments in 2011 where he called women dykes on a radio program and his hostile remarks about the LGBT community.


Democratic President Barack Obama, the nation's first Black president whose second term ends in January, had branded Trump unfit to be president and said in a post-election press conference on Monday that while Trump deserves a chance to succeed, he is weary of a Trump presidency.


 

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Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 14:53

Obama gives his views on a Trump presidency in post-election press conference....The president begs for leniency for undocumented immigrant children, promotes Obamcare and the successes under his presidency

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.2 million views).


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- President Barack Obama (pictured), the nation's first Black president and a Democrat who will leave office in January after serving two four-year terms, gave his first public address since GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump last week beat Hillary Clinton to become his successor and the country's new chief executive. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE ON TRUMP WINNING THE PRESIDENCY OVER HILLARY CLINTON AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

 

"My team stands ready to accelerate in the next step," said Obama to a capacity audience of reporters, televised remarks that outlined his successes as president, and was a response to the much anticipated question of his post-election feelings about Trump, whom he had previously branded "unfit to be president."

 

But the president, who vigorously campaigned for Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, and a former secretary of state, was diplomatic, and said that Trump deserves a chance to succeed.

 

He, did, however, question Trump's temperament, and said that the real estate mogul is more pragmatic than ideological, and that Trump's campaign promises were often sound bites that "don't always translate into good policy."

 

And he said that it would be disingenuous to suggest that he does not have a problem with a Trump presidency.

 

"Do I have concerns?" asked Obama. "Absolutely."

 

Obama said that Trump "is going to try the best he can to make sure he delivers."

 

That could mean different things to different people.

 

Trump has pledged to repeal Obamacare, and to nominate a conservative to the Supreme Court to replace Antonin Scalia.

 

Among other policy changes, he has vowed  to seek to roll back Roe v Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in America, and wants to revise NATO.

 

Trump wants to expand educational choice over the objection of Democrats and teachers unions, and his tax plan, says Obama, benefits the rich to the detriment of the middle class and the poor.

 

Suggesting that Trump is more talk than action, Obama accused the billionaire businessman that has never held public office of having fewer policy prescriptions than he had.

 

As to his meeting with the president-elect after Tuesday's election, a close election in fact, and where Clinton won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College, Obama did not mesh words.

 

He said that Trump is gregarious, likes to mix things up, and loves "vigorous debate."

 

The president made a plea regarding the Affordable Care Act, a federal law that Republicans, and some Democrats, hate and want gone.

 

More that 20 million people now have health insurance through Obamacare, Obama said. And if Congressional Republicans can do better, he said "more power to em."

 

Obama said that unemployment is down, foreign relations have improved, there are more jobs than in decades, and that the likelihood of Iran securing a nuclear weapon has been minimized via the Iran Nuclear Deal.

 

The president touched on Syria, immigration reform, clean energy, national security, the NATO deal, and the Trans- Pacific Partnership deal, which, if Republicans have their way, will be eliminated in the new congress.

 

In short, Obama said that Americans are better off than they were before he assumed the helm of the presidency.

 

"We are indisputably in a stronger position than we were when I came in eight years ago," said Obama. "Our work has helped us stabilize a global economy."

 

While Trump has softened to some degree on his stance on immigration since winning the election, he still wants sweeping changes, and mass deportation.

 

In response, Obama said during his speech on Monday that the incoming Trump administration should "think long and hard before they endanger the status of American kids."

 

Those kids, said Obama, did not themselves violate immigration mandates, and "should not have to start hiding again."

 

In June the Supreme Court, via a 4-4 tie, refused to revive relief programs authorized by the Obama administration for some $4 million undocumented immigrants slated for deportation following an appeals court ruling that blocked the initiative.

 

Acknowledging defeat following Clinton's devastating election loss on Tuesday, the president faced the obvious regarding the state of affairs of the Democratic Party, and its loss of power.

 

"When your team loses everybody gets deflated, and it's hard and challenging," said Obama, adding that it is clearly necessary that the Democrats, who do not control either the Senate or the  House of Representatives, and have now lost the White House to the Republicans "go through reflection."

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 December 2016 16:22

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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