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By Clevelandurbannews.com: Activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured) among speakers at 15,000 person women's march in Cleveland where Coleman also led the march from Public Square to City Hall and back, a gathering with speakers such as Congress persons Marcia Fudge and Marcy Kaptur, and state Representative Nickie Antonio.....Coleman said in her speech that no Black women on Trump's cabinet is inexcusable, that Black women are incarcerated at a rate 4 times high...

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Cleveland NAACP to hold election for president, other branch offices on November 1, 2016 as current president Michael Nelson Sr. is unopposed....By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman ....Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper

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Pictured are Cleveland NAACP President Michael Nelson Sr. (wearing red tie and eyeglasses), Cleveland NAACP first vice president James Hardiman (wearing turtleneck sweater), former Cleveland NAACP president the Rev. Hilton Smith whom Nelson succeeded (wearing red tie and no eyeglasses), former Cleveland NAACP first vice president the Rev. Dr. E. Theophilus Caviness (wearing  red bow-tie), former Cleveland NAACP Third Vice President Sara J. Harper, who lost a bid for branch president against Nelson in 2015,  and George Forbes, a former longtime Cleveland NAACP president and former Cleveland City Council president whom Smith succeeded (wearing blue tie).


By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.1 million views).

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Chapter NAACP will hold its election for branch officers and members of the executive committee Tuesday, Nov 1, from 5 pm-9 pm at the University Circle United Methodist Church in Cleveland, according to Arlene Anderson, the organization's secretary.

 

The election comes as racial unrest remains heightened relative Cleveland police killings of unarmed Black people and Blacks continue to be targets of an unfair and unconstitutional legal system county-wide that is plagued with vicious and malicious prosecutions, high bail bonds and unfair sentences, and a cadre of mercy-less predominantly White common pleas judges.

 

To vote on Tuesday members must be paid-up and in good standing 30 days prior, said Anderson, who added that "we look forward to participation in these activities."

 

Branch President Michael Nelson Sr., a  unsuccessful former mayoral candidate and local criminal defense attorney elected to his term in 2015, is unopposed. He won the presidency a year ago over retired Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals judge Sara Harper, now 90- years-old, and under contention and via a split with then president, the Rev Hilton Smith and the Smith regime, including Harper and the influential Rev. Dr.  E. Theophilus Caviness. (Editor's note: The election was originally set for 2014 but was delayed a year due to infighting, so Nelson has served only one year to date as president. Tuesday's branch officers-elect will hold the typical two-year office terms).

 

Smith, who was in conflict also with first vice president James Hardiman, a Nelson ally and prominent local attorney, succeeded longtime president George Forbes, a semi-retired attorney and former longtime Cleveland city council president who stepped down from the Civil Rights group in 2012.

 

When Nelson swept into power in 2015 the election, which followed long-term infighting and routine complaints to national headquarters, drew some 60 to 70 people, a departure from the days when interest was high and the NAACP, now led at the national level by president and CEO Cornell William Brooks, had more clout.

 

In fact, when Forbes was first elected in 1992, defeating the Rev. Larry Harris, some 800 votes were cast.

 

Asked why there is such little interest in seeking election to the branch offices up for bid this year, including president, first and second vice president, secretary and treasurer, Richard "Dick" Peery, a retired Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper reporter and an executive committee member, said that "the Cleveland NAACP has been rebuilding under Mike Nelson and there is really not much to comment on."

 

Nelson and others were nominated this year by a nominating committee in connection with the organizational by-laws.

 

Though nominations from the floor in a previous meeting could have brought an opponent, Nelson remains unchallenged.

 

Unlike his branch president predecessors (George Forbes and the Rev Hilton Smith), Nelson has been vocal since assuming office in taking on three-term Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who is Black, and the mayor's largely White police department, and lame duck Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty as to his protection from prosecution of White cops that gun-down innocent Blacks.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:32

Cleveland councilpersons, rep Howse, community activists to host 7th anniversary of Imperial Avenue Murders rally on October 29, 2016 at 4:45 pm on Imperial Avenue...Contact 216-659-0473 for more info

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Local community activist groups and Black elected officials, led by the Imperial Women Coalition and Black on Black Crime Inc, will host the 7th Anniversary of the Imperial Avenue Murders rally and vigil on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 4:45 pm on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland in front of the since demolished home of serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell. The day marks the 7th anniversary since 2009 when authorities began pulling dead bodies from the home on the city's largely Black east side.


