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Greater Cleveland RTA notice of public hearing on (FY) 2025 Capital Improvement Plan on Tues., May 7, 2024, 9 am, 1st Floor, Main Office Building, 1240 West Sixth Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

THIS IS A PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE BY GREATER CLEVELAND RTA CLEVELAND, Ohio-Notice is hereby given that a public hearing on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Capital Improvement Plan (2025 CIP) Budget of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will be held immediately following the 2025 – 2029 Capital Improvement Plan presentation to the Operational Planning and Infrastructure Committee, at 9:00 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. The public hearing will be held in the Board Room of the Authority, 1st Floor, Main Office Building, 1240 West Sixth Street, Cleveland, Ohio. The Board Committee meetings and public hearing will be live streamed on RTA’s website at (www.riderta.com/board) by selecting the meeting day. Public comments for the Public Hearing can be made in person or submitted by email at ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or by phone (440-276-4600) or through a web form (www.riderta.com/events) (select meeting event, scroll to the bottom to fill out the form, comments will be sent to Board and staff). Rajan D. Gautam, Deputy General Manager - Finance, Secretary-Treasurer The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, (GCRTA)

Ohio Congresswomen Brown, Sykes, House members call for Congress to extend the affordable internet program (ACP)- 46 percent of households in Brown's 11th congressional district are enrolled in the APC program

U.S. Reps. Shontel Brown and Emilia Sykes Staff article- Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com Staff article Washington, DC – Congresswoman Shontel Brown (OH-11) on Wednesday co-led a press conference in Washington, D.C. with colleagues from the New Democrat Coalition and called on House Republican leadership to take immediate action to extend the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and preserve affordable internet access for 23 million American households. Brown is a cosponsor of Congresswoman Yvette Clarke's Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act that would provide seven billion in funding for the ACP.
The press conference also included Reps. Annie Kuster (NH-02), Nikki Budzinski (IL-13), Angie Craig (MN-02), Emilia Sykes (OH-13), and Gabe Vasquez (NM-02).   Rep Brown is a Warrensville Hts Democrat whose 11th congressional district includes Cleveland, and Sykes is an Akron Democrat and the youngest of Ohio's Five-Member Democratic Congressional Delegation. It also includes U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown of Cleveland, Rep, Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and Columbus Democrat Joyce Beatty. Kaptur is the longest serving woman in Congress and Brown, Sykes and Beatty are all three Black women. According to the White House, over 1.1 million Ohio households are enrolled in the program, including an estimated 46% of all households in Congresswoman Brown's 11th congressional district, the highest percentage in the state and one of the highest nationwide.   The ACP is part of President Joe Biden's Investing in America agenda. "Republican leadership in the House is content to watch the ACP die – this is unacceptable to me and should be unacceptable to the country," said Rep.Brown in a statement."I am proud to stand with my colleagues in support of this vital program and will continue to fight for my constituents. We cannot cut the cord on connectivity." Absent congressional action, April will be the last month that participants receive their full ACP benefits, and the program will end entirely after May. The ACP was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Congresswoman Brown says she "proudly voted for."   “In today’s age, access to the internet isn’t a luxury — it’s a critical resource that people in my district depend on for their livelihoods," said Rep. Sykes. "Households from across Ohio’s 13th District rely on the Affordable Connectivity Program for affordable internet, and my office has received thousands of emails from constituents across the political spectrum worried about how they will afford the internet if funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program runs out at the end of the month."   Sykes added that “I promised people in Ohio’s 13th District that I would work to lower their everyday costs, and that’s exactly what I intend to do by fighting to keep the Affordable Connectivity Program funded.” Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper in Ohio and in the Midwest, and the most read independent digital news in Ohio. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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.

