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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  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, Ada Averyhart, and Genevieve Mitchell).

Cuyahoga County Dems makes endorsements for Cleveland mayor and city council, and for six of the eight Cleveland Municipal Court races.....Former judge Pauline Tarver and Cleveland NAACP President Michael Nelson Sr vy in race for judge

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Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 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 . 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- Three- term Black Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who this year is seeking an unprecedented fourth term among 10 other candidates that want his job, including two write-ins, won the endorsement of the Cuyahoga County Democratic party at an executive committee meeting on Saturday as did some judicial candidates, and all sitting members of city council seeking reelection except Brian Cummins, two seasoned council members, Jeff Johnson and Zack Reed, vying instead for mayor.


    All but one of the 11 candidates for mayor, excluding Kilo, and including Mayor Jackson,  are Democrats, and the entire 17-member city council is Democratic, nine of them White, and eight Black.


    Candidates must garner 60 percent of the vote for an endorsement.


    Jackson got 67 percent of the executive committee vote.


    Also endorsed was longtime Cleveland Municipal Clerk of Court Earle B. Turner, who is Black.


    Lillian Sharpley, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, which is led by chairman Stuart Garson, also an attorney, said in a press release to Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com that 75 percent, or 163, of the members of the executive committee voted Saturday, many of them precinct committee persons and ward leaders.


    The non-partisan primary ifor mayor and city counsil seats is Sept 12,  the top two vote-getters advancing to the Nov 7 general election, also the election for the city judge seats that do not have a primary.


    Cuyahoga County is the second largest of 88 counties statewide, behind Franklin County, which includes the capital city of Columbus.


    It is a Democratic stronghold that can predict presidential elections in the pivotal state of Ohio, and includes the majority Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland, and its 385,000 residents.


    The county is roughly 29 percent Black.


    Currently the councilman of Ward 10 representing the city's Glenville neighborhood and a former state senator Jeff Johnson came in second, though he lost the county Democratic endorsement to Jackson.


    Former East Cleveland mayor and journalist and Eric Brewer, an outspoken critic of the mayor, got only two votes relative to his quest for the endorsement.


    Cuyahoga County Councilman Anthony Hairston was endorsed to replace Jeff Johnson in Ward 10, and Debra Lewis Curlee was endorsed to replace councilman Zack Reed in Ward 2, Reed being the other member of the 17-member of the all Democratic city council running for mayor in an uphill battle to seek to oust Jackson. (Editor's note:The remaining non-write-in declared candidates for mayor, in addition to Jackson, Reed, Brewer and Jeff Johnson, are state Rep Bill Patmon, who skipped the endorsement session where Jackson, Reed, Jeff Johnson and a few others candidates spoke, Dyrone Smith, and  White candidates Brandon Chrostowski, Tony Madalone and Republican Robert Kilo. The two write-in candidates are Jerome Bell and Camry Kincaid).


    In addition to endorsements of council seats open in Wards 2 and 10 amid Reed's and Jeff Johnson's departures, all of the other sitting council persons were endorsed other than Brian Cummins in Ward 14, including Black east side incumbents Terrell Pruitt for Ward 1, Kenneth Johnson in Ward 4, Ward 5's Phyllis Cleveland, newcomer Blaine Griffin in Ward 6,  TJ Dow in Ward 7, and Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell.


    Jasmin Santana, a Latino, won the party's endorsement in Ward 14 over the controversial Cummins.


    Kerry McCormack, the council person in Ward 3 who is White and was endorsed was appointed by city council last year to replace the Joe Cimperman when he resigned from city council and took a job elsewhere, which includes downtown Cleveland, was endorsed.


    Veteran Councilman Michael Polensek, a White east side councilman who also represents the Collinwood area with a host of Black constituents, was endorsed in Ward 8, and Anthony Brancatelli, also White, but who leads ward 12 on the east side,  was also endorse.


    White west side council person and incumbent Dona Brady was endorsed in Ward 11,  as were other White incumbents, namely Council President Kevin Kelley in Ward 13, Matt Zone in Ward 15, Brian Kazy in Ward 16, and Martin Keane in Ward 17.


