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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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(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


Activists rally in Cleveland for heathcare and abortion rights and against Supreme Court mominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, and activist Kathy Wray Coleman leads the healthcare march with rally speakers including Coleman and State Reps Antonio and Howse

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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-Ohio state Rep. Stephanie Howse, a Cleveland Democrat, Democratic state Rep. Nickie Antonio of Lakewood, the Rev Tony Minor, and Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman were among the speakers at a healthcare rally on Public Square in Cleveland Saturday, April 1, an event that pushed pro choice and the Affordable Care Act, and where women's rights activists spoke out against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the United States Supreme Court. (Editor's note: Coleman also led protesters in a march from Public Square in downtown Cleveland to the nearby Federal Building, an event organized by Organizing for Action (OFA) of Cuyahoga County and NARAL Pro -Choice Ohio. Cleveland police were on hand as escorts during the march, compliments of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, a Democrat and the city's three-term Black mayor). CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF RALLY SPEAKERS ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF NARAL-PRO CHOICE OHIO


"We are sad that Justice Antonin Scalia died, but we do not want him replaced with an ultra conservative," said Coleman, referencing Gorsuch's stance against abortion and his policy views against  women's rights, including comments he made that women need to get permission from their employers to bare children.


Leader of the Cleveland-based grassroots organization the Imperial Women Coalition, Coleman said that "we will protect the legacy of former president Barack Obama not just because he is Black but because his policies are for the betterment of the Black community, women, the LGBT community......"


"Twenty-sixteen was a rough year for us, we know that," said state Rep. Howse in responding to the election of Republican nominee Donald Trump as president over Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee and a former secretary of state. "It is a war going on against poor people."


Organized by Organizing for Action  (OFA) Cuyahoga County Chapter and NARAL Pro -Choice Ohio, the rally was

followed by a march to the Federal Building in downtown Cleveland and was timely with U.S. Senate Republicans, on April, 6, out voting  the Democratic minority to lower the threshold for confirmation by Supreme Court nominees from 60 votes to a simply majority, an unprecedented change in the way the Senate confirms Supreme Court nominees that paves the way for a likely confirmation vote on Gorsuch on Friday, April 7. (Editor's note: The change in the confirmation rules, initiated via a nuclear option by the Senate, came after a Democratic filer-buster regarding the Gorsuch nomination.  Republicans control both chambers of Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, the venue required for confirmation of presidential nominees from the executive branch and federal court).


Also among the roughly 10 speakers at the rally of about 175 people were a Cleveland Clinic doctor and his 97-year-old patient who both spoke out in support of the Affordable Care Act, Obama' signature universal healthcare initiative that escaped a Republican repeal effort two weeks ago when the affiliated bill was pulled from consideration but remains under attack, Ellie Martin Elston of OFA Cuyahoga County Chapter, abortion rights activist Mallory McMaster of Preterm, and Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro- Choice Ohio. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF RALLY SPEAKERS ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF NARAL-PRO CHOICE OHIO


During her rally speech on Public Square, Copeland addressed the 2014 decision in Burrell vs Hobby Lobby where  Supreme Court, ruled 5-4 that regulations promulgated under the Affordable Care Act that required employers to provide female employees with no-cost access to contraceptives violates the Religions Freedom Restoration Act


If Gorsuch is confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice, women's rights can expect an enormous setback, Copeland said Saturday. (Editor's note: Following the publishing of this article, Gorsuch, 49, was confirmed by the Senate on Friday, April 7, via a party-line vote 54-45)


At Saturday's healthcare march activists also thanked U.S Sen Sherrod Brown, a Cleveland Democrat,  for his policy stances for women and his objection to the confirmation of Gorsuch, whom Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has deemed a good choice with an "independent voice."

