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Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell and his Footprints band to headline June 24 City Hall steps rally for women's rights on the 2nd anniversary of the reversal of Roe v. Wade

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Picture:Cleveland Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell performs as the drummer of his Footprints band at a community event in Cleveland, Oh

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell and his Frootprints band will provide the ambiance for a rally on Cleveland City Hall steps in downtown Cleveland, Oh that is scheduled for 5:30 pm Mon., June 24, 2024 where select elected officials and women's rights activists will rally with greater Cleveland women against an anticipated national ban on abortion access and for women's reproductive rights across the board.

The event is part of a national Day of action in cities across the country promoted by Women's March National and represents the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Courts's June 24, 2022 historic Dobbs decision that overturned the longstanding Roe v. Wade. It reversed the court's landmark 1973 ruling that gave federal protections to women for abortion access and reproductive rights nationwide and gave states legislatures the authority to legislate abortion

Conwell and his band also participated in last year's anniversary rally on City Hall steps and "this year," he said,  his band is also "performing as a community service."

Conwell's Ward 9 includes most of Glenville and parts of University Circle neighborhoods of Cleveland.

"We welcome and thank the councilman and his band for standing with women as we continue our fight for abortion access and reproductive freedoms for women and Black people in Cleveland and Ohio," said Women' March Cleveland head organizer Kathy Wray Coleman, a Black Cleveland activist and organizer. "As the November election nears people will know that Cleveland plays an important part in any election that has an pact on our predominantly Black major American city. Now is the time to rise up again and fight for our rights."

Cleveland's, June 24 rally is being organized by Women's March Cleveland and the Cuyahoga Democratic Women's Caucus. Other participating groups, practically all of them majority Black groups, include Black on Black Crime, Black Man's Army, Black Woman's Army, Imperial Women Coalition, Brick House Wellness Center, Laura Cowan Foundation and Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network.

Ohio voters, in November 2023,  approved Issue 1, which enshrined the legal right to abortion and other reproductive rights for Ohio women in the Ohio Constitution, a referendum passed after the U.S. Supreme Court's June 24, 2022 Dobbs decision.

Activists and elected officials who have advocated for reproductive rights for women will speak, including state Sen Nickie Antonio, Minority Leader for the Ohio Senate, and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Meredith Turner.

Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairman David Brock, state Rep Juanita Brent of Cleveland, Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell, and Dr. Lauren Beene of Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights will also be among the speakers.

"Dangerous and extreme abortion bans are putting women’s health and lives at risk and disrupting access to critical health care services, including contraception, as health care providers are forced to close in states across the country." activist Coleman said.

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.

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