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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  four million views.

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Click below to read over 1,400 archived Cleveland Urban News.Com articles by year at our blog of (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

 


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2012 (221), 2011 (135), 2010 (109), 2009 (50)

 

(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).


(CLICK ON THE WORDS BELOW THE BELOW PICTURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO) Cleveland Channel 5 News television station coverage and video of May 6 Seymour Ave rally with speeches from Seymour survivor Michelle Knight (Lillian Lee), activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who organized and led the event, state Rep Nickie Antonio, Patrice Brown, and activists Judi Holowatyj and Genevieve Mitchell, activist women calling for more funding and changes locally, statewide and nationally as to violence against women and children. Coverage came also from the Plain Dealer and channels 3, 8, and 19.This news video also shows our salute to Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, all 3 of whom escaped the then Seymour Ave home of rapist Ariel Castro on May 6, 2013 after being held captive for a decade... By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor of www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders
She was one of the statistics, held captive and tortured along with two other young women. On the fourth anniversary of their amazing rescue, Michelle Knight, one of the…
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KATHY WRAY COLEMAN LEADS RALLY: Cleveland 19 News coverage and video of the Seymour Avenue rally featuring our march where Seymour Ave survivor Michelle Knight (now Lillian Lee) came out in support. The segment highlights our concerns for the health of women and children if the Affordable Care Act is repealed by congress. Thanks to all who participated in an event also covered by the Plain Dealer Newspaper and Cleveland news channels 3,5, and 19, 8., You often do not need hundreds or thousands of people to draw attention to a worthy cause..... Thanks to the many groups represented including Women's March Ohio, Women's March Cleveland, Imperial Women Coalition, the Carl Stokes Brigade, United We Stand out of Media, Ohio, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Pro Choice Naral Ohio, Refusefacism.org, Protecting Our Children's Safety Before and After School and Peace in the Hood with Khalid Samad. Kathy Wray Coleman, Imperial Women Coalition, Clevelandurbannews.com and KathyWrayColemanonlinenewsblog.com Tel: (216) 659-0473


Anti Jeff Sessions for U.S .attorney general Cleveland rally: Activist groups to rally from 11 am-1 pm in Cleveland today, January 24, 2017, against Jeff Sessions becoming U.S. attorney general near the Cleveland office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman

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Pictured are U.S.  Sen. Jeff Sessions (wearing light grey suit and a red tie) of Alabama, a Republican and the controversial nominee of President Donald Trump for U.S. attorney general, National NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, who is Black,  former Ohio governor Ted Strickland (wearing dark blue suit), who lost a bid last year for the U.S. Senate against U.S. Sen Rob Portman, a Cincinnati Republican, and Portman (wearing dark grey suit and red tie), a junior Republican senator who is neck and neck with Strickland for the November election(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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 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. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.5 million views).


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Civil Rights groups and community activists will rally from 11 am-1 pm in Cleveland near the office of Republican U.S. Sen Rob Portman against The confirmation of controversial Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. attorney general.


The event, a protest near Portman's Cleveland district office at the federal building on East 9th Street in downtown Cleveland, is sponsored by the Ohio Revolution group and the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus.

 

Portman is a center-Right Republican born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he still lives today, when not in Washington, D.C.

 

He won reelection in November favorably over former Ohio governor Ted Strickland, the Democratic nominee.


Nominated by President Donald Trump to succeed outgoing attorney general Loretta Lynch, the nation's first Black female attorney general who worked under former President Barack Obama, the country's first Black president, Sessions' nomination has Civil Rights organizations across the country up in arms, including the NAACP, the nation's most renown Civil Rights organization.


The NAACP is upset over Sessions' allegedly hostile attitude toward Civil Rights and the Voting Rights Act, which was weakened by a Supreme Court decision in 2013.


National NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks and five other NAACP members were arrested following a sit-in on Jan 3 at the Mobile, Alabama office of Sessions, who says he has supported criminal justice reforms and a few other Civil Rights initiatives as a federal lawmaker.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2017 20:30

Cleveland Housing Court Judge Ray Pianka dies suddenly at 65, Mayor Jackson, others offer condolences, including activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, whose deceased husband, a former Cleveland cop, worked under Pianka as a housing court bailiff

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Cleveland Urban News.Com, via editor Kathy Wray Coleman, interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio -Cleveland Municipal Housing Court Judge Raymond L. Pianka (pictured) is dead at 65, and his death was sudden and has taken the community by surprise.

The  judge's family has asked for privacy, and funeral arrangements are pending.


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, a former city council president who served with Pianka, also a former councilman, on city council, offered condolences on behalf of the city, calling Pianka "a tireless advocate for his community."

Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed, an east side city lawmaker contemplating a run for mayor this year, tweeted that Pianka was "a longtime friend."

Activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, the surviving spouse of former Cleveland cop Wesley Maclin Jr, who was employed later as a housing court deputy bailiff for Pianka until his death in 2004 and started the first Cleveland housing court union for bailiff's with the judge's support, was caught off guard.

Coleman says she is shocked and that Pianka was especially sensitive and caring when she lost her husband as a relatively young woman, even attending funeral services after closing the court for the morning.

"We offer condolences to the Pianka family," said Coleman. "May the judge rest in peace."

Pianka reportedly died Sunday morning in the property behind his home on Ellen Avenue, though details are sketchy.

Judge Pianka was a former west side Cleveland councilman who lived in the Detroit Shoreway community his entire life, his court bio says.

He was first elected to housing court, which hears criminal cases involving violations of municipal codes and select civil cases, in 1995 and was repeatedly re-elected.

"He was loved and respected by his employees," Coleman said.

 

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

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2017 20:31

Activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman among speakers at 15,000 person women's march in Cleveland where Coleman also led the march from Public Square to City Hall and back, a gathering with speakers such as Congress persons Fudge and Kaptur

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Pictured are Cleveland community activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, who is Black, 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who is the longest serving woman in congress, and 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge

 

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


Cleveland Urban News.Com, via editor Kathy Wray Coleman, interviewed now president Barack Obama one-on-one. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio- Some 15, 000 people protested on Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, a sister march to the national women's march in Washington D.C and a local event with speakers that include Ohio Congress persons Marcia L. Fudge and Marcy Kaptur, Ohio state Rep. Nickie Antonio and Black Cleveland journalist and activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, who also led the 15 thousand people on chants during a march to City Hall and back to Public Square.


Some 600 marches were held that day in cities across the country on women's issues, including the hub march in Washington, D.C. that drew over 200 thousand people to the nation's capital, a day after Donald Trump was inaugurated amid protests that brought some 200 arrests on nearby streets.


In Atlanta, some 60,000 people showed, in Chicago police turned people away because of the enormous crowd, and Los Angeles drew dome 750,00 protesters.

 

But, regardless of the turnout, women united across this country, and their voices were heard, loudly and clearly.


Also a former Cleveland schools biology teacher who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper and who now edits Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com, Coleman said in her rousing speech that the absence of a Black woman on President Trump's transition team and cabinet is inexcusable, that Black women are incarcerated at a rate four times that of White women, and that they traditionally earn 63 cents on the dollar compared to non-Hispanic White men.


She urged the federal government to bring in more resources to the largely Black city of Cleveland and talked on violence against women from the Imperial Avenue Murders in Cleveland by serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell, to the East Cleveland serial murders by convicted serial killer Michael Madison and the Seymour Avenue rape and kidnapping of Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry.


Led through the city streets by Coleman with a  bull horn, protesters chanted 'No justice, no peace, My body my choice, Women united will never be defeated, and This is what democracy looks like," to name a few.

 

A Republican and former reality star turned president who won the presidency in November over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump is colorful at best.


The national women's march in Washington and similar rallies that were held in cities across the country came as Trump is under fire from women's rights groups and Civil Rights organizations, including the NAACP, for insensitive remarks during the presidential campaign against women, and the make-up of his transition team and cabinet, neither of which contains any Black women whatsoever.


