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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  four million views.

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Click below to read over 1,400 archived Cleveland Urban News.Com articles by year at our blog of (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

 


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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).


(CLICK ON THE WORDS BELOW THE BELOW PICTURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO) Cleveland Channel 5 News television station coverage and video of May 6 Seymour Ave rally with speeches from Seymour survivor Michelle Knight (Lillian Lee), activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who organized and led the event, state Rep Nickie Antonio, Patrice Brown, and activists Judi Holowatyj and Genevieve Mitchell, activist women calling for more funding and changes locally, statewide and nationally as to violence against women and children. Coverage came also from the Plain Dealer and channels 3, 8, and 19.This news video also shows our salute to Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, all 3 of whom escaped the then Seymour Ave home of rapist Ariel Castro on May 6, 2013 after being held captive for a decade... By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor of www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders
She was one of the statistics, held captive and tortured along with two other young women. On the fourth anniversary of their amazing rescue, Michelle Knight, one of the…
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KATHY WRAY COLEMAN LEADS RALLY: Cleveland 19 News coverage and video of the Seymour Avenue rally featuring our march where Seymour Ave survivor Michelle Knight (now Lillian Lee) came out in support. The segment highlights our concerns for the health of women and children if the Affordable Care Act is repealed by congress. Thanks to all who participated in an event also covered by the Plain Dealer Newspaper and Cleveland news channels 3,5, and 19, 8., You often do not need hundreds or thousands of people to draw attention to a worthy cause..... Thanks to the many groups represented including Women's March Ohio, Women's March Cleveland, Imperial Women Coalition, the Carl Stokes Brigade, United We Stand out of Media, Ohio, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Pro Choice Naral Ohio, Refusefacism.org, Protecting Our Children's Safety Before and After School and Peace in the Hood with Khalid Samad. Kathy Wray Coleman, Imperial Women Coalition, Clevelandurbannews.com and KathyWrayColemanonlinenewsblog.com Tel: (216) 659-0473


House to vote on whether to repeal and replace Obamacare, president Obama's signature healthcare initiatives that provides access to health care for some 20 million Americans

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, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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-WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. House of Representatives will vote today on a bill that would scrap and replace Obamacare, former president Barack Obama's signature universal health care initiative that is officially known as the Affordable Care Act.


If the proposed federal legislation that Republicans say will likely passes in the House, it would thereafter need approval by the Republican dominated U.S. Senate to become law, an uphill battle pundits have said.


The GOP bill, dubbed the American Healtccare Act, was pulled from consideration in March as the controversial measure pushed by President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and a cadre of congressional Republicans was headed for a failure vote.


The House GOP bill at issue, a measure to repeal and replace Obamacare that is laced with tax credits and other accommodations for the nation's most wealthiest people, has been amended with Trump's approval to gain support from at least two congressional moderates that have flipped to yes because the amendment contains an added $8 billion to partially address preexisting conditions.


The bill phases out Obamacare and its requirement for all Americans to hold health care insurance in coming years in favor of tax credits, and allows states to opt out completely, among other provisions.

 

More than 24 million Americans will lose insurance over the next decade, which is also why Democrats oppose the bill.


The previous bill excluded a preexisting conditions clause that would require insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions, a provision in the amended bill that allocates $8 billion to offset any fallout and that congressional Democrats and experts say is insufficient and will not suffice as to the current provision for preexisting medical conditions afforded under Obamacare


Obamacare currently provides health insurance for more that 20 million Americans, Black and poor people included.


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and former vice president Joe Biden led a rally on March 22 outside of the capital in Washington D.C. to cerebrate the 7th anniversary of Obamacare, Pelosi subsequently denouncing the bill as undemocratic and against disenfranchised Americans that need heath care the most.

 

Led by the NAACP, Civil Rights organizations and Black leaders across the country panned any repeal, saying Obamacare is a health care savior to the Black community and poor and elderly people, and women and children that lacked accessibility until Obama rescued them


"I oppose this bill with every breath in my body," said longtime Congressman John Lewis in speaking on the House floor in March before the planned vote in March that was later canceled.


A federal lawmaker representing Georgia who is Black and marched with the late Civil Rights icon the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis said "We must not give up. We can do better."


Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Cleveland Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes parts of the majority Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland, called the bill, and its amendment set for a vote today, a sham that benefits the wealthy and the healthy, and undermines the sick and the poor.


"For all of the rhetoric about freedom and choices this bill sends a clear message to every American as to where the priorities of the Republicans lie," said Fudge in trouncing the original version of the bill in March.


9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose congressional district extends to Cleveland deemed the bill, in its original and amended form " a tax cut for the rich."