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Last Updated on Saturday, 08 April 2017 20:10

ActivistS rally in Cleveland for heathcare AND abortion rights and against Supreme Court mominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, and activist Kathy Wray Coleman leads the healthcare march with rally speakers including Coleman and State Reps Antonio and Howse

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Ohio state Rep. Stephanie Howse, a Cleveland Democrat, Democratic state Rep. Nickie Antonio of Lakewood, the Rev Tony Minor, and Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman were among the speakers at a healthcare rally on Public Square in Cleveland Saturday, April 1, an event that pushed pro choice and the Affordable Care Act, and where women's rights activists spoke out against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the United States Supreme Court. (Editor's note: Coleman also led protesters in a march from Public Square in downtown Cleveland to the nearby Federal Building, an event organized by Organizing for Action (OFA) of Cuyahoga County and NARAL-Pro Choice Ohio)
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"We are sad that Justice Antonin Scalia died, but we do not want him replaced with an ultra conservative," said Coleman, referencing Gorsuch's stance against abortion and his policy views against  women's rights, including comments he made that women need to get permission from their employers to bear children.


Leader of the Cleveland-based grassroots organization the Imperial Women Coalition, Coleman said that "we will protect the legacy of former president Barack Obama not just because he is Black but because his policies are for the betterment of the Black community, women, the LGBT community......"


"Twenty-sixteen was a rough year for us, we know that," said Rep Howse in responding to the election of Republican nominee Donald Trump as president over Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee and a former secretary of state. "It is a war going on against poor people."


Organized by Organizing for Action  (OFA) and NARAL- Pro Choice Ohio Cleveland Chapter the rally was

followed by a march to the Federal Building in downtown Cleveland and was timely with U.S. Senate Republicans, on April, 6, out voting  the Democratic minority to lower the threshold for confirmation by Supreme Court nominees from 60 votes to a simply majority, an unprecedented change in the way the Senate confirms Supreme Court nominees that paves the way for a likely confirmation vote on Gorsuch on Friday. (Editor's note; Republicans control both chambers of Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, the venue required for confirmation of presidential nominees from the executive branch and federal court).


Also among the roughly 10 speakers at the rally of about 175 people were a Cleveland Clinic doctor and his 97-year-old patient who both spoke out in support of the Affordable Care Act, Obama' signature universal healthcare initiative that escaped a Republican repeal effort two weeks ago when the affiliated bill was pulled from consideration but remains under attack, Ellie Martin Elston of OFA Cuyahoga County Chapter, abortion rights activist Mallory McMaster of Preterm, and Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL-Pro Choice Ohio. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF RALLY SPEAKERS ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF NARAL-PRO CHOICE OHIO


During her rally speech on Public Square, Copeland addressed the 2014 decision in Burrell vs Hobby Lobby where  Supreme Court, ruled 5-4 that regulations promulgated under the Affordable Care Act that required employers to provide female employees with no-cost access to contraceptives violates the Religions Freedom Restoration Act


If Gorsuch is confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice, women's rights can expect an enormous setback, Copeland said Saturday.


At Saturday's healthcare march activists also thanked U.S Sen Sherrod Brown, a Cleveland Democrat,  for his policy stances for women and his objection to the confirmation of Gorsuch, whom Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has deemed a good choice with an "independent voice."

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF RALLY SPEAKERS ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF NARAL-PRO CHOICE OHIO


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Lawyers for the families in a lawsuit reagrding serial killer Anthony Sowell voluntarily dismiss the city of Cleveland from the suit and the 8th District Court of Appeals rules that of the remaining defendants only a retired detective can be sued

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Serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-An Ohio state appeals court ruled Thursday that the families of serial killer Anthony Sowell's murder victims and two surviving rape victims that also sued four Cleveland police detectives, assistant city prosecutor Lorraine Coyne and the city after Sowell was released from jail in 2008 on a rape complaint and thereafter killed six of the 11 murdered Black women can only move forward with the suit against a single detective for money damages.
(Editor's note: Ultimately caught and after continuing his murder spree, Sowell, convicted in 2011 on 82 of 83 counts, sits on death row as his convictions await further appeals, the Ohio Supreme Court ruling against the former marine late last year but subsequently putting his execution on hold as he seeks federal court appellate relief).


Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nancy Fuerst had dismissed all four detective defendants and Coyne from the suit, claiming all of them acted without malice or recklessness, the appeals court reinstating only Hussein.

 

Ironically, lawyers for the families and two rape victims that are suing voluntarily dismissed the city of Cleveland from the suit, which is under scrutiny by community activists, including the Imperial Women Coalition, the grassroots group founded in 2009 relative to the heinous murders. (Editor's note: The city was dismissed from the suits without prejudice but the time has tolled to re-file it under state law statutory guidelines, and for plaintiffs that did refile, they dismissed it a second time without prejudice, which also precludes re-filing, research reveals. And the mainstream media appears to be covering-up the purported malfeasance by lawyers for the grieving families, which lends credence to the necessity for honest Black digital newspapers locally and nationwide).

 

"We have not received a credible explanation as to why lawyers for the families and rape victims would voluntarily dismiss the city of Cleveland and its deep pockets from the suit and we need to know if the plaintiffs, all of them Black, some of them poor and most of them of whom are women, have been misled and hoodwinked by their attorneys, " said Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman who leads the Imperial Women coalition and edits Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog. com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers.

(Editor's note: The city was dismissed from the suit without prejudice but the time has tolled to re-file it under state law statutory guidelines, research reveals. And the mainstream media appears to be covering-up the purported malfeasance by lawyers for the grieving families, which lends credence to the necessity for honest Black digital newspapers locally and nationwide).

 

City spokesman Dan Williams said Thursday that the city attorneys will appeal on behalf of the detective at issue, though the Ohio Supreme Court does not have to hear the case and hears only a fraction of discretionary appeals that are filed.


The appellate decision upholds a part of a ruling by a common pleas judge who dismissed three of the detectives and Coyne from the suit, but reverses the judge's order dismissing a fourth detective, Georgia Hussein, who is now retired. (Editor's note Lawyers for the families and rape victims dismissed the city at the trial court level, and this, said sources, denies them true potential redress unless a court forces the city to indemnify the detective and pays any potential damages, city spokesman Williams saying repeatedly that the city does not pay when it is not a plaintiff to a lawsuit, and community activists questioning why the city would not be named in the suit. There was malfeasance, say activists, actions that transcend the detective Hussein, such as police ignoring missing persons reports and the time it took to finally catch Sowell in spite of numerous community complaints of a stench coming from his Imperial Avenue property where the murders occurred. Data show, however, that the city will sometimes indemnify police officers but it picks and chooses which one's to support, a $5.5 million jury verdict against a cop in a wrongful death and excessive force  lawsuit regarding the police killing of rapper Kenneth Smith of Euclid still in litigation after Cleveland attorney Terry Gilbert, a lead attorney in the Sowell lawsuits, failed to sue the city).


Detective Hussein, the three-judge Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals panel said in its decision regarding the Sowell lawsuit appeal, can be held liable because she acted with recklessness and wanton disregard of the law when she failed to properly investigate the rape report filed against Sowell in 2008 by Gladys Wade, one of several plaintiffs in the case, and though Sowell, now 57, was a sex offender who had served 15 years in prison for attempted rape.


Hence, the serial killer, arrested again in 2009, went free without charges in 2008 to murder the last six of his 11 Black female victims, and in spite of his arrest following a 2008 rape complaint by Gladys Wade, one of the many plaintiffs in the case.


Sowell remained on a killing rampage until he was captured again in late October of 2009, and following the murders of six more of the 11 Black women he killed, and only after another rape complaint to police, this time filed by Latundra Billups, also a plaintiff in the lawsuit.


In singling out Hussein as the only party possibly liable following an upcoming trial by jury that is set to go forward absent settlement, the appeals court ruled that the other detectives sued, namely Kristin Rayburn, and supervisors Lieutenant Michael Baumiller, Sergeant Antoinette McMahon, as well as assistant city prosecutor Lorraine Coyne, who failed to seek criminal charges against the serial killer and neglected to ascertain that he is a sex offender, are immune from liability,


This, the appeals judges said, is per a state law that protects public employees from civil liability unless they act with malice and recklessness in the performance of their official duties.


Hussein's supervisors, Lt. Baumiller, who has since retired, and Sgt. McMahon, were merely "negligent," the appeals court said, behavior that does not not rise to the level of "malicious purpose."


And Rayburn, an officer of the crime scene unit, was responsible solely with taking photographs of Sowell relative to the investigation, the judges said.


Hussein, the appeals court judges ruled, is the sole culprit, particularly for her sloppy investigation, including allegedly withholding Sowell's sex offender background from city prosecutors, who did not charge him initially.


"Viewing evidence in a light most favorable to appellants, we find that reasonable minds could conclude Detective Hussein acted in a reckless manner," wrote Judge Sean Gallagher in authoring the 27-page opinion on behalf of the three-judge panel of all Democratic and all White judges that also include Eileen A. Gallagher and Kathleen Ann Keough, Keough and Sean Gallagher of whom are former Cleveland judges, and Eileen A. Gallagher, a former common pleas judge.



Judge Keough, in fact, was endorsed by prominent Cleveland city officials for her bid for appellate judge, a seat she was elected to in 2010 and reelected to last year.


A source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Coye, as the assistant city prosecutor, should be fired and should not not have relied on a lowly detective, namely Hussein, to advise her on whether a potential rapist is a sex offender, the alleged absence of such information to Coyne by Hussein a purported reason for Hussein bearing the brunt for the city and all others involved.


Coyne's bosses at the time, former chief city prosecutor Victor Perez, and former law director Robert Triozzi, now the law director for the county, were not sued, at least not by the current batch of plaintiffs.


Lawyers for Coyne and the four detectives argued that state law gives their clients immunity and that all acted properly, and that though the serial murders were tragic, Sowell was simply a murderer who was not in custody to merit liability, not withstanding that police released him from jail without charges in 2008. And the city and county prosecutors, who routinely pursue criminal charges with zeal against the Black community, did not seek criminal charges.


But what is also telling is how the city of Cleveland was dismissed from the suit by lawyers for the plaintiffs at the trial court level, thereby denying a lower court assessment of a possible finding of municipal liability by Judge Fuerst, a former chief  judge of the 34-member, largely White general division common pleas court of Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland and is roughly 29 percent Black.


Attorney Gilbert, well-known for prosecuting wrongful death and excessive force lawsuits for the families of killings by Cleveland police and one of many attorneys representing the Sowell lawsuit plaintiffs, told reporters Thursday afternoon that he is pleased with the appeals court ruling because it sends the message that Cleveland detectives must be held accountable for their actions.


But Gilbert could not fully explain why he voluntarily dismissed the city of Cleveland from the lawsuit, his law firm of which is now a member of the Cleveland Community Police Commission per a recommendation from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.


The police commission is required per a pending consent decree for police reforms between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice.


The Sowell lawsuit is titled Moore vs the City of Cleveland, with Joanne Moore, the the oldest sister of  Sowell murder victim Janice Webb, as the lead plaintiff, and was filed by family members of eight of Sowell's 11 murder victims and rape victims Billups and Wade.


The suits, all of which were either filed or removed to federal court but subsequently remanded back to state court, are consolidated into one for purposes of appeal, Moore's suit filed with six other families, another filed by Florence Bray, who is the mother of murder victim Crystal Dozier, and two others filed separately by Wade and Billups.


At least five law firms and eight lawyers, including Gilbert, represent the numerous plaintiffs.


Primarily at issue is a Dec. 8, 2008 police report against Sowell, 57, submitted by Wade, who, according to the appeals court decision released Thursday, ran up to a police car and told police that Sowell had just attacked and raped her, detectives finding blood, foot prints and other evidence at the crime scene at the serial killer's since demolished home on Imperial Avenue on the city's largely Black east side. (Editor's note: Lawsuits filed in federal district court by family members of the murder victims not affiliated with the state suit at issue, including Donnita Carmichael, the daughter of murder victim Tonia Carmichael, who claimed in her suit that police ignored missing persons reports and city and county officials acted with racial bias, were dismissed by Federal District Court Judge Donald Nugent as frivolous in 2011, his dismissal, deemed unjust by some sources, upheld on appeal).


Assistant City Prosecutor Coyne, however, protected Sowell from possible criminal charges in 2008 and so did former county prosecutor Bill Mason, who did not seek an indictment by a county grand jury until Sowell was arrested again in 2009 on a second rape complaint.


Unlike the other state court plaintiffs in the lawsuit on appeal, Sowell rape victims Billups and Wade also sued the county and several county officials, including disgraced former sheriff Gerald McFaul, as did Bray, the mother of Sowell murder victim Crystal Dozier.

 

As to the county as a defendant, Judge Fuerst, the trial court judge in the case, ruled that the county is immured from compensatory or money damages but not from injunctive relief sought, her ruling in this instance not among the errors raised on appeal by the plaintiffs' lawyers. (Editor's note: Injuctive relief includes such things as a court order to stop a specified act or behavior).


When Sowell, who is Black, was finally arrested in late October of 2009 following a police report of alleged rape by Billups, and after police and city and county officials reneged on an opportunity to prosecute him in 2008 following Wade's report of rape, six more women had been murdered, bringing the total to 11, a gross injustice say community activists who have rallied without reservation since 2009 for justice for the victims, their families, and the community.


The lawsuit were delayed briefly while Sowell was awaiting trial with time piling up since police began pulling dead bodies from the serial killer's Imperial Avenue home on Oct. 29, 2009.


Whether the families and surviving rape victims who are seeking civil redress through the courts will ever get justice remains to be seen.

 

(Coleman is a longtime community activist who leads the Cleveland based Imperial Women Coalition, a grassroots organization founded relative to the unprecedented Imperial Avenue Murders. She is also a former 14-year public school biology teacher who edits ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNnewsBlog.Com).

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 03:28

Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur to kick-off "Read to Succeed" initiative on March 31, 2017 by reading with preschoolers in Toledo, Lorain and Cleveland, Ohio....Congresswoman Kaptur says that the reading initiative encourages children and adults to read

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-TOLEDO, Ohio - Ohio 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) (pictured), a Toledo Democrat whose congressional district extends to Lorain and Cleveland, Ohio, announced Thursday that she will join pre-school children in Toledo, Lorain and Cleveland on Friday, March 31 for a reading tour to kick-off her "Read to Succeed" initiative (Editor's note: Go to the end of this article for specific times and places in Toledo, Cleveland and Lorain that the congresswoman will read with Ohio's pre-school children, the Cleveland event of which will occur at 3:30 pm at  Gordon Square Early   Learning Center, 5209 Detroit Avenue) CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE OF CONGRESSWOMAN MARCY KAPTUR FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE READ TO SUCCEED INITIATIVE


The congressman is also inviting parents, grandparents, caring adults, and youth from across Northern Ohio to participate in a new "Read to Succeed" challenge.


"Read to Succeed" is an initiative to encourage children and adults to read together, and in doing so the community is ensuring that its youth are prepared to read," said Kaptur in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper


"Experts say that a child should be well on his or her way to

knowing 4,000 words by kindergarten," Congresswoman Kaptur said. "The "Read to Succeed" initiative will serve as a resource for our communities to make sure the children in our region begin their reading adventure as early as possible."


The federal lawmaker said that "reading is a very important part of our lives, and our children's success in school depends on it."


"Just 20 minutes each day to read with children can have an important impact on academic success," said Kaptur.


The longest serving woman in congress, Kaptur said that by reading kids can "discover the magic in books."


The congresswoman will meet March 31 in Toledo at Toledo Public Library, 325 Michigan Street to read with preschoolers there and then at1:30 pm in Lorain at the Lorain County Community Action Agency, Hopkins-Locke Head Start, 1050 Reid Avenue.


The Cleveland reading tour stop is at 3: 30 pm at the Centers for Families and Children, Gordon Square Early Learning Center, 5209 Detroit Avenue.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE OF CONGRESSWOMAN MARCY KAPTUR FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE READ TO SUCCEED INITIATIVE


CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE OF CONGRESSWOMAN MARCY KAPTUR FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE READ TO SUCCEED INITIATIVE

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 31 March 2017 16:43

Community activists to hold vigil and rally, today, March 28, 2017, as to the 4th Anniversary of the Cleveland East 93rd Street Serial Murders of Jasmine Trotter, Ashley Leszyeski, Christine Malone and Jameela Hasan,

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland grassroots community activists, led by the Cleveland-based Imperial Women Coalition and the family of murder victim Christine Malone, will host the 4th Anniversary of the Cleveland East 93rd Street Murders, the annual vigil and rally relative to the unsolved murders of four women on the city's east side, which will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 4:45 pm-6:30 pm at the intersection of East 93rd Street and Bessemer Avenue. (Contact Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, the annual hosting group, at (216) 659-0473 for more information. As to directions, take Kinsman Avenue from downtown Cleveland to East 93rd Street, make a right turn,  and go about a mile to Bessemer Avenue where the event will be held at the intersection of the two streets. Other activist groups include Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, and and Protecting Our Children and No More Violence Against Women).


The four murder victims are Jasmine Trotter, 20, Ashley Leszyeski, 21, Christine Malone 45, and Jameela Hasan, 37.


Their killer remains at large and police have no suspects.


Also included for remembrance is 14-year-old Allianna DeFreeze, who was murdered in January of this year, also in the Kinsman neighborhood, an area that transcends the wards of  Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed and Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, both of whom have been invited to attend.


Activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who spoke against violence against women at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016, during the Jan 21 Women's march in Cleveland and as the leader of the march and rally for International Women's Day in Cleveland on March 8, said that activists will also include Aliza Sherman, who was murdered outside 75 Erieview Plaza in downtown Cleveland on March 24, 2013 after leaving her attorney's office.


The 53-year-old Cleveland Clinic nurse, Beachwood, Ohio resident, and mother was in the middle of a divorce.


Her killer remains at-large.


Speakers include community activists, Angelique Malone, who is a daughter of Christine Malone, who is survived by eight grown children, Cleveland Ward 4 council  candidate Arnold Shurn, and the mother of murder victim Alianna DeFreeze.


Proposed budgets cuts to the Black community pushed by President Donald Trump will also be addressed, activist saying that eliminating after school program for poor children and minimizing federal resources to large urban cities like Cleveland will heighten violence against women and children.


Malone, Jasmine Trotter, 20,  and Ashley Leszyeski, 21 were all three found murdered between March and May of 2013, their bodies discovered in various places along a mile- long strip beginning at East 93rd Street and Bessemer Ave and extending to Harvard Ave.


Malone's body was discovery on March 28, 2013 in a field of an abandoned home, Trotter in the basement of an a vacant home, on March 24, 2013, and Leszyeski body was discovered on May 28, 2013 in a vacant lot.


A fourth woman, Jameela Hasan, was also killed nearby, her body discovery by police iwith multiple stabbed wounds.


Hasan was murdered on December 12, 2012.


All four of the Cleveland women were Black but Leszyeski, who was White.

 

Fourteen-year-old Allianna DeFreeze was last seen on January 27, 2017 at the 3400 block of East 149th Street as she was getting off the RTA bus headed to school.


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


Her body was discovered days later by police in a vacant home in a vacant home at the the 9400 block of Fullmer Avenue, near where the bodies of the other four women, aside from Sherman, where found on Cleveland's largely Black east side.


The Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office identified her through dental records.

 

Christopher Whitaker of South Euclid, Ohio, a convicted sex offender who served time in prison for sexual battery, among other convictions, has been charged with aggravated murder, among other crimes, and is being held in jail on a $3 million bond.


He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.


Police say that DNA links Whitaker to the crime, but cannot put him with the girl at any point to date, other than allegedly through DNA evidence.


Her family says she did not know him

 

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The Black community, poor people win as Obama's heath care law survives attempt by congressional House Republicans to repeal the measure....Democratic congresspersons Lewis, Fudge, Pelosi and Kaptur comment, as does ODP Chairman David Pepper

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Pictured are former United States President Barack Obama (wearing blue tie), Ohio 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (wearing red-brown hair and blue suit), Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge ( wearing Afro and blue-green suit), U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (wearing dark brown hair, beads  and a light-blue suit), Georgia Congressman John Lewis (wearing red tie), and Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper (wearing blue suit and blue tie)

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WASHINGTON, D.C.- A vote on a bill that would have scrapped Obamacare, former president Barack Obama's signature universal healthcare initiative that is officially known as the Affordable Care Act, was pulled from consideration on Friday as the controversial measure pushed by President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and a cadre of congressional Republicans was headed for failure had it gone before the U.S. House of Representatives as planned.


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 essentially been pulled, a stunning defeat for President Trump and congressional Republicans, and a possible end to their contentious seven-year health care battle.


For now, and maybe forever, the most reputable policy agenda of the nation's first Black president, which provides health insurance for more that 20 million Americans, Black and poor people included, has survived.


The Republican defeat comes a day before the bill, dubbed the American Health Care Act of 2017, was delayed on Thursday due to a lack of support, and two days after the 7th anniversary on the Affordable Care Act, a federal law adopted by congress and signed into law in 2010.


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.


It obviously helped.


A Democrat, Pelosi was jubilant on Friday, and called the bill's defeat "a victory for the American people."


Not one House Democrat was on board in support of the bill.


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 Friday on the House floor before the planned vote that later went haywire for Republicans.


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. Vote no on this bill."


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 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, who spoke along with Lewis and a host of other congressional Democrats, also Friday on the House floor. "Tax breaks to the wealthy have been more valuable than life saving care."


9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur,  Toledo Democrat whose congressional district extends to Cleveland, did not mesh words either in delivering her healthcare speech to fellow House members.


"This bill was always a giant tax cut for the rich," said Kaptur on the House floor and in a press release Friday afternoon to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper. "Its defeat is a great victory for the American people and the 900,000 Ohioans who now have insurance under the Affordable Care Act."


Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper was brutal in his response to the win by Democrats.


"Ohioans will remember who stood with them in opposing this disastrous proposal and will remember the congressmen like Pat Tieri and Jim Renacci, who voted for Trumpcare, which would have endangered coverage for 24 million Americans, raised premiums for seniors, slashed Medicaid by $850 million and given a huge tax break to millionaires and insurance company CEO's," said Pepper in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com


It is the second major loss for Trump since taking office in January, and follows two appeals court rejections of his first and second executive orders for anti-Muslin travel bans, the president saying he will not re-visit the health care issue this 115th Congress.


Political pundits called it "the president's worst day on Capital Hill."


During a televised rally last week in Louisville, Kentucky Trump lambasted Obamacare.


But that was not enough to derail Friday's Republican setback.


Acknowledging defeat, Trump said during a televised press briefing that Pelosi and the Democrats must now own Obamacare and that Republicans should simply wait and "let Obamacare explode."


Though it was widely speculated that since the Republicans control both chambers of congress and now the White House via Trump's

defeat in November of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the bill would pass, it did not.


Ryan, who succeeded former Republican House leader John Boehner of Ohio, who quit congress amid a fallout with ultra conservative members of his party, including Ryan, the impetus behind pulling the bill, conceded just hours before the slated vote that the bill simply "would not pass."


Ryan tried to put a good face on his ignominious defeat at a Friday press conference, and said that he initiated pulling the bill.


"This is a disappointing day for us," the House Speaker said.


But Ryan bragged that the bill has merit, saying, "I'm really proud of the bill we produced."


This, in spite of  a lack of support for the bill within his own party.


Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, during a rambling press briefing earlier today, told reporters that  the president did all he could do in seeking support of the bill and that "the  current Obamacare system will collapse on its own."


House Republicans had argued that health care premiums are too high, the federal government has too much say, and Obamacare is simply a disaster, arguments, among many, that simply did not garner enough support to bring the bill to fruition.


The stickler's in the bill were numerous, Democrats opposing it outright, and some Republican congressional leaders picking it a part, a large many of them saying attacking Medicaid would hurt their constituents.


Other Republican foes of the bill were angry that the bill did not eliminate key health care benefits of the Affordable Care Act they want gone, including birth control amenities, healthcare regardless of preexisting medical diagnoses and children having access to stay on their parents' healthcare insurance until the age of 26, the latTer two provisions of which Trump supports.


Public opinion also played a crucial part.


Some in favor of Obamacare, led by Organizing for Action (OFA) with its 250 chapters nationwide, rallied on a weekly basis against Trumpcare, the unofficial name of the lifeless bill.


In  Cleveland, OFA,  a non-partisan Democratic leaning organization, regularly picketed the Cleveland district office of Republican U.S. Sen Rob Portman, dubbing the protests "lunch with Rob.".


And grassroots activists  and women's rights advocates took to the streets, addressing Obamacare at various protests and rallies, including International Women" s Day March Cleveland, a 15-speaker 400-person rally and march led by Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the grassroots group the Imperial Women Coalition and edits Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman On;line News Blog.Com.


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