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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).

(CLICK ON THE WORDS BELOW THE BELOW PICTURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO) Cleveland Channel 5 News television station coverage and video of May 6 Seymour Ave rally with speeches from Seymour survivor Michelle Knight (Lillian Lee), activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who organized and led the event, state Rep Nickie Antonio, Patrice Brown, and activists Judi Holowatyj and Genevieve Mitchell, activist women calling for more funding and changes locally, statewide and nationally as to violence against women and children. Coverage came also from the Plain Dealer and channels 3, 8, and 19.This news video also shows our salute to Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, all 3 of whom escaped the then Seymour Ave home of rapist Ariel Castro on May 6, 2013 after being held captive for a decade... By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor of and, Ohio's Black digital news leaders
She was one of the statistics, held captive and tortured along with two other young women. On the fourth anniversary of their amazing rescue, Michelle Knight, one of the…
KATHY WRAY COLEMAN LEADS RALLY: Cleveland 19 News coverage and video of the Seymour Avenue rally featuring our march where Seymour Ave survivor Michelle Knight (now Lillian Lee) came out in support. The segment highlights our concerns for the health of women and children if the Affordable Care Act is repealed by congress. Thanks to all who participated in an event also covered by the Plain Dealer Newspaper and Cleveland news channels 3,5, and 19, 8., You often do not need hundreds or thousands of people to draw attention to a worthy cause..... Thanks to the many groups represented including Women's March Ohio, Women's March Cleveland, Imperial Women Coalition, the Carl Stokes Brigade, United We Stand out of Media, Ohio, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Pro Choice Naral Ohio,, Protecting Our Children's Safety Before and After School and Peace in the Hood with Khalid Samad. Kathy Wray Coleman, Imperial Women Coalition, and Tel: (216) 659-0473

Grassroots to hold debate on Cleveland schools property tax levy, Aug. 30, Lil Africa, 6 pm, debaters are Councilman Johnson, Donna Walker Brown, Kim Brown, Rep Patmon to moderate, CEO Gordon invited, activists to vote whether to support levy at debate

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

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland Urban News.Com and Cleveland area grassroots groups such as the Imperial Women Coalition, the Imperial Women, the Cleveland African-American Museum, Black on Black Crime, the Carl Stokes Brigade, the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, the Oppressed People's Nation,the Joaquin Hicks Real People's Movement, the People's Forum, Occupy Cleveland, Revolution Books, the Family Connection Center, Organize Ohio, the Lucasville Uprising Freedom Network, the Committee to Bring Home Jamela and Jamyla, the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Ohio Family Rights and Cleveland Jobs With Justice will host an inner city grassroots debate on the Cleveland Public Schools 15 mill property tax levy that is on the November ballot on Thurs, August 30, 2012 from 6 pm-8:30 pm at the Lil Africa Recreation and Party Center, 6816 Superior Ave in Cleveland.

Under state law the predominantly Black school district is controlled by the mayor, currently Frank Jackson, who personally appoints members of the Cleveland Board of Education. (Editor's note: The 15 mill proposed schools property tax levy would cost the average Cleveland homeowner $300 more annually).

The contact persons for the event are Imperial Women Leader Kathy Wray Coleman at 216-659-0473 and Cleveland African American Museum Executive Director Frances Caldwell at the museum offices at 216-721-6555 .

State Rep. Bill Patmon (D-10) will moderate the debate set now between Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson, who publicly supports it, Grassroots and Educational Activist and Slated 2013 Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Donna Walker-Brown , and Kimberly Brown, an author, youth advocate and former Cleveland mayoral candidate who says she shall challenge Cleveland Ward 1 Councilman Terrell Pruitt for his seat next year.

Both Brown's are staunchly against the levy and will debate against it.

Panelists to pose questions during the debate include Imperial Women Coalition Member and Cleveland African-American Executive Director Frances Caldwell, Cleveland Jobs With Justice Executive Director Debbie Kline, Black on Black Crime Founder Art McKoy, Cleveland Criminal Defense Attorney Michael Nelson Sr., Educational Activist and Community Affiiate Mary Keith, Roz McCallister, a member of the Imperial Women and the leader of Ohio Family Rights, and Dr. Eugene Jordan an E. Cleveland dentist who leads the Underground Railroad and is the second vice president of the Cleveland NAACP.

Ernest Smith, leader of the Oppressed People's Nation, will talk briefly about the plight of young Black male public school students in fighting and surviving racism and steotyping.

Community activists have also invited Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge or her representative to update the grassroots committee on public education as to her role as a member of the congressional committee on public education, and Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon has been asked to participate in the debate or to simply attend to show his commitment to the Black and grassroots communities and Cleveland school children.

"The CEO needs to come to talk to inner city residents and community activists on the levy and his decisions on school and community matters, " said Caldwell, who is not only a spokesperson for Cleveland's Black museum but also a strong activist for Civil and human rights.

Also at the forum will be a discussion on the No Child Left Behind federal mandate for public schools and an overview of the Cleveland Municipal School District from the desegregation court order to mayoral control (by former Cleveland School Board Member Genevieve Mitchell).

Last Updated on Monday, 20 August 2012 15:09

Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com salute Black Olympic gold medalist winner Gabby Douglas, see her video here

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog. Com salute 16-year-old Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas (pictured), who is Black, and who won the gold metal in the women's individual gymnastics all around category on Thursday during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

Douglas topped silver medalist Viktoria Komova of Russia to take the metal, and she became the first African-American and the third consecutive American to win a gold metal in the individual all around competition.

She also led the U.S.A. women's team to a gold metal in the team all around competition.

In connection with her fame, a discussion in the Black community on her style, the-good-hair-bad-hair-thing took center stage too, and whether Douglas should have worn her hair down during the celebrated competition, rather than pulled-up and not permed to the hilt.

The teen Olympic sensation, who began gymnastics training at six years old, told the Huffington Post last week that her hair is just fine.

Douglas won the silver metal for the balance beam in the 2010 U.S. Junior National Championships and her part of the team gold metal at the 2010 Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico.

She won the gold metal also at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastic Championship in Tokyo, Japan.

Watch the videos of Douglas winning first place for pretrials to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in gymnastics and a synopsis of her 2012  Olympic Games  performance at

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 17:24

Sixth Circuit appeals court rules Ohio law that prevented Medicaid physicians from contributing to former Ohio Attorney General Cordray's, politicians campaigns unconstitutional, Subodh Chandra is lead attorney, Cordray now with Obama administration

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

CINCINNATI, Ohio – On Friday, nine Cleveland-area physicians who provide health care to poor patients through the Medicaid program, and were blocked by state law from expressing their support for then-Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray (pictured) through campaign contributions to his 2010 race to retain his seat, won their appeal to the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Oh., which determined that the law violated the free speech clause of the First Amendment and was therefore unconstitutional.

At issue were efforts by the physicians to block Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted from enforcing an Ohio statute, also known as a state law, that makes it a crime for Ohio attorney-general and county-prosecutor candidates to accept campaign contributions from physicians who serve Medicaid patients, a disproportionate number of whom are minority and poor.

Cordray lost the Ohio attorney general seat that he was appointed to in 2008 two years later to Republican Michael Dewine, a former Lt. Gov and prior U.S. Senator.

In Jan. Congress appointed him director of the United States Financial Protection Bureau, an agency initiated in 2011 by President Obama, who nominated him six months earlier.

Subodh Chandra, lead counsel for the physicians, who was a law director under former Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell and this year lost the Democratic primary for Cuyahoga County prosecutor to former common pleas judge Tim McGinty, was elated on the victory for his clients, and the underprivileged affected by the controversial state law.

