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Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson to guest co-host The Councilman Zack Reed Show on WTAM AM Radio 1100 tonight, April 1, from 8-10 pm on the Trayvon Martin Case, Call in at 216-578-1100 and 216-578-1111

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio-Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson (pictured) will guest co-host "The Councilman Zack Reed Show" tonight, April 1, from 8-10 pm on WTAM AM Radio 1100 and will discuss the Trayvon Martin case. Reed, who leads Cleveland's Ward 2, will also host the show on April 1.

Call in numbers for WTAM are 216-578-1100 and 216-578-1111.

Reach Journalist Kathy Wray Coleman at and phone number: 216-932-3114.


Last Updated on Monday, 02 April 2012 03:51

Over 200 Cleveland activists, Imperial Women, elected officials, Civil Rights attorneys, NAACP officials, Peace in the Hood, rally on Public Square for Trayvon, want Florida 'Stand Your Ground' Law repealed, want Cleveland area courts investigated

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-Over 200 people, including prominent area Civil Rights attorneys, elected officials, Cleveland NAACP officials and leaders of grassroots groups such as the Imperial Women, Black on Black Crime, Occupy Cleveland, Revolution Books, the Oppressed People's Nation, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Peace in the Hood, Occupy the Hood Cleveland, the Committee to Bring Home Jamela and Jamyla, the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, the Cleveland African American Museum, Organize Ohio, the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, People for the Imperial Act, the Joaquin Hicks Real People's Movement,  and the Underground Railroad participated in a rally on Fri., March 30 at Public Square in Cleveland to demand the repeal of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law and in support of slain unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

"Gunning somebody down is not standing your ground," said famed Cleveland Civil Rights Attorney Avery Friedman, who produces and stars in a cable television show on constitutional  issues and other legal matters at noon weekly on CNN.

"I am over six feet tall and weigh 250 pounds and if somebody feels threatened by me in a shopping mall and shoots me is that Stand Your Ground?" asked state Rep. Bill Patmon (D-10), a Cleveland Democrat. "Elected officials have got to stand up in Cleveland and elsewhere on what is happening to Black people in Cleveland and around this country."

Florida's Stand Your Ground law, which is duplicated in other states but not in Ohio, a state that does have a recently passed law that allows concealed weapons carry in bars and sports stadiums, is being tested as unconstitutional, though some people confuse it with self defense, which has a higher standard of justification.

Bill Swain of Revolution Books had harsher words than both Friedman and Patmon on the circumstances surrounding Martin's unprecedented murder.

"It is nothing but a modern day lynching," said Swain, a White community activist.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 April 2012 02:50

Updated: Coalition of 50 plus grassroots, Civil Rights, college and faith based groups, elected officials, Cleveland NAACP officials to rally Fri. March 30, 4-6 pm, Public Square in Cleveland for Trayvon Martin, Wear hoodies, bring skittles

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-A coalition of over 50 greater Cleveland grassroots, Civil Rights, college, faith-based community organizations and Cleveland area elected officials dubbed "The Greater Cleveland Coalition Of 50 Plus Organizations For Justice For Trayvon Martin," will gather on Fri., March 30, 2012 with Cleveland NAACP officials from 4-6m pm at the Southwest Quadrant at Public Square in downtown Cleveland for a mass rally in support of Trayvon Martin. (Editor's note: Plans for a march to the Justice Center have changed and the march will be around Public Square).

Last Updated on Monday, 02 April 2012 09:32

U. S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Obama's heathcare law requiring most Americans to have health insurance by 2014, decision expected in June

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-President Obama's sweeping healthcare law that was adopted by Congress in 2010 before a divided America and requires among other mandates that most Americans hold heath insurance by 2014 or face a penalty is now before the conservative leaning U.S. Supreme Court with tense oral arguments from both sides ending on Wed.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 11:26

West side activists want district policy for parental, teacher input on Cleveland schools education plans, no incinerators, want charges against Occupy Cleveland dropped, Councilman Cummins opposes incinerators, says Jackson want meet with City Council

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-West side activist groups of Cleveland during a poor people's conference on Sat. called for Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (pictured) to direct his appointed city prosecutor to drop all criminal charges against Occupy Cleveland members, to back off of plans to build trash incinerators throughout the city to pollute it, and called for a Cleveland School Board of Education policy that mandates parents and teachers at the table in the hiring of the school district CEO and school principals and the crafting of far reaching education plans.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 March 2012 20:07

150 people attend Trayvon Martin Rally led by Oppressed People's Nation with Imperial Women, Occupy Cleveland, Carl Stokes Brigade, Black on Black Crime, Black Panthers, other community groups, video clips taken

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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio-About 150 people gathered for a "Trayvon Martin Skittles Rally" on Sat., March 24 at Black on Black Crime Headquarters in East Cleveland, Oh. led by Ernie Smith and Patricia Rowell of the Oppressed People's Nation in cooperation with a host of other Cleveland area activist groups such as the Imperial Women Coalition, the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, the Carl Stokes Brigade, the Cleveland African American Museum and Occupy Cleveland. (Editors note: Watch the videos below of the rally with speeches by Smith and other community activists such as Art McKoy and Imperial Women Leader Kathy Wray Coleman)

Media such as news channels 3 and 8 were there as well as a cadre of young people and some other seasoned community activists like Cleveland NAACP President Dr. Eugene Jordon, former Plain Dealer Reporter Richard Peery, Ada Averyhart, Laura Cowan, Susan Schnur, Genevieve Mitchell, Bill Swain, Priscilla Cooper, Valerie and Stewart Robinson, Leatrice Tolls, Denise Taylor, Brett Jackson, Marva and David Patterson, Frances Caldwell and Debi Brown.

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was gunned down in Sanford Fl. last month by a neighborhood watchman, whom police have not charged because he is White and Travon was Black, Civil Rights activists such as the Rev Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and National NAACP President Ben Zealous have said.

The murder of the unarmed teen has increased racial tensions nationwide and sparked protests with calls for Zimmerman to be charged, arrested and forced to trial before a duly impaneled jury of his peers.

Video Clip below of March 25, 2012 "Trayvon Martin Skittles Rally" in East Cleveland led by Ernest Smith of the Oppressed People's Nation

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 03:24

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