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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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(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....
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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

East Cleveland voters recall Mayor Gary Norton, city council president in response to their efforts to merge the Black city with Cleveland....East Cleveland Councilwoman Barbara Thomas comments on the issue to Cleveland Urban News.Com

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Pictured are East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton (wearing black suit and a light blue tie), and East Cleveland City Council President Thomas Wheeler (wearing grey suit and a patterned tie)

 

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.3 million views).


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - East Cleveland voters  on Tuesday recalled two-term Black Mayor Gary A. Norton Jr. and the mayor's ally, city council president Thomas Wheeler, in a special election spurred by attempts by Norton and Wheeler to hand the Black city to neighboring Cleveland via controversial merger discussions that remain pending.


Absentee ballots could change the results of a close election with some 53 percent of them counted at press time.

 

Norton lost by 20 votes, 548-528, and Wheeler by 18 votes, 229-211, unofficial results of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections reveal.


Per the city charter, council vice president Brandon King will now assume the helm as mayor pending a subsequent election.

Wheeler faced recall efforts on two previous occasions, both of which he overcame.


Norton faced recall for the first time on Tuesday.


Wheeler is Black like Norton, as are the other four council persons of the 99 percent impoverished Black Cleveland suburb, a city of some 18,000 people.


Among those opposing the merger with Cleveland are some local community activists of both Cleveland and East Cleveland, outspoken East Cleveland Councilman Nate Martin, East Cleveland Councilwoman Barbara Thomas, and retired East Cleveland judge Una H.R. Kennon, now the president of the East Cleveland Board of Education and the longtime president and founder of the Black Women's Political Action Committee.


Kennon could not be reached for comment but sources say she led the effort to oust Norton and Wheeler as a seasoned Black politician.


Cleveland currently has 17 wards with roughly 25,000 constituents in each ward.  A ward 18 will be added if the merger materializes and will be former East Cleveland, city officials have said.


East Cleveland Councilwoman Barbara Thomas told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, that while she did not push the recall she is vehemently opposed to any merger of the chocolate city with Cleveland, also a largely Black city.


"A merger is not a good fix," said Thomas during a Cleveland Urban News.Com interview on Tuesday.


The special election was certified in September by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections after activist and resident Devin Branch, who last month was arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting Norton, submitted more than the required 600 petition signatures.

Branch, a former member of the East Cleveland Library Board, has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge, which he says is frivolous and politically motivated.


Norton, who was first elected city mayor in 2009 after defeating then mayor Eric Brewer and was re-elected in 2014, says Branch was the aggressor.


Under the East Cleveland charter, Norton and Wheeler could have resigned instead of facing a potential recall, but both refused.

Norton and Wheeler are both Democrats.


East Cleveland is nearly bankrupt, according to state auditor David Yost, a Republican.

It has a median income of $15,000 and most residents live below the poverty line.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 13:14

East Cleveland voters to decide recall election of Mayor Gary Norton, city council president Thomas Wheeler December 6, 2016....Former county commissioner Peter Lawson Jones and former state representative candidate Cassandra McDonald spar over the issue

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Pictured are East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton (wearing black suit light blue tie), East Cleveland City Council President Thomas Wheeler (wearing grey suit and patterned tie), Cassandra McDonald, an unsuccessful canididate this past November for state representative in state House District 9, which includes the city of East Cleveland, and former Cuyahoga County commissioner Peter Lawson Jones (wearing grey suit and red tie)

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.3 million views).


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - East Cleveland voters will decide Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 whether to recall two-term Black Mayor Gary A. Norton Jr. and the mayor's ally, city council president Thomas Wheeler.

Wheeler is Black too, as are the other four council persons of the 99 percent impoverished Black Cleveland suburb, a city of some 18,000 people.

The special election was certified in September by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections after activist and resident Devin Branch, who last month was arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting Norton, submitted more than the required 600 petition signatures.