    The executive committee  endorsed for six of eight openings for the 13-member Cleveland Municipal Court, including the seat vacated via this year's age-limit retirement of presiding and administrative judge Ron Adrine, and two unexpired terms, including a seat open due to the sudden death of Democratic judge Ray Pianca.


    The six endorsed were incumbent judges Pinkey Carr and Michelle Denise Earley,  both Black and unopposed, Jasmin Torres-Lugo, the only Hispanic running, Lynn-McLaughlin- Murray, a White magistrate who lost to Carr in 2010, Ann Clare Oakar, and W. Mona Scott, who is Black and running for housing court.


    McLaughlin Murray was endorsed for judge over Shelia Turner McCall, a Black female, and former councilman Craig Willis, who, like Turner McCall, is Black, and lost his council seat to Conwell in 2001.


    Judge Ronald O'Leary, whom Gov. Kasich appointed to replace Pianca, a Democrat, is running in hopes of hanging on to the seat over Scott and candidate Heather McCollough.


    The non-endorsements came in the judicial race of judge Joseph Zone, a former councilman who is running unopposed, and the other race that includes Cleveland NAACP President Michael Nelson Sr, an unsuccessful 2005 mayoral candidate, former judge Pauline Tarver, whom 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge has endorsed, Marlene Ridenour, and current judge Michael Stiwinski.


    Gov Voinovich last year appointed the Republican Stiwinski to replace then judge Ed Wade, a popular Black Republican who unseated Tarver in a close and controversial race in 2015.


    A prolific campaigner, Wade died last year after a long battle with prostate cancer.


    Declared candidates for Cleveland mayor for the Sept 12, 2017 non-partisan primary, the two top vote-getters advancing to the Nov. 7 general election, are as follows: (Reference at wikipedia.com).

    James Jerome Bell (write-in)
  • Eric J. Brewer, former mayor of East Cleveland[
  • Brandon Edwin Chrostowski, CEO of Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute
  • Frank G. Jackson, incumbent Mayor of Cleveland[
  • Jeff JohnsonCleveland City Council member and former state Senator[9
  • Robert M. Kilo, a former candidate for mayor in 2009
  • Camry S. Kincaid (write-in)[
  • Tony Madalone, CEO of Fresh Brewed Tees]
  • Bill Patmon, state Representative and former Cleveland City Council member[
  • Zack Reed, Cleveland City Council member
  • Dyrone W. Smith                      Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 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 . 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 Saturday, 29 July 2017 00:41

Physician says activist Kathy Wray Coleman has a sprained ankle after she was assaulted and illegally restrained at the impeachment march against Trump in Cleveland by Indivsible Cleveland members and supporters angry because she led a separate forum

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 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 . 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- Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, who was allegedly attacked, assaulted and unlawfully restrained for leading a separate forum from Indivisible Cleveland of predominantly Black activists and sporting an anti-police brutality protest sign at the impeachment march against President Donald Trump held Sun, July 2, 2017 at a park outside of Cleveland City Hall in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, has a sprained ankle, a local physician allegedly told Coleman on Friday.

 

The perpetrators, data show, snatched the anti-police brutality protest sign from Coleman's hands, and purportedly assaulted her and restrained her in her movements, both misdemeanors, and  Coleman saying they are also responsible for her sprained ankle, misdemeanor theft of the protest sign, and any emotional distress surrounding the uncalled for incident.

 

Also at issue, said Coleman, were Indivisible Cleveland supporters who despise former president Barack Obama, the nation's first Black president, much of it predicated on racism.

 

"The Black female physician that treated me said I have a sprained ankle and was shocked at the violence against me simply for free speech measures," said Coleman, a longtime journalist of the Call and Post Newspaper who now edits ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com and leads the Cleveland based Imperial Women Coalition, a women's rights group founded relative to the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland by convicted serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell.

 

Alfred Porter Jr., president of Black on Black Crime Inc, has urged Coleman to pursue criminal charges, saying the attack on the Black female activist and journalist was likely racially motivated and "will not be tolerated."

