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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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Activist Kathy Wray Coleman (far right) of the Imperial Women Coalition leads anniversary women's
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To Coleman's direct left is Kenyona Sunny Matthews of Akron, director of Women's March Northeast Ohio
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Women's March Cleveland 2018 video: Cleveland Black women activists speeches, led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman, of the Imperial Women Coalition, who opened as the first speaker at the event, and also led the 7,000 person march.....Also featured are lieutenant governor candidates Akron Councilwoman Tara Mosley- Samples and former congresswoman Betty Sutton, and gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich, a former congressman and former Cleveland mayor....By and, Ohio's Black digital news leaders

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February is Black history month, Blacks were first enslaved by their African ancestors, Blacks greats include Carl B. Stokes, Michael Jackson, Dr. King, Ali, Malcolm X, Nat King Cole, Maya Angelou

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By Wilma Johnston, Contributing Writer, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black  Newspaper

CLEVELAND, Ohio-It’s Black history month, so let's talk a little bit about Black history. Do we really know the true history of the plight of African-Americans and their African ancestors?

First, Black people were enslaved initially by Blacks and Islamic people in Africa and then sold to be brought to America for further slavery to work our fields and to perform other subservient measures. But remember that it was White men that brought our ancestors to America in chains. Those chains still plague the Black community through high unemployment,  disproportionate incarcerations of Black men and women, and underfunded public school districts that serve majority Black and poor children, among other systemic problems.

The very first Black killed in a major American war was a Black man named Crispus Attucks, who died in the Revolutionary War. Hundreds of  Black soldiers were among the casualties at Bunker Hill.

Blacks were at one time, if not even now in some situations, counted as 3/5 of a person. And while the slavery of Blacks is not mentioned in the constitution, it is implicated under the 14th Amendment, which demands equal protection under the law for members of a protected class like Black people, and women.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 February 2013 06:05

Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath responds to calls for his resignation from the Cleveland police union with a message to the greater Cleveland Black community and others

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A Message From Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath (pictured) To The Greater Cleveland Community Following A Demand On February 7 By The Cleveland Police Union For Rank And File Police Officers (The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association) For His Resignation. The Demand Follows A Report From Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine That The Cleveland Police Department Has Systemic Failures That Contributed To The Deadly Shooting  On Nov 29 By Cleveland Police Of Unarmed Black Suspects Malissa Williams And Timothy Russell. Both  Were Gunned Down By A Group Of White Officers Firing 137 Rounds Of Ammunition Gangsta-Style. A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury Will Determine If An Indictment On Felony Murders Charges Will Be Issued Against Police

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Over the past few days, the investigative file regarding the use of deadly force by Cleveland Police Officers on November 29, 2012 was released and the public discussion surrounding this incident has intensified. It is important for you to know directly from me where we stand.

On November 30th, I promised you that the administrative review process would be thorough, fair and transparent and that the outcome would be just for all those involved. That commitment still holds true today. The administrative review is ongoing and it will continue, regardless of the public discussion or the criticisms directed towards me, the Division of Police or the Administration.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 February 2013 19:06

Cleveland police union calls for resignation of Cleveland police chief in response to state attorney general report that says police, police department have systemic problems following fatal shooting, Black mayor says police department has no racism

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, publisher, editor-n-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND,Ohio- The union representing the rank and file of Cleveland police on Wednesday called for the resignation of Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath, an unprecedented announcement that has shaken up City Hall .

"Our members no longer have trust in our chief in his ability to lead and we are asking him to step down,"  said Jeff Follmer(pictured), president of the Police Patrolmen's Association.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 02:29

Ohio attorney general says Cleveland police broke policy, says police department is in chaos in report on 137 bullets deadly shooting, mayor, county prosecutor, Congresswoman Fudge, family members, police, Black elected officials, activists comment

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, publisher, editor-n-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND,Ohio-Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (pictured) on Tuesday released findings by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) in a comprehensive 290 page report on the 137-bullets Cleveland police shooting that left unarmed Black suspects Malissa Williams (pictured) and Timothy Ray Russell (pictured) dead following a 23 minute police chase that went from Cleveland to a middle school in the neighboring city of East Cleveland.

Cleveland is a largely Black major metropolitan city and East Cleveland is a small impoverished suburb that is roughly 99 percent Black.

During a press conference at the state crime laboratory in Richfield, Oh. that brought DeWine, a Republican, to the Cleveland area yesterday morning, the former U.S. senator said that his investigation reveals systemic failures in the overwhelmingly White Cleveland Police Department, and an entourage of routine violations of departmental policies and procedures.

“We have to have a debate here in Cleveland about the systemic problems we have here in Cleveland,” DeWine told reporters. "Clearly officers misinterpreted facts, they failed to follow established rules.”

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, a two-term Black mayor up for reelection this year with no serious competition to date, was annoyed with DeWine's report and branded it bull during a press conference he held Tuesday afternoon flanked by Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath, who is White.

As a civil suit by the victims families looms, McGrath denied any wrong doing or incompetence by the mayor's top brass including himself and said that his officers simply failed to follow established policies and procedures the night of the shooting late last year.

Jackson said that no favoritism will be shown one way or another as to the deadly force internal investigation by the Office of Professional Standards for the city of Cleveland.

The mayor literally jumped to the aid of McGrath when reporters asked during his press conference if the resignation by his police chief might be coming given the findings by the office of the state attorney general, and then he turned focus back to his police officers.