“The physicians are gratified that the appellate court affirmed their constitutional rights of free speech and association," said Chandra. "While they will never get back the rights they lost in the 2010 election, at least from now on, doctors and others will have their free-speech rights restored.”

The Sixth Circuit’s decision reverses the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Lavin, et al., vs. Husted.

The criminal statute at issue, Ohio Revised Code Section 3599.45, was adopted in 1978 and provides in relevant part that “no candidate for the office of attorney general or county prosecutor or such a candidate’s campaign committee shall knowingly accept any contribution from any Medicaid provider or from any person having an ownership interest in the provider.”

In its unanimous decision, the Sixth Circuit held that "the statute here restricts the First Amendment rights of nearly 100,000 Medicaid providers who do not commit fraud, based on an attenuated concern about a relative handful of providers who do."

The judicial appeals panel went on to say that "there is no avoiding the conclusion that the contribution ban set forth in § 3599.45 is not closely drawn.”

The court also observed that the state’s own statistics for 2009 show that there were nearly 100,000 Ohio Medicaid providers, and that that same year, “only 0.003% were implicated in Medicaid fraud.”

Last Updated on Friday, 10 August 2012 06:42

Dimora's attorney, community activists say 28 year sentence from Judge Lioi is unfair, Lioi said Dimora and Russo had a corrupt symbiotic relationship, Lioi gave former Black judge harsher sentence than former White judge

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

AKRON, Ohio-An attorney for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora (pictured) and at least one community activist out of the Cleveland, Oh. area say that the 28-year federal prison sentence handed to the former chairperson of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party on Tuesday for convictions by an Akron federal jury in March of racketeering and 32 other corruption-related charges is absurd at best.

"Notwithstanding the crimes that Jimmy Dimora was convicted of, I think the punishment was too severe," said Larry Bresler, a Cleveland community activist and inactive attorney who teaches classes on community organizing at Case Western Reserve University and leads the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and Organize Ohio. "People that commit murder rarely are sentenced to 28 years."

Dimora, 57, faced more than 30 years in prison for his non-violent white collar crimes.

He appeared for sentencing handcuffed and in an orange jail jumpsuit.

He did not take the stand at his eight week trial before U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi (pictured), who came under fire last year from community activists for handing former Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven Terry, who is Black, a maximum six year sentence and giving Bridget McCafferty, a White former common pleas judge who faced 50 years in prison, only 14 months.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 06:29

Cleveland Glenville High School Graduate Terrell Gausha loses in second round at 2012 Olympic Games in boxing

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

LONDON, England-Cleveland Glenville High School Graduate Terrell Gausha (pictured) lost a one-point decision in the second round at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games on Thursday to Indian matinee idol Vijender, whom sports pundits predicted the winner .

A middleweight division fighter, Gausha, 24, was among the 16 amateur boxers out of the original 32 to advance to the quarter finals.

A former Golden Gloves champion who began boxing at the age of 10, Gausha, who is Black, won the first round of the boxing competition by knocking out Armenia's Andranik Hakobvan in the third round.

He is a product of the Cleveland Municipal School District, the city of Cleveland's predominantly Black school system.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 August 2012 05:06

President Obama to visit Cleveland area in Akron, and Ohio remains a key battleground state, Akron is NBA great and former Cavaliers basketball player LeBron James' hometown

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

AKON, Ohio- President Barack Obama (pictured) will visit Akron, Oh. on Wednesday where NBA great LeBron James (pictured) is a native, a city some 35 miles south of Cleveland that has a  Black residential section with constituents that are now  part of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge's 11th congressional district.

He will also make a stop in Mansfield, Oh. as part of his campaign tour.

Obama for America campaign officials did not say in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com on the upcoming visit whether James will join the president in Akron, though the basketball star did campaign for Obama in 2008, the year he won election as America's first Black president.

The president comes to the Cleveland area for a third time this summer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 19:16


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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