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Wall Street Journal reporter Zusha Elinson meets with Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, others over murdered Black women and later reports that there is an 89 percent increase as to unsolved murders of Black women in Cleveland and nationwide

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Seasoned Wall Street Journal reporter Zusha Elinson and Cleveland activist and organizer Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads Imperial Women Coalition and Women's March Cleveland. Elinson recently met with Coleman in Cleveland regarding the increase in murdered Black women and girls nationwide during the pandemic, including in Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles and some other largely Black major American cities Above Coleman speaks at a Women's March Cleveland rally and march at Public square in downtown Cleveland, Ohio

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-The number of unsolved homicides of Black women and girls rose by 89% in 2020 and 2021 compared with 2018 and 2019, according to a recent survey of 21 U.S. cities by the Wall Street Journal, and in 2019 the murder rate for Black women and girls rose 33%, an increase from 2018, studies show. In 2020, where homicides increased in the midst of the pandemic, the death rate for Black women was nearly equal to that of Black men.

The CDC also reports that roughly 2,077 Black women and girls were killed in 2021, a 51% increase over 2019. Also that year, the number of killings nationwide increased 34% during that time frame, the Wall Street Journal reports. Data for 2022 is being compiled and sources say that, though conclusive, the outcomes are not much better.

Meanwhile, nothing significant is being done by authorities and policy makers regarding the epidemic of crime against Black women, which has alarmed community activists and  organizers of largely Black major American cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and Cleveland, an impoverished city of some 372,000 people, and could prove worse..

Cleveland activist and organizer Kathy Wray Coleman, a seasoned activist and organizer who leads Women's March Cleveland and Imperial Women Coalition, a group founded around the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland by the late serial killer Anthony Sowell, recently interviewed with Wall Street Journal Reporter Zusha Elinson on the matter. According to Coleman, Elinson, a purported San Francisco resident, was in Cleveland in October for a Wall Street Journal article published last week and met with city officials, police and activists for interviews that he recorded, as well as the families of some young Black women murdered in Cleveland over the past few years. He met with some of them over dinner or lunch, including Coleman, compliments, he said, of the Wall Street Journal and its publisher Alma Latour, whose name he freely mentioned during interviews and dinner for leverage.

"It is unconscionable to do nothing regarding this epidemic of murdered Black women and girls in largely Black major American cities like Cleveland, Los Angeles and Chicago when an avalanche of data by the CDC and other credible venues continue to show that this has been a crisis for years, and more so since the pandemic" said Coleman. "We call on all stakeholders, including elected officials and policy makers in Cleveland and greater Cleveland, to come together to address this growing problem."

Coleman said that Elinson told her that though he ultimately got them, that city officials in Cleveland were being difficult as to handing over public records on the murders of Black women and girls and that of the major cities he has been investigating relative to the matter Cleveland was allegedly the most reluctant to hand over requested information.

"They are not cooperating," said Elinson of Cleveland city officials and their alleged impropriety in failing to hand over public records in a timely manner upon request.

Per his request, Coleman referred Elinson to family members of unsolved Cleveland murders and community activists for interviews In turn, he interviewed them and recorded them, including activist Alfred Porter Jr, who leads Black on Black Crime Inc., and Sandra Dawkins, 62, the mother of 22-year old Cleveland murder victim Britney Hardwick.

Hardwick was shot and killed in her car in her boyfriend's mother's driveway in the Collinwood neighborhood on Cleveland's east side in December of 2020, and like so many other unsolved murders in Cleveland, her killer remains at large and police say that they have no suspects. Her mother has been critical of Cleveland detectives and investigators saying that "they are not doing enough to find my baby's killer and the killers of so many other Black women are still out there."

Dawkins said that Britney was the youngest of her four adult children and that "they murder Black women with ease because they know they can get away with it and that they will not get caught."

Porter Jr, a seasoned president of Black on Black Crime Inc in Cleveland, said that he is disappointed with Elinson and the Wall Street Journal  because "after meeting with activists and pretending that a fair story would be done, they refused to hold city officials and police accountable for ignoring an epidemic of homicides of Black women and girls in Cleveland and nationwide regarding their investigation." He went on  to call the investigation by Elinson and the Wall Street Journal "a cover up for police and Cleveland city officials and officials elsewhere as to their apathy and the failure to act though obviously knowing that Black women and girls are being murdered in large numbers in Cleveland and throughout this country."

