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Today marks the anniversary of the kidnapping of Ariel Castro victim Amanda Berry, community activists women, including the Imperial Women Coalition, applaud her courage and that of Ariel Castro victims Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

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Pictured are Ariel Castro victim Amanda Berry and Ariel Castro himself

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-Today marks the 11-year anniversary of the kidnapping of Ariel Castro victim Amanda Berry on April 21, 2003 blocks from her home on Cleveland's largely White west side while she was leaving her job at the Burger King Restaurant at W. 110th Street and Lorain Avenue. Cleveland teen rapist and kidnapper Castro held Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight captive for a decade at his since demolished home on the city's west side of town until they and Berry's seven-year-old daughter by Castro were rescued by neighbor Charles Ramsey in May of last year. Ramsey is Black.

A fired Cleveland schools bus driver and hoggishly violent and abusive widower with two grown children, Castro, 53, pleaded guilty to numerous criminal charges, including multiple counts of rape and kidnapping, in exchange for a life sentence without the possibility of parole. He hanged himself in the Correctional Reception Center in  Orient, Ohio last September, just over a month into his sentence.

Castro admitted at sentencing as part  of a plea deal that Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty negotiated in under three months that he raped DeJesus,  Berry and Knight, and he told Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Russo Judge Russo moments before his sentence was handed down, that he and the three girls, and the child he fathered with Berry, were one "happy family."

The serial rapist had also been charged with aggravated murder and faced the death penalty for allegedly murdering at least three of the unborn fetuses of Knight that he help create through rape and torture.

Over 100 feet of chain was found in the Castro home when police raided it in May.

With a 28th-year birthday coming up on April 22, Berry was nearly 17 when he kidnapped her, DeJesus, who knew his daughter, was 14 and also grew up close to the Castro home like Berry, and Knight, now 32 and a women's advocate spokesperson, was 21 at the time.

The ten- year anniversary of the abduction of DeJesus was April 2. Knight was taken captive nearly a year and a half earlier in August 2002.

Women activists groups of greater Cleveland had no mercy on the child rapist and kidnapper and commented as to the anniversary this year of the day Castro saw fit to snatch Berry and hold her captive for nearly 10 years along with Knight and DeJesus.

"We recognize this anniversary of the day of the kidnapping of innocent teen Amanda Berry by monster Ariel Castro less than a mile from her home as a reminder that rape and other violence against women and girls nationally, statewide and locally is an epidemic and we again applaud Amanda, Gina and Michelle for the courage and fortitude to get out alive," said Cleveland area community activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Imperial Women Coalition, a grassroots group founded in 2009 around the unprecedented murders of 11 Black women on  Imperial Avenue on the city's largely Black east side by convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell. "We again call for additional resources to address this crisis around violence against women and as to Ariel Castro, we are pleased that Mr. Castro has moved on to a better place for himself and we hope he rots in hell."

Like the home of Castro, that he turned over to the county land bank as part of a plea deal,  the home of Sowell on Imperial Avenue, the now infamous street by which the Imperial Avenue Murders drew its name , was demolished too.

A former marine, Sowell 53, raped three Black women and strangled and murdered 11 Black women whose bodies began surfacing at his family's home in 2009. He sits on death row  while his appeal of his rape, aggravated murder and other  convictions is before the seven-member largely Republican Ohio Supreme Court, which is led by popular Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor.(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:17 Read more...

Cuyahoga County Council passes new voting rights law introduced by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald to counter state law designed to suppress Black vote, FitzGerald and Governor Kasich are tied for governor, polls show

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Pictured are Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (in red tie), the Democratic front -runner for Ohio governor, Cuyahoga County Council President C. Ellen Connally (in necklace)

and county council members Yvonne Conwell ( in White blouse), Pernel Jones Jr. (in blue tie)and Anthony Hairston ( in light-colored tie)


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cuyahoga County Council recently voted along partisan lines and adopted a voting rights law introduced by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald to counter a discriminatory state legislative law that passed earlier this year that Democrats say is designed to suppress voter participation in Ohio, particularly among poor, elderly and minority voters. (Editor's note: The 11- member Cuyahoga County Council is a distinct and separate governing entity from the 17-member Cleveland City Council, which also adopts laws known as city ordinances. State legislators, through the General Assembly of the Ohio House and Ohio Senate, adopt laws called statutes that can be found in the Ohio Revised Code, the book of chapters of state laws).

The new county law, passed last week by county council, requires the county board of elections to mail unsolicited absentee ballot applications to registered voters in the county, and in contrast to a Republican pushed state law that passed earlier this year that precludes the mailings.  County council members that voted for the law they adopted, and FitzGerald, a licensed attorney and former FBI agent, say that home rule governs and that that is the basis of their authority to adopt the controversial new law. Time and likely looming partisan minded litigation will tell.

All eight Democrats on the 11-member Cuyahoga County Council, including the four Blacks, Yvonne Conwell, Pernel Jones Jr., Anthony Hairston, and County Council President C. Ellen Connally, voted in favor of the new law, while the three Republicans, all White, voted against the measure. 

Meanwhile, the gubernatorial race this year that will likely pit FitzGerald, the Democratic front-runner, against incumbent Republican Gov. John Kasich is tied, some polls show.

"According to the newest numbers from Public Policy Polling, we are now even with Kasich at 44 percent," said FitzGerald Campaign Manager Nick Buis in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper. "The takeaway is clear, we have every chance to win this race."

Cuyahoga County includes 59 cities, villages and townships combined, including the largely Black cities of Cleveland, East Cleveland and Warrensville Heights. It is roughly 29 percent Black and is the largest of 88 counties statewide. And requests for absentee ballots in Cuyahoga are the highest statewide and at least 10 times more than any other county in the state, a Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper story said this week.

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 05:15

Congresswoman Fudge to host free Agriculture College and Career Fair on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio at the Veale Center Gymnasium, 2138 Adelbert Road from 9 am to 3 pm, Fudge to speak at 9:45 am

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WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio – 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) will host the district’s first Agriculture College and Career Fair on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Case Western Reserve University at the Veale Center Gymnasium, 2138 Adelbert Road, in Cleveland, Ohio. This free event, held from 9 am to 3 pm with the congresswoman scheduled to speak at 9:45 am,  is designed for high school and college-age students who may be considering a degree in agriculture or a related field. There is no cost but students are strongly encouraged to pre-register.  Please contact Ariella Brown in the congresswoman’s Cuyahoga County District office by phone (216)-522-4900 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Rev Sharpton downplays claims that he is an FBI informant

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The Rev. Al Sharpton is denying claims made byThe Smoking Gun website that he worked as an FBI mob informant in the 1980s.

The website, in a voluminous story published Monday, said eight federal judges signed wiretap directives based at least in part on information provided by the civil rights leader and MSNBC talk show host. One Genovese crime family member admitted speaking openly to Sharpton about extortion, death threats and other crimes while Sharpton’s FBI-provided briefcase secretly recorded the conversation, the story says.

The website says its account of Sharpton’s secret life as “CI-7″ — confidential informant number 7 — was based on hundreds of pages of confidential FBI affidavits, documents released by the bureau in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, court records, and extensive interviews with six members of an FBI/NYPD “Genovese squad” and other law enforcement officials.

Sharpton, challenged by the website, denied being “flipped” by federal agents during an undercover operation — although Smoking Gun claims that when asked about recording of a Gambino crime family member, Sharpton was non-committal: “I’m not saying yes, I’m not saying no.”

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Community activists meet with Cleveland NAACP officials to discuss foreclosure impropriety, abandoned homes, rape and murder of greater Cleveland women, education, the legal system and courts, and the 137 shots deadly Cleveland police shooting

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By KathyWray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Chapter NAACP entertained

a discussion by community activists at its general membership meeting yesterday at the University Circle United Methodist Church  in Cleveland. Issues include education, the 137 shots Cleveland police shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Tim Russell,  housing discrimination, foreclosures, abandoned homes, the rape and murder of greater Cleveland women, and police complacency, ineptness and brutality against the Black community, women and others.


Cleveland NAACP is led by the Rev Hilton Smith, an associate minister at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland and a communications relations vice president for Turner Construction Company in Cleveland.


Attorneys Michael Nelson and James Hardiman, co-chairs of the Cleveland NAACP criminal justice and legal redress committees, attended the executive committee meeting held prior to the general meeting but left pouting because Smith agreed to hear out the activists.


The activists have demanded that Nelson and Hardiman hold monthly meetings or resign as co-chairs of the committees and have accused the slick duo of taking monies from the office of the county prosecutor and the city of Cleveland and then selling out the Black community by refusing meetings and allegedly harassing people that complain of police and judicial misconduct and seek assistance by the local Civil Rights organization.


Smith led the meeting, which got heated when Community Activist David Patterson, a CMHA employee who has allegedly sold out fellow activists to the establishment and Cleveland NAACP big wigs before, tried to subordinate the women activists for a subsequently scheduled meeting with Smith. But Smith backed off following accusations of sexism and  agreed after the meeting to meet with Kathy Wray Coleman, the community activist organizer of the event and the leader of the Imperial Women Coalition.


Coleman led the activists at the meeting and thanked Smith for having the courage to allow an open discussion on pertinent issues of public concern impacting the greater Cleveland Black community.


Other activists at the meeting include Dr Stewart Robinson, Valerie Robinson, William Clarence Marshall, Pier Nappier, Vickie Trotter, Shawn Hillard, Gilder Malone, Khalid Samad, Marva Patterson, Frances Caldwell, Rev. Pam Pinkney, Dick Peery and Genevieve Mitchell.


Nappier and Peery called for the 13 all non- Black cops that gunned down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Tim Russell with a hail of 137 bullets in November 2012 to be indicted as the case is currently before a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.


General requests by community activists relative to the April 14, 2014 meeting with Cleveland NAACP President the Rev. Hilton Smith, Executive Director Shelia Wright  and executive committee members, and via previous meetings with NAACP affiliates, are as follows:


The agreement of monthly open door Cleveland NAACP legal redress and criminal justice committee meetings with a monthly report to the executive committee and general body on who sought help and the outcome; A stance by the Cleveland NAACP as to the racist and sexist treatment of Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Angela Stokes by Ohio Supreme Court Disciplinary Counsel Scott Drexel and a request for the group to fight against the slated take over of the largely Black Cleveland Municipal Court; The need to request that Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson step in to ensure that the majority Black Cleveland Municipal School District does not turn lily White as to administrators and teachers; A protocol policy pushed by Cleveland NAACP for Cleveland police to do their jobs as to missing persons, the rape and murder of greater Cleveland women, negligent shootings and other community issues;The need to address the illegal and unconstitutional denial of attorneys to Blacks deemed indigent by judges of the Berea and Bedford municipal courts of Cuyahoga County and the malicious prosecutions of Blacks in Berea at the urging of Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor,  who handpicks visiting judges to send to courts throughout the state to allegedly harass Blacks, Democrats and her enemies;The need to address racial epithets via the n-word by employees of the Cuyahoga County prosecutors offices, who have also demanded that Blacks are hanged and to "hang him high;" The need for more resources relative to abduction, rape and murder of greater Cleveland women and for a county wide police missing persons communications unit as well as the implementation of the 27 recommendations by Mayor Frank Jackson's three-member commission around the Imperial Avenue Murders; The need for a mechanism for monitoring the successes and failures of Black children in the absence of a Cleveland schools desegregation court order; The support from the Cleveland NAACP in requesting felony murder and other charges against the group of Cleveland police officers, none of whom are Black, responsible for gunning down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell; The support of area Black contractors for contracts, work and other amenities; An amendment of the state law (O.R.C. 2939.02) that permits common pleas judges to choose grand jury foremen and for the grand jury itself to choose, the latter of which is also permitted under the law; An amendment to the state law that gives welfare recipients, mainly poor women and children, three years for the subsidy when up to five years is permitted under federal law; An investigation of the foreclosure process in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and an amendment of the state law (O.R.C. 2359.17) that allows county sheriffs to supervise the appraisal process and sale foreclosed homes for cheap with the amended state law precluding participation by the sheriff and appraisals based upon the last legal county appraisal; The compliance with the DeRolph decision handed down in 1997 by the Ohio Supreme Court that deemed Ohio's method of funding public education unconstitutional, or a sliding scale of student assessment by the Ohio Department of Education based upon how rich or how poor a school district might be; The support of a bill (Ohio House Bill 216) by state Rep. Bill Patmon (D-10) for Ohio trial court judges in multi-judge municipal and common pleas courts to at all times be assigned and reassigned to criminal and civil cases at random; A request for a push for Cleveland prosecutors to secure criminal charges under a city ordinance that secures malfeasance by corrupt mortgage companies and banks such as JPMorgan Chase Bank; A discussion with Cleveland NAACP officials  and Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Chief Judge John Russo  as to a study commissioned by the group that shows that the 34 majority White judges of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas where felony criminal cases and other matters are heard give harsher sentences to Blacks than their similarly situated White counterparts; An amendment of state law (O.R.C.2701.03) that gives the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court sole authority to decide if an Ohio trial common pleas court judge is removed from a case for bias or conflict and for the entire seven-member Ohio Supreme to decide; and, An amendment of state law (O. R.C. 2701.031) that gives the chief judge of the county common pleas court sole authority to decide if an Ohio municipal court is removed from a case for bias or conflict and for a panel of judges to decide coupled with the statutory right to appeal the decision to a state appellate court.


Participating grassroots activists groups or some of their group members include the the Imperial Women Coalition, the Imperial Women Activists Group, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Communities United, the Cleveland African-American Museum, Sister to Sister, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, People for the Imperial Act, Black on Black Crime Inc. and the Fairfax Business Association.(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:05

Cleveland NAACP invites community activists, victims, victims family members to speak at general meeting on April 14, 2014 on 137 shots police shooting of 2 unarmed Blacks, abandoned homes and foreclosures, rape and murder of greater Cleveland women

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- The

Cleveland Chapter NAACP will entertain a discussion by community activists and affiliated victims or their family members at its general membership meeting at 7:30 pm tonight, April 14, 2014 at the University Circle United Methodist Church where regular meeting are held at 1919 E. 107th St and Chester Avenue in Cleveland. Issues include the 137 shots Cleveland police shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Tim Russell,  housing discrimination, foreclosures, abandoned homes, the rape and murder of greater Cleveland women, and police complacency, ineptness and brutality against the Black community, women and others. The open-to-the-public meeting in which all community members are invited to attend will include activists speakers of retired Plain Dealer Reporter Dick Peery, Vickie Trotter, and Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition. For more information call the Cleveland Chapter NAACP at 216-231-6260 and the Imperial Women Coalition at 216-659-0473


The Cleveland NAACP is led by the Rev Hilton Smith, an associate minister at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland and a communications relations vice president for Turner Construction Company in Cleveland. Sheila Wright is the local chapter's executive director.


Participating grassroots activists groups or some of their group members include the the Imperial Women Coalition, the Imperial Women Activists Group, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Communities United, the Cleveland African-American Museum, Sister to Sister, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, People for the Imperial Act, and the Fairfax Business Association.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:06

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