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Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black newspaper and newspaper blog.  National political news, and urban news from Cleveland, Ohio.

Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.5 million views.

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Click below to read over 1,300 archived Cleveland Urban News.Com articles by year at our blog of (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

 

2016 (160), 2015 (213), 2014 (266), 2013 (227),


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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).

By Clevelandurbannews.com: Below is a photo of some of the nearly 400 people at our March 8, 2017 International Women's Day rally at Willard Park in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Go to Cleveland 19 Action News television on Facebook for a video on parts of the rally speeches by clicking the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Cleveland19News/videos/10155145201979443/ Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper photo at www.cleveland.com.....The historic rally and march were supported by women across racial and socioeconomic lines, organized by Black women and grassroots activists, and led by key organizer and Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, who edits www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders....Thank you Cleveland 19 Action News for the live coverage

 

By www.clevelandurbannews.com: 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EAST 93RD STREET SERIAL MURDERS WITH NEW VICTIM ALIANNA DEFREEZE. THE VICTIMS ARE : Location is at the intersection of East 93RD STREET AND BESSEMER AVE. IN ADDITION TO DEFREEZE THE MURDER VICTIMS ARE JASMINE TROTTER, 20, ASHLEY LESZYESKI, 21, CHRISTINE MALONE 45, AND JAMEELA HASAN, 37. Host groups are the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Rebuilding Our Village and Protecting Our Children, and Peace in the Hood. Contact No. Kathy at (216) 659-0463. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com
Keynote speakers: Angelique Malone, daughter of murder victim Christine Angelique Malone, the mother of Alianna DeFreeze, and Cleveland Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson, women's rights advocate and mayoral candidate, Activists, Black elected officials and others will also speak because we want the at-large killer caught.
Location: (From downtown Cleveland at 55th Street take Kinsman Avenue to East 93rd Street, make a right and go about a mile and a half to Bessemer Avenue). 
STOP THE VIOLENCE. SAVE OUR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Event contact No. (216) 659-0473, the Imperial Women Coalition....
Clevelandurbannews.com and KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com


 

By Clevelandurbannews.com: International Women's Day Cleveland rally and march draw nearly 400 people and are both led by Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured) of the Imperial Women Coalition, an activist, journalist and the key organizer of the event, and with some 15 speakers, including keynote speaker Genevieve Mitchell, who saluted legendary Black women, and Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed

Black Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge to join Congressman John Lewis, others in boycotting inauguration, Ohio State Representative Bill Patmon says Trump went too far in criticizing Lewis and that "it disrespects the life works of John Lewis"

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Pictured are Georgia Congressman John Lewis (wearing red tie), Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, and Ohio State Representative Bill Patmon, all of whom are Democrats

 

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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 14-year biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.5 million views).


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who is Black and whose largely Black congressional district includes Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, has joined a host of congressional Democrats that will boycott this week's inauguration in Washington in support of fellow Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.


Fudge tweeted that she plans to be in Cleveland on inauguration Friday in Washington. She ended the tweet with the hashtag #IStandWithJohnLewis.


A former national president of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. and also a former Warrensville Heights mayor, Fudge's posture is not surprising.


The federal lawmaker is a scholar and also an attorney who has fought vigorously for healthcare, voting rights, equity for women, Blacks, children and others, and many other public policy matters that impact disenfranchised people and her constituents, most of whom live below the poverty line.


A Civil Rights icon in Congress since 1987 who marched with the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the height of the Civil Rights movement, Lewis drew the ire last week of Trump after he said the Trump presidency is illegitimate due, in part, to Russian hacking into emails of Democratic National Committee operatives during the presidential election, and otherwise.


In turn, Trump, a Republican and a reality star-turned president, lambasted Lewis and said he had done nothing for his congressional district, comments that caused Lewis to back-out of the inauguration, a decision that sparked support from a cadre of Washington Democrats, nearly 70 Democratic lawmakers who now say they will not attend the inauguration.


