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Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.5 million views.

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

By Clevelandurbannews.com: Below is a photo of some of the nearly 400 people at our March 8, 2017 International Women's Day rally at Willard Park in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Go to Cleveland 19 Action News television on Facebook for a video on parts of the rally speeches by clicking the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Cleveland19News/videos/10155145201979443/ Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper photo at www.cleveland.com.....The historic rally and march were supported by women across racial and socioeconomic lines, organized by Black women and grassroots activists, and led by key organizer and Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, who edits www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders....Thank you Cleveland 19 Action News for the live coverage

 

By www.clevelandurbannews.com: 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EAST 93RD STREET SERIAL MURDERS WITH NEW VICTIM ALIANNA DEFREEZE. THE VICTIMS ARE : Location is at the intersection of East 93RD STREET AND BESSEMER AVE. IN ADDITION TO DEFREEZE THE MURDER VICTIMS ARE JASMINE TROTTER, 20, ASHLEY LESZYESKI, 21, CHRISTINE MALONE 45, AND JAMEELA HASAN, 37. Host groups are the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Rebuilding Our Village and Protecting Our Children, and Peace in the Hood. Contact No. Kathy at (216) 659-0463. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com
Keynote speakers: Angelique Malone, daughter of murder victim Christine Angelique Malone, the mother of Alianna DeFreeze, and Cleveland Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson, women's rights advocate and mayoral candidate, Activists, Black elected officials and others will also speak because we want the at-large killer caught.
Location: (From downtown Cleveland at 55th Street take Kinsman Avenue to East 93rd Street, make a right and go about a mile and a half to Bessemer Avenue). 
STOP THE VIOLENCE. SAVE OUR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Event contact No. (216) 659-0473, the Imperial Women Coalition....
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By Clevelandurbannews.com: International Women's Day Cleveland rally and march draw nearly 400 people and are both led by Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured) of the Imperial Women Coalition, an activist, journalist and the key organizer of the event, and with some 15 speakers, including keynote speaker Genevieve Mitchell, who saluted legendary Black women, and Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed

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

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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.

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Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Donald Driver Wins ABC's Dancing With The Stars, is second Black to win, watch the video of his electrifying and winning performance with pro partner Peta Murgatroy

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

LOS ANGELES, CA-Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver (pictured) won ABC'S Dancing With The Stars 14th season mirrorball trophy last night, the second Black man to take home the coveted prize next to NFL player Emmett Smith.

Driver's limber pro partner Peta Murgatroy, who is White, was just as talented as the duo performed a free style country kickin dance during this week's finale that rocked the house and sealed their victory.

Driver, 37,  beat out his fellow finalists, Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Cuban actor William Levy.

Watch the video of his electrifying and finale winning performance at http://www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com/2012/05/green-bay-packers-wide-receiver-wins.html

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:48

Ohio lawmakers remove amendment to budget bill that required that Ohioans on food stamps be drug tested, Cleveland NAACP officials, Black Cleveland lawmakers like State Sen. Shirley Smith suggest that the bill is racist, sexist, elitist, unconstitutionaln

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State Legislature last week removed an amendment added a day earlier to the budget bill that required that Ohioans on food stamps and other welfare be drug tested for potential illegal drugs in order to get or to continue getting federally allocated public assistance, a proposed state law pushed mainly by Republicans that some Ohio lawmakers and community activists say is racist, sexist, elitist, and an unconstitutional stretch that goes too far.

"It's unconstitutional and targets Blacks, women, poor people and other minorities," said Dr. Eugene Jordan, an East Cleveland dentist, community activist and second vice president of the Cleveland NAACP. "It is ludicrous."

Ohio State Sen. Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland)

 

State Sen. Shirley Smith (D-22), a Cleveland Democrat, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, that poor, people and minorities were being harassed by the bill and that  it is "crazy."

She did not return phone calls seeking comment from Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com.

State Sen. Nina Turner, also a Cleveland  Democrat, (pictured first above) got so angry over the insensitive legislative gesture that she told her colleagues that if they continue to seek to undermine poor people and minorities with the drug testing bill that she will counter by introducing a bill that requires that state employees and elected state officials are drug tested too.

“If we are going to be sincere in preventing individuals from obtaining public funds while also using illegal drugs, then we should start with the people who have the greatest impact on state dollars, politicians,” said Turner, in a press release.

 

The proposed legislation follows a national trend with 22 other state legislatures introducing, and some adopting, drug testing provisions for welfare recipients.

How state legislatures can dictate federal funds is puzzling some say, and possibly lacking in authority, particularly since federal law, by most authorities, tramples state law in a conflict, absent some collective bargaining and other type of provision that specifies otherwise.

Race, sex, age, religion and  discrimination due to national origin, however,  are plainly addressed independent of a collective bargaining agreement and by state law, under the constitutional provisions of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and by federal statutes such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended .

Whether state legislatures can require unprecedented mandates like drug testing for food when a wide portion of those impacted like Blacks, single  women and other minorities are members of a protected class under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, remains to be seen, if civil liberty groups upset over the trend like the American Civil Liberties Union sue over the controversy.

Ohio State Sen Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster)

 

The  now removed budget amendment, added last Tuesday to House Bill 487, the mid-biennium budget review, was introduced by state Sen. Tim Schaffer (R-31), a Lancaster Republican and conservative White lawmaker who routinely introduces bills, such as gun toting legislation and now the welfare drug testing bill, that most Black lawmakers and many Democrats find offensive and detrimental to the Black community and other disenfranchised groups.

 

Data show that while most Americans on food stamps and other public assistance are White, a disproportionate of recipients are Black, partly, say historians, because racism is still alive in America and the vestiges of slavery and racial discrimination have never been remedied to the extent practicable.