Cuyahoga County Dems host annual dinner with US Sen Sherrod Brown and ex-HUD secretary Marcia Fudge center-stage....By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cuyahoga County Democratic Party held its annual fund-raising dinner on Sun.,  April 14, 2024 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland, with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown the guest speaker and former U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Marcia Fudge, who received the group's lifetime achievement award, the honorary guest for the evening.   Cuyahoga County includes the largely Black, major American city of Cleveland and is roughly 29 percent Black. A Democratic stronghold, it is the second largest of Ohio's 88 counties, behind Franklin County, which includes the city of Columbus and is also a Democratic stronghold.
Speakers at the event also included county Democratic Party Chairman David Brock, Congresswoman Shontel  Brown, previously chair of the county Democratic Party, and Cleveland City Council President Blaine Griffin.
Tickets for the well-attended event ranged in price from $100 for a regular ticket to $10,000 for a platinum table of 10.   Sen. Sherrod Brown is a Cleveland Democrat running for re-election this year against Republican Bernie Moreno, whom former President Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for the presidential election in November, endorsed for Ohio's March 19 primary. Democrats hold a slim majority in the U.S. Senate and hope to keep the seasoned and popular senator aboard in Congress.   Republicans hope Moreno can beat him despite his popularity, but are cautiously optimistic about the outcome, particularly given Moreno's repeated stances against abortion, even after the Issue 1 abortion rights referendum passed at the ballot box in Ohio last November.
A Warrensville Hts. Democrat and former congresswoman representing Ohio's 11th congressional district that is now led by her protege', Rep. Shontel Brown, Fudge recently returned home from Washington, D.C. after stepping down last month as HUD secretary with the Biden administration. She was welcomed with warmth by the Dems in attendance, including several of her former constituents of the 11th congressional district. It includes Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga County.
A wealth of city and county politicians like County Executive Chris Ronayne and members of city and county council, and candidates for office, were there, with Ohio the only state in the country where voters, if they so choose, can turn its majority Republican Ohio Supreme Court majority Democratic in November. And that is not an easy thing to do, according to past elections.
Missing from Sunday's Democratic gathering in Cleveland was President Joe Biden, who is in a heated race against Trump for re-election in November and seeks Democratic support as he campaigns across the country. Trump won Ohio over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016 on his way to becoming president, and again in 2020 when he lost reelection to Biden and the Democrats. Whether Biden will actively campaign in Ohio as the November 2024 presidential election nears remains to be seen, with some pundits saying he has all but written off Ohio.
While Democrats control Cleveland and the heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County, their influence statewide is limited.
In addition to controlling the Ohio Supreme Court, which is led by Chief Justice Sharon Kennedy, Republicans, aside from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, hold every statewide elective office in Ohio, including the offices of governor, secretary of state, and state attorney general. Republicans also control Ohio's General Assembly and are in the majority in both the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate. 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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 LEADER

OJ Simpson dead at 76, a reminder of America's fragile race problem and its flawed legal system.....By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

Staff article by Kathy Wray Coleman, editor CLEVELAND, Ohio– Former NFL star OJ Simpson (pictured in 1990) has died at 76-years-old after a battle with cancer, his family announced Thursday, an announcement that triggered fodder with media outlets across the country and reminds America's Black community of the country's long legacy of systemic racism and its troubles with its fragile and racist legal system. National cable media hosts had a field day with commentary over whether Simpson murdered ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, even though he was exonerated in 1995 of criminal charges in the case with lawyer Johnny Cochran leading his "dream team" legal team. He was  later sent to prison for nine years for convictions for arranging a robbery to retrieve his stolen memorabilia, the latter criminal case of which came under question as possible retaliation for a not guilty verdict in the case of his ex-wife's death. Despite being exonerated in the murder of his ex-wife, who was a White woman, he lost a multi-million dollar wrongful death civil lawsuit filed by the Brown-Goldman families over the killings but never forked over all of the money, sources say, instead living in isolation off of his NFL pension until his death. The nationally-watched televised murder trial where he was found not guilty as Blacks and Whites alike took sides and millions of others looked on in anticipation of the verdict was in media circles dubbed "The Trial of the Century." Simpson shot back and wrote a book of satire titled "If I did it," generating more fallout and racial chatter over the celebrated murders. and upsetting the Brown-Goldman families. The notorious Simpson played in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons, primarily with the Buffalo Bills, and was regarded as one of the greatest running backs of all time. He was the first NFL player to run for more than 2,000 yards in a single season. 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland calls for Biden to ban Chinese-made electric vehicles to protect Ohio auto workers....By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

