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Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black newspaper and newspaper blog.  National political news, and urban news from Cleveland, Ohio.Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some  5 million views.

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(Editor's note: Kathy Wray Coleman (second from right next to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at far right) has received the President Obama 2016 community service award, which was handed to her by 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at Kaptur's Cleveland District office). Standing with Coleman are Renata Jakupka (third from left), who recommended that Coleman receive the award, and community activists Frances Caldwell, David Patterson, Marva Patterson, Ada Averyhart, and Genevieve Mitchell).

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

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Activist Kathy Wray Coleman (far right) of the Imperial Women Coalition leads anniversary women's
march in Cleveland, Ohio on Jan 20, 2018. Clevelandurbannews.comKathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com
To Coleman's direct left is Kenyona Sunny Matthews of Akron, director of Women's March Northeast Ohio
(Photo by Thomas Lewis)

Women's March Cleveland 2018 video: Cleveland Black women activists speeches, led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman, of the Imperial Women Coalition, who opened as the first speaker at the event, and also led the 7,000 person march.....Also featured are lieutenant governor candidates Akron Councilwoman Tara Mosley- Samples and former congresswoman Betty Sutton, and gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich, a former congressman and former Cleveland mayor....By Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders

Ohio candidate for governor Dennis Kucinich and his running mate Akron Councilwoman Tara Samples call for the grand jury process to be abolished in Ohio as they unveil their criminal justice platform in Cleveland along side of community activists

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Pictured are Ohio candidate for governor Dennis Kucinich and his running mate for lieutenant governore, Akron Councilwoman Tara Mosley Samples

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

 

CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich and his running mate for lieutenant governor, Akron Councilwoman Tara Samples, joined community members and local activists in Cleveland on Thursday in the historic Glenville neighborhood at East 105th Street and St. Clair Avenue on the city's largely Black east side to unveil their platform for criminal justice reform.


Asked  by Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com his position on the grand jury process in Ohio, Kucinich, a former Cleveland mayor and former congressman who twice ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and 2008, said "it should  be abolished."


The gubernatorial hopeful and Samples, also a progressive who introduced U.S. Sen  Bernie Sanders when he visited Akron, took issue with heightened and excessive prison sentences in Cuyahoga County and elsewhere that disproportionately target young Black men, some of whom are juveniles tried unnecessarily as adults.


"The criminal justice system in Ohio, as well as nationally, has a shameful record of disproportionately targeting, prosecuting, jailing and otherwise discriminating against the African-American and Latino communities," both Kucinich and Samples said while distributing their proposal for criminal justice reform  they say they will seek to implement if Kuncinich wins.


A former stenographer and  bailiff, Samples, who is Black, said Black men in particular have been dealt a raw deal by the criminal justice center since the beginning of time.


"I saw this first hand when I was a bailiff,"  said Samples.


Other aspects of  their criminal justice reform proposal include addressing the opioid crisis and racial discrimination, ending the prison-industrial complex, and putting more emphasis on rehabilitation and mental health issues relative to defendants.


The well-crafted proposal, which reveals an understanding  by Kucinich and Samples of intrinsic issues impacting the legal system nationwide regarding the disenfranchisement of poor people and people of color, also speaks of de-emphasizing deadly force by police, speedy release for defendants in jail or prison on low-level marijuana convictions, curbing the abuse of power by judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials, and recognizing and rooting out institutional racism.


Frances Caldwell, a Glenville resident and executive director of the Cleveland African-American Museum, said she is pleased that Kucinich is taking on the legal system and that she wished "current Governor John Kasich had done more on the issue."


A Republican and 2016 unsuccessfully candidate for the Republican nomination for president, Kasich, in his second term and term-limited, leaves office next January.


The Rev Jaland Finney, associate minister at Second Baptist Church in Akron and an ex-offender, said it is difficult for people, Black men in particular, to find jobs when they get out of prison after serving time for felony convictions.


"They told me to apply for jobs seven years later when I returned home from prison," said Finney, a clergy leader who attended the press conference on Thursday in Cleveland. "They must do a better job of providing employment opportunities for ex-offenders, particularly for Black people who regularly face discrimination by potential employers."


To become governor, Kucinich must first win the May 8 Democratic primary against front-runner Richard Chordray, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-33), former state representative Connie Pillich, and former Ohio Supreme Court justice Bill O'Neil in a five-way race for the Democratic nomination for governor. And if he proceeds to the general election of Nov. 6, he would likely run against Mike Dewine, the state's attorney general and a former U.S. Senator facing underdog candidate Lt Gov Mary Taylor for the Republican nomination for governor.


Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS



 

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:20

Cleveland teen Alianna DeFreeze's murderer prepares for death penalty phase as community activists call for punishment to the fullest extent of the law for Christopher Whitaker

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Pictured are 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze of Cleveland, and her killer, 45-year-old Christopher Whitaker, who faces the death penalty phase after a Cuyahoga County grand jury on Tuesday convicted him of rape, kidnapping, aggravated murder and other crimes against the Black teen whose body was dismembered

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-A Cuyahoga County grand jury on Tuesday issued a guilty-on-all-charges verdict in the capital murder trial of Christopher Whitaker, the sex offender who kidnapped, raped and dismembered 7th grader Alianna DeFreeze at an abandoned home in January of last year in the Kinsman neighborhood on Cleveland's largely Black east side.

 

Jurors convicted the 45-year-old Whitaker on all counts, including aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping.


The child rapist and murderer now faces the death penalty phase and though he confessed saying he was on cocaine and acting out the morning of the gruesome crime, Whitaker and his lawyers do not want him put to death, the height of punishment in the state of Ohio for aggravated murder, the presiding judge in the case of whom decides whether to spare his life following recommendation from the same jury that convicted him.


The bailiff for Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Friedland told Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com Tuesday afternoon that the death penalty phase will begin at 9 am Feb 21 at the Justice Center in Cleveland, which is also docked on the court's public records website.

"I want justice for the murder of my daughter," said Donnesha Cooper, Alianna's mother when speaking before some 7,000 people at the second annual women's march in last month on Public Square in downtown Cleveland.

Cleveland community activist organizers want Whitaker  who literally dismembered Alianna's body with lawn tools, including a saw, punished to the hilt under state law, and they are upset.


"We want Christopher Whitaker punished to the fullest extent of the law," said community activist Kathy Wray Coleman of Cleveland, who leads the Imperial Women Coalition, a women's and children's rights group founded relative to heighten rape and murders of Black women and girls and other women and girls in Cleveland since 2009. "And city officials and politicians need to stop pretending that this heightened violence against women and girls, Black and poor women in particular, is not an epidemic in this city and this county or we cannot work effectively to seek to eradicate this growing problem.


Activist Khalid Samad of Peace in the Hood could hardly be contained in words and said he wants Whitaker, a coward, held accountable.


"What this man did to the child is horrific," said an upset Samad. "We have no mercy on him."

 

The  14-year-old Black girl, whose dismembered body was found in January 2017 by police in an abandoned home at the the 9400 block of Fullmer Avenue in the Kinsman neighborhood on the city's majority Black east side, was snatched by Whitaker in the 3400 block of East 149th Street as she was getting off the RTA bus headed to school.


Alianna never arrived at school, and her mother, notified some 10 hours later, filed a missing person's report.


The child's maimed body was identified by the Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office through dental records.

 

Whitaker used his sex offender's address of South Euclid, Ohio but lived in Cleveland, investigators said. He served time in prison for sexual battery, among other convictions and is in jail held on a $3 million bond.


DNA linked Whitaker to the crime.


Cleveland recorded 130 homicides in 2017, down from 168 homicides in 2016, the deadliest year in decades and up 13 percent that year from 2015, though neighboring suburbs also saw increases, mainly due, like Cleveland, to heroin and opiate overdoses on the rise.


"As a community we must do all we can to work together for the safety and security of our children," said 11th congressional district congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge shortly after the child's murder. "I thank those working to solve unanswered questions surrounding Alianna's death, and pray for peace, closure and healing."

 

Alianna is one of more than a half a dozen Black females found dead since 2012 on the city's east side near East 93rd and Kinsman Avenue that have caught the attention of the community and the media, some four women ranging in ages from 20 to 43-year-old, three Black and one White, whose remains were discovered in various places since 2013, at least one in abandoned home within a two-mile radius beginning at East 93rd Street and Bessemer Avenue and transcending to Harvard Avenue.


Police have no leads relative to the murders of the four East 93rd Street women, namely Jasmine Trotter, 20, Ashley Leszyeski, 21 and White, Jamella Hasan, 37, and Christine Malone 43, who left behind eight grown children.