Besides Fudge, several other Ohio Black politicians are upset with Trump's disrespect of Lewis, 76, including state Rep Bill Patmon, a Black Cleveland Democrat and former city councilman.


"It disrespects the life works of John Lewis, from the Edmond Pettus Bridge to the Selma protests, and many other sacrifices that he has made for this country over his lifetime," said Patmon.


 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2017 19:18

Cleveland Hts Judge A. Deane Buchanan issues illegal bench warrant against activist Kathy Wray Coleman, also a journalist who has led rallies against police murders of Black people....Coleman, with activists at her side, to turn herself in

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Pictured are journalist and activist

Kathy Wray Coleman and Cleveland Heights

Municipal Court Judge A. Deane Buchanan

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.5 million views on Google Plus alone. Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Cleveland Urban News.Com, via editor Kathy Wray Coleman, 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.

CLEVELAND URBANNEWS.COM-Cleveland, Ohio- Journalist and community activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, with community activists at her side, will turn her self in to the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court at 11 am on Tuesday, Jan 17 relative to a bench warrant issued on Friday by Black Cleveland Heights Judge A. Deane Buchanan, whom Coleman says is judicially stalking and harassing her for two White cops that arrested her after falsely accusing her of not giving her name as a passenger at an illegal traffic stop, among others. (Editor's note: Officer Wolf is the name of the arresting Cleveland Heights police officer, whom Coleman said came to the passenger side of the car and harassed her and should be investigated to protect other Blacks from his seemingly racist corruption. It is open season, said Coleman, on Blacks in racist Cleveland Heights, a Cleveland suburb).


"I have been advised to turn myself in so I am not potentially shot and killed or beat up by these racist White and corrupt Cleveland Heights cops, who are supported by a a corrupt and anti-Black judge who has forgotten his roots," said Coleman, also a 14-year former Cleveland schools biology teacher with a bachelor's degree in biology and two master's degrees with straight A transcripts.


The Black female Cleveland activist says that the obstruction of official business misdemeanor charge, which is a lie she says, and is coupled with a another lie of a lack of a seat belt, is because she is the target of police and some corrupt judges she has written about as a journalist, as well as JPMorgan Chase Bank officials, who have tried to steal her University Heights home with the help of corrupt and racist Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell. (Editor's note: A Democrat, O'Donnell acquitted since fired Cleveland cop Michael Brelo of manslaughter charges in 2015 for gunning down unarmed Black Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell with 49 bullets. Twelve other non- Black cops involved in the incident escaped prosecution).


Coleman says that Judge Buchanan and others want her jailed also for rallying with other activists, including seasoned activists Art McKoy and Alfred Porter Jr.of Black on Black Crime Inc., as to Cleveland police murders of Blacks and others violence against women in greater Cleveland and her publishing the Cleveland Urban News.Com and Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com. (Editor's note: Read on below where Buchanan issued the warrant after Coleman's paid attorney, Sydney Strickland Saffold, took her money and called 15 minutes before a scheduled trial date at 8:30 am on Jan 13 and said she had suddenly change her mind on representing her and that Coleman should be represented by a corrupt White appointed prior attorney whom she allegedly told Coleman not to speak to due to his alleged harassment, racism, and corruption. That attorney, as noted below, is John Alex Morton. Coleman says that Buchanan, 70, should be tested for possible dementia and should be jailed himself for possible public corruption and Civil Rights violations)


Coleman was set to go before a jury for trial on Jan 13 with appointed attorney John Alex Morton representing her. She hired Sydney Strickland Saffold to days before trial because she said Morton, with Buchanan's help was trying to railroad her in jail.


Morton, says Coleman, says all Blacks are guilty, and that she is wasting the court's money and time even though she is innocent and a target of racial profiling. A motion to dismiss as to the initial denial of indigent counsel will not be filed, says Morton, because he is allegedly friends with Buchanan and does not want to offend the controversial judge.

 

Coleman said that Morton is a mediocre attorney at best and has also refused to subpoena the personnel files of the White cops at issue and will not subpoena any witnesses on her behalf, all with Buchanan's support.


