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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 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: 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


By 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:
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). 
Event contact No. (216) 659-0473, the Imperial Women Coalition.... and KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email:


By 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

The wife of George Zimmerman, the accused murderer of unarmed Black teen Trayvon Martin, arrested for perjury, Cleveland area Civil Rights, grassroots organizations have rallied for justice for Martin

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor

SANDFORD, Florida-The wife of accused teen killer George Zimmerman, 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 charged on Tues. with perjury.

Shellie Zimmerman (pictured) was arrested without incident by Seminole County sheriffs at her home, authorities said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 June 2012 21:32

Updated: Obama to visit Cleveland this week, June 14, 2012, get your free tickets in 1 of 4 locations, Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Vice Chair Blaine Griffin announces public meeting Monday in Cleveland for African American Black leaders for Obama

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor

CLEVELAND, Ohio-President Barack Obama (pictured first) will visit the recreation center at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland at E. 38th St and Community College Ave. in the early afternoon on Thurs., Obama for America campaign officials announced Sun.

The campaign event is free and open to the public.

Tickets are needed to attend and can be picked up one-person-a-ticket- beginning at  5 p.m. on Mon at the Tri-C recreation center; Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1466 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland; and campaign offices at 13100 Shaker Square in Cleveland and 5734 Ridge Road in Parma.

Meanwhile, African-American Cleveland area Black elected officials and other Black leaders for Obama will meet Mon. from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Woodlawn Academy in Cleveland, 2950 Martin Luther King Drive, for a campaign strategy session that is open to the public, said Blaine Griffin, vice president of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and the director of the community relations board for the City of Cleveland.

For more information on that public meeting contact Obama for America African-American Vote Director Ashley Allison at 614-286-9486 or Obama for America Shaker Square campaign headquarters in Cleveland at 216- 416-2017.

The telephone number to the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party offices in Cleveland is 216-621-9750.

Griffin said that the meeting is also an opportunity for Black people to give input relative to the Obama campaign.

The president is in a neck and neck race with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, and Ohio remains a battleground state.

Obama, America's first Black president, comes to town at a time when Black leaders are calling on him to embrace them more firmly into his campaign, about 50 of them even meeting just last week with Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who supports Romney, and at the urging of George Forbes (pictured third), the former president of the Cleveland NAACP and longtime general counsel for the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's Black press.

Whether the president's upcoming visit to Cleveland was planned before Gov. Kasich began meeting with Black leaders as a group last week in Cleveland has not been announced publicly, though an Obama campaign official said under condition of anonymity that it had been planned long ago and that Forbes is insignificant.

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Last Updated on Monday, 11 June 2012 20:56

Former Cleveland NAACP President George Forbes summons Black elected officials, leaders to meeting at Cleveland Clinic with Gov Kasich to push Mayor Jackson's education plan, only 4 Black elected officials show, Rev Caviness, SCLC members attend

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Former Cleveland NAACP President George L. Forbes, also a former Cleveland City Council president and currently a part time local attorney who is also legal counsel  for the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's Black press, still has clout, at least with Ohio's governor.

Forbes summoned Black Democratic leaders of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to a meeting with Republican Gov. John Kasich last week to the renowned Cleveland Clinic, though only about 50 people showed, and only  four of them were Black elected officials, with some others questioning its impact on the neck and neck presidential race and President Obama's standing in the battleground state of Ohio.

The elected officials that were there were state Reps. John Barnes Jr.  (D-12) and Bill Patmon (D-10),  both Cleveland Democrats, and Cleveland City Council members Mamie Mitchell, Jeff Johnson and Michael Polensek,  who is White, and one to freely antagonize Black youth and men that he sees as thugs and wishes were "dead. "

But noticeably absent was everybody else, such as state Sen. Nina Turner(D-25), the four Blacks on Cuyahoga County Council, including county council president C. Ellen Connally, the other six on Cleveland City Council, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-11), and key Whites like labor leader Harriet Applegate, executive secretary of the North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor.