 

And Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com that "Ohioans will remember who stood with them in opposing this disastrous proposal."

 

, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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 Thursday, 04 May 2017 22:36

Former Cleveland schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett sentenced to prison for theft as CEO of Chicago schools and her daughter, Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts Nailah Byrd, is crooked too, say community activists, who call for an investigation

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Pictured are former Cleveland and Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett and her daughter, Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts Nailah Byrd

 

ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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 - Former Cleveland and Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the mother of Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts Nailah Byrd, has been sentenced in Chicago, Illinois to 4 1/2 years in prison  (Stay tuned for a detailed investigation of public corruption by Nailah Byrd as Clerk of Courts in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland and where Blacks are her primary target, data show. The investigation also reveals malfeasance by several attorneys for indigent Blacks charged with felony crimes, including attorney and former judicial candidate William McGinty. And several common pleas judges, including Judge John O'Donnell, who has illegally foreclosed on county residents for JPMorgan Chase Bank and others, and the White male judges Michael Russo, Joe Russo, and chief Judge John Russo, are all perpetuating public corruption, research reveals. The scam, data show,  is to the detriment of innocent Blacks falsely accused of crimes, and the Black community and others in general).

 

Cuyahoga County, the second largest of 88 counties statewide, includes the majority Black city of Cleveland, and is 29 percent Black and a Democratic stronghold for political elections.

The sentence on Byrd-Bennett, 68, was handed down from federal district court judge Edmond Chang on Friday in Illinois, and was more lenient than the seven years recommended by prosecutors.

Byrd-Bennett was CEO of Cleveland schools from 1998 to 2006, and was the first CEO to lead under a newly enacted state law that scrapped and elected school board and gave control of the city's majority Black public schools to the mayor, then Michael R. White, who, like Byrd-Bennett, is Black.

Her downfall came as she was in charge of Chicago schools.

In October 2015, she pleaded guilty to steering more that $20 million in contracts from the largely Black impoverish Chicago Public School District to a former employer.

Federal prosecutors said Byrd-Bennett's theft was exceptionally alarming because she stole from a public school district and its poor children, most of them Black.

Her lenient sentence came with a plea agreement for her to snitch on others.

Nailah Byrd, who is also Black, is under fire for falsifying court dockets to illegally cancel legitimate bond payments to keep Blacks in jail for corrupt judges, other politicians and others, and for fraudulently altering criminal indictments to hurt Blacks by arbitrarily increasing the charges and penalties in malicious prosecution cases in common pleas court in place of a judge, even though a judge cannot increase penalties with out a grand jury indictment.  And the malicious criminal charges include false allegations of assault on White police officers, which is partly why Byrd if manipulating case dockets for police, sources say. (Editor's note Criminal Rule 7 of the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure allows for an amendment of a grand jury indictment only by a judge and that judge can not change the identify or the name in the case or increase penalties where only a grand jury can do such, It violates the Ohio Constitution, where only a county grand jury can indict in state cases, and Nailah Byrd is actually switching original indictments with falsified indictments that increase charges if they are accusations of innocent Blacks of assault on corrupt White cops,  and she is calling them originals on the case dockets. This is with support from the office of the county prosecutor, and some corrupt judges, including the White male judges Russo, namely John Russo, the chief judge, Michael Russo and Joseph Russo. Attorneys involved in this public corruption include formerly suspended attorney James Alexander, pro cop attorney William McGinty, who ran unsuccessfully for judge, and Donald Butler a lazy and obese attorney who is accused of selling out indigent Blacks in felony cases after being handpicked and appointed to such cases by common pleas judges such as Daniel Gaul and Joseph Russo. Attorney Butler of Cleveland Heights is also being used by corrupt judges and assistant county prosecutors, data show,  to trick Blacks into taking plea deals on illegal indictments that are subsequently amended, knowing dismissal is in order and that defendants would waive in effort to challenge the illegal indictment on appeal, absent a claim on appeal of plain error. And if his clients are indigent, and likely otherwise too, Attorney Butler will just do them in and refuse to withdraw from the malicious felony cases, knowing the judges that handpicked him as the attorney will liekly support him, data also show ).


And the Cleveland NAACP, led by local criminal defense attorney Michael Nelson Sr., is conveniently overlooking the public corruption that is tearing at the fabric of greater Cleveland's Black community, with Blacks, many of them victims of a corrupt and racist legal system, remaining the major targets.

The younger Byrd is not elected but appointed as clerk of courts for the county by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, and the 11- member Cuyahoga County Council. Her job entails overseeing court monies and the case docket for the general division common pleas court, where felonies, civil lawsuits with damages sought in excess of $15,000, and other legal matters are heard, as well as the docket for the 8th District Court of Appeals.

