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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).


Ohio lawmakers remove amendment to budget bill that required that Ohioans on food stamps be drug tested, Cleveland NAACP officials, Black Cleveland lawmakers like State Sen. Shirley Smith suggest that the bill is racist, sexist, elitist, unconstitutionaln

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State Legislature last week removed an amendment added a day earlier to the budget bill that required that Ohioans on food stamps and other welfare be drug tested for potential illegal drugs in order to get or to continue getting federally allocated public assistance, a proposed state law pushed mainly by Republicans that some Ohio lawmakers and community activists say is racist, sexist, elitist, and an unconstitutional stretch that goes too far.

"It's unconstitutional and targets Blacks, women, poor people and other minorities," said Dr. Eugene Jordan, an East Cleveland dentist, community activist and second vice president of the Cleveland NAACP. "It is ludicrous."

Ohio State Sen. Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland)


State Sen. Shirley Smith (D-22), a Cleveland Democrat, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, that poor, people and minorities were being harassed by the bill and that  it is "crazy."

She did not return phone calls seeking comment from Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com.

State Sen. Nina Turner, also a Cleveland  Democrat, (pictured first above) got so angry over the insensitive legislative gesture that she told her colleagues that if they continue to seek to undermine poor people and minorities with the drug testing bill that she will counter by introducing a bill that requires that state employees and elected state officials are drug tested too.

“If we are going to be sincere in preventing individuals from obtaining public funds while also using illegal drugs, then we should start with the people who have the greatest impact on state dollars, politicians,” said Turner, in a press release.


The proposed legislation follows a national trend with 22 other state legislatures introducing, and some adopting, drug testing provisions for welfare recipients.

How state legislatures can dictate federal funds is puzzling some say, and possibly lacking in authority, particularly since federal law, by most authorities, tramples state law in a conflict, absent some collective bargaining and other type of provision that specifies otherwise.

Race, sex, age, religion and  discrimination due to national origin, however,  are plainly addressed independent of a collective bargaining agreement and by state law, under the constitutional provisions of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and by federal statutes such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended .

Whether state legislatures can require unprecedented mandates like drug testing for food when a wide portion of those impacted like Blacks, single  women and other minorities are members of a protected class under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, remains to be seen, if civil liberty groups upset over the trend like the American Civil Liberties Union sue over the controversy.

Ohio State Sen Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster)


The  now removed budget amendment, added last Tuesday to House Bill 487, the mid-biennium budget review, was introduced by state Sen. Tim Schaffer (R-31), a Lancaster Republican and conservative White lawmaker who routinely introduces bills, such as gun toting legislation and now the welfare drug testing bill, that most Black lawmakers and many Democrats find offensive and detrimental to the Black community and other disenfranchised groups.


Data show that while most Americans on food stamps and other public assistance are White, a disproportionate of recipients are Black, partly, say historians, because racism is still alive in America and the vestiges of slavery and racial discrimination have never been remedied to the extent practicable.

Advocates of the bill claim that the state government should not be used to fund illegal drug use.

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 03:53

Organized labor, activists, clergy, elected officials, young Dems to rally outside of Carl Stokes Courthouse against voter suppression in Ohio before judiciary committee hearing by U.S. Senators Durbin and Brown, with testimony by Congresswoman Fudge

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There is an Organized Effort to Block the Vote in Ohio and elsewhere in America

Come rally for fair voter Rrghts (Contacts for the rally are Larry Bresler at 216-651-2606, Debbie Kline at 216-310-7657, Kathy Wray Coleman at 216-932-3114 and Art McKoy at 217-253-4070)

Monday May 7, 2012 8:30 A.M

Carl Stokes Federal Courthouse

Corner of Huron and Superior Ave.

(801 West Superior Ave., near Detroit Superior Bridge)

Senator Dick Durbin (IL) and Sherrod Brown (OH)  will be holding a hearing as part of the judiciary committee examination of voting changes throughout the United States beginning at 9:30 am inside the courthouse with testimony by Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge and others on House Bill 194, the state law that suppresses our right to vote by slashing the time for early voting, requiring id., etc., anything to interfere with the November and other elections. HB 194 is on the November ballot to be repealed . We will rally outside from 8:40 am-9:20 am and then Attend the Hearing inside!