Branch, a former member of the East Cleveland Library Board, has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge, which he says is frivolous and politically motivated.


Norton, who was first elected city mayor in 2009 after defeating then mayor Eric Brewer and was re-elected in 2014, says Branch was the aggressor.


The special recall election will cost the city between $25,000 and $30,000, with polls opening at 6:30 am on Tuesday, and closing at 7:30 pm.

Under the East Cleveland charter, Norton and Wheeler could have resigned instead of facing a potential recall, but both refused.

Norton and Wheeler are Democrats.


The mayor has not said if he will seek re-election next year and said that the recall effort is ridiculous in part because of next year's mayoral election.


Those seeking his removal from office say time is of essence.

Wheeler faced a two previous recall efforts, both of which he overcame.

At the core of the dispute are controversial merger negotiations with officials of neighboring Cleveland that were initiated after Norton collected the necessary signatures required by state law to start merger discussions.


East Cleveland is nearly bankrupt.


It has a median income of $15,000 and most residents live below the poverty line.


Norton says bankruptcy is inevitable, given the socioeconomic factors of the cash strapped city.


His foes blame him for the economic catastrophe and have been canvassing the community and circulating posts on Facebook seeking the mayor's ouster on Tuesday.

 

His foes include Cassandra McDonald, an unsuccessful Black candidate for state representative in November for state House District 9, which includes East Cleveland and is currently led by Democratic state Rep. Kent Smith, who is White and supports Norton.


McDonald wants Norton gone, and said so without reservation on Facebook.

 

Former Cuyahoga County commissioner Peter Lawson Jones of Shaker Heights, Norton's boss when he was his chief assistant for the county before winning for mayor, acknowledges problems with the city but says Norton is an effective mayor and should not be recalled.


McDonald disagrees.


"Mr. Jones, with all due respect it is beyond Mayor Norton's performance as the Mayor of East Cleveland," said McDonald, who ran in November as a Republican against incumbent Smith but said after wards that she is really a Democrat and that the county Republican Party would not back her in her race against Smith, and is allegedly racist.


She said that Jones views Norton in a different light as his former boss.


"As someone who has worked with him [Norton], you can surely highlight the good qualities that you experienced and observed during your collaboration," McDonald said.


A Harvard Law School graduate Jones, who is also Black, shot back.


"We agree that something radical must occur and quickly," said Jones. "We simply disagree, in all due respect, that the removal of Gary Norton is part of the solution.


Jones added that "in any event, we'll see what happens on December 6."


Norton and Wheeler want the merger with Cleveland as do some Black Cleveland power brokers, including Mayor Frank Jackson, east side councilmen Jeff Johnson and Kevin Conwell, and George L. Former, a former city council president and former Cleveland NAACP president.

Cleveland, also a majority Black city, currently has 17 wards with roughly 25,000 constituents in each ward.  A ward 18 will be added if the merger materializes and will be former East Cleveland, city officials have said.

Among others opposing the merger are some local community activists of both Cleveland and East Cleveland, outspoken East Cleveland Councilman Nate Martin, and retired East Cleveland judge Una H.R. Kennon, now the president of the East Cleveland Board of Education and the longtime president and founder of the Black Women's Political Action Committee.

Though a merger would not include East Cleveland schools, Kennon has said that she is staunchly against the merger and that she does not trust the process, period.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 03:12

Cleveland Cavaliers megastar LeBron James named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year.....By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman of Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.3 million views).


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cavaliers power forward LeBron James (pictured) has been named the 2016 Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated, an honor that comes after the megastar last season brought Cleveland its first professional sports championship title in 52 years.

 

He will behonored during a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York later this month.

James, 31, has won three NBA championshipS and is a four-time MVP.

 

Sports Illustrated officials said he was chosen not only because of his work on the court but also because of his charitable contributions.