"Simply put, he works for the prosecution," said Coleman


In fact, public records reveal that Judge Buchanan had refused to appoint Morton, saying that because Coleman had trouble with another attorney that he handpicked and later removed from the case, she was to represent herself, an illegal decision that was overridden by a visiting judge assigned for that day by the Ohio Supreme Court. That judge, public records reveal, appointed Morton over the objection of the White Cleveland Heights assistant prosecutor and Buchanan, who said then that Coleman should be denied representative counsel, which is illegal.


Because he was appointed as Coleman's attorney by a visiting judge assigned by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Morton apparently believes he can act in an ineffective manner as her attorney without repercussions, behavior, says Coleman, an investigative reporter who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, that is customary, and often with support from select sellout Black leaders.


At a final pretrial hearing before Judge Buchanan on Jan. 10 Attorney Morton, on record, called his client [Coleman] a host of derogatory names and harassed her in front of the judge and people in the court room, data show.


Still, Buchanan, who is 70-years-old and cannot seek reelection under state law due to the age limitation, refused to remove Morton as Coleman's attorney and instead, told Coleman on record that though she is indigent she must hire, pay and bring a lawyer with her to the Jan 13 trial some three days away in order to get a continuance.


Coleman in turn, hired and paid Cleveland Attorney Sydney Strickland Saffold, the daughter of longtime Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffiold, to represent her.


And on Jan 12, 2017, a day before the slated jury trial trial, Coleman notified Buchanan of this in writing via a court filing with copies of receipts of the payment to the attorney where she moved the court for an extension.


Sydney Strickland Saffold then allegedly told Coleman, Coleman says, to refrain from any further discussions with Morton and that she would appear with her at trial on Jan 13 to seek a continuance to prepare at a later date.


But the morning of the trial, at or about 8:15 am, when they were due in court at 8:30 am, Coleman says Sydney Strickland Saffold phoned and said she would not be coming to court on her behalf and that she would not seek a continuance.


Coleman said that two days earlier Sydney Strickland Saffold became agitated when she advised that Judge Buchanan, whom the attorney said is a friend, had lured her to an arraignment with only his bailiff and another person there, and on behalf of the prosecution and police, begged her to plead guilty with his agreement of no jail time.


This, said Coleman, shows the judge's pre-determined disposition, and precluded a bench trial, and is a clear violation, it appears, of the Ohio Lawyer's Professional Code of Responsibility and the Judicial Code of Conduct.


After Coleman pleaded not guilty at arraignment she says the judicial and prosecutorial harassment escalated, harassment also, she says, for a prior affidavit of prejudice filed against the judge filed before the arraignment date and due to the prejudicial denial of indigent counsel at the arraignment as required by state law, activity that does not toll speedy trial rights.


Data show that White cops in Cleveland Heights are routinely following Blacks in their patrol cars cars and arresting them without probable cause or reasonable suspicion, and then Judge Buchanan is denying them indigent counsel at the arraignment stage and sometimes otherwise, and, sometimes a speedy trial. He is also getting them alone, or without an attorney,  and asking them to plead guilty at hearings.


Cleveland Heights is a middle class Cleveland suburb that is roughly 45 percent Black, though Blacks are disproportionately arrested, charged, maliciously prosecuted and jailed, public records reveal.


Blacks in general are subjected to excessive bonds and gross misrepresentation with the judge's approval, data show.


Several of the appointed lawyers are also harassing Blacks and misrepresenting poor people, public records show.


Community activists want a U.S. Department of Justice investigation for police reforms in Cleveland Heights and throughout jurisdictions in suburban Cuyahoga County, Ohio's largest of 88 counties and of which includes Cleveland where a consent decree for police reforms is currently underway.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:06

Police killing victim Daniel Ficker's mother to appear with activists today January 15, 2017, who also want the Cleveland cops that killed Tamir Rice disciplined for excessive force, at a 4:30 pm press conference at Radio One at 6665 Carnegie Avenue

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Pictured are Cleveland police killing victims Daniel Ficker (wearing blue) and 12-year-old Tamir Rice

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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 14-year biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.5 million views).