Kasich used the meeting to push his and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's controversial education plan, which is a pending bill in the state legislature that calls for a state law to strip only Cleveland teachers of seniority and would  hand public funds from the coffers of the majority Black impoverished school district to a few charter schools, among other radical provisions.

The plan has the reluctant endorsement of the Cleveland Teachers Union leadership team and that of the Call and Post Fudge, Turner, state Rep. Sandra Williams (D-11), and all but two White members of Cleveland City Council, among some other people

Community activists, however, have collectively shunned it, and have called it anti-Black, anti-Democratic, anti-student, anti-community, and illegal.

State Sen. Shirley Smith (D-22), a Cleveland Democrat, blasted the mayor's educational plan in an editorial in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio largest newspaper, and another entity that backs the plan.

Those that Cleveland Urban News.Com interviewed following the first-of-its-kind meeting said the governor was warm, and amenable, and that he bragged of what he has done for Cleveland and Ohio, such as helping to get $750 thousand in the state fiscal budget for an upcoming East Side Market in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood, and increasing minority business development monies throughout the state.

A former U.S. Rep. from Ohio who lost both of his parents in a car accident at 38, Kasich, 60, shot down a request by Cleveland Defense Attorney Michael Nelson for financial help from the state for Central State University, Ohio's only Black publicly funded institution of higher learning, saying before the Black audience that university officials must help themselves first.

And he took such a position even though data from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights denotes that CSU has been disenfranchised, first with the building of the predominantly White Wright State University down the street to siphon monies and students away from CSU, and because of other discrimination, including unfunded mandates and fewer state resources on a proportinate basis than that accorded to majority euro-centric public universities in Ohio like The Ohio State University.

And the governor is accused of misquoting data at the meeting, saying allegedly that Cleveland spends $15 thousand per student annually, more money than any school district in Ohio,  when even the neighboring school districts of Shaker Hts. and Cleveland- Hts. University Hts. school districts spend nearly $4 thousand more per kid.

The Ohio Supreme Court, in DeRolph vs. State of Ohio, has repeatedly deemed Ohio's school funding formula and its reliance heavily on property taxes unconstitutional, and the state legislature has repeatedly ignored court orders to revise the state's s funding formula for its public schools in compliance with DeRolph.

The governor's deputy press secretary said by phone on Wed. that Kasich had actually said at the meeting  that Cleveland schools spend more money per student annually than other major school districts in Ohio such as Columbus and Cincinnati.

But she said also  that the governor continues to lobby state legislators to revise the state's method of funding education so that all children of Ohio get a fair shake educationally.

"The governor  still supports a constitutional school funding formula ," said Connie Wehrkamp, Kasich' s deputy press secretary.

The Rev E. Theophilus Caviness, senior pastor of Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland and the executive director of the Cleveland Chapter of the SCLC, was at the meeting too, as was Marcia McCoy, the greater Cleveland head of the Rev. Al. Sharpton's National Action Network.

Angry over his initial refusal to hire a single Black in his cabinet when he took office in 2011, Caviness and McCoy had led the charge against Kasich, along with Black state legislators, including Turner and Williams, also chair of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, to urge him to be more sensitive to Ohio's Black community. And they picketed with Ohio Civil Rights organizations, including some local branches of the  NAACP and SCLC, causing a stir at the Statehouse, and putting pressure on the Republican White governor.

Since then, the controversial governor, who is at odds with Ohio's public sector unions that won a repeal of Senate Bill 5, a Republican backed state law that would have dismantled public sector collective bargaining, has appointed two Blacks to his cabinet.

Some of the elected officials that went said that they were for the most part uncomfortable going at Forbe's request during a presidential election year since Kasich is a Republican and they, Forbes Jackson and nearly all others at the meeting are registered Democrats.

Others that went said that business is business and as long as Kasich is Ohio's governor it is proper for Black leaders to convene with him on issues of public concern.

