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Armond Budish meets with greater Cleveland community activists

State Representative Armond Budish (D-8), the Democratic candidate for Cuyahoga County executive, meets with greater Cleveland community activists. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS


Black Women's Political Action Committee to host annual fundraising luncheon on Saturday, October 18 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Acacia Reservation, 26899 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio, tickets are $60

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Pictured is Black Women's Political Action Committee President Una H.R. Kennon, president of the East Cleveland Board of Education, and a retired East Cleveland judge

 

By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. (Kathy Wray Coleman is a 20-year investigative and political journalist and legal reporter who trained for 17 years under five different editors at the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's most prominent Black press)

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LYNDHURST, Ohio- The Black Women's Political Action Committee (BWPAC) will host its annual fundraising luncheon on Saturday, Oct 18 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Acacia Reservation, 26899 Cedar Road in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at the door. For more information contact Dorothy Solomon (216) 229-1316.

"This is our annual fundraiser and we invite everybody to attend," said BWPAC President Una H.R. Keenon,  president of the EastCleveland Board of Education, and a retired East Cleveland judge.

The BLACK WOMEN'S POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (BWPAC) was organized in the fall of 1983 at the urging of now state Rep Barbara Boyd (D-9), who at the time was not an elected official and was the manager of Keenon's unsuccessful campaign for CUYAHOGA COUNTY JUVENILE COURT judge. The nonpartisan political organization's mission is to educate Black women in the workings of the political system, to increase the number of Black women in elected office, and to politically engage the Black female voter. The group also provides financial and other support to political candidates deemed sensitive to the needs and aspirations of Black women.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2014 02:14 Read more...

George Forbes residential home in Cleveland catches fire, damages are estimated at $130,000, 32 firefighters were needed to put out the blaze, Forbes is a former Cleveland City Council president and former president of the Cleveland NAACP

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. (Kathy Wray Coleman is a 20-year investigative and political journalist and legal reporter who trained for 17 years under five different editors at the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's most prominent Black press)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -The residential home of former Cleveland NAACP President George L. Forbes (pictured), also a former Cleveland City Council president, caught fire early Thursday morning, a blaze that required 32 firefighters to contain, who said later that it likely began in the master bedroom and caused an estimated  $130,000 in damages.


Firefighters were called about 12:30 am and rushed to Forbes' home on Cleveland's largely Black east side on the 100 block of Bellfower Road near Case Western Reserve University.


The cause of the fire, which took nearly 2 1/2 hours to put out,  is still under investigation. Forbes and his wife Mary were at home at the time  of the fire, firefighters said.


Also general counsel for the Call and Post Newspaper and a part-time Cleveland attorney, Forbes and his wife have three grown daughters.


Forbes was city council president for 17 years until losing a nonpartisan race for mayor in 1989 to former mayor Michael R. White. He was elected president of the Cleveland NAACP in 1992 and was reelected numerous times before resigning the post in 2012. He was succeeded by current Cleveland NAACP President the Rev. Hilton Smith.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 05:21

Judge O'Donnell, who is hearing the manslaughter case of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo, on trial for gunning down two unarmed Blacks, is corrupt and a friend of the county prosecutor, O'Donnell, other judges stole homes via illegal foreclosures

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lPictured are Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell (in red tie), and Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo, who is facing two counts of voluntary manslaughter for gunning down two unarmed Blacks slinging 49 bullets. O'Donnell is presiding over the Brelo case and has a history of public corruption on the bench,  including the theft of homes in Cuyahoga County via illegal foreclosures with help from the office of the county sheriff and JPMorgan Chase Bank attorneys of the law firms of Bricker and Eckler and Lerner, Sampson and Rothfuss. Community activists want O'Donnell and other involved in the theft and mortgage fraud indicted on criminal charges by a county grand jury. O'Donnell has allegedly bragged that because he is White, male and a prominent judge he can do as he pleases to Blacks and others in violation of the law, and without any repercussions.

 

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- The judge that will hear the case of indicted Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo, who faces two counts of voluntary manslaughter after  gunning down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Tim Russell with 49 bullets following a car chase in 2012 that began in downtown Cleveland and ended in neighboring East Cleveland,  is a friend of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty and stole homes via illegal foreclosures for his friends,  corrupt elected officials and others,  a Cleveland Urban News.Com comprehensive investigation reveals.

Brelo has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell, the presiding judge in the controversial Brelo case is a White Democrat  who served with Democratic county prosecutor Tim McGinty, a judge on that bench for 19 years before he resigned to run for county prosecutor in 2011. And O'Donnell is on the take, an ongoing Cleveland Urban News.Com investigation reveals.

Whether he will be fair in the Brelo case given his history of public corruption remains to be seen.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 05:16 Read more...

