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Posted April 18, 2017: By Clevelandurbannews.com: Cleveland Facebook murderer Steve Stephens,


(37 and pictured) commits suicide, the full story on his life, his murdering of Robert Godwin Sr. (pictured),


and his suicide of which can be read here at www.clevelandurbannews.com and


www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders...


.And with comments from the victim's family members, activists, law enforcement officials,


and others....By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

 

 

By Clevelandurbannews.com: Activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman

 

(pictured below leading the march with her megaphone) among speakers


at 15,000 person women's march in Cleveland on Jan, 21, 2017....Coleman also led


the march from Public Square to City Hall and back, a gathering with


speakers such as Congress persons Marcia Fudge and Marcy Kaptur,


and state Representative Nickie Antonio.


CLICK HERE TO GO TO READ THE FULL STORY AT KATHY WRAY COLEMAN ONLINE NEWS BLOG.COM

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Clevelandurbannews.com: International Women's Day Cleveland rally and march of


March 8, 2017 draw

nearly 400 people and are both led by Kathy Wray Coleman


(pictured below) of the

Imperial Women Coalition, an activist, journalist and the


key organizer of the

event, and with some 15 speakers

By Clevelandurbannews.com: Some of the nearly 400 people at our March 8, 2017 International Women's Day rally at Willard Park in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Go to Cleveland 19 Action News television on Facebook for a video on parts of the rally speeches by clicking the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Cleveland19News/videos/10155145201979443/ Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper photo at www.cleveland.com.....The historic rally and march were supported by women across racial and socioeconomic lines, organized by Black women and grassroots activists, and led by key organizer and Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, who edits www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders....Thank you Cleveland 19 Action News for the live coverage

Clevelandurbannews.com: Activists rally in Cleveland on April 1, 2017 for healthcare and abortion rights, and against the nomination of Judge Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, and the rally speakers included activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured below with the bull horn leading the march) of the Imperial Women Coalition, who led the healthcare march

http://www.cleveland19.com/…/womens-march-ohio-holds-vigil-…19 News video and extensive coverage of the April 13, 2017 women's rally and vigil in Cleveland for Syrian refugees and pictures of the 11 speakers : Article: Women's March Ohio holds rally and vigil for Syrian refugees, a rally led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured with megaphone) of the Imperial Women Coalition and organized by Shayne Terry of Women's March Ohio

Cleveland City Council seals Cavaliers'$282 million arena renovation deal with few community concessions from the Cavs, say community activists, though the Black contractors say otherwise

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Protests do work for some community activists, as more community concessions came their way this week in response to a $282 million deal to upgrade the Quicken Loan Arena in downtown Cleveland that houses the Cleveland Cavaliers, slim benefits that were brought about with staunch activism led by the Greater Cleveland Congregations and the Rev Dr. Jawanza Colvin, and the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus.


Cleveland City Council sealed the Q-deal Monday night before a crowded room with protesters on hand, voting 12-5 to throw some $88 million toward the renovation project, which followed a vote last month by Cuyahoga County to contribute $144 million.

 

These two tax-supported donations from the city and the county, coupled with the Cavs putting in $122 million through increased rent and Destination Cleveland kicking in 44 million from the county bed tax, brought the Q-Deal to fruition.


But were the concessions activists  got, other than the Black contractors, really concessions?


And exactly what concessions did the deal bring for Clevelanders and county residents, aside from some promised money for Black construction workers, an agreement brought about with support from outspoken contractors' activist Norm Edwards, who, in turn, praised Cavs owner Dan Gilbert at county and city council meetings.

 

About $1 million will go to Cleveland's Habitat for Humanity for home renovations of 100 homes, and the Cavs have also agreed to resurface the basketball court at Cleveland's 23 recreation centers, a drop in the bucket, said sources, for a multimillion dollar arena revitalization project that will, among other things, expand the building and add a glass enclosure.


Still, activists in general were upset, saying the Black community was done in and got little in return for their tax dollars, and so were poor people and Cleveland and Cuyahoga County residents in general.

"It is sad and unfair to the Black community and others,"  Cleveland activist Ada Averyhart, who picketed regularly over the issue, said of the Q- Deal.


The Q-Deal was pushed by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, City Council President Kevin Kelley, and Mayor Frank Jackson, the city's three-term Black mayor who is relatively popular and faces a crowded field for re-election this year.


They are a powerful trio, like them or not.