A native of Akron, Ohio, James averaged 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the 2015-2016 season, and under the leadership of head coach Tyronn Lue, who, like James, is Black.

The Cavaliers overcame the Golden State Warriors to take the national championship last season, a year after losing to Golden State in the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers have a 13-4 regular season record to date this season, and they won against the  Los Angeles Clippers at home on Thursday, 113-94.

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 December 2016 03:50

Ohio Congressman Ryan, in spite of support from Congresswoman Fudge, fails to oust Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives....Fudge is Black and leads Ohio's largely Black 11th congressional district, which includes Cleveland.

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Pictured are Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrenville Heights Democrat, Ohio 13th Congressional District Congressman Tim Ryan, a Niles Democrat, and U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.2 million views).


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, WASHINGTON, D.C. – In spite of breaking ranks with a majority of congressional Democrats backing the reign of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), a Warrensville Heights Democrat who leads Ohio's largely Black 11th congressional district, which includes the majority Black city of Cleveland, could not help fellow Ohioan Tim Ryan tumble Pelosi from power.

 

A San Francisco Democrat, Pelosi 76,  served as Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011, the only woman to hold the prestigious position.

 

In 2011, after Democrats lost control of the House, she was elected Minority House Leader and has held the post ever since.

 

On Wednesday she was again reelected, beating Ryan, 43, 134 to 63.

 

She said, following the close door session that brought her the overwhelming win, that her focus is, in part, unseating President-elect Donald Trump if he seeks reelection in 2020, and that she is reinvigorated and has "more spring in her step."

 

Fudge, who is Black, was among less than a dozen Democrats that jumped aboard at the last minute to support Ryan, a Niles Democrat and possible candidate for governor of Ohio in 2018.

 

Other congressional Democrats joining Fudge against Pelosi include Reps. Jim Cooper (Tenn.), Kurt Schrader (Ore.) Alcee Hastings (Fla.), Beto O'Rourke (Texas), Ed Perlmutter (Colo.) and Kathleen Rice (N.Y.).

 

By the the time the vote came down Ryan had 63 Democrats in his corner, though not enough.

 

"After spending considerable time contemplating the future of the House Democratic Caucus and our party, I have decided to support Tim Ryan for House Minority Leader,'"Fudge said in a Nov. 22 press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's Black digital news leader. "Democrats have experienced significant losses in the House and Senate, yet members have been asked for little to no input to address the reasons for these losses."

 

Fudge is a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus and she chaired the DNC this past summer in Philadelphia.

 

Ryan, who has represented Ohio's 13th congressional district since 2003, was gracious in defeat and said Wednesday that Democrats in Congress remain unified.

 

He said that a cadre of voters that support him voted for Trump and that he would have been more effective than Pelosi "in pulling back Trump voters."

 

The Republicans, since Donald Trump's unprecedented win over Hillary Clinton last month, now control the White House, and after gaining control of the House of Representatives in 2010, and the Senate in 2014.

 

Trump will succeed two-term President  Barack Obama, a Democrat and the first Black president of the United States of America.

 

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

 

Pelosi has called the selection of Bannon racist and joined some 160 members of Congress, mainly Democrats, including Fudge, Ryan, and Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat and the longest serving woman in Congress, in calling for Trump to withdraw his appointment of Bannon.

 

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

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Last Updated on Sunday, 04 December 2016 00:14

Obama administration wants Congress to address the heroin crisis, wants $1 billion in treatment funding that President Obama sought in this year's budget

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Pictured are United States President Barack Obama (right) and Michael Bottiicelli, director of national drug control policy for the White House

By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.2 million views). States President Barack Obama (right) and Michael Bo


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, WASHINGTON D.C.- The White House, according to a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, held a press call with media across the country to announce efforts by the Obama administration to get Congress "to address the prescription opioid abuse and heroin use crisis by providing $1.1 billion in treatment funding that the president requested in his budget this year."