Pimp former Bedford judge Harry Jacob sentenced to jail, community activists women call the sentence too lenient, say Jacob also kidnapped Black women in the court, denied indigent Blacks counsel with support from the Cleveland NAACP

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Pictured are former Bedford Municipal Court judge Harry Jacob  (in Black suit and a shirt with no tie), a pimp convicted of five criminal chargeswho received jail time on Monday for his indicretions, and Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Corrigan (in judicial robe with tie), whom community activistys showed fravortism in dismissing felony charges againt Jacom and handing out a lenient jail sentence

 

 

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -Former Bedford Municipal Court Judge Harry Jacob, who resigned from the bench and surrendered his law licence earlier this month after convictions on five misdemeanors earlier this year, including solicitation and falsification of court records, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and given two years probation. He also received six months house arrest.

Prosecutors asked for 360 days in jail, but Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan opted for a lesser sentence, though he gave Jacob the maximum fine of $2500.

His victims were drug addicted women, whom he took advantage of, prosecutors said.

Jacob, 57 and a resident of Solon, Ohio, apologized to the court and to his family, in what community activists called a fake apology to protect his hide.

Bedford is a Cleveland suburb that is roughly 45 percent Black. It's court, where impropriety is still rampant by chief Judge Brian Melling and Clerk of Court Tom Day, serves 14 cities, townships and villages still at risk, including the majority Black Cleveland suburbs of Warrensville Heights and Bedford Heights.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty and community activists women sought long jail time for what they called a pimp in action who had compromised the integrity of the bench to have sex with prostitutes and to hand them favors by the court. Other documented criminal activity, including holding Black women hostage in the court and denying indigent Black counsel, actions supported by  Cleveland Chapter NAACP attorneys Michael Nelson and James Hardiman, were not among the charges sought by the prosecutor's office.

The Cleveland NAACP is currently under investigation by the national headquarters for impropriety,  including violations of organizational bylaws relative to the election process for branch officers. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY ON THE SUSPENSION OF THE ELECTION FOR CLEVELAND NAACP BRANCH OFFICERS BY THE NATIONAL NAACP DUE TO IMPROPRIETY AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM

Greater Cleveland community activist groups said that Judge Corrigan was too lenient and are upset that prior to a bench trial, he dismissed all of the felony charges against Jacob, including obstruction of justice and tampering with records.

"This pimp of a judge deserved more than 60 days in jail and was protected because he was a judge, and is a White male piece of crap,  and a Republican protected by the Republican dominated Ohio Supreme Court," said Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Imperial Women Coalition.

"If  he were Black and female like Cleveland Judge Angela Stokes, whom we collectively support and who has not been  accused of anything criminal but is being harassed by the mainstream media and the Ohio Supreme Court, he would have been thrown under the jail," said Coleman.

Coleman said also that the legal system in Cuyahoga County is "intrinsically corrupt, racist and sexist."

Attorneys for Jacob are appealing their client's five misdemeanor convictions, though legal experts say that that is an uphill battle because the judge  is guilty as sin and there were no errors at the trial court level to merit a reversal of his convictions.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 15:45 Read more...

National NAACP suspends election for Cleveland NAACP branch officers for violations of bylaws by the nominating committee per the request of Cleveland NAACP President Hilton Smith, the local chapter is flat broke and has not paid the executive director

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Pictured are NAACP National Director of Unit Field Operations and Membership The Rev. Gill Ford (in orange tie), Cleveland NAACP President The Rev Hilton Smith (in red tie), Cleveland NAACP Executive Director Sheila Wright, former Cleveland NAACP executive director Stanley Miller (in purple tie) and former Cleveland NAACP President George Forbes (in blue tie and eyeglasses)

By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. (Kathy Wray Coleman is a 20-year investigative and political journalist and legal reporter who trained for 17 years under five different editors at the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's most prominent Black press)

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

CLEVELAND, Ohio-At the request of Cleveland NAACP President the Rev. Hilton Smith, and with support from key other branch officers, including first vice president the Rev Dr. E. Theophilus Caviness, second vice president Bishop F.E. Perry and third vice president Sara J. Harper,  the National NAACP has suspended the election process for  Cleveland branch officers and executive committee members due in part to documented violations of organizational bylaws by the four-member nominating committee.

Meanwhile, the local chapter of the nation's oldest and most renowned Civil Rights organization is flat broke and has not paid Executive Director Sheila Wright since June, a potential breach of her contract, which expires in January. One reason for the financial problems, sources said, is that the annual Freedom Fund Dinner that generates revenue was not held this year.

Longtime unit secretary Anderson broke the news about the election to the general membership on Monday at what was to be a meeting for the nominating committee to introduce its slate of candidates for offices and the executive committee, and for the group to take nominations from the floor.

