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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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Former Cleveland Judge Pinkey Carr gets probation in falsification case as Black activists want Cuyahoga Judge Nancy Fuerst prosecuted for violating the Civil Rights of indigent Blacks by denying them speedy trials, public trials, indigent counsel, etc...

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Pictured are former Cleveland judge Pinkey Carr and Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nancy Fuerst

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in chief.....Investigative article below

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CLEVELAND, Ohio —Former Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey Carr, whom the Ohio Supreme Court disbarred and removed from the 13-member bench last year, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of falsification and was handed four months probation by a visiting judge in the case.

Via a plea deal, Carr pleaded no contest to three counts of falsification on Wednesday, each a first-degree misdemeanor, and was subsequently found guilty by the visiting judge. She was sentenced to four months of probation and is required to pay court costs.


“When the judge acts like a jester, justice goes awry,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a statement. “Today’s criminal sentencing enforces that no one is above the law.”


Yost is a Republican and Carr, who is Black, a Democrat. Yost's office prosecuted the case against Carr upon referral and likely, say sources, because current County Prosecutor Mike O'Malley was once her indirect boss when she was an assistant county prosecutor, and Cleveland city prosecutors bowed out.


Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation detectives found Carr arraigned defendants without prosecutors present and that she also made false statements in the court’s records.


False statements are routine for Ohio judges seeking to interfere with prosecutions to help prosecutors win their cases and when defendants try to correct them after their attorneys of record refuse to stand up for them they are often threatened with contempt of court and jail.


Black community activists remain concerned that Carr may have been singled out for prosecution unlike other judges, White judges in particular, because she is intelligent, Black and outspoken, and she has said that there is a double standard for Black judges in Ohio, a pivotal state for presidential elections, sometimes.


Black on Black Crime activist Alfred Porter Jr.,, also a women's rights advocate, said that "activists are seeking criminal charges against corrupt White judges like seasoned Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy Fuerst for blatantly interfering with the Civil Rights of poor Black and other criminal defendants who come before them."


In short, activists say she is a bully who will stop at nothing to get her way, illegal or legal.

 

The embattled judge is also accused of threatening defendants with jail for correcting her when she tries to corrupt the record at pretrials with falsehoods, and covering up fixed indictments where the prosecutor's office has colluded with the clerks of courts office to change grand jury indictments to their liking, including increasing criminal charges and acting as if the grand jury amended the indictment.


The county public defender's office says that prosecutors and clerks are changing indictments, according to court filings and motions made by former chief public defender Mark Stanton, a pro-cop public defender who covered up cop impropriety in cases involving maliciously prosecuted and innocent Blacks and has since retired.


Blacks and others have a constitutional right to a speedy trial, a a public trial and appointed counsel in serious cases if they are deemed indigent. They also have a statutory right under Ohio law to a speedy trial and to indigent counsel.


Porter went on to say that Fuerst seemingly believes she is above the law and that she has absolutely no respect for the rule of law, particularly when the defendants are Black and public corruption is at work that she seeks to cover up.


" Activists have sat in the courtroom of Judge Fuerst for years and witnessed her flagrantly violate the Civil Rights of maliciously prosecuted Blacks who come before her, and with the urging of unscrupulous assistant county prosecutors under the guidance of County Prosecutor Mike O'Malley," said Porter. " We have not seen such egregious behavior from a judge in years and we want Judge Fuerst disbarred, removed from the bench and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."


Porter said that activists never should have backed Mr O'Malley for prosecutor.

 

" Activists made a mistake in believing that Mike O'Malley would be better than Tim McGinty when he has proved to be just as bad," Porter said.


O'Malley was elected in 2016, ousting then county prosecutor Tim McGinty, who fell out with the Black community and Black leaders for protecting cops who aggressively gunned down unarmed Blacks from indictments and with the county Democratic Party for complaining on judges about their malfeasance in rambling letters or briefs to the Ohio Supreme Court.


Activists say that public records show that Judge Fuerst is colluding with the county prosecutor's office in erroneously denying Black defendants speedy trials, public trials and indigent counsel, among a host of other alleged illegal activity. She does not want public trials, they say, because she does not want the media and others to catch on to her wrongdoing at trials, which sources say is customary for the judge, who purportedly brags that she has protection by the Ohio Supreme Court to do as she pleases to people, right or wrong.


Data also show that the arrogant and angry Judge Fuerst is refusing to journalize trial dates by order and when Blacks fail to appear because they were not ordered to come she issues capius warrants and removes their indigent counsel saying poor Blacks who get warrants from her automatically lose their constitutional and statutory right to indigent counsel This is not true where the U.S. Supreme Court in 1969 in Tinker vs Des Moines made it clear that people do not so easily shed their constitutional rights , a case in which public high school students who were penalized and denied their free speech rights for wearing arm bands to protest the Vietnam war prevailed. In other words, Blacks and others do not shed their constitutional and statutory rights at the courthouse gate and activists say Judge Nancy Fuerst is a runaway, out of control judge whose arbitrary and capricious behavior merits an immediate investigation by authorities and subsequent criminal charges.


