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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).


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Posted April 18, 2017: By Clevelandurbannews.com: 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 www.clevelandurbannews.com and


www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, 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 Clevelandurbannews.com: 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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Clevelandurbannews.com: International Women's Day Cleveland rally and march of


March 8, 2017 draw

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 Clevelandurbannews.com: 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

Clevelandurbannews.com: 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

http://www.cleveland19.com/…/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

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, America's first Black U.S. attorney general, found in contempt of Congress by U.S. House of Representatives

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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. - By a vote of 255 for and 67 against that came along party lines, the U.S. House of Representatives moved Thurs. to hold America's first Black attorney general in contempt of Congress in a document dispute pertaining  to a bungled gun-tracking operation, and a majority of the Democrats walked out of the congressional chambers during the vote in a show of protest and solidarity .

Eric Holder (pictured), 61, is the first sitting attorney general and cabinet member to be held in contempt.

A former Superior Judge of the District of Columbia and prior United States Attorney, Holder was appointed to  U.S. attorney general by Obama when Obama took the reigns as the first Black president of the United States in 2009.

He was also a member of Obama's vice presidential selection committee.

Republicans that pushed the contempt citation argue that Holder withheld documents that give reasons why the Obama administration initially took the position that  gun walking tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious, which permits guns to be smuggled from Arizona to Mexico, are not risky.

Holder called the contempt action "a political stunt."

President Barack Obama's administration has argued that the records, allegedly some140,000 pages, are privileged because they are part of the executive branch's deliberative .

He claims that the controversial records are therefore immune to congressional scrutiny under the separation of powers.

The criminal contempt vote hands the issue to the U.S. District Attorney for the District of Columbia, who is under Holder's command.

A separate and distinct vote on civil contempt, which paves the way for the House to ask a court of competent jurisdiction to order Holder to hand over the requested documents, was undertaken by the House too.

Both votes came down the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly upheld the president's sweeping health care mandate.

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2012 09:26

Ohio State Senator Smith wins Republican support of state law to seal felony convictions, protect juvenile records from disclosure with Governor Kasich's help, who went from initially having no Blacks in his cabinet to fighting some Black causes

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio-With the help of Republican Gov. John Kasich (pictured), who went from initially having no Blacks in his cabinet to championing some Black causes, Ohio state Sen. Shirley Smith (D-22) (pictured) finally got the Republican controlled Ohio State Legislature to pass a state law that gives Ohio state and federal sentencing judges the extent of discretion to seal non-violent criminal records of a single felony conviction, and one additional misdemeanor conviction if applied for, or two misdemeanor convictions.

An amendment to the previous record sealing statute that allowed Ohio state and federal trial court judges to seal one and not two criminal convictions, either a misdemeanor or felony,  and with a requirement that the person has only one criminal record aside from traffic citations and minor misdemeanors, Senate Bill 337 was signed into law by Kasich on Tues., after passing the state legislature.

The new law lets people with several criminal convictions minimize at least two with a judge's approval, and makes possession of marijuana paraphernalia a minor misdemeanor since possession of the drug itself under state law is a minor misdemeanor, Smith's office said by telephone Wed. afternoon.  And it clogs a loop hole in Ohio's Administrative Code that conflicts with a state law to stop the release of  juvenile court  records absent a court order or convictions of extremely serious juvenile crimes like murder.

Smith is a Cleveland Democrat and one of two Black state senators representing the Cleveland metropolitan state legislative districts along with state Sen. Nina Turner (D-25), also a Cleveland Democrat.

She co-sponsored the legislation, and Kasich bucked some conservative Republicans saying when he took office last year that legal system reform is among his political agendas.

The law, which the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, applauded in an editorial,  has other amenities, and  gives more leniency for felons seeking occupational licenses for jobs such as barber and beautician.

It also eases the strain of unemployment with a provision for qualifying felons to secure written recommendations of good standing for potential employers, all of this not applicable though for certain positions that preclude felons under state law from employment such as public school teacher, police officer and other positions of public authority and trust.

A controversial governor whom Civil Rights groups like the Cleveland Chapter SCLC and its leaders the Rev E. T. Caviness and Community Affiliate Marcia McKoy once picketed at the Statehouse in Columbus because he had not one Black in his cabinet, though he has two now, Kasich  gathered with a handful of elected Black officials and about 40 other Black leaders some three weeks ago at the Cleveland Clinic at the urging of former Cleveland NAACP President George Forbes to brag of his bringing resources to Cleveland through the state budget such as the upcoming Glenville neighborhood  Eastside Market.

Research initiated by the Cleveland NAACP but ignored reveals that Blacks convicted of crimes in the general division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, including felonies, get harsher sentences than similarly situated Whites for the same crimes.

Only three of those 34 judges are Black.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 08:14

Congresswoman Fudge demands that Ohio Republican Secretary of State John Husted give public data on number of Ohio registered voters purged from voter rolls since 2008 as Obama and Romney are neck in neck for November presidential election

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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. – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) (pictured), a Warrensville Hts. Democrat, sent a formal written request to Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted  (pictured) last week seeking the number of registered voters, organized by county, who have been removed or purged from Ohio voter rolls since 2008.

The letter comes as Democratic President Barack Obama is in a neck and neck race with Mitt Romney, the nominee for the Republican party and a former governor of Massachusetts.

Ohio is a battleground state and prominent Republicans and Democrats that have a stake in the presidential election are not sitting on the side lines.

“The purging of voter rolls is yet another attack on the right of Americans to select their leadership and representatives in the local, state and federal houses of our nation,” said  Fudge.  “As we move closer to the observance of Independence Day, it is critically important that we continue to ensure that every eligible American continues to enjoy the freedoms that led to the founding of this great country, and for which so many lost their lives.”

Fudge's aggression on the issue is in conjunction with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), a federal law enacted by Congress to help ensure that accurate and current voter registration rolls are maintained.

States are required to perform general voter record maintenance due to NVRA.

Husted's office issued instructions to the election boards on April 18 on how to conduct the general voter records maintenance program as required by law. But  Fudge said last week that the information was not maintained by the secretary’s office or readily available in its entirety.

The congresswoman's letter to Husted also asks that he comply with her request for exposure of those purged from voter rolls in Ohio by Oct. 9, the last day of registration before the November general election.

The removal of voters from rolls without adequate safeguards to ensure accuracy has become the norm in so many states from coast to coast, say Democrats like Fudge, Ohio's only Black congressperson.

Fudge is a fighter and data show that Obama likely needs her help to win reelection.  Her largely Black 11 th congressional district includes parts of the majority Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland and a Black pocket of Akron, Oh., a city some 35 miles south of Cleveland.

Though a federal legislator charged with making federal law as a member of Congress, Fudge has taken on state legislators and statewide office holders like Husted.

She voiced opposition to unsuccessful attempts by the mostly Republican Ohio state legislature to pass laws before this year's election to silence the Black and poor vote with more stringent voting requirements including slashing the time period for early voting.

A former speaker of the Ohio House, Husted won election to secretary of state in 2010 as part of a Republican sweep of statewide offices that include, among others, Democratic give ups of the attorney general's office,  and governor, an office previously held by the Democrat Ted Strickland, and now by John Kasich.

Both Kasich and Strickland are  former U.S. Reps. from Ohio.

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2012 08:22

LeBron James defies Cavialiers Owner Dan Gilbert and wins MVP award as he leads Miami Heat to its second NBA title with its win Thursday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106, James said Gilbert did not respect him as a Black man

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

MIAMI, Florida-Two years after leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join James Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami amid a spat with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who is now part owner of the Horseshoe Casino, LeBron James (pictured) led the Miami Heat last night  to its second NBA championship with the Heat beating the Oklahoma City Thunder121-106 in the fifth game of the series finals.

