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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).

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper. By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman


Last Updated on Sunday, 07 May 2017 11:47

House to vote on whether to repeal and replace Obamacare, president Obama's signature healthcare initiatives that provides access to health care for some 20 million Americans

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. House of Representatives will vote today on a bill that would scrap and replace Obamacare, former president Barack Obama's signature universal health care initiative that is officially known as the Affordable Care Act.


If the proposed federal legislation that Republicans say will likely passes in the House, it would thereafter need approval by the Republican dominated U.S. Senate to become law, an uphill battle pundits have said.


The GOP bill, dubbed the American Healtccare Act, was pulled from consideration in March as the controversial measure pushed by President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and a cadre of congressional Republicans was headed for a failure vote.


The House GOP bill at issue, a measure to repeal and replace Obamacare that is laced with tax credits and other accommodations for the nation's most wealthiest people, has been amended with Trump's approval to gain support from at least two congressional moderates that have flipped to yes because the amendment contains an added $8 billion to partially address preexisting conditions.


The bill phases out Obamacare and its requirement for all Americans to hold health care insurance in coming years in favor of tax credits, and allows states to opt out completely, among other provisions.

 

More than 24 million Americans will lose insurance over the next decade, which is also why Democrats oppose the bill.


The previous bill excluded a preexisting conditions clause that would require insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions, a provision in the amended bill that allocates $8 billion to offset any fallout and that congressional Democrats and experts say is insufficient and will not suffice as to the current provision for preexisting medical conditions afforded under Obamacare


Obamacare currently provides health insurance for more that 20 million Americans, Black and poor people included.


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and former vice president Joe Biden led a rally on March 22 outside of the capital in Washington D.C. to cerebrate the 7th anniversary of Obamacare, Pelosi subsequently denouncing the bill as undemocratic and against disenfranchised Americans that need heath care the most.

 

Led by the NAACP, Civil Rights organizations and Black leaders across the country panned any repeal, saying Obamacare is a health care savior to the Black community and poor and elderly people, and women and children that lacked accessibility until Obama rescued them


"I oppose this bill with every breath in my body," said longtime Congressman John Lewis in speaking on the House floor in March before the planned vote in March that was later canceled.


A federal lawmaker representing Georgia who is Black and marched with the late Civil Rights icon the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis said "We must not give up. We can do better."


Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Cleveland Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes parts of the majority Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland, called the bill, and its amendment set for a vote today, a sham that benefits the wealthy and the healthy, and undermines the sick and the poor.


"For all of the rhetoric about freedom and choices this bill sends a clear message to every American as to where the priorities of the Republicans lie," said Fudge in trouncing the original version of the bill in March.


9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose congressional district extends to Cleveland deemed the bill, in its original and amended form " a tax cut for the rich."

 

And Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com that "Ohioans will remember who stood with them in opposing this disastrous proposal."

 

, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 May 2017 22:36

Bernie Sanders to speak at City Club in Cleveland's public event on May 1, 2017 where Obama spoke in 2015 and will address immigration, healthcare, education and many more public policy matters, a City Club spokesman tells editor Kathy Wray Coleman

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ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNnewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders, a 2016 Democratic primary candidate for president who lost the primary to Hillary Clinton but gained fame for his revolutionary ideas and grassroots thrust that garnered the love of Americans nationwide, will speak at an 8 a.m. breakfast at the City Club in Cleveland on Monday, May 1, 2017, an event that will be held at the Global Center for Heath Innovation in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. (Editor's note: ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNnewsBlog.Com have press clearance to cover the event. Both Clinton and Sanders campaigned for president in  2016 in Cleveland's Black community, both making stops at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, a prominent east side Black church led by senior pastor the Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin. Clinton went on to win the Democratic primary but lost the November 2016 general election to now President Donald Trump, a Republican)


Cleveland Urban News.Com covered speaking engagements of both Clinton and Sanders at Olivet in 2016.(CLICK HERE TO READ THE 2016 ARTICLE ON HILLARY CLINTON'S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN VISIT TO OLIVET INSTITUTIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH IN CLEVELAND IN 2016 and CLICK HERE TO READ THE 2016 ARTICLE ON BERNIE SANDERS' PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN VISIT TO OLIVET INSTITUTIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH IN CLEVELAND IN 2016 )


The open-to-the-public Bernie Sanders' May 1, 2017 Cleveland event is sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland and is sold out. Tickets were $35 with all proceeds going to the City Club.


A City Club spokesman told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, that Sanders is speaking free of charge and will address various issues, from healthcare to immigration, to racial injustice and education.


"Senator Sanders will be speaking at 9 am and doors open at 8 am," said Cory Isler, the membership and customer experience manager for the City Club.


"The City Club loves speakers from all parties and all perspectives with the goal of continuing civil and civic dialogue," said Isler.


Former president Barack Obama, the nation's first Black president, spoke at the City Club in March 2015, an event also covered by Cleveland Urban News.Com. ( CLICK HERE TO GO TO READ THE CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN MARCH 2015 OF THEN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CITY CLUB SPEECH IN CLEVELAND

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Founded in 1912, and dubbed the citadel of free speech, the City Club sponsors non-partisan forums with guest speakers, monthly issue roundtables, and high school debate championships, among other venues.


Other U.S. presidents that have addressed the City Club include Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush in 2006.


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Last Updated on Sunday, 30 April 2017 10:26

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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Last Updated on Sunday, 30 April 2017 00:01

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.


ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 10:33

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, expands the building and adds 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.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO READ THE ARTICLE OF THE CAVALIERS' VICTORY OVER THE PACERS IN ROUND ONE OF THE NBA PLAYOFFS

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 council 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.


, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 August 2017 19:54

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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