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Activist Kathy Wray Coleman (far right) of the Imperial Women Coalition leads anniversary women's
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To Coleman's direct left is Kenyona Sunny Matthews of Akron, director of Women's March Northeast Ohio
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Bernie Sanders speaks at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio on the city's largely Black east side and brings former Ohio senator Nina Turner and Dr. Cornel West with him

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Community Coalition Concerned for Black Life convened a town hall -style meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the historic Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on Cleveland's majority Black east side on Saturday, March 5. About 800 people were in attendance. (Editor's note: Olivet is led by its senior pastor, the Rev Dr. Jawaza Karriem Colvin, one of greater Cleveland's most prominent Black clergy, and a Civil Rights leader. A Morehouse College graduate, Colvin, 40, has been at the fore-front of the Civil Rights Movement that has arisen relative to national unrest regarding police killings of Black people across the nation, and in Cleveland, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice).


Organizers said that the overall purpose of Saturday's meeting at Olivet, which comes 10 days before Ohio's March primary, was to discuss issues affecting the Black community and how Sanders, a longtime U.S. senator representing the state of Vermont, would address such issues if ultimately elected president.


Sanders entered the forum along with former Ohio senator Nina Turner, a Cleveland Democrat and a national surrogate for his presidential campaign, and Dr. Cornel West.


An academician, social activist, public intellectual, author, and scholar who taught at both Harvard and Princeton universities and has published or contributed to 20 books, West is best known for his oratory skills, his public speaking, and his influential books 'Race Matters' and 'Democracy Matters."


Neither West nor Turner spoke publicly at the forum, but both sat down with Cleveland Urban News.Com afterwards for a one-on-one interview.


“He’s the real thing,” said West of Sanders during a one on one after the event.


“No doubt about it, Hillary is a Wall Street Democrat," West said of Hillary Clinton, Sanders' rival for the Democratic nomination for president, and the front-runner. (Editor's note: Organizers told Cleveland Urban News.Com that Clinton was also invited to the town hall forum at Olivet).


Turner referred to Sanders as a strong champion for justice, saying he’s stood up for the people all of his life.


“He [Sanders] is the type of leader we need to take us through this 21st century,” said Turner.


Sanders started out talking about himself, saying that he grew up in a family that didn’t have a lot of money and studied economics in college after graduating from high school.


He spoke of his arrest in 1963 during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one led by the late Rev  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And he said that he helped the Rev. Jesse Jackson the state of Vermont in 1984 in his failed bid for the Democratic nomination for president.


Sanders called for an end to the death penalty, criticized welfare reform and trade agreements, and said that he will make voting simple by "eliminating registration."


He denounced the nation's high rate of poverty and said that 47 million people are living in poverty with 35 percent of them African- American children.


Children, he said, "have become political pawns.”


He called the level of Republican obstructionism unprecedented, and pointed to the Republican initiated push back on President Obama’s constitutional authority to nominate a  U.S. Supreme Court justice in the wake of the death last month of longtime conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.


The presidential hopeful garnered several standing ovations during his half hour-long speech.


Rev. Colvin, one of Cleveland' most esteemed orators, made it clear that the event was not a debate. Nor was it an endorsement, Colvin said.


Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, an associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland and founder and director of the Social Justice Institute at CWRU, delivered the coalition’s statement of purpose . She laid out a laundry list of areas in which the greater Cleveland community, Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland,  and the country in some instances, needs criminal justice reform.


Also co-chair of the Cleveland Community Police Commission, which is mandated by the consent decree between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for police reforms, Williams said that the gap between campaign promises and the reality is huge, and that "we must instruct this democracy on how to behave."


The second portion of the program consisted of a questions and answers section with Sanders and the audience


Rev Colvin started off by asking Sanders’ stance on mass incarceration and the “war on drugs.”


“Marijuana should not be in the Federal Control Substance Abuse Act alongside heroin,” said Sanders.


Sanders wants to streamline the process of clemency by taking a look at each individual case, and he wants job training and access to a quality education for people with felony records.


On the issue of law enforcement and the use of deadly force, Sanders said that a citizen being killed while in police custody should automatically trigger a federal investigation.


He talked about improving police behavior by reconsidering how officers are trained and reversing the 'shoot first' mentality.


When Latonya Goldsby, a cousin of slain Cleveland police victim Tamir Rice, asked how families like hers can receive justice, Sanders referred back to creating the policy of launching an immediate DOJ investigation.


Clevelander Misty Luminais, a White woman in attendance at Saturday's community forum, said that she is definitely considering Bernie Sanders.


Luminais likes how Sanders speaks, including his message of solidarity, and she said that she believes that the federal lawmaker is more honest than Clinton.


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