Staff article by Kathy Wray Coleman, editor WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) (pictured), a Cleveland Democrat and seasoned member of Congress, called for Congress and President Biden to ban Chinese-made electric vehicles to protect Ohio autoworkers, and to combat what he says are economic and national security threats posed by Chinese automakers. In a letter to President Biden, the popular senator warned that Chinese cars, made by companies controlled and subsidized by the Chinese Communist Party, present an existential threat to the American auto industry, and that tariffs alone are insufficient to stop a government-orchestrated attack on an entire sector of the nation's economy. “Chinese electric vehicles are an existential threat to the American auto industry. Ohio knows all too well how China illegally subsidizes its companies, putting our workers out of jobs and undermining entire industries, from steel to solar manufacturing, " said Brown in a news release. "We cannot allow China to bring its government-backed cheating to the American auto industry. The U.S. must ban Chinese electric vehicles now, and stop a flood of Chinese government-subsidized cars that threaten Ohio auto jobs, and our national and economic security.” Brown warned in the letter that the level of government subsidization in the Chinese auto industry would make it impossible for American automakers and autoworkers to compete on a level playing field, and would also decimate the United Autoworkers and the union’s ability to raise wages and benefits for workers across the auto sector. Chinese electric vehicles also pose a national security risk, given the technology involved in EVs and the potential for the Chinese government to gain access to large amounts of data through these cars. Sen. Brown has long led efforts to boost American auto manufacturing and to counter China’s cheating. Brown introduced the bipartisan Leveling the Playing Field 2.0 Act to strengthen U.S. trade remedy laws and ensure they remain effective tools to fight back against unfair trade practices and protect American workers. In January Brown called on the Biden Administration to increase tariffs on Chinese solar imports threatening American solar manufacturing jobs, including in Ohio at companies like First Solar in Toledo. In May of 2023, Brown led his Senate colleagues in voting to reinstate duties on illegally dumped Chinese solar panels. Sen Brown also led the successful opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which had weaker auto rules of origin than NAFTA and would have been devastating for the Ohio industry. Read Sen Brown's full letter to President Biden here 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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.

Ohio Dems pan Gov DeWine's State of the State-Ohio Senate Minority Leader Nickie Antonio calls Gov DeWine's State of the State address disingenuous and un-inspirational and seeks common ground with Ohio Republican leaders for the benefit of all Ohioans

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) (pictured), a Lakewood Democrat whose 23rd district includes 14 of Cleveland's 17 wards, issued a statement following a press conference with a group of Democratic state lawmakers at the Statehouse in Columbus in response to Gov. Mike DeWine's State of the State address, which he delivered at noon today, also at the Statehouse in Columbus. While the Republican governor's speech may have kept him in step with top GOP leaders in Ohio he has gained fodder with in the last year or so and his promise of child healthcare vouchers for struggling mothers has bipartisan support, his support of the Republicans anti-Democratic agendas and his demand for legislative restrictions on out-of-class smartphone use of students in Ohio's K-12 schools did not sit well with some Statehouse Democrats. And his slogan during his speech that "Ohio is the heart of it all" as he pushes for penalties against transgender students  and rallies against abortion rights for Ohio women annoyed some state Democratic lawmakers like state Sen Antonio, a women's rights and Civil Rights advocate, and a loyal Democrat chosen by her peers to lead Democrats in the Ohio Senate. She called parts of the governor's speech, much of it centered on Ohio's children and the governor's policy initiatives as he concludes his second term in office, un-inspirational and disengenuous in a press release to Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders. She praised the governor for his prospective programs that support young people but panned his speech overall. "Certainly, the governor touched on programs and issues we can support as many of them focused on lifting up and supporting our youngest Ohioans and their future," said Antonio. "I'd like to believe that the inspirational, "Ohio is the heart of it all" were true. However, it is disingenuous to use that slogan to welcome people while the majority contradicts the sentiment with legislation that would deny the civil rights of marginalized Ohioans. Last year's three statewide elections proved how out of step majority Republicans are with everyday Ohioans. We can and we must do better." Those statewide elections won by the Dems include two Issue 1 ballot initiatives, one by Republican state lawmakers seeking to enhance the threshold for winning statewide ballot initiatives in Ohio that failed miserably, and the other the Nov. 7 Issue 1 referendum where Ohio voters voted to enshrined the legal right to abortion access and other reproductive measures into the Ohio Constitution. Both came after the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2022 decision in Dobbs vs Jackson that overturned the longstanding Roe v Wade and gave states the authority to regulate and legislate abortion. Antonio said that Democrats in Ohio are inclusive and that key Ohio Republicans like Gov. DeWine are doing little, if anything, to lift up the state, a state former President Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee for the Republican nomination for president this year, won in 2016 and again in 2020. And she said that Democratic state lawmakers will continue advocating for Ohio workers and families and that Democrats seek common ground with Ohio Republicans in an effort to advance policies that benefit all Ohioans.