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-Cleveland, Ohio- The mother of slain police victim Daniel Ficker, who was shot and killed by Cleveland police at his Parma, Ohio home on July 4 in 2011 and whose family settled a 2.25 million excessive force and wrongful death lawsuit with the city two weeks ago, will appear at 4:30 pm today, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Radio One Studio at 6665 Carnegie Avenue in Cleveland. (Editor's note: Read on below for information as to a press conference by community activists at 4:30 pm in front of Radio One today to address the Cleveland police killing of Ficker, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and others police killing victims)

 

Bernadette Rolen, Ficker's mother, will appear live on the Art McKoy University Show of Common Sense at 5 pm on Jan 15 in the Radio One studio to talk about what she says was the police murder of her unarmed son, and will be flanked by activists at a 4:30 pm press conference in front of Radio One.  The weekly program runs from 5pm-7pm on Sunday's (Call Art McKoy of of Black on Black Crime Inc. at 216-253-4070 or Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition at 216-659-0473 for more information. McKoy, earlier today, told Coleman, also editor--in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, that activists and community members concerned about Cleveland police killings are invited to attend the press conference today.").

 

"I will be there for the radio program," Rolen told Coleman, a Cleveland activist who leads the Imperial Women Coalition and  has led rallies with McKoy for justice for Ficker, who was White, and others erroneously killed by Cleveland police over the last six years, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, rapper Kenneth Smith, and Brandon Jones."

 

"And thank you for your support over these five and a half years," said Rolen to Coleman"

 

Activists will also address Cleveland police murders in general at today's press conference, including Tamir Rice, who was gunned down by Cleveland police and made national news last week after his mother, Samaria Rice, and Rice attorney Subodh Chandra, lambasted the city of Cleveland, Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams for announcing internal discipline of police that does pot include punishment for excessive use of force.

 

A $6 million settlement in the Tamir Rice case from the city has been had, though the Rice family, led by Samira  Rice and Attorney Chandra, say that that is not enough and on Friday called the upcoming police discipline disrespectful and "disappointing and disheartening."

 

Samaria Rice wants the police officers involved in her son's killing, Timothy Loehmann, who pulled the trigger, and his partner Frank Garmback, to be criminally charged, something both escaped via impropriety by since ousted and former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.

 

Ficker was 27-years-old at his death where police claim without any evidence that he stole uncovered jewel at a party in Cleveland on July 3, 2011, the day before they crossed jurisdictional lines and beat him up and killed the father of two.

 

Officer Matt Craska did the shooting and was accompanied by officer David Mindek, both of whom have since left the force without any internal discipline or criminal prosecution, the latter also with the support of ousted former county prosecutor Tim McGinty, who is White and a former longtime common pleas judge. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE ON THE DANIEL FICKER CASE AND THE AFFILIATED LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

 

Rice, who was Black, was killed by Loehmann, who is White, after Loehmann and and officer Garmback, who is also White, zoomed in on on the kid at  the Cudell Recreation Center on the city's largely White west side, aggressive actions that followed a 9-1-1 call of a child carrying a likely toy gun, a toy gun  in fact.

 

Among the discipline announced last week by the city of the two Rice cops is discipline for pulling up on the child in a police car allegedly without the requisite caution, and for Loehman having killed Tamir in under two seconds.

 

The Cleveland Police Patromen's Association, led by its president Steve Loomis, support the police officers involved in both the Rice and Ficker killings, as well as all other police involved in questional police killings, most of them involving dead Black people.

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 04:16

Tonya R. Jones to be sworn-in as Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court's first elected Black judge at 4:30 pm on January 13, 2017 at the Rotunda of the Old Courthouse in Cleveland, an event that is free and open-to-the public.

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-Cleveland, Ohio-Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court Judge Tonya R. Jones (pictured), a former juvenile court magistrate and Cleveland Ward 1 resident, and the first Black to win a seat on that court, will be sworn in at 4:30 pm on Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Rotunda of the Old Courthouse in Cleveland, 1 Lakeside Avenue.