They say the deal will bring in jobs and monies to the city, and the region, and will keep the premiere basketball franchise on equal footing with competitors.


Their support for the controversial project was fueled by a 4-0 sweep on Sunday when megastar Lebron James and the Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA champions, out did the Indiana Pacers to clinch round one and move on to round two of the NBA playoffs.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO READ THE ARTICLE OF THE CAVALIERS' VICTORY OVER THE PACERS IN ROUND ONE OF THE NBA PLAYOFFS

But the concessions, slim or not, were not easy coming, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert agreeing to a little more monies after a three-months activists' campaign that included pickets at city and county council meetings and at basketball games.


Nearly a third of the 17 member Cleveland City Council, including mayoral candidates Jeff Johnson and Zack Reed, and Ward 8 Councilman Michael Polensek, opposed the deal last night, and three members of the 11-member Cuyahoga County Council voted no last month when county coucil passed legislation to approve its lucrative part of the deal.


Cleveland Councilmen Jeff Johnson and Michael Polensek publicly trashed the deal before voting against it Monday night.


Though the articulate Rev Colvin, whose Olivet Institutional Baptist Church is one of the  most prominent Black churches in Cleveland, said little publicly after the deal went through Monday on whether he is satisfied, he and the Greater Cleveland Congregations wanted from Gilbert and the Cavs, a community equity fund for distressed neighborhoods, mental health substance abuse crisis centers on each side of the segregated city, and $35 million for philanthropic investments.


Little of it materialized, though the fight was not in vain, sources said, partly because it did bring some concessions, and it culminated in a more unified activist movement, maybe.


Time might provide a better understanding of any backlash for Mayor Jackson and city council as this year's races for mayor of the largely Black major American city and seats on city council, all 17 of them up for grabs, nears.


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LeBron James leads Cleveland Cavaliers to a 4-0 sweep over the Indiana Pacers to advance the Cavs to the second round of the NBA playoffs....By www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-Indianapolis, Indiana-The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Indiana Pacers 106-102 Sunday, April 23  in Game 4 of round one of the Eastern Conference playoffs to advanced to the semi- finals or round 2, a 4-1 round 1 sweep led my Cavs megastar LeBron James, who finished Game 4 with 33 points,10 rebounds, four assists and four steals. And he set a league record with his 10th career playoffs sweep.

 

The Cavs outscored the Pacers in Game 3, 199-114.

 

In Game 2, where Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined to score 89 points, the Cavs out did the Pacers 117-11,

 

Game 1,  which set the tone for the first round series playoffs match between the two NBA teams, brought Cleveland a109-108 win.

 

After winning round 1 of the NBA playoffs, the Cavs will host the winner of the Toronto-Raptors series on  May 1 ontheir home turf at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Cleveland trailed in the fourth quarter  of Game 4, 102-100, and with under 2 seconds left, James hit a three pointer, the Pacers, who led at the onset of the first quarter, never recovering.

Kyrie Irving added 28 points for the Cavs on Sunday, and Deron Williams, a reserve-point guard, had 14.

The Cavaliers finished the regular season as second in the Eastern Conference, behind the Boston Celtics.

 

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Senator Sherrod Brown to keynote Ohio Democratic Party's April 22 Legacy Dinner, a salute to the late John Glenn, a former astronaut and U.S. senator from Ohio upon whom Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom...ODP Chair Daviod Pepper comments

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Pictured are former president Barack Obama, the first Black president of the United States of America, former astronaut Jand propr U.S. senator John Glenn (wearing White shirt and red tie), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Cleveland (wearing blue shirt and red tie with the U.S flg in the background) and Ohio Demcratic Party Chairman David Paper (wearing red tiw with arms crossed)a

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) will hold its 2017 Legacy Dinner, a tribute to  the late John Glenn, a former Ohio U.S. senator and the first American to orbit the earth,  on Saturday, April 22, at the Ohio Expo

Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio, with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown as the dinner’s featured speaker.


An Ohioan, Glenn died Dec. 8, 2016 at the age of 95.


Former president Barack Obama, America's first Black president and a Democrat like Glenn, bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Glenn at a White House ceremony in 2012.


"He [Glenn] always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts," said Obama, shortly after Glenn's death late last year.


Born July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio and raised in Concord, Ohio, Glenn was a distinguished Marine Corps pilot in Korea and World War ll before joining NASA as an astronaut and orbiting earth three times in 1962, the first to do so from American soil.