"Democrats are dedicated to creating an inclusive, welcoming state with safe and thriving communities by investing in accessible, affordable quality child care, affordable housing, good-paying jobs, and equal access to quality education to ensure families have the support they need to succeed," said Sen Antonio, "We will continue to advocate and fight for the dignity of Ohio's workers and families this year by advancing those policies, issues, and budget items where we can find common ground with the governor, our colleagues across the aisle, and across chambers, whenever possible." Republicans control both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate.

Read Ohio Senate Minority Leader Nickie Antonio's full remarks here and watch the full Democratic response to Gov. DeWine's State of the State address here. 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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.

Funeral services announced for former Ohio state senator CJ Prentiss.... By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Funeral services have been announced for former Ohio state senator C.J. (Carolyn Jean) Prentiss (pictured), who died Tuesday at 82-years-old after battling heart disease. Visitation is Fri., April 12,  from 5-7pm at Hiawatha Church of God In Christ, 3417 Hiawatha St., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. Funeral services are Sat., April 13, at 10am at the Christ Culture Church, 15 Severance Circle, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with calling hours from 9-10 am at the church. She will be laid to rest at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland. An educator in her younger years and a former state representative and state school board member, Prentiss was a a life-long Democrat. She served in the Ohio Senate from 1999-2007 and was minority leader for the 126th General Assembly. She could not run for reelection in 2007 due to a state law that set term limits for state lawmakers. She was active in the Cleveland community, particularly during the pendency of the longstanding schools desegregation case. Prentiss relocated from Cleveland to Astubula after she retired from politics to live in a cottage on the riverbank. 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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.

City of Cleveland, Mayor Bibb launch new Open Data Portal website offering instant access to city services, job openings and more.... By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com CLEVELAND, Ohio- The City of Cleveland has unveiled its new Open Data Portal website, a one-stop shop for city data sets, dashboards, civic tech applications and more. The Cleveland Open Data Portal accessible at data.clevelandohio.gov is part of Mayor Justin Bibb administration's commitment to transparency, accountability and innovation, the young, Black mayor (pictured) said in a press release. The website provides for access to city departments, council members information, job openings , city services and other data. "This initiative is a milestone for the city that's aimed at building trust, fostering collaboration, and empowering the public with  instant access to a wide range of datasets related to city operations," said Mayor Bibb, 37 and the city's fourth Black mayor "Through the portal, users can explore, analyze and interact with city data in a variety of useful ways." "The Cleveland Open Data Portal represents a significant step forward in Mayor Bibb's work and commitment to a modern, open and responsive city government," said Dr. Elizabeth Crowe, director of the mayor's Office of Urban Analytics and Innovation. "The overarching goal is to empower Clevelanders to actively participate in shaping the future of our city." Key features of the Cleveland Open Data Portal include: Data Accessibility: Users will have access to a diverse range of datasets covering various aspects of city operations, including  public safety, transportation, housing, and more. This data will empower residents to make informed decisions, drive civic engagement, and contribute to the betterment of their neighborhoods. User-Friendly Interface: The portal boasts a user-friendly interface designed to make data exploration intuitive and accessible  to users of all backgrounds. Through interactive visualizations, maps, and charts, users can easily analyze and interpret complex datasets. Data Sharing and Collaboration: The Cleveland Open Data portal encourages collaboration between the public and government  entities. Residents, businesses, and developers are invited to utilize the data for research, innovation, and the development of new solutions to address urban challenges. Real-Time Updates: The portal will be continuously updated with new datasets and information, ensuring that users have access to the most current data available. This real-time approach reflects the city's commitment to keeping residents informed and engaged. For more information and to explore the Cleveland Open Data portal, please visit data.clevelandohio.gov and watch the video demo of the new site. 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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

Former Ohio state senator CJ Prentiss dies..... By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

