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(Editor's note: Kathy Wray Coleman (second from right next to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at far right) has received the President Obama 2016 community service award, which was handed to her by 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at Kaptur's Cleveland District office). Standing with Coleman are Renata Jakupka (third from left), who recommended that Coleman receive the award, and community activists Frances Caldwell, David Patterson, Marva Patterson, Ada Averyhart, and Genevieve Mitchell).

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Posted April 18, 2017: By Cleveland Facebook murderer Steve Stephens,

(37 and pictured) commits suicide, the full story on his life, his murdering of Robert Godwin Sr. (pictured),

and his suicide of which can be read here at and, Ohio's Black digital news leaders...

.And with comments from the victim's family members, activists, law enforcement officials,

and others....By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman



By Activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman


(pictured below leading the march with her megaphone) among speakers

at 15,000 person women's march in Cleveland on Jan, 21, 2017....Coleman also led

the march from Public Square to City Hall and back, a gathering with

speakers such as Congress persons Marcia Fudge and Marcy Kaptur,

and state Representative Nickie Antonio.


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nearly 400 people and are both led by Kathy Wray Coleman

(pictured below) of the

Imperial Women Coalition, an activist, journalist and the

key organizer of the

event, and with some 15 speakers

By 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: Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper photo at 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 and, Ohio's Black digital news leaders....Thank you Cleveland 19 Action News for the live coverage Activists rally in Cleveland on April 1, 2017 for healthcare and abortion rights, and against the nomination of Judge Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, and the rally speakers included activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured below with the bull horn leading the march) of the Imperial Women Coalition, who led the healthcare march…/womens-march-ohio-holds-vigil-…19 News video and extensive coverage of the April 13, 2017 women's rally and vigil in Cleveland for Syrian refugees and pictures of the 11 speakers : Article: Women's March Ohio holds rally and vigil for Syrian refugees, a rally led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured with megaphone) of the Imperial Women Coalition and organized by Shayne Terry of Women's March Ohio

An interview with the Obama campaign's get out Ohio's Black vote director Ashley Allison, who tells what Obama has done for Blacks, women, says Romney is bad news for Blacks

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By Johnette Jernigan, Cleveland Urban News.Com Staff Reporter

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland Urban News.Com Reporter Johnette Jernigan  had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Ashley Allison (pictured), a native of Youngstown, Oh., and now the 'Get Out The Vote’ African-American Vote director for Ohio for the Obama for America Campaign.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2012 06:58

President Obama visits Cleveland suburb of Parma Ohio, Cleveland's largest suburb and one with racial tensions involving Blacks, Ohio still pivotal, Parma called racist, but also breeds brilliant politicians like Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason

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From the Metro Desk of Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online Newsblog.Com

CLEVELAND,Ohio-President Barack Obama (pictured) weathered scathing hot temperatures that hit 94 degrees to speak to a capacity crowd at the James Day Park in the Cleveland suburb of Parma Oh. on Thursday afternoon, and went to Sandusky, Oh., and then on to a campaign stop in Pittsburgh, PA.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2012 19:19

Accused killer of unarmed Black teen Trayvon Martin named George Zimmerman is out again on bond after being jailed for lying on a previous bond

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From the Metro Desk of Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online Newsblog.Com

SANDFORD, Florida-Accused teen killer George Zimmerman (pictured), who is facing a charge of second-degree murder for allegedly stalking and gunning down unarmed Black teen Trayvon Martin earlier this year in a Florida suburb, was released on a $1 million bond Friday after his arrest and jailing previously for lying to the presiding judge in the case.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2012 06:59

Gov. Kasich comes to Cleveland to sign Mayor Jackon's Cleveland schools education plan into law that takes away teacher seniority, hands money to charter schools, places Cleveland schools levy on November ballot, Kim Brown writes editorial against levy

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CLEVELAND,Ohio- Kimberly Brown (pictured), a former Cleveland mayoral candidate who also lost a bid for Cuyahoga County Council, writes the guest editorial below against a levy in November that woud support the financially strapped Cleveland Municipal School District.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 07:43

Republican Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice O'Connor denies affidavit of prejudice filed by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason against chief Cuyahoga County Judge Nancy Fuerst, who won't speak out about Blacks getting harsher sentences than Whites

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor (pictured second) has denied an affidavit of prejudice filed against chief Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nancy Fuerst (pictured third) in May by county prosecutor Bill Mason (pictured first), who claimed in the affidavit  that Fuerst is biased against him and his entire staff of over 150 assistance county prosecutors and wanted her removed after she assigned former common pleas judge Robert Glickman as a special prosecutor to investigate a perjury allegation stemming from a since dismissed rape case and did not hold a hearing first.