“It’s about damn time,” said James after receiving his most valuable player trophy.

James, 27, scored 26 points Thurs. night  coupled with 13 assists and 11 rebounds.

The Heat lost the first game of the series but then won four in a roll to take the world basketball title. And James got the championship ring that he promised to get when he left Cleveland and angered many of his then adorable fans.

An Akron, Oh. native, James was drafted out of high school in the first round and played seven years with the Cavaliers before switching to the Miami Heat.

His departure became so controversial that at one point Civil Rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. stepped in and urged Gilbert to tone down his criticism of James, who accused the Cavaliers owner of disrespecting him as a Black man.

Not all Clevelanders are angry at the mega star.

"I support LeBron James and we wanted him to win that NBA championship ring," said Art McKoy, an East Cleveland, Oh. community activist.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 August 2012 18:53

Editorial by Cleveland Urban News.Com Reporter Johnette Jernigan, Can felons vote in Ohio? Yes, but under what conditions, if any? Can mentally incompetent people vote? What 2 states barred voting lifelong to felons?

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Editorial by Johnette Jernigan, Cleveland Urban News.Com Reporter

As battle grounds are drawn here in the state of Ohio and voter turnout is anticipated to be high in a neck and neck race between President Barack Obama and republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, it is important to not only register new voters, but to also give disenfranchised voters accurate information on the right to vote.

Former offenders could be taking themselves out of the political process inadvertently due to misinformation. Knowledge is no doubt power, particularly when it pertains to voting in a close election.

Ohio is one of 13 states along with the District of Columbia that allows convicted felons to vote under state law, but if a  jail or prison term is part of the sentence, that right to vote in Ohio comes only after the completion of it.

The right to vote is a Civil Right and the denial of it because of a felony is  called felony voter disenfranchisement. Only Kentucky and West Virginia take it to the maximum and  have state laws that impose a life long disbarment of that right for a felony record, with even Kentucky now providing for a restoration process.

Once a a person convicted of a felony is released from physical incarceration, even if on post-release control, parole, on house-arrest or to a half-way house,  the eligibility to vote in Ohio kicks in, though felons must again register to vote in order to do so.

Any Ohioan being held in jail in a pretrial situation who wishes to exercise his or her right to vote can do so by absentee ballot, unless that person is incarcerated because of an unrelated felony conviction and will not be released before the upcoming election.

Two separate convictions of felony violations of Ohio’s election laws bars the offender from voting in Ohio in any manner under state law, the only exception to the right of felons to vote, except, as mentioned previously, while the felony offender is incarcerated.

Ohio voters must be 18-years of age,  a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the Ohio at least 30 days before the election at issue. And absent a stipulation by a probate court of incompetency to vote in a judicial order, mentally incompetent people that otherwise qualify retain the right to vote, at least in Ohio.

A pivotal state that determines presidents, Ohio has a stake in this year's presidential election. It is therefore important, and without reservation, that Ohioans have their voices heard through the power of the right to vote.

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 June 2012 01:22

Rodney King, whose videtaped beating by a group of White Los Angeles police sparked deadly riots in 1991, is dead at 47, watch the video of the celebrated beating that reminds America of the police brutality lodged routinely against the Black community

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LOS ANGELES, California-Rodney King (pictured), whose 1991 brutal and videotaped beating by a group of White Los Angeles policemen generated a week of costly riots that killed 55 people and heightened racial tensions across the country after a predominantly White jury acquitted the officers was found dead Sun. afternoon in his swimming pool in a home he shared with his fiancee in Rialto, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb. (Watch the video of the beating at www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com) .

He was 47, and there was no evidence of foul play,  police said.

Famous for going off script from his lawyers and saying "can we all get along?" at a press conference calling for peace around the riots, King publicly admitted that he had alcohol and drug abuse problems.

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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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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