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and 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 Sunday, 15 January 2023 19:12

New U.S. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries hands gavel to new speaker Kevin McCarthy and vows to fight for reproductive freedoms, and against racism and sexism, and for the disenfranchised, the lawmakers giving vastly different acceptance speeches

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Pictured are newly elected minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Hakeem Jeffries , a New York Democrat and the first Black to hold the post and to lead a political party in Congress, and newly elected House speaker Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican who won election on the 15th vote by his Republican colleagues


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

WASHINGTON, D.C.-House Republicans elected Congressman Kevin McCarthy speaker Friday night on the 15th vote, an unprecedented win and the longest speaker's race since Nathaniel Banks was elected speaker in 1896.

In Congress since 2007 and currently representing California's 23rd congressional district, McCarthy won with 216 votes out of 222.  After the vote he accepted the gavel from new House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn, New York, the first Black elected to lead a political party in Congress and of whom fellow Democrats had elected unanimously to the post by a vote of 212.

Jeffries gave his acceptance speech before introducing Mccarthy to lawmakers as their new speaker. Both had to capture a majority of votes from their respective party, which is what McCarthy had difficulty doing until the 15th vote.

The son of a firefighter and the grandson of immigrants, McCarthy commended Jeffries, 52, for getting "100 percent of the vote" from  his party and said that  he would not be playing party politics because "my responsibility, our responsibility is to our country."  He added that he will make sure that "law enforcement is respected and criminals are prosecuted." And he went on to announce a litany of pro Republican agendas for the 118th Congress from what he said would be secure borders to a decrease in government spending and intense investigations of political wrongdoing, though he did not specifically refer to the Biden administration as he as done in the past.

He also pledged to remain professional relative to his congressional dealings with Democrats.

"I promise our debates will be passionate but they will not be personal, that is my commitment to you," McCarthy told Jeffries before a full chamber of Democratic and Republican federal lawmakers, including Jeffries' mentor and McCarthy's predecessor, former speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat and former minority leader who served as the 52nd speaker from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 to 2023.

"It's an honor to stand on your broad shoulders. Thank you madam speaker for all you have done," said McCarthy of Pelosi, in spite of a lukewarm relationship with the former speaker with whom he was often at odds regarding congressional matters.

Republicans were able to wrestle control of the House of Representatives from the Democrats via the November midterm elections but they only have a slim majority, the Democrats holding on to the Senate, and with also a slim majority, all of it fodder, say pundits, for continual infighting and the partisan bickering that has become all so routine.

The congressman representing New York's 57th congressional district and a former state representative and corporate lawyer, Jeffries spoke at length via his acceptance speech before handing the gavel to McCarthy and introducing him as the new speaker, his speech a world apart from the conservative McCarthy.  After praising Pelosi, 82, as his mentor and an iconic former speaker, the minority leader said that he intends to fight racism, and sexism, and xenophobia, and he promoted  a gambit of issues dear to congressional Democrats such as climate and gun control, education, immigration and legal system reforms, and middle class tax cuts.

He remembered the late congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis, and he took aim as he often does against the House GOP's assault on women, saying that he will do everything in his power to fight for women and "reproductive freedoms."

While both McCarthy and Jeffries received standing ovations, Jeffries is obviously a motivational speaker, and a charismatic Barack Obama-type orator, which will likely prove beneficial to Democrats, sources said.

By Kathy Wray Coleman. Coleman is a seasoned Black political, legal and investigative journalist out of Cleveland, Ohio who trained for 17 years with the Call and Post Newspaper.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and 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 Sunday, 08 January 2023 14:47

Hakeem Jeffries makes history as first Black U.S. House Minority Leader and the first Black to lead a political party in Congress....All four of Ohio's Democratic U.S. House of Representatives supported him

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-The 118th Congress convened in Washington, D.C. this week and as anticipated House Democrats unanimously elected  New York congressman Hakeem Jeffries, 52, House Minority Leader, making him the first Black American to lead a party in Congress.

All 212 House Democrats, including all four from Ohio of Rep  Shontel Brown, Mary Kaptur Joyce Beatty and new Congresswoman Emilia Sykes, supported the nomination of Jeffries, a former state representative and corporate lawyer who has been a member of Congress representing New York's 57th congressional district since 2012.