We will rally to demand the right to vote and for the Ohio State Legislature and other state legislatures across the country to stop voter suppression. Rallying groups include  the North Shore AFLCIO Federation of Labor, Organize Ohio, the Young Democrats, Cleveland Jobs With Justice, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, the Imperial Women Coalition, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Black on Black Crime Inc, Peace in the Hood, the Oppressed People's Nation and the Carl Stokes Brigade. Tentative speakers include , AFLCIO North Shore AFLCIO Federation of Labor Executive Secretary Harriet Applegate, Cleveland Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell, Cleveland Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, Organize Ohio and the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign Leader Larry Bresler, Cleveland Jobs With Justice Leader Debbie Kline, Peace in the Hood Leader Khalid Samad, Cleveland NAACP Affiliate Jocelyn Travis, Imperial Women Coalition Leader Kathy Wray Coleman, Black on Black Crime Leader Art McKoy (chants), Oppressed People's Nation Leader Ernest Smith (chants), Cleveland Jobs With Justice Executive Director Debbie Kline, United Pastors in Mission Executive Director Tony Minor, Tony Anderson and Young Democrats Leader Paul Sadler.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 04:23

Cleveland NAACP Executive Board unanimously accepts the resignation of its president George Forbes, Cleveland Attorney James Hardiman is president until November general election

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CLEVELAND , Ohio-The  executive board of the Cleveland Chapter of the NAACP unanimously accepted the resignation of its president, George Forbes, at its monthly meeting on Tues. evening, putting to rest controversy over who was leading the Civil Rights organization while the 81-year-old Forbes has been in Florida with his wife in recent months or years.

James Hardiman, the Cleveland attorney who represented the NAACP in the now defunct Cleveland schools desegregation case and the first vice president, will, by organization charter, take the helm until the November general election, one that is expected to draw a cross section of candidates including the Rev. Hilton Smith, an associate minister at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland, Rev. Tony Minor,  executive director of the United Pastor's in Mission, Mount Olive Baptist Church Pastor Larry Harris, and Dr. Eugene Jordan, an East Cleveland dentist and second vice president for the group.

Hardiman,70,  has said that he will not run for president.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 04:44

Updated Again At End Of Article, Monday, April 30, 2012: George Forbes resigns as Cleveland NAACP president, maybe, confusion hurts Black community, community activists say Cleveland NAACP should stand up, Forbes threw chair, harassed State Sen. Turner

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Cleveland Chapter NAACP is under scrutiny because its officials cannot confirm whether its 81-year-old president or former president, semi- retired Cleveland Attorney George Forbes (pictured), is still  the president of the local chapter of the nation's most prominent Civil Rights institution. And he can't either, apparently, though he said last week that he has called it quits. (Editor's note: Read the complete article for the potential candidates for the November election for Cleveland NAACP President and see the end of the article as to the harassment of state Sen. Nina Turner by Forbes because he could not control her like some other Cleveland area Black elected officials that allegedly fear him and what he might do to them if they do not cooperate when he says so on community and political issues).

The legal counsel for the Call and Post Newspaper, Cleveland's Black press that is owned by internationally known boxing promoter Don King, and a former Cleveland City Council president famous for throwing a chair at Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson and for losing a bid for mayor against former protege Michael R. White in 1989, Forbes is one of Cleveland's most colorful Black leaders, and one that has been a power broker on political and community issues affecting the Black community for more than four decades beginning when he was first elected to city council in 1963.

He and Cleveland NAACP officials have come under fire in recent months by community activists and others for ignoring Black issues of public concern, including malfeasance around the Imperial Avenue Murders, harassment of Blacks by the common pleas and municipal courts in Cuyahoga County, illegal foreclosures and the denial of construction and other work to a representative number of Black contractors on lucrative projects such as the Cleveland Medical Mart and Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, which opens in downtown Cleveland next month.