Advocates of the bill claim that the state government should not be used to fund illegal drug use.

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 03:53

Organized labor, activists, clergy, elected officials, young Dems to rally outside of Carl Stokes Courthouse against voter suppression in Ohio before judiciary committee hearing by U.S. Senators Durbin and Brown, with testimony by Congresswoman Fudge

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There is an Organized Effort to Block the Vote in Ohio and elsewhere in America

Come rally for fair voter Rrghts (Contacts for the rally are Larry Bresler at 216-651-2606, Debbie Kline at 216-310-7657, Kathy Wray Coleman at 216-932-3114 and Art McKoy at 217-253-4070)

Monday May 7, 2012 8:30 A.M

Carl Stokes Federal Courthouse

Corner of Huron and Superior Ave.

(801 West Superior Ave., near Detroit Superior Bridge)

Senator Dick Durbin (IL) and Sherrod Brown (OH)  will be holding a hearing as part of the judiciary committee examination of voting changes throughout the United States beginning at 9:30 am inside the courthouse with testimony by Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge and others on House Bill 194, the state law that suppresses our right to vote by slashing the time for early voting, requiring id., etc., anything to interfere with the November and other elections. HB 194 is on the November ballot to be repealed . We will rally outside from 8:40 am-9:20 am and then Attend the Hearing inside!

We will rally to demand the right to vote and for the Ohio State Legislature and other state legislatures across the country to stop voter suppression. Rallying groups include  the North Shore AFLCIO Federation of Labor, Organize Ohio, the Young Democrats, Cleveland Jobs With Justice, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, the Imperial Women Coalition, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Black on Black Crime Inc, Peace in the Hood, the Oppressed People's Nation and the Carl Stokes Brigade. Tentative speakers include , AFLCIO North Shore AFLCIO Federation of Labor Executive Secretary Harriet Applegate, Cleveland Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell, Cleveland Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, Organize Ohio and the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign Leader Larry Bresler, Cleveland Jobs With Justice Leader Debbie Kline, Peace in the Hood Leader Khalid Samad, Cleveland NAACP Affiliate Jocelyn Travis, Imperial Women Coalition Leader Kathy Wray Coleman, Black on Black Crime Leader Art McKoy (chants), Oppressed People's Nation Leader Ernest Smith (chants), Cleveland Jobs With Justice Executive Director Debbie Kline, United Pastors in Mission Executive Director Tony Minor, Tony Anderson and Young Democrats Leader Paul Sadler.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 04:23

Cleveland NAACP Executive Board unanimously accepts the resignation of its president George Forbes, Cleveland Attorney James Hardiman is president until November general election

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CLEVELAND , Ohio-The  executive board of the Cleveland Chapter of the NAACP unanimously accepted the resignation of its president, George Forbes, at its monthly meeting on Tues. evening, putting to rest controversy over who was leading the Civil Rights organization while the 81-year-old Forbes has been in Florida with his wife in recent months or years.

James Hardiman, the Cleveland attorney who represented the NAACP in the now defunct Cleveland schools desegregation case and the first vice president, will, by organization charter, take the helm until the November general election, one that is expected to draw a cross section of candidates including the Rev. Hilton Smith, an associate minister at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland, Rev. Tony Minor,  executive director of the United Pastor's in Mission, Mount Olive Baptist Church Pastor Larry Harris, and Dr. Eugene Jordan, an East Cleveland dentist and second vice president for the group.

Hardiman,70,  has said that he will not run for president.

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Updated Again At End Of Article, Monday, April 30, 2012: George Forbes resigns as Cleveland NAACP president, maybe, confusion hurts Black community, community activists say Cleveland NAACP should stand up, Forbes threw chair, harassed State Sen. Turner

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Cleveland Chapter NAACP is under scrutiny because its officials cannot confirm whether its 81-year-old president or former president, semi- retired Cleveland Attorney George Forbes (pictured), is still  the president of the local chapter of the nation's most prominent Civil Rights institution. And he can't either, apparently, though he said last week that he has called it quits. (Editor's note: Read the complete article for the potential candidates for the November election for Cleveland NAACP President and see the end of the article as to the harassment of state Sen. Nina Turner by Forbes because he could not control her like some other Cleveland area Black elected officials that allegedly fear him and what he might do to them if they do not cooperate when he says so on community and political issues).

The legal counsel for the Call and Post Newspaper, Cleveland's Black press that is owned by internationally known boxing promoter Don King, and a former Cleveland City Council president famous for throwing a chair at Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson and for losing a bid for mayor against former protege Michael R. White in 1989, Forbes is one of Cleveland's most colorful Black leaders, and one that has been a power broker on political and community issues affecting the Black community for more than four decades beginning when he was first elected to city council in 1963.

He and Cleveland NAACP officials have come under fire in recent months by community activists and others for ignoring Black issues of public concern, including malfeasance around the Imperial Avenue Murders, harassment of Blacks by the common pleas and municipal courts in Cuyahoga County, illegal foreclosures and the denial of construction and other work to a representative number of Black contractors on lucrative projects such as the Cleveland Medical Mart and Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, which opens in downtown Cleveland next month.

He is quoted in  a story this week in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, as saying he submitted his resignation by letter last year, effective Dec. 21, 2011.

But the article says also that he allegedly acknowledged that just this month he sent out a support letter on Cleveland NAACP stationary championing gay marriage saying he is still president, and this happened even though the online encyclopedia dubbed Wikipedia says that he is the former president.

And longtime investigative reporter Carl Monday of Cleveland 19 Action News revealed in a television news expose last week that he reportedly spoke with Forbes, organization First Vice President James Hardiman and others, and that confusion over Forbes' status was obvious, with Monday reporting that Forbes purportedly said, in fact, that he had quit the organization.

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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

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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