Jeffries was pushed for the post b y Nancy Pelosi, 82, his mentor and the former who led the House in the previous Congress as speaker and announced late last year that she was stepping aside so that younger lawmakers can lead. He is the first person to lead House Democrats to be born after the end of World War II.

A former minority leader of the house and the first woman to lead a major party in Congress, Pelosi served as the 52nd speaker from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 to 2023.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and 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 Saturday, 07 January 2023 05:31

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's leader in Black digital news

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Clevelandurbannews.com top 20 stories of 2022: Glenville wins an Ohio state championship football title...Roe v Wade overturned...Ohio Congresswoman Shontel Brown supports bill to legalize recreational marijuana....Rev Sharpton leads protest in Cleveland

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Above picture at left:Coach Ted Ginn Sr. and the Glenville High School Tarblooders, who won the OHSAA Division IV championship title this year in Canton over Cincinnati Wyoming....Above picture at right- Women's March Cleveland leads a protest in downtown Cleveland from the Cuyahoga County Administration Blvd. after the U.S. Supreme Court, on June 24, 2022, overturned Roe. v Wade

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com offer a look at our top stories of 2022 as the 2023 new year approaches. They are as follows: (Click on the following articles to read the article)

Women's March Cleveland's Roe v Wade decision day march draws hundreds, Cleveland 19 News reporter Michelle Nics reports


Rev Al Sharpton, SCLC to protest on the steps of Cleveland City Hall at 11 am on October 11, 2022 against city officials, city council and Sherwin Williams, which is building its multi-billion dollar Cleveland headquarters & ignored Black contractors

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

Cleveland Channel 5 News video of TV coverage of Women's March Cleveland's march and rally on October 8, 2022 at Market Square Park with comments from organizer and Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman and activist Delores Gray

Ohio Congresswoman Shontel Brown votes in favor of federal bill to legalize recreational marijuana passed by the U.S. House, Brown a Democrat whose largely Black 11th congressional district includes Cleveland

Led by Black quarterback Jacoby Brissett, the Cleveland Browns win season opener against the Carolina Panthers and quarterback Baker Mayfield 26-24, the first time Cleveland has won an away season opener in 28 years

Republicans win for governor, U.S senate and all statewide offices in Ohio, including all 3 seats up for grabs on the Ohio Supreme Court.....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of clevelandurbannews.com and kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com


President Biden visits Cleveland as Women's March Cleveland rallies for reproductive rights and against gun violence at the event and was covered by 19 News.....Activists Kathy Wray Coleman and Alysa Cooper of Women's March Cleveland comment

U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments to President Biden's student loan debt forgiveness program in two separate cases as the program remains blocked via two separate appeals court injunctions....By Clevelanurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader


Cleveland's 2022 March For Our Lives and Save Roe march draws hundreds, including Mayor Bibb, Nina Turner, activists, state Senator Nickie Antonio, students, and more


Cuyahoga County jury in Cleveland finds judge's son guilty of murdering his wife....The son's son testified at trial and was the smoking gun in the case....Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinnewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

Funeral services announced for longtime Ohio state representative Barbara Boyd of Cleveland Hts....By Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

Ohio Supreme Court's suspension of Cleveland Judge Pinkey Carr from the bench called racist, sexist, and politically motivated....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital leader

Ohio's five-member Democratic Congressional Delegation is now majority Black after the midterm elections and consists of U.S. Reps Sykes, Brown, Beatty and Kaptur, and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Cleveland.....And all three of the Blacks are women

Nineteen-year-old Black woman sentenced for murdering a White Cleveland cop by Judge John O'Donnell, the Michael Brelo judge....Tamara McLoyd shot and killed officer Shane Bartek on New Years Eve in 2021....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb announces extended recreation and warming center hours as a snow blizzard approaches for Christmas in Cleveland and the city's homeless and the poor are at risk....The mayor says the city is ready for the winter

10-year anniversary rally of the '137 shots' Cleveland police shooting deaths of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell is November 29, 2022 at 5:15pm at Heritage Middle School....By Clevelandurbannews.com/Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsbloig.com.