Elected by her 33 judicial colleagues in the general division that hear felony cases, lawsuits seeking damages in excess of $15 thousand, and other legal matters, Fuerst is both the presiding and administrative judge of the court and by state law she hears affidavits of prejudice filed against municipal court judges in the Cuyahoga Count for potential removal of them from cases, though public records show that she denies nearly all of them, regardless of the merits.

O'Connor, on the other hand, hears affidavits of prejudice filed against common pleas judges statewide,and  also under state law,  to determine if removal from a case is warranted and she does practically the same thing, in addition to handpicking retired visiting judges with nothing to lose to send throughout the state to venues like the Berea Municipal Court to allegedly manipulate case outcomes in both civil and criminal cases.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 07:57

U.S. Supreme Court upholds President Obama's sweeping healthcare mandate as constitutional, U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, Ohio State Rep. John Barnes Jr., Cleveland, Ohio area community activists respond

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

WASHINGTON, D.C.-President Obama's sweeping healthcare law that was adopted by Congress in 2010 before a divided America was narrowly upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday as passing constitutional muster with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, a former president George W. Bush appointee who wrote the landmark opinion on behalf of the court, casting the swing vote with the four liberal's of the nation's high court, two of them appointed by Obama  himself.

ObamaCare requires, among other mandates, that most Americans  that can afford it, hold heath insurance by 2014 or face a penalty.

Among other provisions, it also expands medicaid for some low income Americans, precludes insurance companies from dropping people because they have preexisting conditions, prevents them from charging women higher premiums than men, and lets children stay on the parents' insurance policy until the age of 26.

"The highest court in the land has now spoken and we will continue to implement the law," Obama said in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com. "I didn't do it because I believed that it was good politics. I believe that it is good for the country. "

Obama said that the requirement to purchase health care insurance is fair because when people don't and they then appear as patients in hospital emergency rooms, the premiums go up for paying Americans, and he said that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney supported that provision when he was governor of Massachusetts.

Challenging the law dubbed the Affordability Care Act were 26 states, including Ohio, and a small business trade group, as well as a wealth of Republican congressional lawmakers.

Supporting it were mainly Democrats and their supporters like some unions, as well as a cadre of women, among others.

But the court said that the penalty for not getting insurance is a legitimate tax that Congress can legally impose. And in striking down a small portion of the law, the court dismantled the law's plan to extend medicaid insurance wide span, stipulating the expansion  only to the poor,  and saying that the U.S. government lacks authority to penalize states that don't participate in this aspect of the law by withholding its entire medicaid allotment.

"This is a victory for all Americans," said Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio's majority Black 11th congressional district (D-11), in a press release."In my district alone an estimated 7,000 children with preexisting health conditions can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers, thousands of seniors will receive medicare preventive services with no out-of-pocket co-pays or deductibles, and thousands of seniors on medicare will receive an average discount of $490 per person on the cost of prescription drugs."

State Rep. John Barnes Jr., a Cleveland Democrat,  said that he was pleased with the unprecedented court decision too.

"The decision represents the single most humanitarian effort of the 21st century because it responds to the tasks of the health needs for all of the American people," said Barnes.

Debbie Kline, who leads Cleveland Jobs With Justice, a union, faith based and community activist group with some 64 organizational affiliates, called the ruling "good for America."

Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, both conservatives, were the most watched on the decision as they were the most aggressive in questioning lawyers for the Obama administration on the controversial issue during oral arguments in March, and Roberts came through for the president, the first Black one for the United States of America.

The nation's nine-member high court is no doubt divided on the issue, voting 5 to 4 to uphold it with justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, both appointed by Obama, among the liberal majority of four justices that joined Roberts to seal the deal.

Dissenting were the three conservative justices other than Roberts, including Clarence Thomas, the only Black on the court , veteran and scholar Anton Scalia, and Kennedy, often a swing vote.

Cleveland area community activist Valerie Robinson, 77, a retired Cleveland schools teacher, said ObamaCare has some good things but that she remains ambivalent because she believes that it places more of a burden on the American people then on the federal government.

Romney vowed to overturn ObamaCare if elected president and Republican lawmakers say they will begin efforts to repeal it beginning with a congressional vote on July 11.

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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 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