Michael Botticelli, director of national drug control policy for the White House, led the press call in conjunction with the release of a report and an affiliated 'Making Health Care Better' event that will "focus on the last eight years in prevention, treatment and recovery for substance use disorders."


Botticelli has 28 years in the field of recovery and has said that he believes that "we can turn the corner on this epidemic to move our country out of crisis into recovery."


Heroin and opiod abuse have increased in recent years.


In Cuyahoga County alone, which includes the city of Cleveland, it is a record-breaking dilemma.


"September, which tied August, was the deadliest month in Cuyahoga County history relative to heroin/fentanyl deaths, claiming at least 52 lives," said Christopher Harris, communications specialist for the county medical examiner's office.


The year- to- date period since September, the latest tabulation by the county medical examiner's office, "brought 385 deaths," Harris said.

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 18:14

Community activists, led by Alfred Porter and Kathy Wray Coleman, remember Cleveland police shooting victims Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell on the four-year anniversary of the Cleveland police 137 bullets fatal shooting

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Pictured are Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell (in sky blue tie), former Cleveland Police patrolman Michael Brelo (in blue shirt), Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (in red-pink tie with polka dots), 137 shots unarmed Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Malissa Williams (in white shirt), and 137 shots unarmed Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Timothy Russell ( in dark blue sweatshirt).

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio- Led by Alfred Porter Jr, president of the Cleveland-based Black

on Black Crime Inc., and Kathy Wray

Coleman of the Imperial Women

Coalition, greater Cleveland

community activists and activist

groups remembered Cleveland

police shooting victims Malissa

Williams and Timothy Russell

at Heritage Middle School in East

Cleveland on Tuesday, Nov 29,

the four-year anniversary of the

tragic police killing.

Local media that covered the gathering include Cleveland FOX 8 News, Cleveland Channel 5 News. Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Brown Report Newspaper.

 

The activists gave speeches and called for systemic changes as to heightened murders in Cleveland by police of innocent Black people, particularly over the past five years.

 

They also counted in unison beginning with the number one and ending at 137, the number of bullets police used in their killing pursuit of Williams and Russell, both homeless, and neither wanted by the law.

 

"This is an indictment against Black community," said Coleman, a former biology teacher and blogger. "Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, Tamir Rice, Brandon Jones and Kenneth Smith, to name a few."

 

Williams 30, and Russell, 43, were gunned down by 13-non Black Cleveland cops slinging 137 bullets the night of Nov 29, 2012 and following a high speed car chase from downtown Cleveland to Heritage Middle School in neighboring East Cleveland.

 

There the two unarmed Blacks were ceremonious killed with since fired cop Michael Brelo jumping aboard the hood of the 1979 Malibu Classic driven by Russell and for which Williams was a passenger.

 

Brelo, who was subsequently charged and later acquitted of two counts of manslaughter in a bench trial before Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell,  fired 49 bullets into the then stationary car. The other 12 police officers escaped prosecutor per lobbying from county prosecutor Tim McGinty, who lost reelection this year to Micahel O'Malley with help from Black voters.

 

O'Donnell was also called to task by the Black community after his controversial verdict that sparked community protests and racial unrest.

 

And community activists reiterated their discontent with O'Donnell at the anniversary event on Tuesday.

 

"We made sure that Tim McGinty was ousted and Judge O'Donnell lost his bid for the Ohio Supreme Court." said Al Porter on behalf of the Black on Black Crime group he leads.

 

In addion to Coleman and Porter, other community activists that spoke include Genevieve Mitchell, Ken Bender, Terry Tolefree, Donnie Pastard, Susan Schnur, and Donna Walker Brown.

 

Schnur is White and said that Black Lives Matter. She said that until police are held accountable for erroneously killing Black people the Black community remains at risk and the country cannot legitimately claim to be a nation that promotes Democracy and fair play.


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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.


March 15, 2016 campaign ads of Kasich, Barnes and Jones

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