  CLEVELAND, Ohio- Former Ohio state senator C.J. (Carolyn Jean) Prentiss (pictured) died Tuesday afternoon with her husband Michael Charney and other family members by her side, her family said Tuesday. She was 82-years-old. Funeral arrangements are pending. An educator in her younger years and a former state representative and state school board member, Prentiss served in the Ohio Senate from 1999-2007 and was minority leader for the 126th General Assembly. She could not run for reelection due to a state law that sets term limits for state lawmakers. She and her husband Michael Charney were both active in the Cleveland community, particularly during the pendency of the longstanding schools desegregation case,  Charney a former labor organizer and retired Cleveland schools history teacher. A Democrat, Prentiss received both a B.A. in education and M.Ed. from Cleveland State University. While in the Ohio State Senate, Prentiss represented constituents of Cleveland, Bratenahl, Brooklyn Heights, Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, East Cleveland, Newburgh Heights and University Heights. She served as minority whip during the 125th General Assembly and was the first female president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. Prentiss was also on the founding board of directors for the nonpartisan economic policy group Policy Matters Ohio. She was a delegate to the Democratic Convention for Jesse Jackson in 1984, and then became co-chair of the Cleveland Rainbow Coalition.She was also chosen to be the special education adviser to then Gov. Ted Strickland in 2007. Prentiss grew up in Cleveland and  attended the March on Washington led by Civil Rights icon the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in 1963 . She was a community activist-turned politician. She was on numerous committees and consistently advocated for those most under-served. As a state lawmaker she spearheaded significant legislation aimed at decreasing the Black-White academic achievement gap in Cleveland's public schools and obtained funding for all-day kindergarten and reduced class sizes. 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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.

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Women's March Cleveland comments after the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the abortion pill (mifepristone)...By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's' Black digital news leader

Women's March Cleveland at one of its marches in Cleveland, led by Black women. Photo by Cleveland Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com Photojournalist David Petkiewicz Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com Staff article WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that reached the country's highest court that could end the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) longtime approval of mifepristone, the nation's most widely used abortion bill.
Primarily at issue is whether the FDA's two-decades approval of the pill is safe with justices seemingly skeptical of such assertion during Tuesday's proceedings in Washington, D.C., pundits said afterwards. And whether the justices can step in for federal agencies to determine the safety of the pill is at issue too, lawyers for proponents of the pill argued to the nine-member , 6-3 conservative-leaning court comprised of three former President Donald Trump appointees.
The justices focused on whether the group of anti-abortion doctors who brought the lawsuit even had legal standing to bring the claim, with the  plaintiffs represented by the Alliance Defending Freedombarguing that the FDA failed to adequately access the drug’s safety risks. Whether the doctors could show that they were directly injured merely because they object to abortion also raised skepticism among the justices. The case is being watched nationwide, particularly by women's rights activists in key states. Abortion rights groups in Ohio where voters enshrined the legal right to abortion and other reproductive measures into the Ohio coalition via the passage of an Issue 1 referendum at the ballot box  in November, say they are fed up and intend to further voice their displeasure at the ballot box in November.
"After this same anti-female U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June of 2022 and handed authority over the issue to the states, women won at the ballot box on  Issue 1 in Ohio only to continue to face continual attacks on our constitutional right to abortion access at the state and national levels by the GOP," said Women's March Cleveland head organizer Kathy Wray Coleman, a seasoned Black Cleveland activist, organizer and local journalist. "Northeast Ohio women and women across this land must rise up before the November presidential election and take to the streets to protest the attack on choice and our reproductive freedoms in general." 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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.

Women's March Cleveland comments after the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the abortion pill (mifepristone)...By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's' Black digital news leader

Picture:Women's March Cleveland at one of its reproductive rights marches in Cleveland, led by Black women. Photo by Cleveland Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com Photojournalist David Petkiewicz Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com Staff article WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that reached the country's highest court that could end the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) longtime approval of mifepristone, the nation's most widely used abortion bill.
Primarily at issue is whether the FDA's two-decades long approval of the pill is safe with justices seemingly skeptical of such assertion during Tuesday's proceedings in Washington, D.C., pundits said afterwards. And whether the justices can step in for federal agencies to determine the safety of the pill is at issue too, lawyers for proponents of the pill argued to the nine-member, 6-3 conservative-leaning court comprised of three former President Donald Trump appointees.
The justices focused on whether the group of anti-abortion doctors who brought the lawsuit even had legal standing to bring the claim, with the  plaintiffs represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom arguing that the FDA failed to adequately evaluate the drug’s alleged safety risks. Whether the doctors could show that they were directly injured merely because they object to abortion also raised skepticism among the justices. The case is being watched nationwide, particularly by women's rights activists in key states. Abortion rights groups in Ohio where voters enshrined the legal right to abortion and other reproductive measures into the Ohio Constitution via the passage of an Issue 1 referendum at the ballot box  last November say they are fed up and intend to further voice their displeasure at the ballot box this November.
"After this same anti-female U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June of 2022 and handed authority over the issue to the states, women won at the ballot box on Issue 1 in Ohio only to continue to face continual attacks on our constitutional right to abortion access at the state and national levels by the GOP," said Women's March Cleveland head organizer Kathy Wray Coleman, a seasoned Black Cleveland activist, organizer and local journalist. "Northeast Ohio women and women across this land must rise up before the November presidential election and take to the streets to protest the attack on choice and our reproductive freedoms in general." 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer endorses Carl Mazzone over crooked Judge Nancy Russo, who also lost the county Democratic Party endorsement to Mazzone....Activists say vote no to Judge Russo....By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo (pictured) failed to get the county Democratic Party endorsement for her bid this year for a judicial seat over her Democratic opponent, an assistant county prosecutor under County Prosecutor Mike O'Malley, who is also seeking reelection. And the Cleveland Plain Dealer also refused to endorse her

CLEVELANDURANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo did not get the endorsement from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, after the county Democratic Party refused her an endorsement for her bid for a common pleas judicial seat this year and instead endorsed her male opponent.

Ohio's closely-watched primary election is March 19 and will also include primaries for the presidential election, some congressional and state legislative seats and the race for U.S. Senate that will likely pit current and senior U.S. Sen, Sherrod Brown against the Republican nominee of that highly contested primary that is drawing millions in campaign donations to Republicans candidates in the least.

Community activist Democrats lobbied against an endorsement at the preliminary endorsement meeting of ward and city leaders earlier this month.


Russo, 67, did not show for the Plain Dealer's endorsement interview or for the general endorsement meeting of executive committee members of the party at the Holiday Inn in Independence after activists lobbied for people from different communities to come and speak-out against her candidacy. She faces an assistant county prosecutor under County Prosecutor Mike O'Malley, Democrat Carl Mazzone, for the Democratic primary on March 19. Both the county Democratic Party and the Plain dealer endorsed Mazone over Russo, Mazzone a 12-year assistant county prosecutor.

 

O"Malley was also snubbed by the county Democratic Party, although he did win an endorsement from the PD over his opponent, Matthew Ahn, a former federal public defender who teaches law classes at Cleveland State University and raised more monies than O'Malley in the last segment of 2023. Ahn and O'Malley are at odds over the excessive bind-overs of Black juveniles to adult court that have upset the Black community and activists who say racism and corruption are rampant in the county's general division common pleas court.


Technically, Mazzone and Russo are both running for the judicial seat left open by the Ohio Supreme Court's suspension last month of Russo's colleague Daniel Gaul from office for misconduct, and even had Gaul not been suspended, at 70-years old he would have been age limited. Nonetheless, Russo still lost the county party endorsement that went to Mazzone.  Her current six-year term ends in January of 2027, which means that even if she loses to Mazzone she will still remain on the bench, absent any harsh discipline from the Ohio Supreme Court, if a bar complaint is filed with the court's office of disciplinary grievances. That process is lengthy to say the least and does not provide for immediate relief, if any at all, to victims of judicial malfeasance, most of them Black. Among a host of other misconduct, Gaul was accused by the high court's disciplinary counsel of forcing Black defendants to plead guilty to murder, the height of malfeasance, sources say.


To receive the county Democratic Party endorsement a candidate must get 60 percent of the party vote, the party of which is led by county party chairman David Brock.


Sources say O'Malley has tired of the judge, including her release of grand jury transcripts to defense counsel via motion, and hopes his assistant county prosecutor can beat her in March. No Republicans filed petitions for the race, which is not unusual when seasoned Democratic judges seek reelection or election in general as judicial campaigns in the county are expensive at best and can cost upwards of $50,000 for a non-incumbent.


Activist Twon Billings, an East Cleveland councilman and former mayoral candidate, spoke against Russo at the party's preliminary endorsement meeting  two earlier this month when party affiliates voted against her, Billings warning fellow Democrats that the erratic judge is allegedly unfair, undemocratic, and not good for the party and the Black community. The 29 percent Black county includes Cleveland and is a Democratic stronghold. It is the second largest of Ohio's 88 counties, behind Franklin County, which is also a Democratic stronghold that includes Columbus, the state's largest city in front of Cleveland, a majority Black major American city.