A Democrat, Jones won the seat in the November election against Republican Janet Rath Colaluca , who was appointed by Gov John Kasich to the Cleveland Municipal Court on April 12, 2016 to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Judge Angela Stokes, a Democrat and a daughter of the late former 11th congressional district congressman Louis Stokes.


The swearing-in event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.


Cuyahoga County is the largest of 88 counties statewide and is roughly 29 percent Black. It also includes the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland.


For questions, contact Bianca Smith at 216-202-5418


Swearing-in Ceremony of

Judge Tonya R. Jones

Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court

Friday, January 13, 2017

4:30 pm

Rotunda of The Old Courthouse

1 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

 

A reception will follow.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 January 2017 20:02

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur hands President Obama awards to Cleveland community activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, others, as America's first Black president will give his farewell speech at 8 pm CST in Chicago on January 10.

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Pictured are Cleveland community activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, who is Black, United States President Barack Obama, and 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who is the longest serving woman in congress

 

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Cleveland Urban News.Com 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: Cleveland Urban News.Com gets some 3.5 million views on Google Plus alone).


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio- Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, among others, received the 2016  community service award from outgoing President Barack Obama from 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose congressional district stretches to Cleveland, Ohio, and the longest serving woman in Congress.


The awards, handed out at Kaptur's Cleveland district office following recommendations from community leaders Renata Jakupca and her husband, David Jakupca, come as the president will give his farewell speech at 8 pm CST at McCormick Place at his adopted hometown of Chicago, Illinois. (Editor's note: The president officially leaves office on Jan. 20).

 

"I am pleased to hand out these awards on behalf of President Obama," said Kaptur,


The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)  is a premiere award given annually for exemplary volunteer and civic service and was derived  in 2003 by executive order of then president George W. Bush, and following the "9-11 attacks."


A former 14-year Cleveland schools high school biology teacher who trained for 17 years as an investigative journalist for the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, and who now edits Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper's, Coleman leads the Cleveland-based Imperial Women Coalition and received a women's leadership award in March from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.


Coleman has fought against violence against greater Cleveland women, including the victims of serial killer Anthony Sowell and the late serial rapist and teen kidnapper Ariel Castro.


She is also a champion of equity for Cleveland school children and has rallied in Cleveland against police abuse and arbitrary Cleveland police killings of Black and other people, and women.


She led a rally last summer on Public Square during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland against violence against women and police killings, nationally, against Black women and Black people in general.


In accepting her Obama award from Congresswoman Kaptur, Coleman, who attended the ceremony with community activists by her side, including Ada Averyhart, Marva and David Patterson, Cleveland African-American Museum Executive Director Frances Caldwell and Genevieve Mitchell, thanked the Jakupca's, President Obama and greater Cleveland community activists.


Coleman called Obama "one of the nation's great presidents." She said the president is a world class leader who will be sorely missed in the White House and that he has been a jewel for Black America and others.


And she thanked Congresswoman Kaptur, saying it was an honor to receive the president's award through "the longest serving woman in congress."

 

She said that activists want ''the Ohio State Legislature to revise its unconstitutional school funding formula."


Others that saluted Coleman that day at a luncheon in Cleveland held before the award's ceremony at Kaptur's office include Carnegie Roundtable President Charles E. Biib Sr., Jane Sheets, who is the former executive director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Shaker Heights Precinct Committeewoman B.J. Tucker, Charles Shepherd, Cleveland NAACP President Michael Nelson Sr., Holly Seawright, and community activists Mary Seawright, Dion Carmichael Thomas, Amy Hurd, Betty Mahone and the Rev Gwendolyn Pitts.