Former president Donald Trump announces he will run for president in 2024 as women's groups prepare to defeat him

The Browns win over the Ravens in Deshaun Watson's debut home game as Women's March Cleveland decides against a protest in spite of pressure, though the group says it reserves the right to picket the Browns and the NFL when it deems it necessary....By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader


Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and 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, 02 January 2023 00:05

Republican Cuyahoga County Judges Synenberg and Jones both lost election with Synenberg getting appointed back to the bench by Governor DeWine this week....How did the GOP governor decide which ousted judge would be appointed back to the bench?

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Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com.

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Republican Judges Wanda Jones and Joan Synenberg (both pictured) lost their seats on the 34-member Cuyahoga County Common Pleas general division court via the November general election, Jones, who is Black, losing to former Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley, who lost a nonpartisan mayoral runoff to current Mayor Justin Bibb by a landslide last year, and Synenberg losing to west side Cleveland Ward 11 Councilman Brian Mooney.

But one of two ousted common pleas judges of Cuyahogga County, which includes Cleveland, will get to stay on the bench anyway, at least for now.

Judge Synenberg, 65 and the wife of prominent defense attorney Roger Synenberg, has been appointed by GOP Gov Mike DeWine to complete Judge Deborah Turner's unexpired term, Turner, who is Black, winning another common pleas seat in November that keeps her on the bench until 2009 Turner would have been eligible in her current seat  to seek upcoming reelection due to age limits.

Per state law, Ohio judges cannot run for judicial office beyond the ripe age of 70.

Synenberg must win a race in two more years for a full six-year term in order to hold on to her new seat.

Sources had said that either Synenberg or Jones would likely be selected by the governor to return to the common pleas bench in Cuyahoga County after losing election in the county, a Democratic stronghold, and DeWine chose Synenberg.

New judges Kelley and Mooney, who will began serving as common pleas judges in January, are Democrats, Kelley also a former vice chair of the county Democratic party who represented Cleveland's ward 13 from 2005-2022 when he was a city councilman .

Sources said that Synenberg was probably chosen by the governor to fill the unexpired term or vacancy left when Judge Turner sought and won another seat on the same common please bench last because she has better chance of later winning election to the full term, an expensive endeavor since campaigning for a common pleas judgeship in Ohio can be costly, particularly if you are a Republican in the heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County. Synenberg lost election in November to Mooney by roughly 700 votes, 49.8 percent to his 50.2 percent, according to official results of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, and Jones lost to Kelley 44 percent to his 56 percent.

A former Cleveland Municipal Court judge, Synenberg has been on the common pleas bench since 2007, though she lost reelection in 2013 to current Democratic Judge Cassandra Collier Williams and was appointed back to the court by then Gov John Kasich. She later won election to a full term that concludes in January of 2023.

Currently one of three Black judges on the general division bench of Cuyahoga County, Jones was appointed to the court in December of 2021 to replace Joseph D. Russo, who suddenly died while in office She previously served as a judge from January of 2019 to December of  2000, losing election to an unexpired term to Democratic Judge Richard Bell, who was elected in November to a full term relative to the seat.

Ohio judges are elected to six -year terms, and judicial races  in Ohio are nonpartisan as to how a judge's name appears on the ballot. But technically they remain political, critics argue, and if Synenberg and Jones were Republican they would have had a far better chance of convincing voters to keep them on the bench in heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County. Also at issue is that  voter turnout was at  47 percent the county, which was more helpful to Democrats in getting out the Democratic vote in a Democratic town, though it was down from 63 percent in 2016 when Donald Trump won for president.

Cuyahoga County is the second largest of Ohio's 88 counties and Cleveland, a largely Black major American city, is its largest city.  Republicans, however, hold every statewide office, including the governor's office, other than three seats on the Ohio Supreme Court and a U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland, a seasoned member of Congress who is up for reelection in 2024

The other U.S. Senate seat in Ohio will be held by Trump ally and political newcomer J.D. Vance, a venture capitalist, lawyer and author who will succeed retiring GOP Sen Rob Portman after winning the general election in November over outgoing congressman Tim Ryan, a longtime federal lawmaker out of the Youngstown area. Ryan ran for the U.S. Senate rather than for a congressional seat following redistricting that shut out a great part of his congressional district.

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief (Coleman is a former biology teacher and a seasoned Black journalist, and an investigative, legal, scientific, and political reporter who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio).

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and 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 Friday, 30 December 2022 17:44

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The annual11th Congressional District Caucus Parade is Monday, September 2

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