Also at issue are comments the president made two weeks ago, saying Civil Rights icon and longtime Congressman John Lewis of Georgia had done nothing for his congressional districts.


The insensitive rhetoric caused Lewis to back-out of the inauguration and several other Washington Democrats followed his lead, some 62 Democratic lawmakers in fact, including Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat, and Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose congressional district stretches to Cleveland. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE ON OHIO CONGRESSWOMAN MARCIA FUDGE JOINING CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS AND OTHERS TO BOYCOTT THE INAUGURATION AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

 

 


 

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2017 19:07

Women's March Cleveland expects thousands on Public Square at 10 am on Saturday, January 21, 2017, with six headliners of Congresspersons Kaptur and Fudge, state Rep. Antonio, activist Kathy Wray Coleman, Margaret Mitchell and Gail Sands

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


Cleveland Urban News.Com, via editor Kathy Wray Coleman, interviewed now president Barack Obama one-on-one. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio- Ohio Congresspersons Marcia L. Fudge and Marcy Kaptur, Ohio state Rep Nickie Antonio and Black Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition are among six  headliner speakers for the Women's march in Cleveland at 10 am on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at Public Square in Cleveland, an event that will mirror the national women's march on Washington that same day at post- inauguration festivities of President-elect Donald Trump. (CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE AS TO THE WOMEN'S MARCH CLEVELAND where some 5,500 people have shown interest and some 3,800 people say that will attend. Call Laura Johnson of Cleveland at 505-382-0804 for more information. And activists can call Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition at 216-659-0473).


According to organizers Laura Johnson and Claudia Pasma, both Ph.D. students in physics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, other morning speakers include Greater Cleveland YWCA President and CEO Margaret Mitchell, and Gail Sands, a Cleveland Heights resident and volunteer for the National Council of Jewish Women.(Editor's note: Organizers added Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown and Mallory McMaster as speakers after press time),


Protesters will gather at Public Square at 10 am for speeches by the aforementioned and at 11 am they will march through the streets of the city to the Free Stamp next to city Hall at Willard Park.


They will then march back to Public Square for speeches that could go on to 2 pm, organizers said.


"We are standing up for women's rights," said Johnson, sentiments echoed by Pasma, an immigrant from Greece in her second year as a doctoral student at CWRU.


The two young women said that they stepped to the plate to organize Clevelanders and others that will attend the march on Public Square Saturday to '"stand together for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families, while recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our communities."


A Republican and former reality star turned president who won the presidency in November over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump will have already taken his oath as president on Friday, Jan 20, a day before the women's march and the day that President Barack Obama, the nation's  first Black president, officially leaves office.


The national women's march in Washington and similar rallies that will be held in cities across the country come as Trump is under fire from women's rights groups and Civil Rights organizations, including the NAACP, for insensitive remarks during the presidential campaign against women, and the make-up of his transition team and cabinet, neither of which contains any Black women whatsoever.


Also at issue are comments the president -elect made last week, saying Civil Rights icon and longtime Congressman John Lewis of Georgia had done nothing for his congressional districts.


The insensitive rhetoric caused Lewis to back-out of the inauguration and several other Washington Democrats followed his lead, some 62 Democratic lawmakers in fact, including Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat, and Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose congressional district stretches to Cleveland. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE ON OHIO CONGRESSWOMAN MARCIA FUDGE JOINING CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS AND OTHERS TO BOYCOTT THE INAUGURATION AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

 

Fudge is Black and leads Ohio's 11th congressional district, which is majority Black and includes the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs.


But Saturday's march in Cleveland is non-partisan, organizers say.


"The women's rights march in Cleveland is non- partisan but will address women's rights and Civil Rights in general," organizer Claudia Pasma told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper.

 

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


Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2017 22:12

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

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

 

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

By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS. (Note: A former 14-year biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.5 million views).


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


 

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


 


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2017 19:18

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

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Pictured are journalist and activist

Kathy Wray Coleman and Cleveland Heights

Municipal Court Judge A. Deane Buchanan

 

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


Cleveland Urban News.Com, via editor Kathy Wray Coleman, interviewed now president Barack Obama one-on-one. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:06

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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