He resigned from NASA in 1964 and won a U.S. senate seat in 1974, where he served until 1999.


He was succeeded in congress by the late and former U.S. senator George Voinovich, a Republican and former mayor of the city of Cleveland.


In addition to Sen. Brown, a Cleveland Democrat up for re-election next year, three announced Democratic candidates for governor, former state Rep. Connie Pillich, Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni, and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, will also speak at the dinner, ODP Chairman David Pepper said in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper.


Republicans swept all of Ohio's statewide offices in November 2014, namely  Gov John Kasich, a 2016 unsuccessful candidate for president who is term-limited, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Treasurer Josh Mandel, Auditor Dave Yost, and Supreme Court Justices Judith French and Sharon Kennedy.


Republican gubernatorial possible's include Husted, DeWine, also a former U.S. senator, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth, and former Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who recently resigned to give more focus to her gubernatorial campaign.


Treasurer Mandel announced late last year that he will make another run for Brown's seat next year, after failing to seat the liberal U.S. senator in 2012.

 

United states senators serve six-year terms.


Mandel lost to Brown in 2012 by six percentage points, the same year Obama won re-election for president over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.


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U.S. Rep Marcia Fudge comments on Cleveland Facebook murderer Steve Stephens and his victim, Robert Godwin Sr., whose funeral has been announced, and she comments on Mayor Jackson, who faces reelection against Councilmen Reed and Johson, and others

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Pictured are 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (wearing beard and eye glasses), Cleveland Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson (wearing gold tie), Cleveland Ward 2  Councilman Zack Reed (wearing grey tie), Cleveland murder victim Robert Godwin Sr. ,74, (weaing green and brown shirt), and Godwin's killer, Facebook murderer Steve Stephens, 37  (weraing full beard and blue shirt). Stephens allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday, April 18  in  Erie, Pennsylvania in his 2016 ford fusion as police were in hot pursuit following a tip that carries a $50,000 reward

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio - Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11),  a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes parts of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, released a statement on Tuesday following the suicide of Cleveland Facebook murderer Steve Stephens.


"The search for Steve Stephens is over, and I hope our community can begin to heal," said Fudge in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper. "I send sincere condolences to the family and friends of Robert Godwin, Sr., and I pray for their peace during this difficult time."


Made famous by randomly gunning down 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr on the city's largely Black east side on Easter Sunday and posting a video of the shooting on Facebook Live, Stephens, who was Black like Godwin, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday, April 18, in Erie, Pennsylvania, police said.


The congresswoman said that "Mr. Godwin's death was a tragic loss, and a shocking reminder of the toll gun violence is taking on our communities, and we must do everything in our power to stop these senseless acts."


Following a nationwide manhunt, the deranged killer was spotted Tuesday morning in Erie in a McDonald's parking lot, and as police, who were reportedly tipped off, approached the infamous White 2016 ford fusion he was driving, the same vehicle he was driving when he allegedly shot Godwin, Stephens allegedly shot himself to death.


A  former foundry worker, Godwin is survived by 10 children, 14 grandchildren, and longtime girlfriend and the mother of two of his children, Angela Smith, 34.


His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at River of Life Ministries on Lakeshore Boulevard in Euclid and is open to the public.


One of two Blacks from Ohio in congress, Fudge thanked Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Police Chief Calvin Williams, U.S. Marshal Peter J. Elliott, FBI Special Agent Stephen D. Anthony, and local and national law enforcement affiliates for their work in pursuit of Stephens, 37, and a mental health worker who mentored troubled youth for nearly a decade.


Mayor Jackson and Chief Williams are Black and the mayor is seeking an unprecedented fourth term this year in a crowded field of at least eight candidates, including Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed, who announced his candidacy at a press conference on Wednesday, Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson, and former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer.

 

Reed, Johnson and Brewer are also Black.


Both Johnson and Reed are campaigning on neighborhood safety and revitalizing inner city neighborhoods.


Jackson's thrust is that he has a record of success and has balanced the interest of the business community and his constituents in a crafty manner, his critics saying the inner city has virtually been ignored for downtown interests and big business.


Absent a shake-up, prediction is that Jackson will face either Reed or Johnson in a non-partisan run-off, though both Reed and Johnson have taken out petitions for reelection to city council and for mayor, the deadline for which is June 29 for them to file petitions to run for either spot.


All 17 city council seats are up for grabs this year.

 

The mayor and all of city council are Democrats.

