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WOMEN'S MARCH CLEVELAND'S RALLY AGAINST THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNING ROE V. WADE

BELOW PICTURE: Women's March Cleveland Head Organizer Kathy Wray Coleman (2nd from left) leads 2,500 people in a march for reproductive rights on Oct 2, 2021 on Market Square in Cleveland, Ohio. It was one of the largest marches in the country that day. Photo and coverage by the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com. CLICK HERE TO GO GO TO CLEVELAND.COM TO READ ON THE COVERAGE OF THE EVENT

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SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2022-NOON-2PM

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS  TO BE ANNOUNCED

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Women's March Cleveland's Save Roe Rally & March for Civil

Rights and against the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade

is Sat., June 11, 2022, noon- 2pm, City Hall steps in

Cleveland, Ohio, 600 Lakeside Avenue E  44114

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After epidemic of dead Cuyahoga County Jail inmates Armond Budish names new Black sheriff, a former police chief in University Hts where city officials, police and judges helped JPMorgan Chase Bank steal Black people's homes via illegal foreclosures

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Pictured are newly sworn in interim Cuyahoga County Sheriff Steven Hammett and Democratic Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief, investigative reporter

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Following the resignation last month of interim Sheriff Christopher Paul Viland after the death, also last month, of yet another Black inmate in the troubled Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland, Ohio where more than 12 inmates have died since 2018, outgoing Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish on Monday swore in the county's second Black sheriff, interim Sheriff Steven Hammett.

Former sheriff Cliff Pinkney was the county's first Black sheriff. He resigned three years ago, also amid controversy, and later testified during the trial of former jail director Ken Mills, who was convicted in October 2021 of four misdemeanor counts of falsification and dereliction of duties and sentenced to nine months behind bars, that he had no power as an appointed sheriff under the purview and authority of Budish, whom he said subordinated him to White men like Mills.


“Captain Hammett is a long-time law enforcement professional with a proven track record of leadership in our community,” Budish said in a  statement emailed before he swore in Hammett as sheriff on Monday. “I am confident in his ability to lead the sheriff’s department as our law enforcement staff continue to protect and serve the residents of Cuyahoga County.”


Hammett joined the sheriff’s department in September of 2021, three years after he was police chief under then University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, who lost reelection in 2017 to current mayor Michael Dylan, a Democrat like Infeld who brought in his own police chief when he assumed office. Hammett has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and has also served as a deputy chief  for Shaker Heights. When he was police chief under Infeld in University Heights, a middle class Cleveland suburb, Blacks complained that the then University Heights mayor and police allegedly harassed them to help JPMorgan Chase Bank and county officials and judges illegally steal their homes via illegal foreclosures. And if they complained too much some were jailed and maliciously prosecuted, public records reveal, and under the helm of county prosecutor Mike O'Malley, also a Democrat, and before him, allegedly by former county prosecutor Tim McGinty, also a former common pleas judge whom O'Malley ousted to win the county prosecutor's seat in 2016.


In short, county Democrats, led by the county Democratic party, with the Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper McGintty's strongest ally at the time, had tired of McGinty and wanted him out, and O'Malley, a former Parma safety director  who ran an effective campaign under campaign manager Ryan Miday, was their replacement. In did not help that McGinty had fallen into disrepute with the Black community and community activists after he shielded largely White Cleveland cops from indictments who gunned down Black people from prosecution in celebrated cases such as the Cleveland police shooting deaths of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, whom 13 non-Black Cleveland police officers erroneously gunned down shooting 137 bullets.


Budish said Monday that he has confidence in Hammett as the county's new interim sheriff.


And confidence is sorely needed in the Budish administration The county executive, a former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and Beachwood councilman who was first elected in 2014, did not seek another four-year term this year after scandal after scandal has rocked his last term in office.


Democrat Chris Roynane and Republican Lee Weingart will battle it out in November for Budish' powerful spot in county government, a 29 percent Black county and the second largest of Ohio's 88 counties,one that is governed by a county executive and an 11-member county council, a relatively new form of county governance approved by county voters that scrapped three county commissioners and all but the elected county offices of the county prosecutor and judges.


The winner, with Weigart in an uphill battle to outdo Ronayne in the heavily Democratic county once rocked by a public corruption probe that brought convictions and long prison terms for former county commissioner Jimmy Dimora and former county auditor the late Frank Russo, will inherit the mess Budish will leave behind. In 2018 U.S. Marshals issued a report that deemed the gross mistreatment of the majority Black inmates inhumane and unconstitutional and problems have simply mounted since then.


Former Sheriff Viland was confirmed as sheriff in March of 2021 by county council following a recommendation from Budish, who announced in late April that Viland would step down. Current county jail warden Michelle Henry, the jail's first female warden, however, remains on the job, at least for now.


Both Viland and Henry are White.


A former police inspector general for Cleveland’s Department of Public Safety and former Solon police officer, Viland was surprised at the shakeup, sources said, with Budish' office  issuing a statement saying Viland, a law enforcement veteran, would stay on with the sheriff's department through the transition process as to his replacement. The shakeup and the announcement on Monday of Hammett as the county's new sheriff comes following the death last month of yet  another  inmate


According to a county spokesperson, Shondo Moffitt, who was Black, collapsed at the jail at around 12:30 p.m. on Mon,  April 11. He had been in the facility since Feb 15 for failure to appear for a Feb 25 hearing. He was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where he was later declared dead.

The attorney for the  39-year-old man had  filed a motion with a judge requesting that his client be released to continue his medical treatment.


While the dead inmate was Black, both the sheriff and the county jail warden are White. The county is roughly 29 percent Black and a disproportionate number of the inmates are Black, mainly Black men. Moffitt had two open felony cases in Cuyahoga County, one from a year ago for illegal possession of a firearm where he skipped his sentencing in that trial, and  another, a felony theft case.


In early January the family of a man who authorities say was beaten to death by his cellmate in 2020 received $1.1 million to settle a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against the county, and others. The man, Shone Trawick, a 48-year-old father of six, was serving a six months sentence for assault


Twenty-eight-year-old Devauntae Rayshon Daye, who was a Black transgender woman, is also among the fallen, and died in the jail in August of 2020 She was found unresponsive in her jail cell, authorities said, and was later pronounced dead. She was facing charges of felonious assault and aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing a man and hitting him with a brick.


This latest county jail inmate death comes as county officials embark upon plans to build a 1904-inmate capacity jail that has an inmate expansion unit to house more Black people, sources said, a multi million dollar project funded primarily by taxpayers. Cuyahoga County is the second largest of 88 counties statewide, and it is a Democratic stronghold.


The  damning report released in November of 2018 by U.S. Marshals on county jail conditions generated local and national news, a dreadful look at how inmates are mistreated such as withholding food for punishment, jailing juveniles with adults, rat and roach infested jail facilities, and a paramilitary jail corrections officers unit dubbed "The Men in Black" who intimidate and harass inmates. The report also found profound mistreatment of female inmates, and that pregnant women were being jailed on floor mats and denied adequate healthcare.


Several lawsuits remain pending regarding the county's now infamous jail and County Executive  Budish ' decision not to run for reelection this year, a decision that follows what began as a raid of his offices in downtown Cleveland after the series of jail deaths that peaked in 2018.  Another FBI raid would follow, and so would indictments, though not of Budish, 68 and a lawyer.  There have in fact been indictments and convictions of at least nine jail guards, the former jail director, and former  jail warden Eric Ivey, who is Black.


Ivey took a misdemeanor plea deal with no jail time before Common Pleas Judge Nancy Fuerst with an agreement that he  act as a snitch. In the midst of it all, then sheriff Cliff Pinkney, the county's first Black sheriff  whom Budish recommended, resigned in May of 2019.


Hired in 2015 after Budish took office for a first term,  Pinkney was succeeded by Gregory Croucher , who resigned in  April of 2021 amid controversy, and  Croucher, who is White, was succeeded by Viland last year, Viland hardly lasting a year himself when Budish, last month , ousted him from his sheriff duties. Now interim sheriff Steven Hammett, again, the county's second Black sheriff, will get a chance at either passing or failing amid still turmoil and other the watchful eye of the federal government, among other authorities.


The FBI and other authorities have been swarming the jail since 2018 after inmates began popping up dead. The Cleveland jail merged with the county  jail per a regionalism plan adopted by county and city officials in 2017, which created nothing but more problems.

Activists say the jail remains a problem and that they are also concerned with an array of other issues, including excessive bail, malicious prosecutions, racism, grand jury tampering, indictment fixing, denial of indigent counsel and speedy trial rights to Black defendants, and excessive sentences. Data also show that White inmates were getting favorable treatment and that Black inmates were more harshly disciplined.