The complete list of award award recipients is as follows:


Joseph Bailey, Marty Cephas, Kenneth Maxwell, Dr. Joseph Wendel Kathy Wray Coleman, Patrick Cahill, Marty Allen, Abdul Jabbar, Brohi Eugene Schiopota, Leonard May, Don Bryant, ed the awards cerMarianne Quasebarth, Joseph Kocab and Robert and Mary Bennett. (Editor's note: Not all of the recipients attend the award ceremony at Kaptur's office due to prior engagements where bad weather in Cleveland caused it to be re-scheduled to December 19, 2016)


The oldest recipient of the 2016 PVSA handed out by Kaptur after recommendation from the Jakupca's , was 90-year-old Gene Schiopota


"What an honor," said  Schiopota after accepting his award.


The Jakupka's. of greater Cleveland, lead the World's Children Peace Monument (WCPM) group and the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA).


The WCPM and the ICEA are the impetus for the President's Volunteer Service Award, which, according to the White House, "enables community organizations as certifying and leadership organizations to amplify their gratitude by joining with the president of the United States to thank their most dedicated volunteers."


"All recipients of the president's service award are role models for all Americans," said Renate Jakupca.


(Editor's note: The World's Children Peace Monument (WCPM) is located at Coe Lake Park in Berea, Ohio. An original idea conceived during EXPO 2000, the Worlds Fair held in Hannover, Germany. It was designed and built by Environmental Artist David Jakupca at the historic ARK in Berea as a project of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) in cooperation with the United Nations 2000 Culture of Peace Program. The project is to encourage positive community participation through the establishment of site-specific works of public art, through cultural education and entrepreneurial training to children around the World).






 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:34

First Lady Michelle Obama gives farewell speech, A Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate, Michelle Obama leaves the White House with a 79 percent approval rating, compared to President Obama's final approval rating of 65 percent

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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 14-year biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.5 million views).

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WASHINGTON, D.C.-Michelle Obama (pictured), the first Black first lady of the United States of America and the wife of President Barack Obama, the nation's first Black president, gave her farewell speech Friday afternoon, tearing-up, yet delivering a scholarly speech that reveals her background as a Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate who has not forgotten her blue collar roots. (Editor's note: President Obama will deliver his farewell speech on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 8 pm CST at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois).

"No matter where they're from, how much money their parents have, no matter what they look like, or who they love, or how they worship or what language they speak at home, they have a place in this country," Michelle Obama said at a podium at the White House while flanked by a group of school counselors, one of whom received the School Counselor of the Year award, an award handed out via the first lady's Reach Higher initiative to encourage post-secondary education.

"Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life," the first lady said. "And I hope I made you proud."

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama was born Jan 17, 1964 and was raised by her blue collar parents along with her older brother, Craig Robinson, on the south side of Chicago.

She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, and of Harvard Law School.

She met the president, who is four years older, in their younger years, before he became famous, and as his boss at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin.

They married in 1992 and have two daughters, Malia and Sasha, the youngest to initially reside in the White House since Amy Carter.

Michelle Obama was an active and likable first lady whose approval ratings reveal the love and respect she has garnered from the American public since stepping into the White House with President Obama in 2009.

A USA Today/ Gallup Poll taken Monday and Tuesday says 79% of Americans approve of the first lady, compared to 65% for Obama, though his final approval rating soars above his predecessor, former president George W. Bush, who left office with a dismal 22%.

The first lady stood by her husband's side, after helping him become president.

She campaigned for then U.S. senator Barack Obama, a former Illinois state senator and community organizer on Chicago's south side, throughput 2007 and 2008, delivering a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

And she rallied for President Obama relative to his reelection bid, and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She returned to the campaign trail during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and delivered a dynamic speech in support of the Democratic Presidential nominee, and fellow first lady, Hillary Clinton.(References relative to the above two paragraphs from Wikipedia.com.)

A loyal Democrat like Barack and Michelle Obama, Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to now President-elect Donald Trump, the Republican nominee and a billionaire real estate mogul.

Michelle Obama, on Friday, highlighted her speech with a call for America's youth to keep the faith and to make a positive difference in the world.

"Don't be afraid. You here me young people? said First Lady Obama. "Be focused. Be determined. Be empowered."

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 3.5 million views).

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