Kasich did win some friends by meeting.

One public official said on condition of anonymity that Kasich is now willing to give money and other resources to the Black community and that President Obama should step up his game and bring Black leaders more firmly into his fold during this year's presidential campaign

A few political wannabes that went to the meeting were excited that the governor took the time to meet with them.

Others said that both Kasich and Forbes were scheming against Obama and the Democrats since Ohio is a pivotal state.

Yet some said that Forbes, Caviness, and  Cleveland NAACP President James Hardiman, who joked to Kasich at the meeting that he is now in charge of the Cleveland NAACP, not Forbes, are merely part of Cleveland's Old Black Political Guard that political hopefuls still have to recon with.

Community Activist Donna Brown, who announced earlier this year that she will run for Cleveland mayor next year, said the meeting was suspect.

Governor Kasich is acting like a closet Democrat and the Democrats that went to the meeting are acting like closet Republicans," said Brown, a Black Republican herself. "And what Mayor Jackson and Governor Kasich are doing with their educational plan is illegal because House Bill 269, the state law upon which mayoral control was crafted, does not permit the intervention by the mayor and the governor, and the mayor is essentially limited to appointing a school board ."

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Last Updated on Monday, 11 June 2012 04:41

Zimmerman jailed after judge revokes bond for lying about finances in case of alleged murder of unarmed Black teen Trayvon Martin, Black community quiets down, young Cleveland area activist groups like the Oppressed People's Nation continue the fight

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor

SANDFORD, Florida-Accused teen murderer George Zimmerman (pictured), a racist White volunteer community watchman who gunned down the unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin earlier this year in a suburban neighborhood in Sandford, Fl. and was charged in April with second degree murder after outcries of an injustice by the Black community and others, was jailed again on Sun. after a judge revoked his bond, saying he lied about his finances.

Florida judge Kenneth Lester ruled that Zimmerman lied about monies he got from a promotional website around the murder and last week revoked his $150 thousand bail, and ordered him to report to jail by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, not all is quiet on the Black front of a once enraged Black community on the celebrated case.

"We will keep protesting until we get justice for Trayvon Martin," said Ernest Smith, 34, who leads the Oppressed People's Nation, an activist group primarily of twenty something community activists that has led community protests in the Cleveland area on the Martin case and other issues of public concern impacting the Black community and young people.

Other greater Cleveland activist organizations have rallied behind the Martin case too, with protests also spearheaded by the Imperial Women, Black on Black Crime Inc and Peace in the Hood , and the activists have said that are monitoring the case and that they remain a  part of the national Civil Rights thrusts for justice for Trayvon.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 19:03

Former presidential candidate John Edwards acquitted of charge that he used campaign funds to hush pregnant mistress Reille Hunter from dying wife Elizabeth Edwards, jury deadlocks on remaining 5 charges

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By Kathy Wray Colman, Editor

RALEIGH, North Carolina-A North Carolina jury last week freed John Edwards (pictured) of charges that he used more than $1 million in campaign funds from his unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008 to hush his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter while his wife Elizabeth Edwards was dying of breast cancer.

After deliberating for eight days, the jury, on Thurs., acquitted the former U.S. senator of one charge and deadlocked on the remaining five felony charges, forcing a judge to declare a mistrial.

Edwards, 58, a millionaire who rose to fame by winning record breaking North Carolina jury verdicts in libel and slander and personal injury lawsuits, and the 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee for president, did not take the stand at trial.

