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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  5 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).

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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.

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Activist Kathy Wray Coleman (far right) of the Imperial Women Coalition leads anniversary women's
march in Cleveland, Ohio on Jan 20, 2018. Clevelandurbannews.comKathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com
To Coleman's direct left is Kenyona Sunny Matthews of Akron, director of Women's March Northeast Ohio
(Photo by Thomas Lewis)

Women's March Cleveland 2018 video: Cleveland Black women activists speeches, led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman, of the Imperial Women Coalition, who opened as the first speaker at the event, and also led the 7,000 person march.....Also featured are lieutenant governor candidates Akron Councilwoman Tara Mosley- Samples and former congresswoman Betty Sutton, and gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich, a former congressman and former Cleveland mayor....By Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders

Activists to protest President Trump and Vice President Pence in Cleveland on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1 pm on Public Square and on November 18 at 1 pm on Public Square.....Activist Bill Swain of Refusefacism.org says the Trump-Pence regime must go

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Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and 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-Greater Cleveland community activists, led by Refusefacim.org Cleveland chapter, will protest President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Public Square in downtown Cleveland at 1pm on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, an event scheduled in cooperation with rallies that day elsewhere throughout the country. (For more information on the rally call (216) 225-2267. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE EVENT

 

The activists will also protest again on Public Square on Nov. 18 at 1 pm.

 

"The Trump-Pence regime must go," said longtime greater Cleveland community activist Bill Swain of Refiusefacim.org. "And we cannot wait until he is possibly impeached because by then the president would have likely dropped bombs on Korea."

 

Swain said that people cannot wait for politicians to act and must get in the streets and protest.

 

"When Blacks gained the right to vote in America it was because millions protested in the streets," said Swain, who is White.

 

(Note from references from wikipedia.org:  Amendment XV did give Black people the right to vote in 1870, and some used it right away, electing state and federal senators and representatives. Jim Crow quickly snatched away that right for all practical purposes, however, as poll taxes and literacy tests--and Klansmen--denied blacks that fundamental right. President Johnson's Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the true turning point in the USA's history of beginning to embrace Blacks as full citizens with equal rights. The Voting Rights Act remains under attack by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration).

 

The most recent anti-Trump rallies come as President Trump chips away at Civil rights gains impacting the Black community and other disenfranchised groups, and targets American immigrants. And it follows indictments that came down this week relative to a federal probe by the Justice Department of Trump affiliates and Russia's meddling with the 2016 presidential election.

 

Indicted were three of Trump's ex-aids that helped him beat Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a heated election, namely one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Manafort's deputy, Rick Gates, and Paul Papadopoulous, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and took a plea deal.

 

Manafort and Gates are both accused of money laundering, making false statements to the FBI and a host of other counts, the pair pleading not guilty Monday afternoon and ordered detained at home as prosecutors seek to convince the judge to set bail at $5 million for Gates, and $10 million for Manafort.

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and 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, 14 November 2017 19:52

Vote Eugene Miller for Cleveland City Council in Ward 10 on November 7, 2017....Also supported by community activists, Miller is a former city councilman and former state representative, and a self-made Black man

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Pictured is Eugene Miller, a former Cleveland councilman and former state representative, and a candidate for city council in Ward 10 for the Nov 7 general election

 

ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 5 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, OhioClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog, endorse former councilman and former state representative Eugene Miller for Cleveland City Council in Ward 10 relative to the Nov 7 general election, Miller facing Cuyahoga County Councilman Anthony Hairston. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF VOTE EUGENE MILLER FOR CLEVELAND CITY COUNCIL IN WARD 10

 

A cadre of community activists also support Miller, including Ward 10 activist Donna Walker Brown, and Alfred Porter Jr, the president of the grassroots group Black on black Crime Inc who also resides in Ward 10, a predominantly Black east side ward that includes South Collinwood, Glenville Euclid Park, St Clair-Superior and Nottingham Village neighborhoods.

 

A Democrat like Hairston, Miller served in the state legislature representing the 10th district from 2007-2009 and was a member of city council from 2009 until Councilman Jeff Johnson unseated him in 2013, both forced to run against each other after city council was reduced from 19 members to 17, a heated election with Cleveland Mayor Fank Jackson backing Miller and Johnson securing the backing of councilmen Kevin Conwell and Michael Polensek, and state Rep Bill Patmon (D-10).

 

When Johnson decided to for mayor this year instead of seking reelection to city council Miller, then a quality control specialist for the Department of Public Works for the city,  decided to make another run for the Ward 10 seat, and he came in second to Hairston in the Sept 12 primary election that drew a crowded field of 10 candidates.

 

He is protege of the late congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Ohio's first Black female congresswoman who succeeded former congresswoman Louis Stokes, Ohio's first Black congressperson.

 

Tubbs Jones died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm shortly after Hillary Clinton, whom she supported as her national campaign chairperson, lost the Democratic nomination for president in 2008 to  Barack Obama, America's first black president who served two terms and left office in January. (Editor's note: Tubbs Jones was succeeded by current 11 congressional district congress woman Marcia L. Fudge, a former Warrensville Heights mayor and former chief of staff to Tubbs Jones).

 

One Ward 10 resident said Miller is her choice for city council.

 

"I want to go on record as endorsing Eugene Miller," said Gloria Grady, a 35-year Cleveland resident. "He is honest, reliable and willing to work the long hours needed for the position."

 

His campaign chairwoman, Patrice White, said Miller "will fight to increase the quality of lfe for Ward 10 residents."

 

And Miller himself told ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com that he is " committed to serving the constiuents of Ward 10."

 

Both Miller and Hairston are Black men, but Miller, 43, is the best choice for the 17-member largely Black city council.

 

A self-made Black man who dropped out of high school at 16, fathered a daughter at 18, whom he raised as a single father, and then went on to earn a bachelor's degree and an MBA, Miller and his two younger brothers were raised by a single mother, and all three have college degrees, and master's degrees.

 

He now has two daughters, both of whom have finished college.

 

He said Sunday at a rally as to the 8th-year anniversary of the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue by serial killer Anthony Sowell that if he wins in November he will hold committee meetings and hearings as to the epidemic of rape and murders of women and girls, Black and poor women and girls in particular.

 

His reputation in responding to the rape and murders of women in his ward when he was a councilman is a good one, according to the family of 18-year-old murder victim Sheirellda Terry, a victim of East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison.

 

Hairston, 31, is  a status quo politician, who voted with other members of the 11-member largely White Cuyahoga County Council to endorse the Quicken Loans Arena deal that provides millions of dollars for renovations to the stadium that houses the talented Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, whom we also support, a mega team led by NBA megastar LeBron James, Ohio's native son.

 

But the Q-Deal has become a priority over inner city predominantly Black neighborhoods in the largely Black major American city of Cleveland that are struggling to survive.

 

While we love the city of Cleveland we also know that disenfranchised residents, particularly Blacks and poor people, have been routinely overlooked for big business and the establishment in general.

 

And Hairston has been silent as to the ongoing theft of homes of Cuyahoga County residents via illegal foreclosures for big banks and mortgage companies like the corrupt JPMorgan Chase Bank, theft supported by common pleas judges and a sheriff's office that illegal deflates the value of foreclosed homes for sheriff sales, all to accommodate the elite.

 

Calls to Hairston for help as to the foreclosure dilemma have gone unanswered, and Cuyahoga County Council, a different governmental venue from Cleveland City Counil, now wants to charge Cuyahoga County residents 10 cents for plastic grocery bags at stores, a ridiculous proposal offered by County Councilwoman Sunny Simon that is expected to be voted upon later this year.

 

Enough is enough.

 

Miller does not have a reputation of ignoring constituents' concerns. He is best suited to lead Ward 10, which, like other east side neighborhoods, struggles with poverty, abandoned homes, gun violence, and debilitating streets, among other traditional inner city problems.

 

Ward 10 voters should elect Miller on Nov 7.

 

ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 5 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, 31 October 2017 04:21

Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge addresses Trump's declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency and urges support for her bill dubbed 'The Breaking Addition Act of 2017'....Rep Fudge represents parts of Cleveland

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ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 5 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.– Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) (pictured), a Warrensville Heights Democrat who leads Ohio's largely Black 11th congressional district, which includes the majority Black major American city of Cleveland, issued a press statement to ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers. after  Thursday's announcement from the Trump administration declaring the opioid epidemic a public health emergency.


“I urge my colleagues and the Administration to support my bill, the Breaking Addiction Act of 2017 (H.R. 2239)," said Fudge. "The Breaking Addiction Act would permit states to provide care for those suffering from addiction at certain treatment facilities with more than 16 beds. "


Ohio is one of the hardest hit states by the crisis with 86 percent of deaths attributed last year alone to opioid deaths.


Although declaring the epidemic a state of emergency, President Trump has been stifled thus far because congress must approve any federal funds required to address a  drug crisis that plagues White America with a vengeance, a crisis that, no, doubt, transcends racial and socioeconomic lines.


The congresswoman said that the allocation of federal resources by congress to combat the problem is a necessity.


“Ohio and the nation are in the middle of a deadly epidemic. opioids, heroin, and fentanyl have claimed thousands of lives throughout our State and the 11th Congressional District," said Fudge. "All too often, those who seek care are turned away because our communities cannot meet the demand for care.

 

Fudge said that "while I support the administration’s decision to focus on the opioid crisis, more can be done to provide greater access to treatment."

 

One of two Blacks in congress from Ohio, Fudge, a former Warrensville Height mayor and former president of the Congressional Black Caucus, wants an increase in  access for treatment regarding the heroin and opiate epidemic.

 

“Every minute we restrict access to treatment is another minute a life is at risk," the congresswoman said. "Eliminating this antiquated provision will cut through unnecessary red tape, increase access to treatment, and give states the flexibility they need to save lives.”


ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 5 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, 29 October 2017 00:04

Imperial Women Coalition, community to host the 8-Year Anniversary of the Imperial Avenue Murders of 11 Black women rally and vigil on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland October 29 at 3 pm as serial killer Anthony Sowell awaits his death sentence

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Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and 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- Local community activist groups and Black elected officials, led by the Imperial Women Coalition, Women's March Ohio, and Black on Black Crime Inc, will host the 8 -Year Anniversary of the Imperial Avenue Murders of 11 Black women rally and vigil on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm at 12205 Imperial Avenue in Cleveland in front of the since demolished home of serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE 8-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE IMPERIAL AVENUE MURDERS RALLY AND VIGIL

 

The day marks the 8th year since 2009 when law enforcement authorities began pulling the first of what would ultimately become 11 dead bodies from the home on the city's largely Black east side in the city's Mount Pleasant neighborhood. (For directions to the rally/vigil take Kinsman Rd from downtown Cleveland to East 123rd Street. Turn left, and  go three blocks to Imperial Avenue).


Black and other elected officials are slated to speak, including state Rep Bill Patmon along with Cleveland City Council candidates Eugene Miller, Gail Sparks and Joe Jones, both Jones and Miller of whom are former city councilmen community activists. Pther speakers include Imperial Avenue Murders family members, Black clergy, and some family members of Black women murdered elsewhere in Cleveland such as Angelique Malone, whose mother, Christine Malone, is a victim of the Cleveland East 93rd Street still at large serial murderer.


Malone left behind eight adult children.


Contact persons are community activists Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition at (216) 659-0473 and Al Porter of Black on Black Crime Inc. and the Black Man's Army at (216) 804-7462.


Please bring protest signs against violence against women, organizers said.


Other participating activist groups include Black Women's PAC, Indivisible Cleveland, Refuse Fascism.Org, peace in the Hood, Carl Stokes Brigade,  the People's Forum, Women's March Cleveland, International Women's Day March Cleveland, Organize Ohio, Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, BEMAD, Bad Ass Teachers (BAD), Cleveland African-American Museum, Fairfax Business Association, Rebuilding Our Village, and Protecting Our Children's Safety Before and After School, Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com,


Activist speakers include the Reverends Gwendolyn Piits and Pamela Pinkney Butts, Kenyona Sunny Matthews of Women's March Ohio and Indivisible Cleveland, Kathy Wray Coleman of Imperial Women Coalition, Women's March Cleveland and International Women's Day March Cleveland, Khalid Samad of Peace in the Hood, Art McKoy and Alfred Porter Jr. of Black on Black Crime Inc. and the Black Man's Army, Princess Moore of Rebuilding Our Village and Protecting Our Children's Safety, Valerie and Dr Stewart Robinson of Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Don Bryant of the People's Forum and the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Melissa Marini Svigelj-Smith of BAS (Bad Ass Teachers), Dick Peery, Arnold Shurn of the Cleveland Peacemakers, Genevieve Mitchell of the Carl Stokes Brigade Elaine Gohlstin of the Black Women's PAC, Donna Walker Brown of the Inner City Republican Movement, and Patricia Brown, a 2018 candidate for the Ohio 10th House District.


Sowell, 58, was convicted in 2011 by a Cuyahoga County jury on 82 of 83 counts, including 11 counts of aggravated murder of the 11 Black women that he strangled to death at his home, and three counts of rape as to the rape of three other Black women, also at his home.


Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose, the trial court judge in the case and a former Cleveland Browns football player, handed the serial killer a death sentence per the recommendation of the 12-member jury, the same jury that issued convictions weeks earlier.

 

A former  U.S. marine, he served 15 years in prison for attempted rape prior to the Imperial Avenue Murders.


"'We call for a moratorium against violence against women and girls, Black women and girls in particular, at the local, county, state, national and international levels," s
aid Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, a founding member of the Imperial Women Coalition, the women's rights group derived from the unprecedented tragedy.


Coleman has led every anniversary rally since 2009, except for one, and says activists, led by Black women, "will continue to hold anniversary rallies until Sowell is brought to justice and the families of his victims are made whole."

 


Another issue of public concern relative to the rally, say activists, is the still at large purported serial killer that killed four women between early March and the middle of May in 2013, three Black and one White, along a strip at E. 93rd Street in Cleveland, also on the city's east side, and convicted East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison, who killed three Black women in 2013 and wrapped their remains in Black trash bags.


East Cleveland is a largely Black impoverished  suburb of Cleveland.

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and 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 Friday, 27 October 2017 20:03

Five Cleveland cops are reinstated after gunning down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell while a sixth officer, Michael Brelo, who was also fired, remains fired, all six of them of whom were among 13 non-Black cops that fired 137 shots

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Pictured are Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (wearing beard and eye glasses), Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell (in sky blue tie),  since fired Cleveland police patrolman Michael Brelo (in blue shirt), former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (in red-pink tie with polka dots), Community activist Art McKoy ( in red, black and green turban), 137 shots unarmed Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Malissa Williams (in white shirt), and 137 shots unarmed Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Timothy Russell ( in dark blue sweatshirt).


ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 5 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- Five Cleveland police officers involved in the deadly shooting of two unarmed Blacks in 2012 who were fired last year were reinstated to their jobs this week after a White arbitrator ordered in June that they be reinstated and no administrative appeal was taken to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas by the city to seek to vacate or overturn the arbitrator's controversial ruling. (Editor's note: Community activists, led by the Imperial Women Coalition and Black on black Crime Inc, had urged city officials to appeal the arbitrator's anti-Black and anti-Democratic ruling, but in an election year for Cleveland mayor and Cleveland City Council that brought political implications their efforts were thwarted. Mayor Frank Jackson, a three-term Black mayor up for reelection who ordered the firings by the city, said that he objects to the arbitrator's ruling, though he did not sanction an appeal in response).


A sixth officer, Michael Brelo, who was also fired, will not be reinstated, the arbitrator ruled.


In addition to Brelo, the other police officers fired of the 13 non-Black cops that gunned down Williams, 30, and Russell, 43, were Det. Erin O'Donnell,  officers Brian Sabolik, Wilfredo Diaz and Michael Farley, and Det. Chris Ereg


Both were gunned down nearly five years ago on Nov 29, 2012 with the anxious cops slinging 137 bullets, and following a high speed car chase from downtown Cleveland to the Heritage Middle School in neighboring East Cleveland.


Neither Russell nor Williams were wanted by the law and racial unrest continues to mount behind the killings by police, two of many in the largely Black major American city of some 385,000 people, the second most segregated city in the nation behind Boston.


Some supervisors of the cops warned the aggressive shooters to stand down, but to no avail.


Brelo was exceptionally callus and shot 49 of the 137 bullets into the car Russell had been driving, after it became cornered and stationary at Heritage school, and was surrounded by an army of cops allegedly hell bent on getting vengeance by any means necessary.


Arbitrator William Heekin, who was chosen by the city and the police union from a list of arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association, also upheld the 21-day suspensions for officers Scott Sistek, Cynthia Moore, Randy Patrick, Paul Box and Det. William Salupo, as well as a 22-day suspension for Det. Michael Rinkus.


Activists say the arbitration process is a sham to the detriment of the Black community and others, particularly those subjected to excessive force and other police misconduct.


"It's terrible," said Cleveland activist Art McKoy relative to the restatement of the five killer cops.


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who faces Councilman Zack Reed in a mayoral runoff election Nov. 7, issued a statement this past summer when the arbitrator's decision came down.


"The city terminated six of those officers and gave lengthy suspensions to the other six," said Jackson, who is Black. "We are pleased that the arbitrator confirmed the severity of the violations committed by the officers and that he upheld the termination of Officer Brelo and that he upheld the lengthy suspensions for the six officers whom the city had not terminated."


Neither the city nor the police union [the Cleveland Police Patromen's Association] appealed the arbitrator's binding decision to the court of common pleas within the 30 day time period. which they could have done on alleged grounds, obviously in all but Brelo's case,  that the hand-picked arbitrator abused his authority.


Overturning an arbitration award in Ohio rarely occurs, regardless of the merits of the case. But it does occur.


The car chase that resulted in the unprecedented deaths of two innocent Black people culminated in some 64 police cars and some 105 officers, those that did the killing ignoring supervisor orders to back down.


Williams and Russell, both homeless, and both with substance abuse problems, died at the scene,  and slumped over  in the car like "Bonnie and Clyde" police later claiming that they were in hot pursuit of the pair due to a mistake by the cop that initiated the chase of the alleged backfiring of Russell's 1979 Malibu Classic as a gun shot


Former county prosecutor Timothy McGinty shielded all of the police officers but Brelo from criminal indictments by a grand jury after they appeared before the grand jury in tears, fake tears, in fact, say community activists.


Led by 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Black clergy and community activists, McGinty lost a bid for reelection last year to current county prosecutor Michael O'Malley, a fellow Democrat, and following fallout from his supports of cops in celebrated excessive force cases, also including police killing cases of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, and a host of others.


Brelo faced manslaughter charges in 2015 in a bench trial before Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John 'Donnell who, on May 23, 2015,  freed him on all charges, namely two counts of voluntary manslaughter.


The verdict heightened racial tensions between police and the Black community with police in riot gear arresting some 71 protesters the day the verdict was issued by Judge O'Donnell, most arrested on charges primarily of obstruction of official business and resisting arrest, many for scrimmages with police.


O'Donnell, who is White, lost a a bid for the Ohio Supreme Court last year by roughly 24,000 votes following fallout from Black voters regarding his controversial verdict and criticism from activists and several Black members of Cleveland City Council, led by Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell.


The city of Cleveland is currently under a court-monitored consent decree for police reforms with the U.S. Department of Justice.



ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 5 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 Monday, 23 October 2017 22:13

Ohio Lieutenant Governor and GOP gubernatorial candidate Mary Taylor meets in Cleveland with Black activists, community members in the historic Glenville neighborhood, an event sponsored by the Inner City Republican Movement

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Pictured is Ohio Lieutenant Governor mary Taylor, also a candidate for the Republican nomination for Ohio governor

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, also a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor,  spoke to Black community activists and community members in general on Saturday at the Glenville Public Library in Cleveland on the city's largely Black east side and in the historical Glenville neighborhood, an intimate event sponsored by the Inner City Republican Movement and led by its president, community activist Donna Walker Brown, a Black Republican.

 

Walker Brown said that the three other Republican candidates for Ohio governor, Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is a former US senator, Secretary of State John Husted and Congressman Jim Renacci, did not respond to the invitation to meet with Black people in the heart of the Black community of Cleveland, a largely Black major American city.

 

Walker Brown introduced Taylor as the "second most powerful person in Ohio who would lead the state if, God forbids, something happens to Governor Kasich."

 

Taylor, who lags behind her three male Republican opponents in raising campaign monies as the 2018 election year for governor nears, told audience members that she is the best candidate and that she will advocate for a better Ohio for all people, including poor people.

 

"People deserve hope and opportunity for the future," said Taylor, a married mother of grown children, and the daughter of a bricklayer. "And we must break the cycle of multi-generational poverty."

 

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Akron, Taylor said that more jobs and economic expansion are crucial, among other platform initiatives she sited.

 

All of the candidates for Ohio governor, both Republicans and Democrats alike, are White.

 

Aside form Walker Brown and Taylor, speakers at the gathering included RNC Minority Outreach Coordinator Camilla Prince, Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell, who was gracious but reminded the audience that he is a Democrat, Democrat Mattie Porter, and Porter's son, Alfred Porter Jr, a Republican who leads the Cleveland-based grassroots activist group Black on Black Crime Inc.

 

Candidates for other offices who were in attendance were Cleveland City Council candidates Gilda Malone and Eugene Miller, also a former councilman, and Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Michael Sliwinski, Malone and Sliwinski Republicans, and Miller, who is also a former state representative, a Democrat.

 

And though several there were in opposition to her proposed policies and her support of President Donald Trump many, including Walker Brown, said they appreciate that Taylor took time out of her busy schedule to meet with inner city Black people in Cleveland, the second largest city in Ohio behind the capital city of Columbus.

 

Fifthy-one years old with perrenial youth,  and a former state auditor, Taylor is endorsed by the ter-limited Gov John Kasich but has strayed from him in the dispute with President Trump over heathcare.

 

Unlike Kasich, she backs Trump's tax proposal, and both the GOP healthcare bill in congress that has yet to pass and the president's recent executive order to stop federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act that help poor people and others who qualify for the subsidies meet insurance premium deductibles.

 

A 2016 unsuccessful candidate for president, Kasich says the GOP healthcare plan hurts Black people, and poor people, among others, and phases out medicaid, which he wants expanded for seniors, whom he says need it most.

 

Asked by activist Mattie Hayes why she supports President Trump's stances on the tax budget and heathcare and to explain what she would do at the state level to compensate for the federal healthcare subsidies that have been stripped from the Affordable Care Act by Trump, Taylor said she supports Trump on those issues, and that she will continue to fight for alternative quality heath care for Ohians.

 

The president's tax plan, she says, is worth supporting.

 

"I am excited about what President Trump has prepared from a tax perspective," said Taylor.

 

In response to a question from ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com on whether she would help the Black community lobby the Ohio State Legislature to comply with the Ohio Supreme Court 1992 DeRolph decision that ordered it to revise its unconstitutional public school funding formula that awards money to rich affluent White children, Taylor said money is not the issue and that quality teachers would suffice for the money deficit, one audience member asking if quality teachers could eradicate the fact that Black school children are sometimes poor and need quality educational resources beyond efficient teachers like their well-to-do White counterparts.

 

Taylor talked about the heroin and opiate epidemic that plagues Ohio, saying her two sons have struggled with drug addiction and she is thankful they are now sober.

 

The lieutenant governor also voiced her support for school vouchers and school choice, a Republican initiative sometimes embraced by Blacks who believe America's public schools have failed Black children, though data are explicit in showing that typically charter and choice schools do not fare any better than public schools, and sometimes they actually perform worse academically.

 

Cleveland has the only public school voucher program sanctioned by the U.S. Supreme Court which, in 2002, upheld them as constitutionally sound and not violating the separation of church and state clause of the 1st amendment because the monies go to the parents of the students and not the students themselves, a ruling that former president Barack Obama, a Democrat and a former constitutional lawyer, told journalist Kathy Wray Coleman in  a one-on-one- interview in 2008 for the Call and Post Newspaper that he does nor agree with.

 

Donna Walker Brown said that while she is a Republican she does not support all of the Republican initiatives and that she is against school vouchers and school choice, and any of the policies pushed or initiated by President Donald Trump that "offend the Black community."

 

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