Cleveland community activists picketed in front of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in 2018 over judicial and prosecutorial malfeasance, police misconduct, and the overcrowding of the county jail, a continuation of activist rallies that began in 2016. Hastened by the coronavirus outbreak, activists had been picketing regularly at the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland over jail conditions, in front of Budish' gated home in affluent Beachwood, where they called for his resignation, and at county administrative headquarters before county council meetings.

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor. Coleman is a seasoned Black Cleveland journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper for 17 years and an experienced investigative and political reporter. She is the most read independent journalist in Ohio per Alexa.com

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 20:07

Cleveland police, Cuyahoga County sheriff's deputies and Ohio Highway Patrol cops perform felony arrests of some 15 Black male dirt bike riders in Cleveland in one day via Operation ‘Wheels Down,' which some Blacks say is racist, and without warning

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland police, in cooperation with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Highway Patrol, arrested more than a dozen Black men over the weekend who ride their dirt bikes in Cleveland off the roads, arrests pursuant to a sting operation dubbed "Wheels Down," and with no prior warning since the practice of dirt bike riding, whether lawful or unlawful, went on routinely under former Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson, the city's four term Black mayor. And county and state law enforcement officials also went along with the free-for-all practice of dirt bike riding in Cleveland without legal consequences, one that is under attack now in almost what comes off, say sources, as advertising by city, county and state officials for a hard-on-crime approach with young, Black men and boys as pawns.

The heightened arrests of Black, male dirt bike riders in Cleveland comes during a political season, Ohio a pivotal state and Cleveland a pivotal city.

According to police records,15 of the arrests resulted in felony arrests on Sat, May 21, and 30 citations were issued coupled with the confiscation of 15 vehicles. Also, two firearms were seized during Saturday's dirt bike sting operation in Cleveland, police said, and two of the confiscated vehicles had allegedly been stolen. Current fines run between $50 and $100 for driving an unregistered dirt bike in Cleveland and a first offense is a second degree misdemeanor, though city council is expected to  approve heightened penalties and fines at its regular council meeting Monday evening. A proposed new ordinance would boost the fine to $1,000 and the penalty for a first offense to a first degree misdemeanor.

Community activists say they object to heightened criminal penalties and fines for dirt bike riders and that increasing a first offense from a first degree misdemeanor to a second degree misdemeanor is problematic as first degree misdemeanors of such type are harder to get expunged.

Jackson retired last year as mayor and was succeeded by current Mayor Justin Bibb, 34 and Cleveland's fourth Black mayor. Bibb must work with the 17- member, all Democratic Cleveland City Council and its new president, Blaine Griffin, to be effective, Griffin a Black east side councilman representing Ward 6 and Jackson's protege who once was director of the city's community relations board.

Governed by outgoing Democratic Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and an 11-member bipartisan county council, Cuyahoga County includes Cleveland, a largely Black major American city. It is a roughly 29 percent Black county and a Democratic stronghold, and is the second largest of Ohio's 88 counties, behind the heavily Democratic Franklin County, which includes the capital city of Columbus.

The crack down on what city, county and state law enforcement officials say is against crime during a gubernatorial election year has been labeled "Wheels Down," a law enforcement sting aimed at stopping illegal off-road vehicle activity in the city that is quickly being branded racist by Black leaders, many of whom wanted to remain anonymous for this article for fear of reprisal. One Cleveland council person called the activity "open season on Black people in Cleveland by top level White law enforcement figures from across the state that puts the safety and freedom of Black children at risk."

Some residents and west side councilpersons in particular complained repeatedly during Jackson's last term of the problem with the city's dirt bike riders and requested his intervention. But the then mayor, a city council president-turned mayor, did little in response and, instead, unsuccessfully sought an ordinance to build a dirt bike track.

Jackson's grandson Frank Q Jackson, who was shot and killed in September of 2021 at 24-years-old, and while he was mayor, was an avid dirt bike rider.

Some Black leaders say the obsession with the Black dirt bikers in Cleveland is racist and that sudden felony arrests in droves of young Black men by the city's overwhelming White police department, aided by a largely White county sheriff's office and majority White state highway patrol officers, is not the answer. Others say that operation "Wheels Down" went forward without any true community dialogue or input, particularly from Cleveland's Black community since Blacks are largely the target of the sting. Critics also say that it is politically motivated as Ohio Gov Mike DeWine, a GOP incumbent, faces Democrat and former Dayton mayor Nan Whaley for an all out showdown for governor in the upcoming November general election, an election in which Ohio's U.S. Senate race is also being closely watched nationwide.

Also at issue, among statewide, congressional and other offices on the ballot this November, is the fight to replace retiring Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, a Republican and the first woman elected to the high court post in Ohio, a majority Republican and largely female court of seven justices, three of them Democrats.


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By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor. Coleman is a seasoned Black Cleveland journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper for 17 years and an experienced investigative and political reporter. She is the most read independent journalist in Ohio per Alexa.com

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 14:59

Abortion is also about racial justice, experts and advocates say

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If you're going to talk about the intersection of abortion and race, it's probably a good thing to start with the 14th amendment, says Melissa Murray, a legal scholar and law professor at New York University.

It is, after all, the 14th amendment that the Supreme Court interpreted to give women bodily autonomy — the privacy and liberty to make decisions about their own bodies.

But the 14th amendment wasn't in the "original" draft of the U.S. Constitution.

"It was part of this trio of three amendments that were intended to completely reorder the American landscape in the wake of the civil war, and specifically to introduce newly freed African Americans into the body politic," says Murray.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NPR.ORG

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

The U.S. men's and women's soccer teams will be paid equally under a new deal

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Pictured are players on the U.S Women's National Team celebrate their victory in the penalty shootout over the Netherlands in the Women's Quarter Final match of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Wednesday that it has reached a deal to pay the U.S. Men's National Team and the U.S. Women's National Team equally, eliminating a contentious pay gap that saw female players earning less.

The new collective bargaining agreements will run through 2028 and include the "equalization" of World Cup prize money, the organization announced. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NPR.ORG

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2022 04:03

Louisville, Kentucky's Charles Booker, who is Black, wins the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate and will face incumbent U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, for the November general election

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Pictured are U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky (wearing blue suit), who won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate on Tues, May 17, and former state representative Charles Booker (weaing tan suit), a Black Louisville Democrat, won the Democratic nomination. The two will square off in November for the midterm elections


LOUISVILLE, Kentucky-U.S. Sen Rand Paul will face  former state Rep. Charles Booker of Louisville in the general election after initial results showed Paul, the Republican incumbent, and Booker, who is a Black Democrat, both  defeating little-known challengers during Kentucky’s primary elections on Tuesday.

The Associated press called the race early on Tuesday, Kentucky's U.S. Senate primary race one of several being closely watched across the country.

Booker, 38, who rose to prominence as a community advocate during the Breonna Taylor protests, won against three obscure candidates, and Paul, 59, making his third six-year term, won over five low profile opponents,

A former state representative who succeeded Darryl Owens into office and the first Black Democratic candidate to be nominated for statewide election in Kentucky history, Booker is making his second run for the U.S. Senate after running in 2020 and losing the Democratic nomination to retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, who went on to lose the general election to Republican Mitch McConnell.

A son of former three-time presidential candidate and 12-term former U.S. represetative of Texas, Ron Paul, Sen. Rand Paul heads into the November election with an $8.6 million campaign war chest and Booker has some $470,000. Currently the U.S Senate consists of 50 Democrats, 48 Republicans, and two independents with Republicans vying to take control in November of both the U.S House of Representatives, which the Democrats control, and the Senate.

While eyes are on U.S. Senate races on Tuesday in places like Kentucky and North Carolina, Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race is considered by many the most closely watched contest being held on May 17. At stake there is the open Senate primary, with Republican Senator Pat Toomey retiring

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2022 22:40

10 mostly Black people killed in a racially motivated mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket, CNN reports

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(CNN)-BUFFALO, New York-Ten mostly Black people were killed in a racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday by a suspect in tactical gear who was livestreaming the attack, law enforcement officials said during a news conference.

The shooting occurred Saturday afternoon at a Tops Friendly Markets store. The suspect in the shooting, a White male, is in custody, police said. He was identified as Payton Gendron, 18, and pleaded not guilty to the first degree murder charge brought against him in court Saturday night, Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Craig Hannah tells CNN.CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT CNN.COM
Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 22:19

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The annual11th Congressional District Caucus Parade is Monday, September 2

11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress. waives to the crowd last year at the annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade.  This year's parade kicks off on Monday, September 2 on Cleveland's east side at 10:00 am from E. 149th Street and Kinsman Road and ends at Luke Easter Park where the picnic will begin. The event will be replete with political speeches and entertainment from various sources, including local musicians and bands. The well-attended caucus parade was initiated by Democrat Louis Stokes, the retired congressman before Fudge, and the tradition was furthered by the late Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Fudges' predecessor. Stokes was the first Black congressperson from Ohio and Tubbs Jones was the first Black congresswoman from Ohio