"They are temporarily suspending the process," said Anderson, who also told those there that the Rev. Gill Ford, the NAACP's national director of unit field operations and membership, had ordered the branch to cease all election-related activities until national NAACP officials can complete a thorough and comprehensive investigation.

In the wings was architect Kent Whitley, who told Cleveland Urban News.Com that he was looking forward to the process of taking nominations from the floor as an ambitious candidate seeking to unseat Smith, a likable associate minister at the prestigious greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland where Caviness is senior pastor, and a six figure vice president of communications at Turner Construction Company.

At issue is the breach of bylaws relative to the four-member nominating committee, though a host of other problems are also key to the national takeover, sources said yesterday.

The policy- laced national NAACP manual for branch elections requires that the nominating committee consist of five to 15 members and according to a report from the nominating committee distributed to the general membership at  the meeting Monday evening at the University Circle United Methodist Church on Cleveland's east side, the nominating committee members knew that former nominating committee chairperson Harper, a retired Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals judge, had resigned, reducing the five-member committee to only four members.

Harper only attended the first of four nominating committee meetings before she quit the committee in September.

Two other members of the nominating committee, which originally had seven members that were elected at the  September meeting of the general membership, were forced off the committee due to their dues not being paid by April 1, also a requirement of the by laws. That brought the number down to five, and Harper leaving rendered the committee with only four members.

Still, the nominating committee proceeded with its prejudicial nominating process and its illegal four-member nominating committee. They said on Monday that Harper had not put her resignation as chair of the nominating committee in writing, though the bylaws do not require it, and though her absence since the first committee meeting gave them clear warning that she had quit, sources said.

Another complaint made to the national headquarters is that several members in good standing had not been notified by mail of the September meeting upon which the general membership elected the nominating committee, also a requirement of the organization bylaws.

The nominating committee now in discrepancy consisted of former Cleveland NAACP Executive Director Stanley Miller, who was ousted as executive director under long time chapter president George L. Forbes, a former Cleveland City Council president and current general counsel for the Call and Post Newspaper whom Smith succeeded, Karen Scott, Will Tarver, and Jocelyn Travis, who lost a bid for president against Smith in 2012.

Cleveland NAACP Attorney Michael Nelson, who, along with branch attorney James Hardiman, has refused request from members to address the unconstitutional denial of indigent counsel to Blacks in Cleveland suburbs such as Cleveland Heights, Berea and Bedford municipals courts, defended the illegal nominating committee process. This is perhaps because he and Hardiman were among those nominated, Hardiman as first vice president, and Nelson himself as third vice president. Others officers nominated were Smith as president, Anderson to remain as secretary, and current treasurer Amos Mahsua. Travis was nominated by the nominating committee she was a member of as assistan secretary, though she recused herself  from voting on herself and was recommended by the other three committee members.

The 19-member executive committee recommendations for candidacy include people that have not been active, some for  two years or more,  including a sitting Cleveland Municipal Court judge, a retired judge, and  Cleveland council person, at least one of them of whom told Cleveland Urban News.Com that she did not intend to come to meetings due to a scheduling conflict but was solicited anyway by branch Assistant Secretary Marcia McCoy, a student recruitment liaison for the Cleveland Municipal School District.

Nelson, also a Cleveland criminal defense lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for Cleveland mayor in 2005, was accused at the controversial meeting of disrespecting retired Judge Harper, 88, whom he told to sit down and that she was the problem, comments that prompted community activists members of the Cleveland NAACP that were there to tell him on two occasions to "back down and leave her [Harper] alone."

Harper, a sister of Call and Post Newspaper Associate Publisher and executive editor Connie Harper, held her own and threatened to take Nelson "to the bar."  She told Cleveland Urban News.Com that she is not seeking reelection to third vice president.

After the meeting Nelson said that he is no longer interested in being third vice president.

"I'm out, I'm tired of this, I'm not running," said Nelson.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:17 Read more...

Peace in the Hood to host youth art show on Saturday, October 17 from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm at 13815 Kinsman Road in Cleveland, artwork will be for sale, call (216) 538-4043 for more information

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By  Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. (Kathy Wray Coleman is a 20-year investigative and political journalist and legal reporter who trained for 17 years under five different editors at the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's most prominent Black press)

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Peace in the Hood, a grassroots greater Cleveland organization led by community activist Khalid Samad, will host its annual Arts of Peace Youth Art Show on Saturday, Oct 17 from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm at 13815 Kinsman Road in Cleveland. Artwork by greater Cleveland children can be purchased at the event, which is billed as a vehicle to push kids to utilized their time in an effective manner and to choose educational endeavors over violence.


Organizers said that the Arts of Peace program is designed to give kids an alternative to violence through the arts, which also include dancing, singing, positive youth rap and poetry.


For more information contact Khalid Samad at (216) 538-4043.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF PEACE IN THE HOOD


(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 21:02

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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