CLEVELAND, Ohio-A bold education plan proposed by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (pictured) and Republican Gov. John Kasich that has angered Cleveland teachers and calls for merit pay, the elimination of seniority and tenure in teacher layoffs, and for a Cleveland schools operating levy with a provision for some of the monies to be allocated for charter schools is not sitting well with Black leaders and some parents, though the Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper is pushing it through editorials under the guise of educational reform.
CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Kentucky State University Concert Choir (pictured) will perform on Sun., March 18 at 4 pm at Antioch Baptist Church, 8869 Cedar Rd in Cleveland, telephone number 216-421-1516.
Under the direction of Dr. Carl Smith, a KSU professor of music emeritus, the choir tours annually and is nationally known.
Located in Frankfort Ky, the state's capital, KSU is an accredited university that caters to Black students and is Kentucky's only majority Black publicly funded university.
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio-Cordi Stokes, the second child and oldest daughter of the late Carl B. Stokes, the former mayor of the city of Cleveland and the first Black mayor of a major metropolitan city, and a niece of retired U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes, was found dead in her Cuyahoga Falls apartment Mon. morning. She was 50.
The cause of death was from natural causes, according to a medical examiner's report. She had battled heart disease and breast cancer for 10 years.
CLEVELAND, Ohio-The endorsement on Sun. by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, of former Cleveland law director Robert Triozzi (pictured) for Cuyahoga County prosecutor over Tim McGinty is a bad anti-Black gesture, but not as bad as had Tim McGinty been endorsed, community activists say.
"Mr. Triozzi is the lesser of the two evils but both are a detriment to the Black community and to the Democratic process," said Imperial Women Leader Kathy Wray Coleman. "Tim McGinty is a pint size man with a Napoleon complex that has a record as a former assistant county prosecutor and prior common pleas court judge of harassing Blacks and others and then losing on appeal, including the reversal of his racist and illegal orders to send Black men to prison, and Triozzi harassed and did in union members and Black women and girls as the law director under Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, including the malicious prosecution in 2010 of innocent Black teens Destini and DeAsia Bronaugh for a peaceful student organized protest at Collinwood High School over teacher layoffs and school closings."
Tina Bronaugh, the mother of the two girls, one of which malicious criminal charges were dismissed against and the other of whom took a diversion program for subsequent dismissal of the charges in fear of judicial case fixing by since ousted Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Lynn McLaughlin Murray, says Triozzi is dangerous.
"Why would Mr. Triozzi, as the then law director, usurp the role of the chief city prosecutor to bring back bogus misdemeanor charges against my innocent daughter Destini after county prosecutor Bill Mason was decent enough to dismiss all of the illegal charges lodged against my girls, charges brought by Mr. Triozzi for Mayor Jackson to get at the teachers and because they both are anti Black and anti-female," said Tina Bronaugh. "Mr. Triozzi is unfit to be a county prosecutor given his disdain of Blacks and women and his complete disregard for the law, and I would urge voters to soundly reject him at the ballot box next month."
UNOFFICIAL VOTING BALLOT OF THE IMPERIAL WOMEN FOR THE MARCH 6, 2012 PRIMARY ELECTION IN CUYAHOGA, COUNTY
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA- Barack Obama (D)
U.S. SENATE- Sherrod Brown (D)
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TO CONGRESS 9TH DISTRICT- Dennis Kucinich (D)
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TO CONGRESS 11TH DISTRICT- Marcia L. Fudge (D)
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TO CONGRESS 14TH DISTRICT-Dale Blanchard (D)
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TO CONGRESS 16TH DISTRICT- Betty Sutton (D)
(Editor's note: See the unofficial ballot of The Imperial Women for the March 6, 2012 primary election below this article. Interested persons can print the unofficial ballot below and take it to the polls if you have not voted already).
CLEVELAND, Ohio-After recommendations by members of an endorsement committee, The Imperial Women, the grassroots group founded around the unprecedented murders of 11 Black women on Cleveland's now infamous Imperial Ave., announced today endorsements for the March 6 primary election in Cuyahoga County, and all but one of the contenders that drew support from the community activists are Democrats.
In closely watched races, most of which are contested, the organization members selected Barack Obama as the Democrat for president of the United States of America, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dennis Kucinich (D-10) over Marcy Kaptur (D-9) in the District 9 congressional race, Congresswomen Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Betty Sutton (D-13), and Subodh Chandra for Cuyahoga County prosecutor, also a Democrat.
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