Anthony Sowell, who murdered 11 women and raped three other Black women at his since demolished home on Imperial Avenue on the city's east side between 2008 and 2009 and East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison, who murdered three young Black women in 2013,  both sit on death row.


 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.



 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:29

Ohio voters to decide constitutional amendment on May ballot that changes how congressional districts are redrawn by the state legislature, an issue that has garnered bipartisan support with greater Cleveland Black legislators

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Pictured are Ohio state Representative Nickie Antonio (left) (D-13) (wearing eyeglasses), a Lakewood Democrat and candidate this year for the Ohio Senate in state senate district 23 , and state Represenative Janine Boyd (D-9), a Cleveland Heights Democrat

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

 

CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Following the unanimous passage by the Ohio Senate on Feb. 5, the Ohio House of Representatives, on Feb. 6, passed Senate Joint Resolution 5 (SJR 5), bipartisan legislation that puts a constitutional amendment before voters in May to restrict congressional gerrymandering  regarding the redistricting of congressional districts, which, via state law and the Ohio Constitution, is done by the Ohio General Assembly.

 

The state House vote on SJR 5, dubbed by foes of it as a bipartisan compromise by the legislature, the League of  Women Voters and others that is not enough, was 83-10.

 

For clarification, state lawmakers adopt state laws and federal lawmakers, via congress, make federal law.

 

Both state legislative chambers, the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives, are controlled by Republicans, who are in the majority.

 

The redistricting reform measure, supported by most Democratic state legislators and now ripe for the ballot after more than 30 organizations statewide participated in collecting the signatures needed to put the referendum issue before voters, now heads to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to be filed as a ballot initiative.

 

Greater Cleveland state House Democrats who voted for SJR 5 include Black state Reps Janine Boyd (D-9) of Cleveland Heights, and Stephanie Howse (D-11), Bill Patmon D-10) and John Barnes Jr.(D-12)., all of Cleveland, and state Sen. Sandra Williams (D-21) of Cleveland, who is also Black.

 

“I had concerns over provisions that allow for the splitting of counties as well as the legislative process behind this [legislative plan], which saw a work group largely shielded from the public view," said state Rep Boyd in a press statement. "But after talking with constituents and [congressional] redistricting advocates, many of whom stressed the safeguards put in place during bipartisan negotiations earlier this week, I was convinced to vote in favor of SJR 5."


Boyd said that "while I still have some reservations about this plan, I am hopeful that it is a step in the right direction to give the power back to voters and allow them to have a real voice over their [congressional] representation in Washington.”


The legislative resolution passed across racial and partisan lines.


“While SJR 5 is not a perfect piece of legislation, it is better than what we have now and I appreciate all the work that has been done by the committee legislators,” said state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio of Lakewood, a White Democrat and  candidate this year for state senate district 23.

 

“Ultimately, redistricting reform is about taking back our democracy and ensuring that the people have the opportunity to elect representatives who reflect their constituency rather than politicians selecting their constituents,"  Antonio said.


The plan keeps the state legislature in charge of drawing congressional maps, but curbs gerrymandering and adds mechanisms in which the minority party, now the Democrats, would have more input than they have now.

 

Among other provisions of SJR 5, which was  sponsored by state senators Matt Huffman and Vernon Sykes of Akron, who is Black, the new plan provides for the formation of a commission in the event legislators are unable to adopt a new map due to partisan-driven discrepancies or otherwise and allows for the governor to veto the redistricting  map.


It also permits a citizen- led referendum on the map.


And  while it still would allow the majority party, Republicans in particular, to devise new maps without relevant Democratic input, such new maps are limited to four rather than 10 years under the plan, among other restrictions.

 

Ohio currently has 16 congressional districts, down from 18 as to the revised map adopted by the by the state legislature in conjunction with the 2010 U.S. census, a population-based reduction that occurred with Republican state legislators primarily at the helm and that saw two former congress persons  lose their seats, including Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland, also a former mayor who was forced to run unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose 9th congressional district now extends to Cleveland.

 

Former Congresswoman Betty Sutton, a lieutenant governor candidate on the Democratic ticket of former state attorney general and state treasurer Richard Chordray, also director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington D.C. who resigned last year relative to his bid for governor, was the other political casualty of the last congressional redistricting map, along with Kucinich, who, like Chordray, state Sen. Joe Rep Schiavoni and former state Rep Connie Pillich, is  also a seeking the Democratic nomination for governor this year, the primary election of which is May 8. (Editor's note: The candidates for the Republican nomination for governor are former U.S. senator and current state attorney general Mike DeWine, and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor).