The prosecution relied heavily on testimony from Andrew Young, a former top campaign official who initially agreed to a cover up and publicly lied in 2008, saying that he was the father of  Edwards and Hunter's baby, Frances Quinn Hunter, now four years old,

But Young came across to the jury as suspect, legal pundits said, partly because he used some of the campaign funds at issue  toward his and his wife's 1.6 million mansion. She too testified against Edwards at trial.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 June 2012 04:22

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Cleveland to thank campaign volunteers and hold Obama campaign fundraiser at Progressive Field, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, others attend fundraiser

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-Slim and poised, First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured), the most photographed first lady in American and world history, thanked a group of approximately 150 Obama campaign committee volunteers from Cleveland and surrounding suburbs before attending an intimate fundraiser of roughly 250 supporters at Progressive Field on Mon. afternoon in Cleveland.
Campaign organizers said that the volunteers, who were invited as special guests to meet the first lady, have made tons of phone calls and knocked on more than 8,500 doors in Cuyahoga County, the state's largest county and a Democratic stronghold.
"You guys are the backbone of this campaign," said Aaron Pickrell, senior adviser to the Obama campaign in Ohio before introducing Mrs. Obama at the meet and greet session for the volunteers to the chant of "Fired it up! Ready to Go!"
Dressed in a casual sundress, Mrs. Obama, 48, entered the sunny Terrace Room at Progressive stadium on the off day for the Cleveland Indians with a smile and greeted the volunteers to the tune of "Let's Stay Together," the Al Green classic that President Barack Obama sang during an impromptu but memorable performance at a campaign fundraiser earlier this year.
She then began to to walk the room, shaking hands, and hugging volunteers and taking pictures with them.
Larsenia Cannon, a volunteer campaign worker in Obama’s Euclid office, commented at the event to Cleveland Urban News.Com that Mrs. Obama makes you feel comfortable and that she shows a lot of compassion and gratitude.
That sentiment was shared by others.
"She is an awesome first lady," said Jackie Goins, a retired registered nurse who worked on Obama's campaign for president in 2008 and now volunteers at the president's campaign headquarters in Shaker Square in Cleveland. "She is approachable, caring, and down to the earth, and when you get a hug, it is genuine."
Karolyn Isenhart, an Obama campaign organizer in the western suburb of Lakewood, said that the first lady connects with the Cleveland crowd because she is a "Midwest girl from a working class family and she shares our stories as working and middle class people."
Triclelle Connor said that she was moved by the first lady's persona, and her graciousness.
"The first lady is a warm person and I have always been a fan of hers," said Connor, a neighborhood team leader for Cleveland's Ward 9. "She said that what we are doing is important work and thanked us."
Michelle Obama spent approximately 25 min. with the volunteers and managed to acknowledge nearly each and every one of them, and once she had spoken to the last volunteer, she exited the room for the fundraising reception.
A volunteer that went to the fundraiser said that she felt at home there too.
The Rev. Ledra Bigelow, an associate pastor at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, one of the city's most prominent Black churches, introduced. Mrs. Obama.
"I want to thank all of you, truly, for taking the time out of your busy lives and your busy days to join us here today," the first lady said during a speech at the fundraiser. "And we're here not just because we want to win an election -- which we do.  We're here and we're doing this because of the values we believe in. We’re doing this because of the vision for this country that we all share."
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, whom the first lady thanked along with is wife for attending, State Sen. Shirley Smith (D-22), Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGraph, Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson, and Lillian Greene, a retired Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Court Judge and former Cuyahoga County recorder, were among a host of members of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party at the reception.
Later in the evening Mrs. Obama hosted a campaign fundraising dinner for about 250 contributors, one that did not include the media, said Laura Allen, an Obama for America regional press secretary for Ohio and the Cleveland area.
A Princeton University law school alumnus, the first lady was once the president's boss, before Obama gave up fancy law firms to become a community organizer on the inner city streets of Chicago and then an Illinois state senator, and after that, a U.S. senator.
She is, without question, a fashion trendsetter, following in the foot steps of former first ladies like Jacqueline Kennedy, and Nancy Regan, but offering her own flavor of style and dress.
She has national approval ratings that are as high as 70 percent by some polls.
President Obama and Republican presumptive nominee Mitt Romney will battle for the White House for the November 6 presidential election, and Ohio, as it has been for more that a half a century, remains a pivotal state.
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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 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 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 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