 

Cleveland is a largely Black major American city of some 375,000 people, and the second most segregated city in the country, behind Boston.


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Cleveland Facebook murderer Steve Stephens commits suicide, the full story on his life, his murdering, and his suicide of which can be read here at www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders...

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Pictured are Cleveland murder victim Robert Godwin Sr. ,74, and his  killer Steve Stephens, 37  (weraing full beard), who posted a brodcast of the tragic killing on Facebook Live on Easter Sunday. Stephens allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday, April 18  in  Erie, Pennsylvania in his 2016 ford fusion as police were in hot pursuit following a tip that carries a $50,000 reward

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Steve Stephens, a Cleveland area man made famous after allegedly killing a 74-year-old Black man at random on April 16 and posting a video of the shooting on Facebook, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday in Erie, Pennsylvania, police said.


The random killing has rocked the largely Black major American city of Cleveland, many running for cover as Stephens, who was Black, said in a broadcast on Facebook Live that he had allegedly killed some 13 people, the latter accusation not substantiated by law enforcement officials to date.


Standing 6 feet tall, weighing roughly 244 pounds and wearing a full beard, the 37-year-old Stephens had been on the run since Sunday when an aggravated murder arrest warrant was issued for his arrest.


The arrest warrant was coupled with a $50,000 award for information leading to his arrest, and a nationwide manhunt ultimately ensued.


"Stay away from Saint Clair and do not ride down Superior," activist Grio Y-Von told Cleveland Urban News.Com Sunday afternoon, referencing two major streets on the city's east side.


As the news of the killing spread across the city even Black male community activists were aggressively seeking the whereabouts of Stephens, who worked with troubled youth for nearly a decade yet was troubled himself, sources said.


Stephens was in Erie in a McDonald's parking lot at mid-morning Tuesday, April 18, when someone spotted him and called in a tip, Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams said during a subsequent press conference.


And when police got the tip and began pursuit of the alleged murderer, he allegedly shot himself when troopers approached the infamous White 2016 ford fusion he was driving, the same vehicle he was driving when he allegedly shot his 74-year-old victim, Robert Godwin Sr.

A former foundry worker, Godwin, who was shot point blank in the head, was collecting cans after eating Easter Sunday dinner with family members and was gunned down in cold blood around 2 pm on East 93rd Street, an inner city street south of Interstate 90 and near Saint Clair Avenue in Cleveland's majority Black Glenville neighborhood.


Godwin is survived by 10 children and 14 grandchildren, several of whom spoke out on local television against the killing of their beloved father, his namesake expressing discontent and calling for the heightened killings and Black on Black crime in Cleveland to cease.

"To lose a parent is hard," said Robert Godwin Jr. with tears streaming from his face. "Stop the killing."


The older Godwin's eight-year-old son, one of two children with his girlfriend of 18 years, Angela Smith, 34, was distraught at a community vigil held for his deceased father.


"He killed my daddy for no reason," said  Marshawn, 8, the youngest of Godwin's children "I love my daddy very much."

Cleveland police are headed to Erie for further investigation, Chief Williams, who is Black, said.

Stephens was in financial trouble, which may have contributed to his erratic behavior, law enforcement officials said. And he had relationship problems too.


Via his Facebook rant, Stephens blamed the horrific killing on his girlfriend, Joy Lane, who later told CNN that he was a nice guy under pressure, though she said she was sorry for what he had allegedly done.


Neighbors and some associates, however, said Stephens, who had a valid concealed-carry gun permit and no felony record, was weird with an up and down personality, and that he had a mean streak and abused animals, once killing a parakeet for no apparent reason.

Court records reveal that he had been evicted from several suburban apartment complexes, and declared personal bankruptcy two years ago.

Before the tragic killing Stephens worked for Beechbrook in Pepper Pike, an affluent Cleveland suburb, previously serving as a youth mentor and more recently as a vocation specialist who helped youth and young adults from 16 to 25 find career opportunities.