.(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 as the theme of the rally is "stop violence against women, including rape, murder, domestic violence and groping." Other participating activist groups include Peace in the Hood, the Carl Stokes Brigade, the Million Women March Cleveland, Revolution Books, the People's Forum and Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor. (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).


"We call for the Ohio Supreme Court to uphold Anthony Sowell's convictions as well as for a moratorium on violence and other abuse of women nationally, statewide and locally," said Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, a founding member of the Imperial Women Coalition, the women's rights group derived from the unprecedented tragedy.


Sowell, 57, 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.


His convictions, including the death penalty, are on appeal before the Ohio Supreme Court and his attorneys, with support from the Ohio ACLU, are seeking a new trial on his behalf..


Other issues of public concern relative to the rally, say activists, are 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 East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison, who killed three Black women in 2013 and wrapped their remains in Black trash bags.

 

Black elected officials are slated to speak, including state Representative Stephanie Howse and Cleveland councilmen Ken Johnson and Mamie Mitchell, along with community activists, Black clergy, and some family members of murdered Black women such as Angelique Malone, whose mother, Christine, is  a victim of the Cleveland East 93rd Street still at large serial murderer.

 

Other speakers include magistrate and domestic relations court judicial candidate Tonya Jones, Harvard Community Services Center President and CEO Elaine Gholstin, immediate family members of the Imperial Avenue murder victims such as the mother of Tishana Culver and the brother and aunt of Diane Turner.


Activists who will speak include Khalid Samad, who will do the opening prayer, Kathy Wray Coleman, Al Porter, the Rev Gwendolyn Pitts,  and Genevieve Mitchell.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 05:00

View the full list of RNC protesters that received permits from the city of Cleveland here....The largely Black Imperial Women Coalition will start off the Public Square speaking forum at 9:30 am on July 18, the opening day of the RNC

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-23-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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. Coleman is the most read reporter on Google Plus with some 2.9 million readers


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, Ohio- The City of Cleveland has publicized the names and organizations of protesters that have been given permits regarding the four-day Republican National Convention that begins in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, July 18. (READ THE FULL LIST BELOW)


Not all applicants received permits, which were issued in accordance with a city ordinance adopted by Cleveland City Council, and the deadline has passed to apply.

 

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to participate in some shape or form, some via a speaking platform on Public Square, others at city-designated park facilities, also in downtown Cleveland, and most relative to the city's official parade route.

 

Some but not all of the protesters are supporters of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the presumptive nominees for the Democratic Party and Republican Party respectively.

 

What is clear is that the protesters want to be heard on issues of public concern, or otherwise.

 

Permits have been finalized for parade routes, two downtown parks  (Perk Plaza and Willard Park) and the official speaking platform on Public Square for the four day convention, the latter as to 30 minute speaking slots, with the largely Black and Cleveland based Imperial Women Coalition, led by activist Kathy Coleman, speaking first on Public Square, followed by a host of others. (Editor's note: The Imperial Women Coalition was founded around the murders of 11 Black women in Cleveland by serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell, and will also speak at 12:30 pm on Public Square on July 18. The group has over 15 speakers for the two time slots, including Anita Rios, president of the Ohio Chapter National Organization of Women, Cleveland Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, and activists from the organizations of the Imperial Women Coalition, the United Pastors in Mission, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Sister to Sister, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Naral Pro-Choice Ohio, Black on Black Crime Inc., and the Million Women March Cleveland)

 

Below is the list of protesters or activists for the Public Square speaking forum, the parade route and the two downtown parks that have received permits from the city.

 

RNC Public Square Speaker's Platform-July 18-21-downtown Cleveland,Ohio

 

Monday

(Note: The organization and its leaders are shown below as well as individual speakers that will speak in isolation)

Kathy Coleman, Imperial Women Coalition, 9:30-10 a.m. (Approximately 10 speakers at two minutes each))

Scott Hurley, 10:15-10:45 a.m.

Al Porter, Black On Black Crime Inc, 11-11:30 p.m.

Rose Hamid, 11:45-12:15 p.m.

Kathy Coleman, Imperial Women Coalition, 12:30-1 p.m. (Approximate six speakers)

Lavitta Murray, Million Women March Cleveland/Carl Stokes Brigade, 1:15-1:45 p.m.

Conner O'Malley, 2-2:30 p.m.