“If officers are within the box they will be protected and if they are out of the box there will be consequences,” said Jackson, a former Cleveland City Council president who grew up in the ghettos of Cleveland and is a protege of the city's Old Black Political Guard, a power group of  area Black politicians and some of the same people that helped the late Carl B. Stokes become the mayor of Cleveland and the first Black mayor of a major American city when then majority White Cleveland voters elected him  to office in 1967.

Though popular, the mayor is not without criticism.

A Democrat, Jackson has no Blacks as law director, safety director, chief of police or chief city prosecutor in the city where Blacks are disproportionately prosecuted and sentenced, a gesture  that now has him under fire by community activists and Black criminal defense attorneys like Michael Nelson Sr., who complained to  legal redress committee members of the Cleveland branch NAACP during a community forum on the shootings Monday night.

Lawyers for Williams and Russell responded to DeWine's report with their continual claims of police malfeasance, a failure to train police efficiently, and outright statutory and constitutional infractions by Cleveland police and city officials.

The family of  Williams renewed the call for felony murder charges against police.

“They murdered Malissa and Timothy because they ran from police probably out of fear and we want them charged with murder,” said Walter Jackson, who is of no relation to Frank Jackson but is an uncle of Williams, and her mother's brother.

Cleveland police union president Patrick D' Angelo quickly called the shooting justified and is now speaking publicly for the union on the divisive issue in place of Cleveland Patrolmen's Association President Jeff Follmer, who took criticism for antagonizing community activists, and the shooting victims family members by calling the killings “a good shooting.”

The incident began at 10:26 pm on Nov. 29, 2012 when police allegedly heard the car that Russell was driving backfire, though that claim was not made to dispatchers, or even initially, data show.  The chase continued over a distance of more than 20 miles with 62 police vehicles and a total of an alleged 106 police officers, most from Cleveland, others from Bratenahl, and other units from East Cleveland in hot pursuit as Russell and Williams fled for their lives.

But while 93 of the 106 officers backed off, 13, all Cleveland police officers and many of them veteran cops, began shooting in a 17 second gun spree that was raining bullets, if not hailing them.

Those 13 officers,  12 White and one Hispanic, and all on desk duty that keeps them out of trouble, all told DeWine that they feared for their lives, though after meeting with their attorneys.

One of the officers jumped a top of Russell’s 1979 Chevy Malibu and fired 49 rounds, most  through the front windshield, Chief McGrath admitted.

Williams, 30, a passenger in the car, and Russell died at the scene, one shot 23 times and the other 24.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 09:07

Activists to meet with Cleveland NAACP executive director, legal redress chair retired Judge Una Keenon on Cleveland police shooting, foreclosures, etc, Mon, Feb 4, 5 pm , MLK Library in Cleveland, Rev. Hilton Smith to speak at City Club today

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 20:33

AFL-CIO to protest today over proposed cuts to social security, medicaid, medicare, labor union activists say Fudge was right in calling Republicans, crazy, evil for efforts to cut food stamps to hurt poor women, children

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, publisher, editor-n-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

Cleveland, Ohio-The North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, which is led by executive secretary Harriet Applegate, will rally today, Wednesday Jan 30, from 4 pm to 5 pm on Public Square in Cleveland to fight against proposed cuts to federal programs  to social security, medicare and medicaid and against tax loopholes for the top 2 percent of Americans.

"This action is part of a nation-wide day of action to focus attention on the fact that We the People need these critical programs that are not ‘entitlements’ –as the media likes to describe them- but actually ‘earned benefits," said Applegate. "This is an ongoing campaign. The next activity is a call-in to senators and congress-members on Feb. 12th. Look out for details in the coming days."

Some labor leaders also say that they support comments made public by the Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper last week that U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (pictured)has called congressional Republicans pushing  to slash federal aid to poor and disabled Americans and  to food stamp programs to put poor women and children out on the street evil and crazy.

They say that cuts to food stamps, social security, medicaid and medicare all target disenfranchised groups such as the elderly on fixed income, poor people, women, minorities, children, unionized employees nationwide, and working and middle class people.

"It took a lot of guts for Congresswoman Fudge to say that, and its true," said Debbie Kline, executive director of Cleveland Jobs with Justice, an organization of some 62 labor union and faith based groups of greater Cleveland with the powerful Applegate as one of its board members.

Larry Bresler, a Cleveland community activist who leads Organize Ohio and the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, said that Fudge is on the money in taking on Republicans that want to starve poor people while cutting taxes for the rich on the backs of the middle class and the poor.

Fudge said that she stands behind her statements made as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during a recent political  forum  with former Republican presidential candidate Newt present, among others, but her spokesman said the media took them out of context.

"It was never her intention to say that all Republicans are evil but the congresswoman stands behind her larger point that there are some members of Congress whose oppositions on cutting programs like food stamps create great suffering and harm to millions of vulnerable Americans," said Belinda Prinz, communications director for Fudge, whose majority Black 11th congressional district includes the majority Black city of Cleveland and a pocket of Akron, a city some 35 miles south of Cleveland that is roughly 29 percent Black.

Asked if President Obama is going to take a stance against cutting food stamps and other subsidies to the poor as aggressive as Fudge and the Congressional Black Caucus, an organization of Black members of Congress, Prinz said that she cannot speak for Obama, the first Black president of the United States of America.

"I speak on behalf of Congresswoman Fudge," said Prinz. "I cannot speak for the president."

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 February 2013 00:34


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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