Judge Russo has drawn the ire of community activists and others for unfairness against Blacks and others as well as alleged malfeasance on the bench that they say is increasing by the minute. She has been on the 34-member, largely White common pleas bench since 1997 and before she had routinely been endorsed by county Dems. But community activists against her candidacy say a change is needed as to party operatives endorsing judges and others who are racist and no good simply because they are registered Democrats. They want county government reform and an FBI investigation of corrupt judges and prosecutors, among others.


Activists say Judge Nancy Margaret Russo, known for handing out excessive sentences to Blacks and others, including Black juveniles bound over to adult court, is covering-up fixed indictments and perpetuating public corruption as to falsification and tampering with records of criminal felony cases on her docket and does so with the alleged assistance from County Clerk of Courts Nailah Byrd, Byrd's subordinates, prosecutors, and corrupt fellow common pleas judges such as the late Judge Joseph Russo. His cases were sometimes transferred to her docket by the chief judge at the time (John Russo) after he quit them following documented impropriety outlined in affidavits of prejudice filed against him with the Ohio Supreme Court. (Editor's note: As Clerk of Courts, Byrd, by law, is responsible for case docket filings in the Cuyahoga County courts, including common pleas, domestic relations and probate courts, and the 8th District Court of Appeals, and maintaining and preserving such  case document filings, among other duties, including collecting bail bond monies. Data show that her office is in complete disarray).


A comprehensive  investigation by Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com reveals similarities to the motion picture movie "Mississippi Burning" regarding the height of racial discrimination and Civil Rights violations and the attack on the Black community by White supremacists, including judges, police and other law enforcement authorities, and corrupt and racist prosecutors.


A high tech lynching it surely is, activists say, and against the Black community with an undisputed vengeance, due process and statutory and constitutional protections be damned.


Russo is also illegally releasing secret grand jury testimony that is to remain hidden per state law with appointed indigent defense counsel from the office of the county public defender, led by Assist Public Defender Scott Roger Hurley, and using it against Black defendants to try and get plea deals in cases where their poor Black clients are falsely accused of assaulting White police officers accused of harassing them. (Editor's note: Judge Nancy Russo is also refusing to remove indigent counsel such as Hurley who are accused of colluding with the court and the prosecution against Black defendants, even when such indigent counsel, Hurley in particular, violate her own court orders for discovery and to conduct proper pretrial investigations for their indigent clients. Instead, the judge seeks to proceed to trial to ensure illegal and unconstitutional convictions of misrepresented poor, Black defendants via ineffective assistance of counsel. She also handpicks Hurley  to defend poor Blacks in cases she seeks to corrupt or manipulate and she has met with him privately or ex parte in backroom meetings to allegedly discuss cases without prosecutors present while his Black clients wait alone in her courtroom).


The illegally released grand jury testimony is that of corrupt White cops who have lied to the grand jury to get innocent Blacks indicted on charges they allegedly assaulted them, including from Lt Dale Orians of University Heights, a now former cop who has stalked Black female residents and broken into their homes without authority and stealing their personal property with the support of the city and county prosecutor and former mayor Susan Infeld, whom voters ousted in 2017 for alleged theft in office, assisted theft of homes of Black residents, and racism against Black residents.


The falsified case docket entries, also called journal entries of case proceedings, are crucial and can determine whether cases are dismissed and whether maliciously prosecuted people, mainly Blacks, are falsely convicted and imprisoned with one of the 34 largely White judges of the general division court of common pleas at the helm.


In one instance the clerk's office lies on the case docket and says a Black defendant accused of assaulting White cops was arrested the day of the alleged incident, the judge colluding with the prosecution and cops to deny the Black defendant's motion for correction of the case docket on this matter.


Data also show that Judge Nancy Russo is committing falsification by lying during pretrials and telling Blacks who have passed mental competency exams by Black psychiatrists that in order to represent themselves they must take another exam, an attempt, sources say, to get passing mental competency exams illegally changed by corrupt White psychiatrists for her harassment purposes against Black people.


Falsification is illegal under state law and so is tampering with records and she knows this, her judicial colleagues on the common pleas bench who whisper and laugh at the judge's crazy behavior say.


The crooked judge is also denying motions or requests by maliciously prosecuted Black defendants to correct corrupted criminal case dockets of her late colleague Judge Joe Russo.


