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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 below), who joined the local television station in 2014. Please call (216) 659-0473 if Harris, who is White , or anybody else at Newsnet 5 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. 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, and others.

 

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS:FEATURED ARCHIVED ARTICLE OF JUNE 28, 2015:Landscaper harassed by 5 White University Heights cops at home of journalist and community activist Kathy Wray Coleman, the same 5 cops tried to gun Coleman down a week earlier per the directive of mentally unhinged Cuyahoga County Judge John O'Donnell.... O'Donnell stalked Coleman for 12 years using a civil case with no plaintiff (Cuyahoga County Case Number CV03505359) and tried to steal her $140,000 home for JPMorgan Chase Bank under a fake name for $36,000 without it suing her, and allegedly also for a Plain Dealer Newspaper reporter too....Coleman said O'Donnell is getting more aggressive and needs help for mental illness.... The Economic Crimes Unit has advised Coleman to file a police report against O'Donnell calling his actions "public corruption".... Miranda Hamrick of the law firm of Lerner, Sampson and Rothfuss told the court that her client Chase is Coleman's mortgage company and the case O'Donnell has been using for 12 years has no plaintiff or mortgage company, but O'Donnell still kept up the harassment....O'Donnell also ignored the demand by the sheriff's office to back-off....Though not over any criminal case, O'Donnell had Coleman jailed in the county in 2008 with no charges and stripped with retired Judge Sara Harper, the third vice president of the Cleveland NAACP, rescuing her.... Harper says that she believes they are trying to kill Coleman

Corrupt 12-year stalker of Black women and documented thief Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell (above left). This same racist and sexist scumbag of a mentally unhinged judge freed Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo on manslaughter charges in May of 2015 for gunning down unarmed Blacks Malissa Wliiliams and Timothy Russell in 2012. O'Donnell, and other judges and county officials have stolen a wealth of homes from Cuyahoga County residents for JPMorgan Chase Bank, and others, heard the Brelo case in lieu of a jury.

 


Tamir Rice's mother fires her attorneys, community activists applaud the firing....The family hires Attorney Subodh Chandra to prosecute wrongful death lawsuit, Chandra is a former law director under former Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell

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Pictured are 12-year-old Tamir Rice and his mother Samira Rice, Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine and Attorney Subodh Chandra

 

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-The mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the Black kid who was gunned down last November by Cleveland police for sporting a toy gun at a public park on Cleveland's west side, has fired Florida Attorney Benjamin Crump and Akron, Ohio Attorney Walter Madison relative to a wrongful death lawsuit pending in federal district court before chief federal court Judge Solomon Oliver, who is Black.

 

Samaria Rice, Tamir Rice's mother, filed her request to the court last week to replace her current attorneys, while her proposed new attorneys of the New York firm of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady the Chicago firm of Firm Equity, and the Chandra Law Firm, of Cleveland simultaneously filed their motion for leave from the court to appear as new counsel in the case.


Before hiring Attorneys Crump and Madison, whom she now wants gone, Samaria Rice had hired greater Cleveland attorney David Malik to prosecute the lawsuit, whom she also fired.


At issue also are court appointed administrators of the estate of Tamir Rice in the wrongful death lawsuit, at least two of them put on or off the civil case thus far, and what monies they deserve to get.


And Samaria Rice wants Tamir Rice's biological father, whom she says allegedly did not raise him, to stop holding press conferences without her knowledge, the grieving mother said in her written request to the court for substitute counsel.


Activists said that they are pleased that Samaria Rice fired her current attorneys.


"She is Tamir's mother and is doing what is best for her son and her family, and we support the decision," said community activist Al Porter, the vice-president of Black on Black Crime Inc.


Kathy Wray Coleman, a local journalist who leads the Imperial Women Coalition and edits Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, went even further in her assessment in the matter.

 

"These attorneys are often getting more money than the victims families in these excessive force police murder civil cases, and this is on top of what the court awards the administrator of the estate," said Coleman. "And in too many instances of legal representation in criminal cases, many of them malicious, they are selling out Blacks that they represent to kiss up to biased and unfair judges and prosecutors such as County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who is pro-police and anti-Black,"


Coleman said that Attorney Madison should not be trusted, and had allegedly threatened activists with indictments on frivolous criminal charges by the county grand jury without a case in the common pleas court or even before a grand jury, and with the alleged intent of getting exorbitant and unnecessary monies for legal representation.


Judge Oliver held a  hearing Tuesday morning in the Federal District Court of the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland on Samaria Rice's request for new attorneys, but the court has not yet ruled on her request, or the accompanying motion filed by her attorneys.


It is likely, data show, that her attorneys' motion will be granted since the lawsuit is in the early stages and new counsel has appeared in the case.


Subodh Chandra,  of the Chandra Law Firm, which is among the new law firms seeking to now represent Samaria Rice and the Tamir Rice estate, is a former law director under former Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell, who was ousted from office in 2005 by current three-term Black Mayor Frank Jackson, a former city council president. He subsequently ran unsuccessfully for county prosecutor, losing the Democratic primary in a crowded field to current County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, also a former common pleas judge.


Cuyahoga County, which includes the largely Black city of Cleveland, is the largest among 88 counties in Ohio.


Chandra sent out a press release  two weeks ago after Cleveland Judge Ron Adrine found probable cause for criminal charges against the officer that killed Rice, and his partner, including murder charges against the cop that pulled the trigger. The longtime judge had refused then, and still now, refuses to issue an arrest warrant as required by state law regarding citizen's affidavits for criminal charges.


The chief and presiding judge of the 13-member largely Black Cleveland Municipal Court, Adrine claims that the criminal rules require a complaint from a prosecutor to issue an arrest warrant. An American-Indian by nationality, Chandra begs to differ with Adrine and says that in this instance state law governs.


The eight activists that filed the citizen affidavit upon which the judge found probable cause have since asked the Ohio Eight District Court of Appeals to order Adrine to issue an arrest warrant against the two cops, a filing in legal terms that is dubbed a petition for a writ of mandamus.


Attorney Madison, Samaria Rice's attorney until the federal court removes him, did not take the aggressive stand that Chandra took on the dispute over whether the cops must get arrested like Blacks typically do, and actually held a press conference applauding Adrine, who is Black.


End the end though, Ohio municipal court judges, that hear traffic and misdemeanor cases and small time civil cases, cannot hear felony cases like court of common pleas judges, and have jurisdiction only to hold preliminary hearings and to have such cases bound over to the common pleas court upon a finding of probable cause, or they can dismiss them after a preliminary hearing. And only a county grand jury can indict Ohioans, and other of course, on felony charges in state courts.


Community activists say that the state law relative to the filing of a criminal affidavit by a citizen for criminal charges allows people to bypass the prosecutors, while Adrine says that the criminal rules mandate a criminal complaint to arrest on a probable cause finding and only the prosecutor can file such complaints in Ohio trial courts. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com




 

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Cleveland NAACP demands changes in consent decree between Cleveland and DOJ on police reforms, including barring police from policing themselves, bias free policing, and an inspector general that does not report to Police Chief Calvin Williams

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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. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Coleman is a 22-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under five different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com).

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President Obama talks gun control, racism, Jim Crow Laws in eulogy speech for nine Black parishioners gunned down in Charleston, South Carolina, America's first Black president demands a conversation on race relations in America....Hillary Clinton attends

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Charleston, South Carolina (Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leader in Black digital news(www.clevelandurbannews.com)-President Barack Obama (pictured) delivered the eulogy on Friday afternoon for the home-going service of the Rev Clementa Picnkney and eight other Black parishioners gunned down earlier this month by suspected serial killer and White supremacist Dylann Storm Roof during a church revival at the prominent Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The 21-year-old self-confessed killer said at the time of the unprecedented shooting that has taken the country literally by storm, that he was "there to kill Black people."

"Over the course of centuries, black churches served as hush harbors, where slaves could worship in safety, praise houses, where their free descendants could gather and shout," preached Obama to a  “Hallelujah…”

Among other matters, the president also discussed Jim Crow Laws that  were state and local laws relative to  racial segregation that were enacted after the Reconstruction period in Southern United States that continued in force until 1965 in Southern U.S. states.

"The imposition of Jim Crow after the Civil War, and the resistance to Civil Rights for all people was wrong,'" said Obama, who political experts say will go down in American history as one of the nation's great president.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president was there too, an indication, said sources, that she is more aggressively, or more cleverly,  courting the Black vote this time around and after losing the Democratic nomination to Obama, a two-term president, in 2008. She did not speak on the platform though.

America' first Black president touched on a number of other hot-topic issues during his 30-minute eulogy, that critics say had political undertones, and he said that racism is alive and well in America,  and that gun violence must cease.

“We have to have a conversation about race," said Obama, before adding that while gun safety measures will not prevent every tragedy, that to do nothing about the impact of gun violence on American society is irresponsible.

The Charleston killings ring true the fragile relationship between police nationwide and the Black community, and the tragedy comes as police murders of unarmed Blacks are getting heightening media attention, including the police shooting death of 12-year--old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio.

During an interview with comedian Marc Maron on Friday Obama said that the use or misuse of the n-word by those that are not African-American in particular, "is not the measure of whether racism still exists or not."

Obama launched into a solo at the end of his eulogy, leading funeral goers in the routine Black funeral song of "Amazing Grace."

The president  then read aloud the names of each murder victim in addition to Rev Pinckney, namely Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, DePayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel L. Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Myra Thompson.

The killings have outraged Black leaders and Civil Rights advocates across the county.

The president of the NAACP expressed his outrage at the violence.

National NAACP Executive Director Cornell William Brooks

“There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of scripture,” said Cornell William Brooks, executive director of the national NAACP.

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Obama wins again as the U.S. Supreme Court makes same sex marriage legal nationwide, a day after upholding financial aid subsidies for Obamacare....Same sex marriage advocates applaud and say Hillary Clinton supports the court ruling, and they support her

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Pictured are United States President Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton

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. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Coleman is a 22-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Supreme Court in a split 5-4 decision made same sex marriage legal nationwide today, a celebrated ruling championed not only by gay rights advocates but also by President Barack Obama, the National NAACP,  and most Democratic members of Congress, including Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat out of greater Cleveland who leads Ohio's largely Black 11th congressional district.

"Today we made a more perfect union," said Obama "Love is love."

The ruling, which puts to rest more than two decades of litigation,  is another win for the president, America's first Black president, and comes just a day after the high court upheld financial aid subsidies under the Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act, which Republican congressional leaders love to hate, is the president's signature universal healthcare law passed by Congress in 2010, and upheld as constitutional by the nation's high court in 2012.

Leading up to today's ruling on same sex marriage, the high court heard oral arguments on April Leading up to today's ruling on same sex marriage, the high court heard oral arguments on April 28 in four consolidated cases together titled Obergefel v. Hodges, the primary question before the court being the issue of whether same-sex couples enjoy a constitutional right to marry.

The liberal and conservative justices were split on the matter then, and relative to today's ruling, with Justice Anthony Kennedy holding and ultimately issuing the unprecedented swing vote in the case.

Thousands had converged on Washington, D.C. and protested in front of the Supreme Court for oral arguments, both advocates and opponents of same sex marriage.

The  arguments, which went on for more than two hours, centered around gay marriage bans in the states of Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Ohio that were upheld by the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio , a 2-1 decision of a three-judge panel issued late last year that created a conflict with other appellate rulings. That conflict between federal appeals courts made the case ripe to be heard by the Supreme Court of the land.

The Sixth Circuit, pursuant to its decision issued last year, upheld the trial courts ruling saying  that the state legislature and voters in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee, and not the courts, should decide the issue of same sex marriage.

Obama had also said that "the equal protection clause [of the 14th Amendment] guarantees same sex marriage in all 50 states."

Former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, a former U.S senator representing the state of New York who served as secretary of state during the president's first term, and who announced earlier this year that she will make a second bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, supports same sex marriage, and the landmark decision just issued by the Supreme Court.

"I was proud to help launch Hillary's campaign," said same sex marriage advocate Jared Milrad in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leader in Black digital news." She's been an advocate for equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and gender Americans."

Milrad is featured with his fiancee Nathan Johnson in Clinton's video for her announcement for president

Until today, gay marriage was legal in 37 states, and banned in 13.

About six in 10 of U.S. registered voters support gay marriage, polls show.

John J. Bursch, the lawyer for the opponents argued  before the high court on  that same sex marriage is not a constitutional right  and that it perpetuates children born out of wedlock ,while attorneys representing proponents of gay marriage told the justices that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage under the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment, among other arguments. That denial of due process, they argued, creates an undue interference with the fundamental freedom of marriage.

Justice Kennedy asked tough questions on both sides and said  that while he is concerned about changing a conception of marriage ingrained in the American way of life, he is equally uncomfortable with excluding the gay and lesbian communities from what he called "a noble and sacred institution."

The four conservative justices,  Chief Justice John Roberts, and Clarence Thomas, the only Black on the high court, dissented.

Several of the more liberal justices asked the lawyers during oral arguments how extending marriage to same sex couples would harm anyone, including heterosexual couples that now enjoy the right to marry without discrepancy.

“You are not taking away anything from heterosexual couples if the state allows gay couples to marry," said Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the more liberal of the four liberal justices, the other three of whom are  Sonia Sotomayer, Elena Kagan and Stephen Bryer.

Ginsburg was nominated by former president Jimmy Carter, Sotomayer and Kagan were nominated by Obama, and Bryer is a nominee of former president Bill Cinton.

U.S. Supreme Court justices are nominated by the president and must be subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve. They are appointed for life.(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 02:57

U.S. Supreme Court upholds financial aid subsidies under Obamacare healthcare law, President Obama comments..... Obama's healthcare initiative was key in getting the endorsement in 2008 over Hillary Clinton from the late senator Ted Kennedy

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Pictured are  United States President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. first lady, former U.S. senator representing New York, former U.S. secretary of state with the Obama administration, and current front-runner for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president, and the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.


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. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Coleman is a 22-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under five different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com).

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling issued on Thursday in the celebrated case of Burrell vs. King, upheld a key provision of Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act,  siding with the president on whether the federal government can continue helping poor and other disadvantaged people, and others, by subsidizing insurance premiums in all 50 states under the health care law.

"Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, and after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay," said Obama in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leader in Black digital news.

Opponents argued that the federal government was required to stop financial aid subsidies to individuals living in states without their own health insurance exchanges and that use the federal market place instead.

The ruling affects more that six million Americans, and polls show that most Americans support the financial aid initiative on healthcare, one that disproportionately impacts low-income people, minorities, seniors on fixed incomes, and single mothers.

Only a few of the 50 states, such as Washington, California and Maryland, have their own healthcare exchanges.

Obama said that more that more than 16 million Americans now have access to healthcare insurance because of the Affordable Care Act.

Chief Justice John Roberts, the swing vote that upheld Obamacare as constitutional three years ago, wrote the majority opinion.

Conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, the only Black on the court, Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia dissented.

Scalia wrote the scathing 21-page dissent and said, in part, that the majority, relative to the unprecedented court decision at issue, "favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites."

The Supreme Court ruling is another win for America's first Black president on the controversial healthcare mandate that will define his presidency in coming years.

Now in his third year of a second four year term, Obama campaigned on the issue in 2008 , and gained the endorsement of the late U.S. senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts for the Democratic primary for president over Hillary Clinton, partly because of his push for universal healthcare, something Kennedy, a brother of President John F. Kennedy, favored.

At that time Kennedy told Reporter Kathy Wray Coleman, who was writing a story on his campaign stop in Cleveland for Obama that was later published in the Call and Post Newspaper, that endorsing Obama over Clinton, who is making a second bid for president in 2016, "was one of the most difficult decisions of his life."

Kennedy said then that his hesitance in endorsing Obama was because of his relationship with former president Bill Clinton.

No doubt, Thursday' Supreme Court ruling is a blow to  congressional Republicans that  have tried to repeal since the president signed it into law in 2010. They say the law is irresponsible, increases healthcare costs, and minimizes America's clout in the international market place.

The president says that that analogy is bogus, and that his congressional foes on the healthcare matter want corporate entities, including insurance companies, to continue the war on poverty through unfair and unconstitutional public policy measures.

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Boxing promoter and publisher Don King names Kenneth Miller president of the Call and Post Newspaper, Miller replaces the late associate publisher and editor Constance "Connie" Harper, and is a former editor of the Los Angeles Sentinel

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Pictured are new Call and Post President Kevin Hill, the former editor of the Los Angeles Sentinel ( wearing brown shirt), International Boxing Promoter and Call and Post Owner and Publisher Don King ( wearing eyeglasses) the late Constance "Connie Harper, the  longtime

associate publisher and editor for the African American weekly that is distributed in the Ohio cities of Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, and George Forbes (wearing blue suit),  local attorney former Cleveland City Council President and  former longtime president of the Cleveland NAACP. Forbes is also the longtime general counsel for the Call and Post under King.

 

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. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Coleman is a 22-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under five different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com).

CLEVELAND Ohio–Former Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper editor Kenneth Miller  is the new president of the Call and Post Newspaper, Cleveland's 99-year-old African-American print newspaper that distributes a weekly paper in the Ohio cities of Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, and that has been owned and published by Cleveland native and internationally known boxing promoter Don King since 1998.King is an ally to popular Ohio Republican Gov John  Kasich, a former congressman and potential 2016 GOP presidential contender. (Editor's note : GOP front-runners for the Republican nomination for president, and in a crowded field, are former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, polls say. Hillary Clinton a former U.S. first lady , prior U.S. Sen. for New York, and secretary of state under Barack Obama during the president's first term in office is the overwhelming favorite to win the  Democratic primary).

King held an emergency staff meeting at newspaper headquarters in Cleveland this month to make the major announcement of his choice to lead the Call and Post.

Miller is also the former press deputy for former Democratic congresswoman Laura Richardson of California, who is also Black like both King and Miller.

King said that Miller will bring needed change to the news outlet that has lost steam in recent years.

“In any language, Kenny is the boss," said King in a story published by the newspaper on the announcement of new leadership.  "When you speak to Kenny, you will be speaking to me and he has my complete confidence in restoring the Call and Post to its rightful position as the standard for Black newspapers.”

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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

Michael Brown attorney to represent family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old whom Cleveland police killed, attorneys call for Mayor Frank Jackson to fire safety director Michael McGrath and former safety director Martin Flask, now a chief assistant to the mayor, attorneys also want community oriented police advisory board and say the family does not trust Cleveland police to indict the White police officer that killed Rice

 

Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice along side Benjamin Crump, Leonard Warner and Walter Madison speaks during a news conference in Cleveland

 

Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year old boy who was fatally shot by police speaks during a news conference at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland on Dec. 8, 2014. To the left of Samaria Rice is Rice family Attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the families of slain Black unarmed teens  Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.  To the right of Sanaria Rice is Akron based attorney Walter Madison, who will assist Crump in the controversial case that has caused racial unrest in the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland. Photo by Aaron Josedczyk—Reuters