 

The GOP hold 12 of the 16 congressional seats in Ohio, and Democrats, namely Kaptur, 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L Fudge, whose majority Black congressional district includes the east side of Cleveland and its eastern suburbs, U.S. Rep Joyce Beatty of Columbus, one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio along with Fudge, and, Congressman Tim Ryan of the Youngstown area, occupy the remaining four congressional seats.

 

Opponents expressed concerns over several parts of the proposed plan that they see as loopholes that, in extreme cases, state legislators say, could still allow partisan congressional district rigging.

 

If approved by Ohio voters at the ballot box in May, the congressional redistricting process will be amended under SJR 5 as follows:

  • Following completion of the United States Census, state legislators could adopt a new congressional district map if three-fifths of the legislature's total membership vote to approve, including one-half of the minority party members. This map would apply for 10 years.
  • If the legislature proved unable to adopt a new map, a commission could be formed to adopt a map. That commission would include the governor, state auditor, secretary of state, and four legislators, two of whom would have to come from the legislature's minority party. A majority of the commission's members, including two members belonging to the minority party, would have to agree on a map. The map would apply for 10 years.
  • If the commission proved unable to adopt a map, state legislators would be given a second chance to adopt a map. The map would have to be approved by three-fifths of the legislature's total membership, including one-third of the minority party's members. The map would apply for 10 years.
  • If the legislature failed a second time, the majority party of the legislature, without support from the minority party, could adopt a map that would apply for four years.

Maps drawn by the legislature could be vetoed by the governor or a veto referendum campaign. If adopted, the amendment would stipulate the 65 of Ohio's counties could not be split during redistricting (18 could be split once, and the state's five most populous counties could be split twice)

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 17:59

Ohio voters to decide constitutional amendment on May ballot that changes how congressional districts are redrawn by the state legislature, an issue that has garnered bipartisan support with greater Cleveland Black legislators

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Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Following the unanimous passage by the Ohio Senate on Feb. 5, the Ohio House of Representatives, on Feb. 6, passed Senate Joint Resolution 5 (SJR 5), bipartisan legislation that puts a constitutional amendment before voters in May to restrict congressional gerrymandering  regarding to the redistricting of congressional districts, which, via state law, is done by the Ohio General Assembly.

 

The House vote on SJR 5 was 83-10

 

Both state legislative chambers, the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives, are controlled by Republicans, who are in the majority.

 

The redistricting reform measure, supported by most Democratic state legislators and now ripe for the ballot after more than 30 organizations statewide participated in collecting the signatures needed put the issue before voters, now heads to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to be filed as a ballot initiative.

 

If approved by voters in May, the reform plan will be the first time fairness criteria for congressional districts will be included in the state’s constitution, say Democrats who voted for resolution to put the initiative before voters, including Black state Reps Janine Boyd (D-9) of Cleveland Heights, and Stephanie Howse (D-11), Bill Patmon D-10) and John Barnes Jr.(D-12)., all of Cleveland, and state Sen Sandra Williams (D-21) of Cleveland, who is also Black.

 

“I had concerns over provisions that allow for the splitting of counties as well as the legislative process behind this [legislative plan], which saw a work group largely shielded from the public view," said state Rep Boyd in a press statement. "But after talking with constituents and [congressional] redistricting advocates, many of whom stressed the safeguards put in place during bipartisan negotiations earlier this week, I was convinced to vote in favor of SJR 5."


Boyd said that "while I still have some reservations about this plan, I am hopeful that it is a step in the right direction to give the power back to voters and allow them to have a real voice over their [congressional] representation in Washington.”


The legislative resolution passed across racial and partisan lines.


“While SJR 5 is not a perfect piece of legislation, it is better than what we have now. I appreciate all the work that has been done by the committee legislators, the coalition advocates and I especially appreciate the work by those who have been out collecting signatures to ensure fairer districts,” said state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio of Lakewood, who is White and a Democratic candidate this year for state senate district 23, among others. “Ultimately, redistricting reform is about taking back our democracy and ensuring that the people have the opportunity to elect representatives who reflect their constituency rather than politicians selecting their constituents.”


The plan keeps the state legislature in charge of drawing congressional district maps, but curbs gerrymandering and adds mechanisms in which the minority party, now the Democrats, would have more input than they have now.