He is quoted in  a story this week in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, as saying he submitted his resignation by letter last year, effective Dec. 21, 2011.

But the article says also that he allegedly acknowledged that just this month he sent out a support letter on Cleveland NAACP stationary championing gay marriage saying he is still president, and this happened even though the online encyclopedia dubbed Wikipedia says that he is the former president.

And longtime investigative reporter Carl Monday of Cleveland 19 Action News revealed in a television news expose last week that he reportedly spoke with Forbes, organization First Vice President James Hardiman and others, and that confusion over Forbes' status was obvious, with Monday reporting that Forbes purportedly said, in fact, that he had quit the organization.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:46

County Prosecutor Bill Mason Employee Lily Miller Under Fire For Calling Blacks Nigger, Wanting Black Men Hanged, Pushing White Masks, Journalist Coleman Says Mason Allegedly Had Miller Defame Her Online For Complaining, Why Hasn't Mason Been Indicted?

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

CLEVELAND, Ohio-An employee in the child support enforcement department for Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason (pictured), who is not running for reelection this year following a public corruption probe and claims that he knew about the malfeasance by elected county officials and overlooked it, is still under fire by community activists for calling Blacks "nigger," demanding that Black men be hanged, and promoting White supremacy with White masks that are considered offensive to Blacks.

The commotion began when Lily Miller, a former deputy bailiff for Cleveland Municipal Housing Court Judge Ray Pianka and current county employee under Mason's guidance, put up a poll on the Internet social media website of RealNeo.Us asking if it is okay for Whites to call Blacks nigger with an option of selecting that being called nigger "is legal," and another option of whether it is okay because being a "nigger is what it is."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 04:09

Video of President Obama at the April 28, 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner for journalists (Very funny - Mitt Romney, other issues, talked about)

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 April 2012 01:25


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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS : BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE: Cleveland police officers and detectives fired, including officer Michael Brelo, and six suspended as to the 137 shots deadly shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.....Not all of the cops that did the shooting were fired....The firings should be vacated the police union says, which likely means arbitration ....A consent decree on police reforms with the city and the DOJ remains....Community activists renew the call for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who shielded 12 of the 13 non-Black cops that did the shooting from criminal charges, to be voted out of office this year, and Congresswoman Fudge wants McGinty gone too.....Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell acquitted Brelo of manslaughter charges....By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

Cleveland police cars chase two unarmed Blacks from downtown Cleveland to neighboring East Cleveland the night of Nov. 29, 2012. The 23 -minute car chase ended in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School and culminated in 13 non- Black Cleveland police officers firing a total of 137 bullets at Malissa Williams 30, and Timothy Ray Russell, 43, the driver of the 1979 Chevy Malibu. Both Russell and Williams were Black, and both died at the scene.  Some 105 police officers and 64 police cruisers participated at some level in the deadly chase.

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS Vote no on March 15, 2016 to the re-election of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (pictured below) Twenty-three years of racist and corrupt McGinty as to 19 years as a common pleas judge and four years as a county prosecutor are enough....He is pro- police, anti-Black, anti -fair and anti-Tamir Rice....Greater Cleveland community activists, including the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Puncture the Silence, Revolution Books, Peace in the Hood, the Oppressed People's Nation, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Million Women March Cleveland and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, want him voted out of office, as do the Cleveland NAACP and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge ....Read here what McGinty, who is White, has done to hurt the Black community and others as a judge and as an overzealous and unfair county prosecutor......By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

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PASS THIS ON PLEASE ACTIVISTS: 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), who joined the local televisionstation in 2014. Please call (216) 659-0473 if Harris, who is White, or anybody else at Cleveland Channel 5 News has harassed you or defamed you,or email us at editor@cleveland 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. Greater Cleveland Black judges and elected officials have also experienced the racist wrath of Harris and Cleveland Channel 5 News, data show. 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, racist cops, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and others. (By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman)
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Kathy Wray Coleman is the editor-in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com and a 23-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. Coleman covered the presidential election for the Call and Post in 2008, including a one-on-one interview with now president Barack Obama.CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS