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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).

Updated:Retired Plain Dealer Reporter and Community Activist Richard Peery, Activist John Boyd, Black men take on Mayor Jackson, Cleveland Black leaders, elected officials over Gov. Kasich, say voter suppression law he pushed hurts Obama, Black community

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor

CLEVELAND, Ohio-The newly found relationship between Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich and a select group of Cleveland area Democratic Black elected officials and civic leaders has some other Black people in a quandary.

The Black state legislators from Cleveland, at least two Blacks on Cuyahoga County Council, controversial Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, some Cleveland councilpersons, and Black civic leaders such as Cleveland NAACP former president George Forbes, its current president James Hardiman, and Cleveland Chapter Southern Christian Leadership Conference Executive Director the Rev. E.T. Caviness are being called out by Black men upset with the Kasich-Black -leaders- are -my -friends thing.

"Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed voter suppression bills with targeted habits of African-Americans and Cleveland's Black politicians heap praise on him," said Richard 'Dick' Peery (pictured in brown), a retired Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper reporter who was a union steward at the newspaper and is long time community activist. "Don't they know they are committing suicide by kowtowing to the man who crippled the voters that send them to office and who will be needed and missed by President Obama in November?" (Editor's note:  The voter suppression statute in Ohio slashes early voting by two weeks, among other provisions, mandates that Civil Rights activists and Black elected officials of Ohio such as 11th congressional district congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge  say targets minorities, poor people and the elderly)

John Boyd (pictured in Black), a community activist too and a Cleveland Ward 6 precinct committeeman who has run unsuccessfully for Cleveland City Council and Cuyahoga County Council, said that the Black leaders and elected officials at issue "are spineless and have short memories."

And Peery's nephew, Anthony Peery, told Cleveland Urban News.Com that "they've been bought by the neo-liberal Blacks that we were warned about in the 1990s."

Kasich (pictured third), 60, was in Cleveland last week for the ceremonial signing of a criminal records sealing law that recently passed the Republican controlled state legislature and was sponsored by state senators Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland) and Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati).

Last Updated on Monday, 30 July 2012 04:17

Gov. Kasich wins Cleveland area elected officials, Black state legislators, Comes to Cleveland to sign law to seal felony criminal records

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online Newsblog.Com

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Politics makes strange bed fellows. And Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (pictured) knows that all too well as he was in Cleveland last week for a second time this month to meet with Black people, this time for the ceremonial signing of a criminal records sealing law recently passed by the Republican controlled state legislature and sponsored by state senators Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland) (pictured) and Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati).

The law, an amendment to a state law already on the books that permitted the sealing of only one non-violent criminal record, either a felony or a misdemeanor, gives a sentencing judge the discretion to seal criminal records of non-violent crimes to the limit of two, either a single felony or misdemeanor, or two misdemeanors. And It modifies child support calculations for monies owed by incarcerated persons, gives more protection against the public release of certain juvenile court records, and provides letters of recommendations for jobs like barber and beautician for people with felony records.

Smith, the assistant minority leader for the Ohio Senate and one of two Black state senators representing the Cleveland area, had fought for statutory reform for ex-offenders, a disproportionate number of whom are Black males. And Kasich heard her plea, bucking fellow Republicans and successfully urging passage of the law.

“I have long advocated for expanding Ohio’s record sealing laws, and for giving ex-offenders a second chance when finding employment. Senate Bill 337 accomplishes these goals,” Smith said in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com shorty before a press conference at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Cleveland where about 350 people witnessed the governor's ceremonial signing of the bill into law, including a host of Black elected officials. “It will benefit thousands of rehabilitated citizens who have paid their dues to society and want to move on with their lives. This legislation eliminates barriers to employment, and it reminds society that ex-offenders have a place among us. "

A former Ohio congressman who stole the governorship from former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in a close election in 2010, Kasich is by most political standards shrewd, at least in winning over some Black Cleveland leaders.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 07:48

Kimberly Brown responds to"letter to the editor' comments that she is a hater for her editorial opposing Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's education plan and the 15 mill schools levy, Brown says she is no hater , says its not about children

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- (Editor's note: Below is a response by Kimberly Brown (pictured) to the guest editorial of Larry Woods, who called Brown a hater for her guest editorial to Cleveland Urban News.Com opposing Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's (pictured) education plan and the 15 mill Cleveland Municipal School District operating levy on the ballot for November. Among other provisions, Jackson's plan, which is now state law with Republican Gov. John Kasich's support, replaces teacher seniority with merit pay and hands public funds slated for the majority Black district for charter schools. The Cleveland Teachers Union leadership team, all nine Blacks on Cleveland City Council, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-11), all of the Black state legislators from Cleveland but state Sen. Shirley Smith (D-22), and the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Call and Post Newspapers support the mayor's controversial plan. Community activists generally oppose it and Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com have not taken a formal position on the controversial issue but will do so in coming weeks. And the aforementioned Black officials that backed the plan are not necessarily backing the levy, though Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson, who enjoys some support from grassroots factions on community matters, is among those that have publicly announced support of it. The mayor controls the schools under state law, and appoints the Cleveland Board of Education).

In a previous editorial Brown wrote in pertinent part that school district officials are not fiscally responsible enough to warrant passage of the levy during a national recession and that the levy is not about children.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 August 2012 18:46

Larry Woods responds to Kimberly Brown's editorial against a school levy and Mayor Jackson's Cleveland schools education plan that eliminates teacher seniority, calls for charter schools, Woods calls Brown's editorial hater-ism

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By Larry Woods, Guest Columnist

CLEVELAND, Ohio-I am a high school drop out named Larry Woods.  I saw Kim Brown's comments to the mayor's education proposal and was struck by the brevity and the negativity. (Editor's note: This is an editorial by Larry Woods in response to the one that ran in Cleveland Urban News.Com on July 4 by Kimberly Brown, a former Cleveland mayor candidate and unsuccessful candidate for Cuyahoga County Council who opposes Cleveland Mayor Jackson's education plan that is now a state law that strips Cleveland schools teachers of seniority in exchange for merit pay and hands public monies slated for the school district to charter schools, among other provisions. Signed into law two weeks ago by Republican Gov. John Kasich,  the education plan also calls for a levy on the November ballot, something Brown also criticized. Read Brown's editorial here at Cleveland Urban News.Com and also at the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com at )

I agree that to ask already strapped homeowners to pony-up more of their scarce funds for a system that does one of the worst jobs of educating [children] known to man [might be unreasonable].

But not once did Kim Brown suggest an alternative or give a solution to the main problem, a system that does not educate our children and only trains them to be employed by businesses that have shipped most of their jobs to cheaper waters.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2012 18:08

How can the Cleveland Browns draft NFL football players for team success? Should more focus be given to players drafted in mid-rounds?

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By Karl Kimbrough, Guest Sports Columnist, Cleveland Urban News.Com www.clevelandurbannews.com0

CLEVELAND, Ohio-The NFL draft has become such a huge theatrical event that in most cities across the country, including Cleveland where the Cleveland Browns are center stage, football fans are glued to their television sets to see who gets the potential star players. But should more focus be given to mid-round draft players since a team can not function on first and second round draftees alone?

Fans are mainly interested in those players who are projected to be drafted in the first round.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2012 08:03

An interview with the Obama campaign's get out Ohio's Black vote director Ashley Allison, who tells what Obama has done for Blacks, women, says Romney is bad news for Blacks

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By Johnette Jernigan, Cleveland Urban News.Com Staff Reporter

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland Urban News.Com Reporter Johnette Jernigan  had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Ashley Allison (pictured), a native of Youngstown, Oh., and now the 'Get Out The Vote’ African-American Vote director for Ohio for the Obama for America Campaign.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2012 06:58


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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