 

Nailah Byrd is also back-dating court orders from common pleas judges like Judge Joe Russo to frame Blacks with illegal convictions, research reveals. And their corrupt and lazy indigent lawyers work to try to cover up the malfeasance and push for plea deals when they know their clients are innocent, a scheme in exchange for more indigent clients, mainly poor Blacks, whom they can sellout for money.

 

Community activists have called for Nailah Byrd, clerk of courts since 2015 and formerly the inspector general for the county, to be investigated and fired, and in comparison to her mother, they say "the apple does not fall far from the tree."

ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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, 28 May 2017 05:48

Bernie Sanders to speak at City Club in Cleveland's public event on May 1, 2017 where Obama spoke in 2015 and will address immigration, healthcare, education and many more public policy matters, a City Club spokesman tells editor Kathy Wray Coleman

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ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNnewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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- U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders, a 2016 Democratic primary candidate for president who lost the primary to Hillary Clinton but gained fame for his revolutionary ideas and grassroots thrust that garnered the love of Americans nationwide, will speak at an 8 a.m. breakfast at the City Club in Cleveland on Monday, May 1, 2017, an event that will be held at the Global Center for Heath Innovation in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. (Editor's note: ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNnewsBlog.Com have press clearance to cover the event. Both Clinton and Sanders campaigned for president in  2016 in Cleveland's Black community, both making stops at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, a prominent east side Black church led by senior pastor the Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin. Clinton went on to win the Democratic primary but lost the November 2016 general election to now President Donald Trump, a Republican)


Cleveland Urban News.Com covered speaking engagements of both Clinton and Sanders at Olivet in 2016.(CLICK HERE TO READ THE 2016 ARTICLE ON HILLARY CLINTON'S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN VISIT TO OLIVET INSTITUTIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH IN CLEVELAND IN 2016 and CLICK HERE TO READ THE 2016 ARTICLE ON BERNIE SANDERS' PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN VISIT TO OLIVET INSTITUTIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH IN CLEVELAND IN 2016 )


The open-to-the-public Bernie Sanders' May 1, 2017 Cleveland event is sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland and is sold out. Tickets were $35 with all proceeds going to the City Club.


A City Club spokesman told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, that Sanders is speaking free of charge and will address various issues, from healthcare to immigration, to racial injustice and education.


"Senator Sanders will be speaking at 9 am and doors open at 8 am," said Cory Isler, the membership and customer experience manager for the City Club.


"The City Club loves speakers from all parties and all perspectives with the goal of continuing civil and civic dialogue," said Isler.


Former president Barack Obama, the nation's first Black president, spoke at the City Club in March 2015, an event also covered by Cleveland Urban News.Com. ( CLICK HERE TO GO TO READ THE CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN MARCH 2015 OF THEN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CITY CLUB SPEECH IN CLEVELAND

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Founded in 1912, and dubbed the citadel of free speech, the City Club sponsors non-partisan forums with guest speakers, monthly issue roundtables, and high school debate championships, among other venues.


Other U.S. presidents that have addressed the City Club include Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush in 2006.


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Last Updated on Sunday, 30 April 2017 10:26

Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L Fudge re-introduces bill to address Ohio drug addiction and heroin epidemic and is joined by fellow Democratic congress persons Ryan, Kaptur and Beatty as Ohio leads the nation in heroin-related deaths

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, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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 URBANNEWS.COM-Washington, DC –  Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black 11th congressional district includes Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, on Friday joined fellow Democrats Congressman Tim Ryan ) of Niles(OH-13,  Congresswomen Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), whose congressional district extends from Toledo to Cleveland, and Joyce Beatty of Columbus (OH-3), in announcing a crucial bill re-introduced by Fudge officially titled the Breaking Addiction Act of 2017.


The Breaking Addiction Act was first introduced by Reps. Fudge and Ryan in 2014, and directed the secretary of Health and Human Services to accept state Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD ) exclusion waiver applications.


The 2017 version enhances the previous legislation by getting rid of the IMD exclusion completely to reduce red tape and allow states like Ohio to address the growing drug epidemic faster.


"As Ohio continues to grapple with a deadly heroin/opioid epidemic, this legislation breaks down barriers to treatment and increases the number of beds available for patients suffering from substance use disorder,"Fudge said in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper.

 

Last year Ohio had the most recorded deaths related to heroin in the United States, one in nine, in fact, data show. And the buckeye state led in the most recorded deaths for synthetic opioid, a figure of roughly one in 14 U.S. deaths.


Cuyahoga County, the second largest of 88 counties statewide and of which includes Cleveland, recorded some 500 heroin and fetanyl-related deaths in 2016 alone.

 

Under current law the (IMD) exclusion prohibits Medicaid matching payments for services provided in treatment facilities that have more than 16 beds.  The Breaking Addiction Act removes this outdated policy, allowing states to better utilize Medicaid to serve more people.

 

“Too many Ohioans in the 11th congressional district suffer from substance abuse, and they are not alone," said Fudge " Our state and nation are in the middle of a deadly epidemic that, if it continues, will have devastating effects on our future,"


The congresswoman said that "while many seek care, they are turned away because communities cannot meet the demand for treatment."


"By getting rid of the antiquated IMD exclusion," said Fudge, "the Breaking Addiction Act not only increases access to treatment, but gives states the flexibility and resources they need to save lives.”

 

“Each day I turn on the news and learn about another life taken too soon because of heroin or prescription drug abuse," said Congressman Ryan. "As a country, we must do more to ensure these men and women have access to the care that is desperately needed, and that means taking a hard look at our current treatment structure."


Ryan said that he was " proud to join Congresswoman Fudge in introducing the Breaking Addiction Act, which addresses the growing drug crisis and increases access to addiction treatment."


Congresswoman Kaptur, the longest serving woman in congress, agreed.

 

“Families and communities devastated by the tragedy of opioid addiction need relief," said Kaptur.  "Empty promises and shell game budget maneuvers will not stem the tide of suffering and heartache that so many families endure as a result of the opioid crisis in America."


Congresswoman Beatty, one of two Blacks from Ohio in congress along with Fudge, who is also a former Warrensville Heights mayor and prior national president of Delta Sigma Theta Inc, said the heroin epidemic is growing.

 

“Every day, on average, nearly 10 Ohioans die from an accidental opioid overdose," said Beatty. "In fact, the state of Ohio has the unfortunate distinction of having the most opioid-related overdoses than any other state in the nation."

 

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, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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, 30 April 2017 00:01

Congresswoman Maxine Waters to speak in Cleveland in May 2017 at the Cuyahoga County Democratic Women's Caucus brunch....Her current husband played for the Cleveland Browns

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Pictured is California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the longest serving Black woman in congress

 

ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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 URBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a President Donald Trump critic and a Los Angeles Democrat who is also the longest serving of 12 Black women currently in congress, will keynote the brunch of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Women's Caucus (CDWD), which will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. (Editor's note: Cuyahoga County includes the majority Black city of Cleveland and is Ohio's second largest county. It is a Democratic stronghold and is roughly 29 percent Black).


The theme of the timely women's event is "the future is female."


Waters has recently made headlines in calling for Trump to be impeached if evidence reveals malfeasance as to Russian email hacking during the 2016 presidential election, and she is a victim of recently ousted Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly, who dismissed Waters as simply wearing a 'James Brown wig,'  a comment that Black leaders and women's advocates found as offensive, disrespectful, racist, and sexist. (Editor's note: Following a long tenure as a Fox News commentator O'Reilly resigned earlier this month following fallout associated with multi-million dollar sexual harassment lawsuit settlements on his behalf at the conservative television news station).


In response to the O'Reilly comment, which former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton publicly denounced, Waters said "let me just say I am a strong Black woman and I cannot be intimidated."


The upcoming brunch in Cleveland is sold out and will also include as a speaker Columbus Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown.


CDWC Chair Cindy Demsey, also a greater Cleveland attorney, told Cleveland Urban News.Com that her women's group welcomes Waters, a politician par excellence'.


"We are proud and excited to feature Congresswoman Waters," said Demsey. "She has been an outspoken critic for women, children, and those that do not have a voice."


Rhiannon Childs, 38 and the state director of  Women's March Ohio, the state affiliate of the National Women's March movement, said she will be traveling from Columbus for the brunch and that she is in awe of Waters.


"I just love Congresswoman Waters so much for what she does for women and America," said Childs, who is Black. "I like what she stands for, and she speaks the truth."


Demsey said that other political notables who will attend include Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose 9th congressional district extends to Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, and Democratic candidates for office who will be given 30 seconds each to make political pitches, though it will be women only, she said. (Editor's note: Eleventh Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, whose largely Black congressional district includes Cleveland, will not be in attendance due to a prior engagement, Demsey said)


If controversy carries a name, Waters, 78, wears it well, and she is loved and respected, particularly in the Black community, and as an outspoken federal lawmaker in congress since 1993.


The congresswoman, a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, gained national attention in 1992, two years after she was first elected to congress, and when south central Los Angeles erupted in riots following the Rodney King verdict that brought acquittals to a band of White cops that brutally beat the unarmed Black motorist.


Waters described the LA Riots, which claimed 58 lives, as rebellion and said then that "If you call it a riot it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason. I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable."


Waters was also a supporter of Fidel Castro, a Cuban revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. And  she has a history of opposing the  U.S. trade embargo on Cuba.


The congresswoman, who now represents California's 43rd congressional district, once said that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was partly responsible for supplying crack cocaine to the Black community.


But Waters has also supported public policy measures beneficial to Blacks, women, the elderly, the LGBT community and other disenfranchised groups, including the Affordable Care Act, Planned-Parenthood, abortion rights, and Civil Rights.


She supported former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, both Democrats, and she campaigned for Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful bid for president last year.


Waters is married to former NFL linebacker Sid Williams, her second husband and a diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas who played on various NFL teams during his five years in the NFL, including for the Cleveland Browns from1964-1966.


ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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, 09 May 2017 10:33

Cleveland City Council seals Cavaliers'$282 million arena renovation deal with few community concessions from the Cavs, say community activists, though the Black contractors say otherwise

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, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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-Protests do work for some community activists, as more community concessions came their way this week in response to a $282 million deal to upgrade the Quicken Loan Arena in downtown Cleveland that houses the Cleveland Cavaliers, slim benefits that were brought about with staunch activism led by the Greater Cleveland Congregations and the Rev Dr. Jawanza Colvin, and the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus.


Cleveland City Council sealed the Q-deal Monday night before a crowded room with protesters on hand, voting 12-5 to throw some $88 million toward the renovation project, which followed a vote last month by Cuyahoga County to contribute $144 million.

 

These two tax-supported donations from the city and the county, coupled with the Cavs putting in $122 million through increased rent and Destination Cleveland kicking in 44 million from the county bed tax, brought the Q-Deal to fruition.


But were the concessions activists  got, other than the Black contractors, really concessions?


And exactly what concessions did the deal bring for Clevelanders and county residents, aside from some promised money for Black construction workers, an agreement brought about with support from outspoken contractors' activist Norm Edwards, who, in turn, praised Cavs owner Dan Gilbert at county and city council meetings.

 

About $1 million will go to Cleveland's Habitat for Humanity for home renovations of 100 homes, and the Cavs have also agreed to resurface the basketball court at Cleveland's 23 recreation centers, a drop in the bucket, said sources, for a multimillion dollar arena revitalization project that will, among other things, expand the building and add a glass enclosure.


Still, activists in general were upset, saying the Black community was done in and got little in return for their tax dollars, and so were poor people and Cleveland and Cuyahoga County residents in general.

"It is sad and unfair to the Black community and others,"  Cleveland activist Ada Averyhart, who picketed regularly over the issue, said of the Q- Deal.


The Q-Deal was pushed by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, City Council President Kevin Kelley, and Mayor Frank Jackson, the city's three-term Black mayor who is relatively popular and faces a crowded field for re-election this year.


They are a powerful trio, like them or not.


They say the deal will bring in jobs and monies to the city, and the region, and will keep the premiere basketball franchise on equal footing with competitors.


Their support for the controversial project was fueled by a 4-0 sweep on Sunday when megastar Lebron James and the Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA champions, out did the Indiana Pacers to clinch round one and move on to round two of the NBA playoffs.

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But the concessions, slim or not, were not easy coming, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert agreeing to a little more monies after a three-months activists' campaign that included pickets at city and county council meetings and at basketball games.


Nearly a third of the 17 member Cleveland City Council, including mayoral candidates Jeff Johnson and Zack Reed, and Ward 8 Councilman Michael Polensek, opposed the deal last night, and three members of the 11-member Cuyahoga County Council voted no last month when county coucil passed legislation to approve its lucrative part of the deal.


Cleveland Councilmen Jeff Johnson and Michael Polensek publicly trashed the deal before voting against it Monday night.


Though the articulate Rev Colvin, whose Olivet Institutional Baptist Church is one of the  most prominent Black churches in Cleveland, said little publicly after the deal went through Monday on whether he is satisfied, he and the Greater Cleveland Congregations wanted from Gilbert and the Cavs, a community equity fund for distressed neighborhoods, mental health substance abuse crisis centers on each side of the segregated city, and $35 million for philanthropic investments.


Little of it materialized, though the fight was not in vain, sources said, partly because it did bring some concessions, and it culminated in a more unified activist movement, maybe.


Time might provide a better understanding of any backlash for Mayor Jackson and city council as this year's races for mayor of the largely Black major American city and seats on city council, all 17 of them up for grabs, nears.


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