 

Among other provisions of SJR 5, which was  sponsored by state senators Matt Huffman and Vernon Sykes, who is Black, the new plan provides for the formation of a commission in the event legislators are unable to adopt a new map due to partisan-driven discrepansies or otherwisem and allows for the governor to veto the redistricting  map.


It also permits a citizen- led referendum on the map.


And  while it still would allow the majority party, Republicans in particular, to devise new maps without Democratic input, such new maps are limited to four rather than 10 years under the plan, among other restrictions.

 

Ohio currently has 16 congressional districts, down from 18 as to the revised map adopted by the by the state legislature in conjunction with the 2010 U.S. census, a population-based reduction that occurred with Republican state legislators primarily at the helm and that saw two former congress persons  lose their seats, including Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland, also a former mayor who was forced to run unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose 9th congressional district now extends to Cleveland.

 

Former Congresswoman Betty Sutton, a lieutenant governor candidate on the Democratic ticket of former state attorney general and state treasurer Richard Chordray, also director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington D.C. who resigned last year relative to his bid for governor, was the other political casualty of the last congressional redistricting map, along with Kucinich, who, like Chordray, state Sen. Joe Rep Schiavoni and former state Rep Connie Pillich, is  also a seeking the Democratic nomination for governor this year, the primary election of which is May 8. (Editor's note: The candidates for the Republican nomination for governor are former U.S. senator and current state attorney general Mike DeWine, and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor).

 

The GOP holds 12 of the 16 congressional seats in Ohio, and Democrats, namely Kaptur, 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L Fudge, whose majority Black congressional district includes the east side of Cleveland and its eastern suburbs, U.S. Rep Joyce Beatty of Columbus, one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio along with Fudge, and, Congressman Tim Ryan of the Youngstown area.

 

Opponents expressed concerns over several parts of the proposed plan that they see as loopholes that, in extreme cases, some say, could still allow partisan congressional district rigging.

 

If approved, the congressional redistricting process will be amended under SJR 5 as follows:

  • Following completion of the United States Census, state legislators could adopt a new congressional district map if three-fifths of the legislature's total membership vote to approve, including one-half of the minority party members. This map would apply for 10 years.
  • If the legislature proved unable to adopt a new map, a commission could be formed to adopt a map. That commission would include the governor, state auditor, secretary of state, and four legislators, two of whom would have to come from the legislature's minority party. A majority of the commission's members, including two members belonging to the minority party, would have to agree on a map. The map would apply for 10 years.
  • If the commission proved unable to adopt a map, state legislators would be given a second chance to adopt a map. The map would have to be approved by three-fifths of the legislature's total membership, including one-third of the minority party's members. The map would apply for 10 years.
  • If the legislature failed a second time, the majority party of the legislature, without support from the minority party, could adopt a map that would apply for four years.

Maps drawn by the legislature could be vetoed by the governor or a veto referendum campaign. If adopted, the amendment would stipulate the 65 of Ohio's counties could not be split during redistricting (18 could be split once, and the state's five most populous counties could be split twice)

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


 

Community activists want answers for the Cleveland police killing of 21-year-old Thomas Yatsko and say the mainstream media are also allegedly in on the cover-up, activist Khalid Samad and other activists also calling for any surveillance video

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Pictured are Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Thomas Yatsko (wearing white sweatshirt) and Cleveland Activist Khalid Samad of Peace in the Hood and the Task Force for Community Mobilization

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio -Community activists are demanding answers relative to the shooting death by an off-duty Cleveland police officer last month of  21-year-old Thomas Yatsko, who was Black and  killed by Cleveland Police Sgt Dean Graziolly at the Corner Alley bowling alley on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood, Graziolly working as a part-time security guard where the tragic incident occurred.


Graziolly, who is White and a veteran on the city's largely White police force, is assigned to light duty with pay as the police investigation into the matter continues.


"There is more to this story and the mainstream media and others are trying to cover-up the truth," said longtime community activist Khalid Samad of Peace in the Hood and the Task Force for Community Mobilization.


Racial unrest regarding the police killing of Yatsko, described by family members and friends as level headed and a role model for his younger brothers, continues to mount.


Yatsko's untimely death by police comes as racial policies and policies as to excessive force are changing as the consent decree for Cleveland police reforms gets underway in Cleveland, policy changes under the guidance of federal court watch and the U.S. Department of Justice of which police union officials traditionally oppose.


Samad and community activist Art McKoy of Black on Black Crime Inc.led a protest outside of the bowling alley the night of Jan 20, a well attended vigil that also included Cleveland activists Kathy Wray Coleman of Imperial Women Coalition, Genevieve Mitchell of the Carl Stokes Brigade, other activists, friends, and family members of the shooting victim, including siblings, uncles, and Yatsko's mother and father, his mother, Melissa Yatsko, still upset that it took days for authorities to notify her of her son's killing in spite of nationwide news reports on the controversial killing by police.


The shooting, which follows a host of high profile Cleveland police killings of Black men and boys in recent years, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Brandon Jones and rapper Kenneth Smith, happened about 11 p.m Jan. 15 .

According to police reports, a fight broke out inside of the bowling alley on the city's largely Black east side and in a highly trafficked part of town, and Grazioll escorted Yatsko and another young man outside after they were kicked out of the establishment.

Yatsko allegedly came back inside of the bowling alley and Graziolly shot and killed him, claiming he had been allegedly attacked and injured by the small-frame young man.


But Samad said he has been advised that Yatsko, who had no criminal record, went back into the bowling alley to allegedly get his jacket and that law enforcement and city officials are withholding any surveillance video.

At least one witness allegedly heard shots but it is not clear if that alleged witness saw the shooting.

Police said that there were no other reported injuries relative to the incident.


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Ohio Supreme Court overturns lower court ruling and closes Toledo's only abortion clinic, a 5-2 decision where Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, a Republican and women's advocate, and former justice William O'Neil

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Pictured are Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, a Republican and former lieutenant governor, and former justice William O'Neil, now a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, both of whom dissented as to the 5-2 decision by the Ohio's high court on Tuesday that upheld a lower court decision to close Toledo's only abortion clinic

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, OHIO-The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a controversial ruling upholding a state order to close Toledo's only abortion clinic, a 5-2 decision with Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, a Republican and former lieutenant governor, writing the dissenting opinion, Justice William O'Neil, the only Democrat on the court who resigned Jan 26 relative to his bid for governor, joining O'Connor in dissenting.


The anticipated decision comes as women's rights movements have taken steam across the nation and the 44th anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade that upheld abortion as constitutional is being celebrated in Cleveland, Ohio this week, and elsewhere in the country (Editors' note: CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE FOR THE FEBRUARY 8, 2018 CELEBRATION AT TRINITY CATHEDRAL IN CLEVELAND BY THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE CLEVELAND COALITION OF THE 44TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROE V WADE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT LANDMARK DECISION THAT MADE ABORTION CONSTITUTIONAL ).


The court's ruling overturns a lower court ruling against the department of health that says the abortion clinic at issue should remain open though it's licence was revoked by the director of the Ohio Department of Health  for violating its administrative rules of the governmental agency.


In its decision, the state's high court said the clinic must be closed for violating an applicable administrative rule under the purview of the state's health department but did not entertain whether the rule itself as to restrictions of abortion for failure to comply with its provisions is unconstitutional, the court explicitly ignoring a challenge of the constitutionality of the matter waged by Cleveland's pre-term clinic.


"Because [the department] had authority to revoke Capital Care's license based on the failure to comply with the administrative rule requiring a written transfer agreement with a nearby hospital, it is not necessary to reach those constitutional issues," Justice Terrence O'Donnell wrote in a majority opinion.


At issue is the determination by the Ohio Department of Health to close the clinic for its failure, via the facilitating agency of Capital Care Network, to secure  transfer with a hospital that oversees abortions within the 30-day time period required under the health department's administrative rules, Capital Care, and abortion advocates, including Cleveland' pre-term clinic arguing that the administrative rule itself is unconstitutional.


Capital Care and Cleveland's pre-term clinic say the administrative rule is over burdensome and interferes with a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.


In a dissenting opinion, Chief Justice O'Connor wrote that the court should  weigh the constitutional issues at hand.


O'Connor said that because hospitals would accept emergency patients transferred regardless of whether there is an agreement in place there is no benefit to requiring transfer agreements.

The all-White seven-member Ohio Supreme Court is now all Republican and majority female, given the departure of Democratic Justice William O'Neil on Jan 26 and the naming by Gov Kasich of his replacement, Republican Justice Mary DeGenaro, a former 7th District Court of Appeals judge out of the Youngstown area.

 

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