The Ohio Supreme Court decided 5-2 last year to indefinitely suspend Carr's law license, a serious action undertaken by the state's majority White and largely Republican high court that operated to immediately remove the Black judge from the largely Black municipal court bench.


On the bench since 2012 before her suspension, Carr, a former assistant county prosecutor who led the prosecution as to the convictions of the late serial killer Anthony Sowell, who strangled and murdered 11 Black women at his home on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland on the city's east side and later died on death row, can apply to the court for reinstatement of her law license in two years. Her attorney had requested progressive discipline that would have permitted Carr to stay on the bench and told the court that her client began having issues only in the past two years and that she accepted responsibility for her behavior.


Sources also say that the decision to remove Carr from the bench was "racist, sexist, and politically motivated."


Similarly situated White and male judges, data show , were not treated as harshly by the office of disciplinary counsel for the Ohio Supreme Court, which recommended a two year suspension rather than an indefinite suspension. ans few of the White judges who get in trouble are later prosecuted, research shows.


In getting disbarred or suspended indefinitely Carr was accused of violating the ethical and other provisions of the Judicial Code of Conduct and the Ohio Lawyer's Professional Code of Responsibility. In its 5-2 decision to strip Carr of her judgeship and law license, Republican Justices O'Connor and Fischer, and Justice Brunner, though a Democrat, voted to suspend her indefinitely as did the two stand-in judges for Democrats Johnb Donnelly and Melody Stewart, both former Cuyahoga County judges who recused themselves from the case for that reason, they claim.

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Justices DeWine and Kennedy, now the chief justice of the court, dissented with Kennedy writing in her dissent that it was unfair to suspend Carr indefinitely based on the data before the court, and particularly since the office of disciplinary counsel for the court only recommended a two year suspension of her law license.

It is the second time the state's high court has suspended a Cleveland judge from the bench since the removal in 2014 of former judge Angela Stokes, a daughter of the late 11th congressional district congressman Louis Stokes and a niece of former Cleveland mayor Carl B Stokes, a late Black mayor and a former Cleveland municipal court judge himself. But Angela Stokes, who is older than Carr, was allowed to continue practicing law, and to draw upon her retirement where applicable, and she was not prosecuted by the city of Cleveland.

Carr stood accused in several complaints before the bar in past years of issuing illegal capias warrants, which is routine for municipal and county judges, dismissing cases without the approval of city prosecutors, carrying on court when Cleveland Administrative and Presiding Judge Michelle Earley thought she had closed court due to the pandemic, and of mistreating and being rude to defendants and attorneys who came before her. Still, say her supporters, and on condition of anonymity, "she did what White and other judges traditionally do and her biggest problem was being strong, Black and female, and angering White men in power." Others say Carr's style was harsh at times and that she was abrasive and sometimes had a prosecutorial demeanor.


The job of judge, whether a municipal or common pleas judge of Cuyahoga County, is no easy task as judges must juggle crowded case dockets, limited resources, unruly defendants who will literally curse you out, as well as anxious and sometimes arrogant criminal defense attorneys. Some of the judges are corrupt and unfair, data show, two of them formerly on the general division common pleas bench imprisoned and kicked off the bench via an ongoing county public corruption probe.


Carr had drawn the ire of Cleveland's mainstream media, which is routine when complaints are leveled against Black judges by prominent White men This time those of prominence who lodged complaints against her include then Chief Cuyahoga County Public Defender Mark Stanton, who has since retired, and well-known criminal defense attorney Ian Friedman, the former president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.


White male judges brought up on disciplinary charges like Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Daniel Gaul, a judge who regularly hands Blacks excessive sentences, breaks the rues and often loses on appeal for murder convictions of Blacks that occur following suspect activity at trial in his courtroom, get off easy they are rarely even disciplined research shows.


A since removed Bedford Municipal Court judge, convicted Harry Jacob, who allegedly pimped women in his court, ran an outright brothel, and falsified court dockets and documents, and even after criminal convictions of crimes in office, still has his law license, compliments of the Ohio Supreme Court. Moreover, an investigation by Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com also reveals that Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell has stolen homes for JPMorgan Chase Bank from Blacks in illegal foreclosure cases before him coupled with using his power and influence to have Blacks who complained maliciously prosecuted and stalked by police at their homes and otherwise, police routinely breaking into their homes and stealing personal property include high- priced cars.


A Democrat and three time loser as to three unsuccessful bids for a Supreme Court seat O'Donnell, however, like Gaul, remains free of any discipline from the state's highest court. And there are so many more White judges, both men and women alike, who do as they please in Ohio without consequences, and to the detriment of so many innocent and poor Black people, and others.


Municipal court judges in Ohio handle cases bound over to the common pleas court for possible felony indictments and cases involving traffic, non-traffic misdemeanors, evictions and small civil claims (in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $15,000.).


Cleveland is a largely Black major American city of some 372,000 people and a Democratic stronghold It is the largest city in Cuyahoga County, a 29 percent Black county, and also a Democratic stronghold.


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 Monday, 11 September 2023 01:51

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