 

The rally and march were in cooperation with similar events in more that 10 cities across the country, including Los Angeles where thousands marched against Trump, and called for congress to impeach him.


Coleman said that organizers for Indivisible Cleveland, a largely White suburban group with members from Parma, Strongsville and Lakewood, were angry because she was leading a separate forum for the impeachment march after they refused to let Blacks they did not handpick speak, and because they wanted to silence issues as to race, police brutality, violence against Black and poor women, and other matters of public concern impacting the Black community.


The groups following Coleman's lead at the rally include the Imperial Women Coalition, Rebuilding Our Village, Protecting Our Children's Safety, the New Black Panther Party Cleveland Chapter, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Black Man's Army, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, BEMAD, Badass Teachers, the Fairfax Business Association, and the Carl Stokes Brigade.


Khalid Samad, an unemployed and hostile Black Muslim and local activist who supports Cleveland police, was a key factor behind the alleged violence said Coleman, after he threatened her and demanded that Black activists go under Indivisible Cleveland, though he was rebuked by activists, Black and White alike, including Black men such as Porter, and Abdul Qahhar, chairman of the New Black Panther Party Cleveland Chapter.

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 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 . 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 Saturday, 08 July 2017 06:37

Activists speak at Trump impeachment march in Cleveland where activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who led them, had an anti-police brutality sign and was allegedly assaulted by members and supporters of Indivisible Cleveland, a White group out of Parma

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 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 . 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-Some 13 Black and grassroots activists spoke at the Free Stamp at Willard Park next to Cleveland City Hall at an impeachment rally and march against President Donald Trump on Sunday, activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition allegedly getting assaulted and unlawfully restrained by members and supporters of the Parma and Stongsville, Ohio group Indivisible Cleveland, which Black greater Cleveland activists say were angry because Cleveland area Black and grassroots activists had a separate speaking forum at the impeachment rally.


The rally and march were in cooperation with similar events in more that 10 cities across the country, including Los Angeles where thousands marched against Trump, and called for congress to impeach him.

 

The real estate mogul and actor- turned -politician took office in January and has angered a cadre of Americans, mainly Democrats, activists, and women's rights groups,  relative to his Muslim travel ban that was partially upheld by the Supreme Court last month, and the slated repeal of Obamacare by congressional Republicans, among a host of other policy initiatives.


The assault and unlawful restraint on Coleman allegedly came because she held up an anti-police brutality sign against Cleveland police murders of Black people that angered Indivisible Cleveland, and police, who were there but at a distance in patrol cars and on bicycles to assist in a march all of the groups participated in later that afternoon.


One Indivisible Cleveland supporter, per the initiative of Muslim pro-White activist Khalid Samad and the White organizers of Indivisible Cleveland, including Suzy Scullin (Suzy Lee), attacked Coleman, stripping the anti-police brutality protest sign from her hands before the roughly 150 people at the rally, including the mainstream media, including Cleveland Fox 8 News and Cleveland Channel 5 News, Channel 5 saying later that they have the footage of the racially motivated incident.


Coleman said she was also unlawfully restrained by the man that aassulted her in plain view, and White men in yellow vests representing Indivisible Cleveland, who had come prepared to aggressively intimidate anybody they could not control at the event, Coleman saying the harassment began during the organizing stages when she and others complained that Blacks were being denied equal access to the venue to speak freely on issues impacting the Black community.

The groups following Coleman's lead at the rally include the Imperial Women Coalition, the New Black Panther Party Cleveland Chapter, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Black Man's Army, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, BEMAD, Badass Teachers, the Fairfax Business Association, and the Carl Stokes Brigade.


Speakers included Coleman, who is also a longtime journalist of the Call and Post Newspaper who now edits ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Alfred Porter Jr. of Black on Black Crime and the Black Man's Army, Abdul Qahhar of the New Black Panther Party Cleveland Chapter, activists the Rev Pamela Pinkney -Butts and Minister Gwendolyn Pitts, Valerie Robinson and Dr. Stewart Robinson of Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Melissa Svigelj-Smith of Badass Teachers, an out-of-town anti-war activist, a young Black male Cleveland resident, and a few in the audience eager to be heard.


Issues addressed by the speakers included articles of impeachment, violence against women and the violence against women act, illegal incarceration and the mass incarceration of Blacks subject to an unconstitutional grand jury system, racist and corrupt judges nationwide and in Cuyahoga County, the mis-education and under education of Black children, socio- economics, health care, racism, sexism, women's rights and voting and Civil Rights.


Also addressed were the Russian hacking issue that has Trump and his adminstration under scruitiny, and the president's Muslim travel ban, which activists say is intrinsically racist.


Khalid Samad, a former Cleveland assistant safety director under former mayor Jane Campbell whom Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson fired when he took office 11 and a half years ago, allegedly stalked, threatened, and menaced Coleman before the rally started after consulting with the police stationed across the street and said Black activists should fall up under Indivisible Cleveland.


But Black on Black Crime President Alfred Porter, Abdul Qahhar of the New Black Panther Party, and other activists, including Whites, told Samad to back down and that they were not going up under a racist White group like Indivisible Cleveland.


About three Blacks followed Samad's lead and Coleman said that some talked to her later saying they wished they had stood tall like the other Black and White activists.


"Indivisible Cleveland was not inclusive and only slated Genevieve Mitchell to speak after we complained of them shutting out Blacks they did not handpick to say what they wanted to hear and I am appalled at the assault on and mistreatment of activist Kathy Coleman, a Black woman," said Porter of Cleveland, who has encouraged Coleman to file a police report.


Qahhar said that Indivisible Cleveland is part of the problem and wanted to subordinate Blacks with the help of a few weak Black activists that feel inferior to racist Whites.


Also a Muslim, Qahhar, 66, did not fall for the racist tactics of Indivisble Cleveland like Samad, an unemployed Muslim activist allegedly still angry for being fired by Jackson a decade ago who literally begged Porter and Qahhar to dump Coleman and follow his lead and ingratiate themselves with Indivisible Cleveland, obviously to no avail.


The stripping and stealing of the protest sign, said Coleman, is misdemeanor theft, along with what she says she believes was unlawful restraint and assault coupled with a hate crime against a Black woman activist raising concerns about heightened police killings of innocent people by Cleveland police and other issues of public concern facing the Black community, women, children and other disenfranchised groups.


Only one cop regarding the Williams, Russell shooting, since fired police officer Michael Brelo, faced charges, and he was acquitted in 2015 of two counts of voluntary manslaughter in a bench trial before Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell.


Brelo's firing was upheld last month by an arbitrator, though five other cops fired relative to the 137 shots shooting were returned to work by the same arbitrator, the 30-day deadline in which the city can appeal the arbitrator's decision to the common pleas court of which is rapidly approaching.


At the rally Coleman called out the names of those erroneously killed by Cleveland police in recent years from Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell, to 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Brandon Jones and others.


Al Porter called out the names of murdered greater Cleveland women and girls in recent years, while activists demanded more resources locally, county and statewide, and nationally as to increased violence against women and girls across racial lines, and disproportionately as to Black women and girls.


(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 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 . 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, 28 July 2017 03:05

Impeach President Trump Cleveland rally and march: Black, other Cleveland activists, armed with 16 speakers, to rally for impeachment of President Trump at noon on July 2, 2017 in Cleveland at the Free Stamp next to Willard Park at Cleveland City Hall

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 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 . 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- Cleveland activist groups, including the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc. and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, will rally beginning at noon on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the Free Stamp at Willard Park next to Cleveland City Hall, a march in cooperation with some 25 other cities of which will follow to demand the Impeachment of President Donald Trump. (For more information call the Imperial Women Coalition at (216) 659-0473).


The groups say they are independent of Indivsible Cleveland, a largely White suburban group that these activists say ignores serious issues impacting the Black community that will rally also that day, all of the groups then marching in unison through the majority Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland.


The issues that will be addressed, say organizers, include police killings of innocent Black people, healthcare,education, the legal system and mass incarceration, racism, violence against women and children, jobs, Civil Rights, voting rights and articles of impeachment relative to alleged malfeasance in office.


There will be 16 largely Black speakers representing groups, both Black and White alike, such as the National Black Panther Party, the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc., Black Lives Matter Cleveland, Clevelandurbannews.com, the Black Women's PAC, the Black Man's Army, Protecting Our Children's Safety, Rebuilding Our Village, the National Action Network Cleveland Chapter, the National Council of Negro Women Cleveland Chapter, Medina County Together, BEMAD, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Organize Ohio,, Badass Teachers, the Fairfax Business Assoc., and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com.


(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 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 . 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, 04 July 2017 00:00

Cleveland mayoral and city council races of 2017: Councilman Reed, Eric Brewer, state Rep Patmon file petitions to run for Cleveland mayor by deadline, among others seeking to oust Mayor Jackson, and all council members face challengers

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 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 . 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-The deadline for filing petitions to run this year for Cleveland mayor and for seats on city council was June 29, with incumbent mayor Frank Jackson facing a potential eight challengers, including councilmen Jeff Johnson and Zack Reed, former councilman Bill Patmon, who is now a state representative, former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer, and three White candidates who could complicate the Sept. 12 non-partisan primary, the two top vote-getters advancing to the Nov. 7 general election. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS FOR THE LIST OF 2017 CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE

 

Only three candidates, Councilman Johnson, Brandon Chrostowski, who is White and an east side restaurant owner, and Dyrone Smith have been cleared to run for mayor to date by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, though others including three- term mayor Jackson, Reed,  and Patmon, all of them Black, will likely make the ballot, sources said yesterday.

 

In addition to Mayor Jackson, Reed, Jeff Johnson, Patmon, Smith, Brewer and Crostowski, the other two candidates are, like Chrostowski, White, and are Tony Madalone, and Republican Robert Kilo, who ran in 2009 and came in third behind Patmon, who lost to Jackson in the general election that year.

 

With so many Black candidates against a three-term Black incumbent mayor, a White candidate, either Chostowski, Madalone or Kilo, could win the non-partisan primary, history reveals.

 

The city charter requires 3,000 good signatures of registerd voters to make the ballot to run for mayor, and 200 for city council.

 

Cleveland, which is largely Black with a dwindling population of some 385,000 people, is the second most segregated city in the country behind Boston, the city divided by the Cuyahoga River with Blacks dominating the east side and Whites, the west side, the 17-member city council of which currently has nine White and eight Black members with all of the Blacks representing largely Black east side wards.

 

All 17 coucil membbers are Democrats in highly Democratic Cuyahoga County, the state's second largest county with a 29 percent Black population.

 

The eight Black council persons represent east side wards 1, 2, 4, 5. 6, 7, 9 and 10

 

All 15 of the 17 members of city council not running for mayor face opposition and a crowd of people are running for the Ward 2 council seat Reed is giving up to run for mayor.

 

The Ward 10 seat held by mayoral candidate Jeff Johnsonhas also drew a crowded field of candidates.

 

Those seeking Reed's council seat are Kevin Bishop, Azel Bolden, William Chris Daniel, Geoff Fitch, Carol Ford, Kenya Gray, Debra Lewis-Curlee and the Rev Tony Minor, with Gray, Ford, Daniel and Fitch certified to run, and others, many of whom filed petitions this week, are expected to make the ballot also.

 

And former Ward 10 councilman Eugene Miller, a Jackson ally who now works for the city and who lost the race to Jeff Johnson after redistricting reduced city council from 19 members to 17 in 2013, is running in Ward 10, as is Cuyahoga County Councilman Anthony Hairston, whom Jeff Johnson has tapped to replace him on council.

 

The others seeking the Ward 10 seat are Willie Lewis Britt, Teresa Floyd, Naomi Goolsby, Timothy Henry, Warren Ireland, Rico Dancy, perrenial canidate Freddie Moore, Nicole Wells, Annamaria Cora, and Victoria Trotter.

 

Of the aforementioned in Ward 10 Britt, Floyd, Goolsby, Hairston and Henry have been cleared to run, though Miller and others will likely make the ballot too, sources said yesterday

 

Other surprises in the city council races include former Ward 1 councilman Joe Jones, who, along with council candidate Kimberly Brown, hopes to unseat Terrell Pruitt, a Jackson ally.

 

All three of them have made the ballot.

 

Ward 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin, the former director of the Community Relations Board under Jackson whom city council appointed last month to replace the retiring Mamie Mitchell has drawn six challengers, excluding John Boyd, who lost to  Mitchell twice in previous elections.

 

The others seeking the Ward 6 seat are Lavitta Murray, S. Xavier Allen, Joshua Perkins McHamm, Alonzo Mitchell, Gary Sardon, and Dylan Sellers, a member of the Cleveland Community Police Commission, a watchdog group formed per the consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice for police reforms.

 

All but Allen and McHamm, who filed their petitions on Wednesday, have been certified for the ballot.

 

In Ward 7 Councilman T.J. Dow will face Basheer Jones, Mansfield Frazier, Demar Sheffy and Daniel Graves for sure, with Russ Gates the only one waiting for approval on his petitions.

 

In the less talked about races of Black council persons, Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, the majority leader,  longtime Ward 4 councilman Kenneth Johnson. and Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell all face  challengers.

 

To date only Conwell has been cleared to run in the Ward 9 race for council.

 

Three others, Anthony Bolden Keith Hatten and Randy Willis, filed their petitions on the June 29 deadline date to run in Ward 9 and are awaiting possible approval for the ballot by the board of elections.

 

Councilwoman Cleveland filed her petitions June 28 for and is awaiting likely ballot approval, as are potential candidates Frank Kidd and Larry Wanzo, Richard Star of whom is the only one certified in Wardv 5 so far.

 

Councilman Kenneth Johnson is facing seven possible Ward 4 opposition candidates as well as write -in candidate Dontez Taylor.

 

They are Nzogi Adigew, Julie Donaldson, Cecil Ekechukwu, Arnold Shurn, Gail Sparks, Roland Mitchell and LaShorn Caldwell, all but Caldwell, who filed petitions June 29,  of whom have been certified to date for the ballot and the Sept 13 primary election.

 

 

 

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Trump wins a partial victory by the U.S. Supreme Court on his travel ban: Cleveland activist Debbie Kline says immigrants are now afraid to speak out....Kline once called the travel ban "racist".....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of clevelandurbannews.com

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WASHINGTON, D.C- A limited version of President Donald Trump's travel ban is legal and ripe to take immediate effect, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Monday.


The court ruled also that it would hear the entire case in October, both measures a major victory for the Trump presidency.


The court said Monday that a limited 120-day ban on refugees and the ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Syria could be enforced immediately, a stipulation being that the visitors must show that the have established a bonafide relationship with a U.S. entity or person.


The ruling reverses, in part, lower appellate court rulings that deemed the travel ban unconstitutional and otherwise illegal in its entirety.


And the decision comes as a shock to some, but not to others, the high court becoming more conservative under a Trump presidency compared to his predecessor, Barack Obama,


Justices Clarence Thomas, an ultra-conservative and the only Black on the court, Samuel Alito, also a conservative, and Neil Gorsuch,a Trump nominee who won appointment by the senate this year amid opposition from women's rights groups and left-wing opponents, dissented relative the delay, the trio of justices saying the entire travel ban is legal, in their opinion, and that the majority should have simply ruled that way.


And as Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who will lean moderate, prepares to retire, the Democrats could lose even more clout on the Supreme Court bench, pundits say.


President Trump said the portions of the travel ban determined legal on Monday will now take effect on Thursday, June 29, or 72 hours after Monday's controversial court ruling.


The unprecedented court decision did not come without a fight, immigrant support groups across the nation that have led protests over Trump's travel ban saying Monday that some immigrants are afraid, and will not even speak out anymore.


They [greater Cleveland immigrants] are not speaking out because many of them are afraid," said Debbie Kline, a White activist and Cleveland resident who leads Cleveland Jobs with Justice, and who has organized rallies with other greater Cleveland immigrant support leaders for greater Cleveland immigrants relative to a travel ban they say is extrinsically "racist."


(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 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 . 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.

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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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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