 

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Cleveland 19 News covers Syrian refugees rally led by activist Kathy Wray Colman and organized by Shane Terry and Women's March Ohio, Read the story and watch the news video here

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REPORTER SHELBY MILLER

 

GO TO Cleveland19News (WOIO) for the full story by WOIO Reporter Shelby Miller  and the affiliated video, comprehensive coverage of the rally and vigil by Women's March Ohio and Public Square in downtown Cleveland on April 13, 2017, including the war in Syria and recent air strikes on Syria by the United States per executive order of President Donald Trump

 

The 11 speakers at the rally were Shayne Terry, Kathy Wray Coleman, Lucinda Garmus, Cheryl Lessin, the Rev. Pamela Pinkney-Butts, Arnold Shurn, Juanita Brent, Mellissa Svigelj-Smith, Genevieve Mitchell, Kari Oatman Nicholson, and Valerie Robinson.


CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -Women's March Ohio members gathered Thursday evening in downtown Cleveland to respond to the crisis in Syria.
"The civil war has been happening for six years in Syria and it just keeps getting worse and worse," said Shayne Terry, Women's March Ohio organizer.
Terry said the government should do more to help Syrian refugees.
"Women's March National has declared that they want the government to allow 75,000 Syrian refugees into the country," she said.
Many of the men and women who gathered in Public Square Thursday called the suspected Syrian chemical attack the final straw.
"What's going on over in Syria is just completely intolerable and we have to accept more of them here because there's no end in sight for what's going on over there," said Lucinda Garmus, Women's March Ohio member.
Garmus, and others, said they're choosing to step up now, in reaction to the recent US-led airstrikes in Syria. Many said they want a clear plan from President Donald Trump.
"We don't think we should go bomb a country then allow children to be held hostage before a government that is disenfranchising them," said Kathy Wray Coleman, Imperial Women Coalition head. "It's not land of the free if you keep people out based on suspicion."
Organizers said the downtown Cleveland rally was part of a larger message put together by Women's March National to support Syrian refugees.
GO TO Cleveland19News for the full story by WOIO Repoprter Shelby Miller and the comprehensive video
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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS : BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE: Cleveland police officers and detectives fired, including officer Michael Brelo, and six suspended as to the 137 shots deadly shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.....Not all of the cops that did the shooting were fired....The firings should be vacated the police union says, which likely means arbitration ....A consent decree on police reforms with the city and the DOJ remains....Community activists renew the call for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who shielded 12 of the 13 non-Black cops that did the shooting from criminal charges, to be voted out of office this year, and Congresswoman Fudge wants McGinty gone too.....Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell acquitted Brelo of manslaughter charges....By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

Cleveland police cars chase two unarmed Blacks from downtown Cleveland to neighboring East Cleveland the night of Nov. 29, 2012. The 23 -minute car chase ended in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School and culminated in 13 non- Black Cleveland police officers firing a total of 137 bullets at Malissa Williams 30, and Timothy Ray Russell, 43, the driver of the 1979 Chevy Malibu. Both Russell and Williams were Black, and both died at the scene.  Some 105 police officers and 64 police cruisers participated at some level in the deadly chase.


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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS Vote no on March 15, 2016 to the re-election of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (pictured below) Twenty-three years of racist and corrupt McGinty as to 19 years as a common pleas judge and four years as a county prosecutor are enough....He is pro- police, anti-Black, anti -fair and anti-Tamir Rice....Greater Cleveland community activists, including the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Puncture the Silence, Revolution Books, Peace in the Hood, the Oppressed People's Nation, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Million Women March Cleveland and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, want him voted out of office, as do the Cleveland NAACP and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge ....Read here what McGinty, who is White, has done to hurt the Black community and others as a judge and as an overzealous and unfair county prosecutor......By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman



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PASS THIS ON PLEASE ACTIVISTS: Community activists to picket Cleveland News Channel 5 for harassment and defamation against Blacks and activists, harassment of the community allegedly led by News Director Jeff Harris (pictured), who joined the local televisionstation in 2014. Please call (216) 659-0473 if Harris, who is White, or anybody else at Cleveland Channel 5 News has harassed you or defamed you,or email us at editor@cleveland urbannews.com. Harris is reportedly being enlisted by police and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to harass outspoken greater Cleveland Black activists, and according to Reporter John Kosich, has agreed to slant stories against the Black community and community activists. Greater Cleveland Black judges and elected officials have also experienced the racist wrath of Harris and Cleveland Channel 5 News, data show. Harris is also accused of taking kickbacks in money to do malicious and false stories against greater Cleveland Blacks and others for corrupt judges, politicians, racist cops, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and others. (By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman)
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Kathy Wray Coleman is the editor-in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com and a 23-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. Coleman covered the presidential election for the Call and Post in 2008, including a one-on-one interview with now president Barack Obama.CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS