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  • Fifth annual memorial celebration for Cleveland police shooting victim Daniel Ficker, who was White, is June 26 from 1 pm-5 pm at the Clague Park Cabin in Westlake, Ohio, 1400 Clague Road....Activists continue the fight for justice for Ficker

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    CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- Cleveland, Ohio-The family of Cleveland police shooting victim Daniel Ficker, who was killed at his home in Parma, Ohio on July 4, 2011, will host the fifth annual memorial celebration to remember Daniel Ficker on Sunday, June 26 from 1 pm-5 pm in Westlake, Ohio at the Clague Park Cabin, 1400 Clague Road.(CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DANIEL FICKER MEMORIAL GATHERING . For media inquires, please call Bernie Rolen at 440-773-6102 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

    "On the fourth of July this year, it will be five years that my son Dan has been gone," said Bernie Rolen, Ficker's mother. "We all miss him dearly and the memorial event is intended to be a day at the park for the whole family to enjoy as Dan always did with his family."

    Community activists say Ficker and his family deserve justice.

    "We continue our fight for justice for Daniel Ficker and his family, and others killed by Cleveland police in a manner that we deem inappropriate," said greater Cleveland community activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition.

    Coleman has led forums and rallies with activists groups such as Black on Black Crime Inc, the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party and the Carl Stokes Brigade in support of Ficker and a host of others killed by Cleveland police.

    Others of whom Coleman has led rallies include Cleveland police killing victims Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, rapper Kenneth Smith, Brandon Jones, Tanisha Anderson, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice. All of them are Black, unlike Ficker, who was White.

    "We support victims of alleged police abuse across racial and gender lines," said Coleman, a longtime journalist who trained for 17 years at the Cleveland-based Call and Post Newspaper, and who now edits Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper.

    Ficker was killed on July 4, 2011 at his home in Parma, Ohio after the cops approached him and allegedly harassed him, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the family by Cleveland Civil Rights and criminal defense attorney Terry Gilbert.

    He was 27-years-old.

    To ultimately kill him, police crossed jurisdictions from Cleveland to Ficker's home in Parma, a largely White working class suburb of Cleveland.

    Police say he allegedly took some jewelry at a party one of the cops at issue was attending along with Ficker and his fiancee, the mother of his two young children.

    Gilbert denies such claim and has said that Ficker is innocent and was killed in cold blood after Cleveland police allegedly started a fight with him in Parma, and where they had no place business going to in an effort to allegedly start a fight, particularly without first notifying police dispatchers of an alleged crime.

    No stolen jewelry surface at the killing site or otherwise, and police and the city say Ficker was allegedly at fault.

    The police officers involved in the killing escaped Cuyahoga County grand jury indictments on criminal charges and were not disciplined in any manner by the city,  data show.

    Both police officers have since retired.

    Since then, and following a number of questionable police killings, including Malissa Williams and Tim Russell in 2012 and Tamir Rice and Tanisha Anderson in 2014, the city and the U.S. Department of Justice have entered into a court-monitored consent decree for police reforms.

    In addition to his mother, fiancee and children, Ficker left behind a father, Dennis Ficker, who, like his mother, has been actively fighting with community activists for legal redress.

    A surviving sister is also dedicated to the cause.(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Last Updated on Sunday, 26 June 2016 20:36

    Cleveland settles Ohio ACLU lawsuit over RNC protest restrictions, and the Imperial Women Coalition, led by Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, will open the city's Public Square speaking forum ...The Cleveland NAACP accuses FBI of harassing protesters

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    CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio — The lawsuit filed last week by the Ohio ACLU of Ohio claiming city officials are violating the free speech rights of protesters relative to the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland the week of July 18-21 has been settled with a few concessions after Federal District Court Judge James Gwin, on Thursday, found constitutional infractions and issued a restraining order.

    Filed on behalf of the White-led groups Citizens for Trump, Organize Ohio, and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, the former group a conservative organization and the latter two of which are liberal types, the city has agreed to give these groups their requested parade routes after stalling on the, for months, also an issue raised in the contentious lawsuit (Editor's note: Activists will join Organize Ohio, led by anti-poverty activist Larry Bresler of Cleveland, for an antipoverty march that will begin at 2 pm at East 45th Street and Saint Clair Avenue and will continue to Progressive Field close to the downtown convention venue. Call Bresler at (216) 651-2606 for more info).

    Other lawsuit concessions include a reduction in the 3.5 mile RNC event security zone, which is designed to lock protesters out of the areas closest to the downtown convention, additional dates and time for parade routes and a few speaking soap boxes closer to the convention site.

    Downtown parks, two of them with stipulations deemed unconstitutional by Judge Gwinn, are more open for demonstrators to exercise free speech  independent of slated  governmental intimidation via the settlement.

    The city's official speaking forum on Public Square, open all four days of the convention from 9:30 am-6 pm for 30 minute interval speeches, will remain intact, though speakers must  still secure permits.

    Permits are also required for the parade routes, the parks' forum and practically everything else.

    Ohio ACLU Executive Director Christine Link, a proponent of the now-infamous free speech RNC lawsuit, has stepped up on behalf of demonstrators and has called the anti-free speech harassment of them arbitrary and capricious, and unconstitutional.

    Recent reports say that law enforcement officials, led by the FBI, have been allegedly harassing greater Cleveland activists, most White and affiliated with the communist party who were arrested following chaos of an acquittal verdict last year by Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell of a since fired Cleveland police officer (Michael Brelo) on manslaughter charges. (Editor's note: Brelo and 12 other non-Black Cleveland police officers gunned down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams, 30, and Timothy Russell, 43, slinging 137 bullets and following a high-speed car chase in November 2012 that began in downtown Cleveland and ended in neighboring East Cleveland, a largely Black and impoverished Cleveland suburb. The other officers were not indicted per the recommendation to the grand jury of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, whom voters, led by the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, 11th congressional district Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, and Black activists, ousted from office in the March Democratic primary election).

    That alleged harassment, sources say,  includes surprised  home visits with questions on what the Brelo activists, and some others, might do at the convention to promote violence.

    Those purported home invasions have angered Cleveland NAACP President Michael Nelson Sr., who has urged authorities to "remember the constitution."

    The greater Cleveland grassroots group the Imperial Women Coalition will open the city's speaking forum on Public Square at 9:30 am on July 18 and will address violence against women issues and women's rights in general. They will return to speak again at 12:30 pm the same day to address, jobs, education, housing, the legal system and the need for a living wage.

    Others speaking on the Public Square protest stage the opening day of the convention include Michael Hurley, an assistant Cuyahoga County public defender who speaks at 10:45 pm, Black on Black Crime Inc, a local activist group that will speak at 11 am on police brutality and murders, and a North Carolina Muslim woman who has traveled the states to take on the anti-Muslim rhetoric of Republican presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

    "We, the Imperial Women Coalition, look forward to opening the city's official Public Square speaking platform stage the morning of July 18 to address violence against women and women's issues in general, and to returning at 12:30 pm the same day to deal with jobs, education, housing, the legal system, and the need for a living wage," said Kathy Wray Coleman, a longtime greater Cleveland activist and who leads the Cleveland-based Imperial Women Coalition. and who edits Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read online Black newspaper.

    Coleman's  group was founded around the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland by serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell, who is seeking a new trial with support of the Ohio ACLU, which has filed an amicus brief in the Ohio Supreme Court where the case is pending.

    Other greater Cleveland murders of women for which Coleman has led rallies pertain to the East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison murders, and the Cleveland East 93rd Street Murders of three women in 2013, namely Christine Malone,  43, Jasmine Trotter, 20, and Ashley Leszyeski, 21, and whose serial killer is still at large.

    "We will be there on Public Square with Ms. Coleman and other activists and we want the person who killed our mother (Christine Malone) captured, indicted, and brought to justice." said Angelique Malone, one of eight grown children of murder victim Christine Malone, who was Black.

    Also a children's advocate, Coleman has also spearheaded rallies regarding the celebrated abduction and rape and kidnapping case of Ariel Castro, who held Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry captive for a decade on the city's west side, and who hanged himself in prison while serving a life sentence.(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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    Last Updated on Saturday, 25 June 2016 11:19

    Cleveland Cavaliers celebration parade draws a million people and the NBA championship title win has put the majority Black city of Cleveland on the map in a positive vain.......LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had the most memorable NBA Finals moments

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    Editing by Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief


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    BY CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, Ohio-Nearly a million people poured into downtown Cleveland on Wednesday for a celebration and a parade to mark the championship title win Sunday night where the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by megastar LeBron James, won the NBA Finals by taking Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors, 93-89.

     

    Let's not pretend that all of Cleveland believed the Cavs would finally bring home the first NBA championship title in franchise history.

     

    What was the negative connotation that many Cleveland fans were thinking before Game 7 of the NBA Finals?

     

    Although they may not admit it now, there is no doubt that there was a negative narrative among some Cleveland folks, and others, of what the outcome would be before Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue brought his team on to the floor at Oracle Arena Sunday night. And it was partly because the Cavs had come back from a three games to one deficit to tie the series 3-3, and because Golden State, led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, had the best NBA record of the 2015-2016 season and were the defending champs.

     

    No doubt, there were other reasons for the apathy and nightmares of Cleveland losing a shot at the title once again, and behind the heartbreaking loss to the mighty Warriors in 2015.

     

    June 19, 2016, the night the Cavs took the championship title, put those nightmares to rest as  dreams came true, legends were made, and the largely Black major American city of Cleveland, often depicted in a negative sense across the nation, had something positive to brag about.

     

    Cavaliers forward LeBron James and guard Kyrie Irving soared and scored to make the plays in Game 7, a conclusive game, and one that will be remembered for years to come.

     

    They did what was needed to be done in crunch time to send the Golden State Warriors home with a loss.

     

    With one minute and 57 seconds left and the score tide at 89 in the fourth quarter, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala grabbed a rebound from an Irving missed shot and then passed ahead to guard Stephen Curry.

     

    As Iguodala raced down the court Curry returned a perfect bounce pass to Iguodala for what appeared to be an easy layup off of the backboard, and an anticipated two point Warriors lead with one minute and 53 seconds remaining.

     

    But James, who trailed the play all the way down court on the left side, jumped across the free throw lane and above Iguodala to smash his layup attempt against the backboard. And Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith claimed the rebound.

     

    The Warriors, in turn, came up goose eggs, taking four poor shot attempts on three empty trips down the floor after the  now famous block by James.

     

    Meanwhile, and during a timeout with one minute and nine seconds on the game clock, coach Lue drew up an isolation play for Irving, who would be matched up with the 6' 7'' Klay Thompson.

     

    To take away Klay Thompson's five inch height advantage Smith set a blindsided pick on Thompson, which resulted in Curry having to switch over to cover Irving. That posture did not serve well for the Warriors.

     

    Irving, while behind the three point arc, set Curry up by coming towards him while taking three crossover dribbles between his legs and then taking a step back  for a three point shot. Bang. Irving drilled the three pointer and gave the Cavs a staunch 92-89 lead, only one more point added to take home the 93-89 win.

     

    Game 7 was the only game in the series that did not end with the winner ahead by double digits.  It was a record setting and history making as were the series in general.

     

    The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to come back from a three games to one deficit to win the championship and James became the third player to record a triple double , which he accomplished in Game 7, replete with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

     

    Game 7 also featured tough defense and tired legs, which accounted in part for the mediocre shooting percentages from both the Cavs and the Warriors, and the final game scores of the  two respective teams.

     

    The Cavs shot just 40.2 % from the field and were just six- of -25 from the three point arc for 25%. They, however, made 21 out of 25 free throws, a plus by all measures.

     

    Golden State shot 38.6% from the field and was 15- for- 41 in three point shots for 36%.

     

    This game also featured spectacular lay up after layup by Irving, with both the left and right hands, and while he was under tough pressure defensively.

     

    Irving finished Game 7 with 26 points.

     

    Draymond Green was likely the best asset for the Warriors Sunday night. He scored 32 points and had 10 rebounds and nine assists.

     

    Curry and Klay Thompson, together dubbed 'the splash brothers'  for their talent in making three-pointers, and who were up and down throughout the finals, were not at their best, the duo combining for just 31 points on Sunday.

     

    After criticism from sports commentators, Kevin Love stepped his game up a bit and was a factor on the boards with 14 rebounds in Game 7, which were coupled with his nine points, a contribution that helped to clinched the championship.

     

    And Love played good defense, especially against Curry,

     

    Other Cavaliers players cannot be overlooked relative to the finals, including Tristan Thompson, Mo Williams, Richard Jefferson, and JR Smith.

     

    Smith has been a bonus for the Cavaliers in the playoffs and otherwise, and  he came up huge at the start of the second half of Game 7 in scoring eight of his 12 points.

     

    The Cavaliers won the championship due to talent, and a spectular team effort, not to mention the brilliant coaching of Tyronn Lue, who is Black.

     

    But the NBA Finals moments that will be remembered most were the Game 7 performances by James and Irving, both of whom came through when it counted most.

     

    James and Irving have given Cleveland fans new memories and something better to dream about, and James, an Akron, Ohio native, says he is ready to defend the championship title in the coming year for his "hometown."

     


    By Karl Kimbrough, Cleveland Urban News.Com sportswriter ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 22:43

    LeBron James leads the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA championship title over the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland to hold celebration parade on June 22....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of www.clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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    Pictured are Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, and NBA megastar LeBron James

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    CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-OAKLAND, California-Led by megastar LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals Sunday night, beating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in the decisive Game 7 of a series that had been tied 3-3, the Cavaliers overcoming a 3-1 games deficit to out do the Warriors on their home turf.


    It was Cleveland's first major sports title in 52 years and the first ever for the Cavaliers. And it was a sweet victory following the loss of the championship title in 2015 to the Warriors.


    "This is special," said James, who was named the 2016 most value player for the NBA playoffs.


    "I'm home," said an emotional James. "That's what I came home for, to bring back a championship."


    "I put my heart, my soul, my blood and my tears into this game," he said.


    Cavaliers fans were elated and city officials said Sunday that a parade is scheduled on Wednesday in downtown Cleveland with details forthcoming.


    James posted 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Game 7, followed by Kyrie Irving, who finished with 26 points and six assists.


    Kevin Love added nine points and 14 rebounds to help take Cleveland over the top.


    Irving said that James is a legend and that "great things happen to great people."


    Love called the title win a team effort, saying that "a number of guys stepped up for us when we needed it bad."


    An Akron, Ohio native and NBA's most valuable player in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, James was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003 as the first overall pick and led Cleveland to its first NBA Finals appearance in 2007, though they lost to San Antonio Spurs. He joined the Miami Heat in 2010 and brought home two consecutive championship titles in 2012 and 2013 before rejoining the Cavs last year.


    During the four years that James was in Miami Cleveland had the worst NBA record of any team.


    Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue was brought to tears, which he linked to relief in spite of the haters and doubters.


    "It was unbelievable," said Lue.


    Lue's predecessor, David Blatt, was ousted in January in favor of Lue, then the associate coach, a move by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, says sources, that came about because of tensions between Blatt and key team members, and because Blatt could not bring home a championship title in 2015, the Warriors winning that series, 4-2.


    Warriors Stephen Curry was the regular season most valuable player for the last two consecutive years. And though his team had the best record of the 2016 NBA season it did not materialize into a championship title.


    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver complimented both teams while highlighting the 52-year curse on Cleveland in the failure of the Cavaliers, the Cleveland Browns football franchise and the Cleveland Indians baseball team to bring home a championship title.


    "The curse is over," said Silver.


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    Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 04:29

    Ohio ACLU sues Cleveland over RNC protest restrictions as the Imperial Women Coalition, led by greater Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, secures the opening slot on the city's Public Square protest stage to protest against violence against women

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    CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio — The ACLU of Ohio sued the city of Cleveland on Tuesday, claiming city officials are violating the free speech rights of protesters relative to the upcoming Republican National Convention, which begins on Monday, July 18, the day in which the local grassroots group the Imperial Women Coalition will speak first on Public Square on the city's official speaking platform.

    "While the Ohio ACLU and the city fight it out, the Imperial Women Coalition has secured the opening 9:30 am Public Square speaking slot to address the epidemic of violence against women locally, statewide, nationally and internationally and we want to know what the presidential candidates intend to do about this growing problem, "said greater Cleveland community activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the grassroots group and is editor-in-chief of Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper.  (See a copy of the City of Cleveland permit for the speaking protest above this article).

     

    Coleman is Black and said that the ACLU's aggression likely contributed to her group getting the Public Square protest stage permit from city officials on Monday via email, and for that, she thanks the ACLU.

     

    Other groups have received speaking permits too, including Black on Black Crime Inc.

     

    But some are in limbo, and the ACLU has demanded in its lawsuit that the city act immediately on permit applications.

     

    One out-of-town group seeking a permit, Bikers for Trump, claims they will bring more than 100,000 bikers to the city, which sources say is unlikely.

    Filed in federal court and assigned to Judge James S. Gwin, who has given the city a deadline of June 20 to respond, the ACLU's lawsuit alleges in part that the city is delaying permits to protesters regarding its Public Square speaking forum and otherwise, and that its official parade route and protester's participation requirements at two city parks are unconstitutional.

    The protest parade route, the lawsuit says, is designed to keep protesters some two miles away from the downtown convention site and GOP delegates, and is limited in scope as to the four-day convention.

    Christine Link, executive director for the ACLU of Ohio, called the protest restrictions arbitrary and capricious, and unconstitutional. She filed the suit on behalf of the groups Organize Ohio, Citizens for Trump, and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, which alleges the parade route will impact where homeless people live.


    Clevelander Larry Bresler, a poor people's advocate who leads Organize Ohio, told Cleveland Urban News.Com that his group, which expects some 5, 000 people, will march the opening day of the convention where they believe it is legal, regardless of the outcome of the ACLU lawsuit.

     

    "We will march beginning at East 45th Street and Saint Clair Avenue at 2 pm on July 18, the opening day of the convention, and continue to Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland," said Bresler, who added that protesters will also interrupt the city's official public speaking state on Public Square because it is also censorship, and is operated and controlled by the city.

     

    "I will not be on Public Square but I have been told that others are coming to protest outside of the regulations set up by the city," said Bresler, who is White, a Democrat, and also a trained non-practicing attorney.

     

    Bresler said that he and other protesters slated to defy city protest requirements are "prepared to get arrested if necessary."

     

    Coleman, a member of Bresler's group, the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, said that Bresler is a "relentless fighter for poor people."

     

    "Larry is a fighter," said Coleman, who has led rallies with him through the streets of Cleveland on behalf of poor people and attended out-of-state forums on the issue.

     

    "We hope the parties reach a compromise for the betterment of the city," said Coleman.

    Lawyers for the city say they are balancing free speech with safety, and that some 50,000 people are expected for the convention.


    Protesters, they say, can march but they cannot interfere with sidewalks or the streets unless they operate within the city's parade route boundaries and have received a city permit.


    The city has received a $51 million grant from the federal government to ready itself for potential fallout from demonstrators, money used for law enforcement purposes, including Star Wars-type police outfits that activists say is the illegal militarization of a majority Black major American city.


    City officials say they simply want a peaceful and non-violent atmosphere and that they have given protesters an adequate forum to express free speech concerns.


    "We have done what we could to give protesters a forum to speak freely," said Dan Williams, the media spokesperson for Democratic Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson during a telephone interview with Cleveland Urban News.Com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman.

    The city's speaking forum allows protesters to speak in 30 min intervals beginning at 9:30 am on July 18 and ending each day of the four-day convention at 6 pm.

    Coleman said that the Imperial Women Coalition, which signed up first to speak according to city officials, will address violence against women in greater Cleveland and elsewhere as to their 9:30 am Public Square speaking slot and will return  at 12:30 pm the same day to discuss other public policy matters for 30 more minutes.

    Her group was founded around the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland by serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell, who is seeking a new trial with support of the Ohio ACLU, which has filed an amicus brief in the Ohio Supreme Court where the case is pending.

    Other greater Cleveland murders of women for which Coleman has led rallies pertain to the East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison murders, and the Cleveland East 93rd Street Murders of three women in 2013, namely Christine Malone,  43, Jasmine Trotter, 20, and Ashley Leszyeski, 21, and whose serial killer is still at large.

    A longtime community activist, Coleman has also spearheaded rallies regarding the celebrated abduction and rape and kidnapping case of Ariel Castro, who held Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry captive for a decade on the city's west side, and who hanged himself in prison while serving a life sentence.

    Also at issue, said Coleman, is the still unsolved murder of Aliza Sherman, a nurse and Beachwood, Ohio resident stabbed to death is downtown Cleveland while divorce litigation was pending, and "the countless other women of greater Cleveland and across the nation whose lives are unmercifully taken on a daily basis due to unnecessary violence." (www.clevelandurbannews.com) /(www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


     

     

     

     

    Last Updated on Saturday, 25 June 2016 07:01

    Funeral procession route for former Cleveland mayor George Voinovich, a former governor and prior U.S. senator, announced .....George Forbes, then the city council president, helped Voinovich win his first term as mayor in 1979, ousting Dennis Kucinich

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    Pictured are former Cleveland mayor George Voinovich, also a former two-term governor of Ohio and former U.S. senator, and former Cleveland City Council president George Forbes, also a former longtime Cleveland NAACP president

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    CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-The funeral of former Cleveland mayor George Voinovich, also a former two-term governor of Ohio and former member of the U.S. Senate, is set for Friday, June 17, a private ceremony for family and friends.


    It will begin at 10 a.m at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Euclid, OH, with a private burial at All Souls cemetery in Chardon.


    Mourners, however, are invited to line the streets as the funeral procession, set tentatively to leave the church at 11:45 p.m., makes its way to the cemetery.


    For a map of the funeral procession route click here.


    Voinovich, 79, died Sunday in his sleep at his home in the Collinwood neighborhood on Cleveland's east side.


    Calling hours were Wednesday in Willoughby Hills where hundreds attended.


    Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, the city's three-term Black mayor,and a Democrat, said in a press release that Voinovich was "a uniquely talented leader who served our state and the city of Cleveland unselfishly."


    The Cleveland-born politician who had friends and supporters across racial and ethic lines and was a Republican mayor of Cleveland when all of city council was Democratic, lied in state at the Rotunda at City Hall on June 16 for a a public viewing with a program that followed. (Editor's note: The offices of mayor and city council in Cleveland are non-partisan with the mayor-ship and all 17 council seats up for grabs in an election next year).


    Voinovich was Cleveland's mayor from 1980-1989 during the height of the Cleveland schools desegregation era, and when George L. Forbes, also a former longtime president of the NAACP, wielded power as president of city council.


    A Black Democrat, Forbes helped Voinovich, who was White, win his first term as mayor by ousting then Democratic mayor Dennis Kucinich, who was later elected to congress and lost his congressional seat to longtime Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in 2012 via a state legislative redistricting map that pitted the two Democrats against each other.


    Also among the Cleveland power brokers of Democrats that courted Voinovich were the late congressman Louis Stokes and his late brother, Carl Stokes, the first Black mayor of Cleveland and of a major American city.


    Arnold Pinkney, also dead and a political strategist that ran Democratic campaigns for influential politicians, including the Rev Jesse Jackson Sr's first of two unsuccessful bids for president, was  a member of the Old Black Political Guard like Forbes and the Stokes' brothers, among others.


    But Pinkney rarely strayed and was a loyal Democrat.


    Forbes, 85, and still alive and well, was a masterful politician, said sources, and, like Voinovich, could skillfully manipulate both Democrats and Republicans.


    In spite of his popularly, and his heavy-handedness with White folks, Forbes could not succeed Voinovich as mayor, losing a non-partisan runoff in 1989 against Michael R. White, a three-term Black Democratic mayor whom he clashed with in his subsequent role as the Cleveland NAACP president, a position he held for some two decades. (Editor's note: White served three terms as mayor and was succeeded by Jane Campbell, the city's first female mayor, and of whom current Mayor Frank Jackson, then the city council president, ousted in 2005)


    Forbes told the Cleveland-based Call and Post Newspaper, where he is general counsel, that Voinovich was his political  teammate for progressive change in the largely Black major American city


    "George Voinovich and I were great friends and we accomplished a lot during the time we were both in office for the city of Cleveland," said Forbes for a Call and Post cover story published Wednesday.


    Call and Post owner and publisher Don King, a Republican and well-known international boxing promoter who promoted mega- fights for the late, great Muhammad Ali and a host of other boxers across the world, also praised Voinovich.


    "No matter whether George was a county auditor, Lt governor, governor or senator for the great state of Ohio, he never lost his personal touch or his humanism that he displayed for his fellow man," said King in this week's edition of the Call and Post, a Black weekly.


    Other Ohio dignitaries expressing condolences include Gov. John Kasich, state Rep. Bill Patmon of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who leads the largely Black 11th congressional district, which includes Cleveland


    "I am deeply sadden to hear of the passing of my former colleague, George Voinovich," said Fudge in a press statement to Cleveland Urban News.Com. "I send my deepest condolences to the Voinovich family and everyone throughout our state who knew and loved him."


    Voinovich did not seek re-election to the Senate in 2010, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. He was succeeded by current Sen Rob Portman, also a Republican, and in a heated battle for his seat this November against Democrat Ted Strickland, a former Ohio governor, and former member of Congress.


    "George Voinovich was one of the great mayors of Cleveland, Rep Bill Patmon told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper.


    Voinovich is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janet Voinovich, three children, and multiple grandchildren.


    A daughter, Molly, preceded him in death after being hit by a van in 1979 that ran a red light. She was nine-years-old.

     

     

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