In one case Judge Joe Russo, after doubling a Black defendant's bond after it had been paid just to keep the defendant in jail who was accused of assault of some White cops, actually had Clerk of Courts Nailah Byrd falsify the case docket to say the defendant at issue had escaped. He would also assign himself to cases before indictments come down and then lie about the proceedings via journal entries with the help of his then personal bailiff.


Judge Nancy Russo's corruption comes during a continuing FBI probe over the last 15 years or more that netted some 61 guilty pleas or guilty verdicts, including prison for two former common pleas judges, a 28- year prison sentence for racketeering and other crimes in office to former county commissioner Jimmy Dimora, and a 22-year prison sentence to Dimora's sidekick,  former county auditor Frank Russo. Both were released early from prison and Frank Russo has since died.


Most of the aforementioned are Democrats as Cuyahoga County is a Democratic stronghold.


In a particular case in which a Black female defendant is accused of assaulting but not touching or harming four White University Heights cops who came to her home slinging guns and rifles and calling her a nigger, all without a warrant or a 9-1-1 call to police dispatchers, Judge Nancy Russo denied a motion by the defendant to correct the  case docket lie that the defendant was arrested the day of the alleged assault, a lie fed to the grand jury to help get an illegal indictment.


Such an indictment originally charged the defendant with two counts of assault on the two White cops, whom she did not even touch, police say,  and two counts of obstructing official business.


But Clerk of Courts Nailah Byrd tampered with records and  upped the charges by falsifying the case docket to four counts of assault on a police officer and four counts of obstructing official business, all without a court order or grand jury amendment, and all illegal and unconstitutional activity that mandates dismissal of the case.  (Editor's note: Judge Nancy Margaret Russo seeks to cover up fixed indictments that mandate dismissal of the cases  by proceeding to trial and ensuring the appointment of indigent counsel, like Assist County Public Defender Scott Roger Hurley, that will not fight for dismissal for poor Black defendants. She has literally handpicked Hurley as defense counsel in cases to carry on her malfeasance Her view, apparently, is to falsely imprison Blacks via ineffective assistance of counsel and illegal convictions, and then to take photographs with them for the media if and when they are later released for false imprisonment  or via the early release reentry program she chairs).


Also at issue is foreclosure theft  of county homes by foreclosure magistrates and common pleas judges like Judge John O'Donnell, Chief Magistrate Stephen Bucha, his Lerner, Sampson and Rothfus attorney wife, and the sheriff's office, impropriety, in fact, with JPMorgan Chase Bank and other big banks and mortgage companies guiding the way. Politicians, media-types, Chase Bank and others are then buying the stolen homes for pennies on the dollar, research reveals, and after the home values are illegally deflated by the sheriff's office and county foreclosure appraisers, some of whom earn six figures for cooperating.


Hundreds of thousands of homes owned by county residents have been stolen for Chase Bank and others with help from magistrates, judges and other county politicians. Blacks and others who complain are often prosecuted in neighboring suburban cities and maliciously indicted at the hands of former county prosecutor Tim McGinty. And current county prosecutor Mike O'Malley's office then continues the illegal prosecutions and malfeasance against Blacks targeted by McGinty who did not support him for reelection in 2016 when O"Malley ousted him from office per the primary election.


A former Parma law director and chief deputy under former county prosecutor Bill Mason, O' Malley reneged on a campaign promise he made in 2016 to Black leaders and activists  to institute reform measures in the prosecutor's office and to do right by Blacks and others if they helped him defeat McGinty, a fellow Democrat. He too is under fire from community activists as he seeks reelection.


A retired common pleas judge who clashed with virtually everyone and who protected White Cleveland cops that erroneously gunned down Blacks like Tamir Rice from prosecution, McGinty's ouster in  2016 as county prosecutor was led by Black leaders and activists and his own county Democratic party. It came after he protected cops who gunned down unarmed Blacks from prosecution and indictments and after he accused common pleas judges, mainly Democrats like Judge John Russo, of blatant impropriety in rambling letters to the Ohio Supreme Court. He also fought with the judges saying he wanted more stringent requirements for their assignments of indigent counsel to Blacks and others, and that too upset activists fighting for his ouster who viewed it as racist and grossly unconstitutional.

THIS IS PART OF A  MULTI-PART SERIES ON CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC CORRUPTION INITIATED IN 2017

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Sunday, 17 March 2024 17:33

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