Kathy Berta, Lady Parts Justice, 3:30-4 p.m.

Jeff Rusnak, Patriotic Millionaires, 4:15-4:45 p.m.

Bryan Hambley, Stand Together Against Trump March, 5-5:30 p.m.

Jeff Rusnak, Bring Ohio Back, 5:45-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday

Kathy Berta, Lady Parts Justice, 9:30-10 a.m.

Khalid Samad, Peace In The Hood, 10:15-10:45 a.m.

Jeff Rusnak, Patriotic Millionaires, 11-11:30 a.m.

Jeff Rusnak, Bring Ohio Back, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Valerie Robinson, 12:30-1 p.m.

Al Porter, Black On Black, 1:15-1:45 p.m.

Spencer Snygg, Silent Monkeys, 2-2:30 p.m.

Rosie Palfy, The Forgotten Veterans, 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Donna Woods, 3:30-4 p.m.

Don Bryant, Greater Cleveland Immigration Network, 4:15-4:45 p.m.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, Westboro Baptist Church, 5-5:30 p.m.

Gavin Jenkins, 5:45-6:15 p.m.

Wednesday

Noah Block-Harley, Quiet American Review, 9:30-10 a.m.

Jeff Rusnak, Patriotic Millionaires, 10:15-10:45 a.m.

Toni Rozshaegyi, Code Pink Women For Peace, 11-11:30 a.m.

Don Bryant, Cleveland Peace Action, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Rev. Pamela Pinkney-Butts, Pinkney Butts USA 2016, 12:30-1 p.m.

Kathy Berta, Lady Parts Justice, 1:15-1:45 p.m.

Jeff Rusnak, Bring Ohio Back, 2-2:30 p.m.

Rosie Palfy, The Forgotten Veterans, 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Spencer Snygg, Silent Monkeys, 3:30-4 p.m.

Eric Putzig, Go West To Japan, 4:15-4:45 p.m.

Greg Coleridge, NE Ohio American Friends Service Committee, 5-5:30 p.m.

Bryan Hambley, Stand Together Against Trump March, 5:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Thursday

Conner O'Malley, 09:30-10 a.m.

Michael Bozik, 10:15-10:45 a.m.

Kathy Berta, Lady Parts Justice, 11-11:30 a.m.

Paul J. Cristallo, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Pierre Nappier, 12:30-1 p.m.

Jeff Rusnak, Bring Ohio Back, 1:15-1:45 p.m.

Spencer Snygg, Silent Monkeys, 2-2:30 p.m.

Jose Loayza, Illegals For Trump, 2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Greg Coleridge, Ne Ohio Friends Service Committee, 3:30-4 p.m.

Frances Mentch, Save The South Euclid-Lyndhurst Mansion Library, 4:15-4:45 p.m.

Jeff Rusnak, Bring Ohio Back, 5-5:30 p.m.

Justin Longwell, 5:45-6:15 p.m.

 

RNC Official Parade Route (July 18-21)

Monday

Americafirstmovement.com, 2-3 p.m.

Iraq Veterans Against The War, 3-4 p.m.

Lenore Kalom, 4-5 p.m.

Tuesday

Conner O'Malley, 9-10 a.m.

Stand Together Against Trump March, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Thursday

Great Lakes Region For Johnson Weld, 10-11 a.m.

Lenore Kalom, 12-1 p.m.

Stand Together Against Trump, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

RNC Perk Plaza Park Forum (July 18-21)

Monday

Thomas Moran

Food Not Bombs

Revolution Books

The One Campaign

Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber Foundation

Silent Monkeys

Tuesday

Thomas Moran

Food Not Bombs

Revolution Books

The One Campaign

Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber Foundation

Silent Monkeys

Making Change at Walmart

Wednesday

Westboro Baptist Church

Food Not Bombs

Revolution Books

The One Campaign

Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber Foundation

Andy Priest, Succession Amendment

Silent Monkeys

DML Film

Making Change at Walmart

Thursday

Revolution Books

Youngstown Regional Chamber

Silent Monkeys

DML Film

Making Change at Walmart

RNC Willard Park Forum (July18-21)

Monday

Gaye Lub

LWV Greater Cleveland

Food Not Bombs of Lake County and East Side Cleveland

Cleveland Baptist Church

Andrew Purchin

Revolution Books

The One Campaign

Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber Foundation

DML Film

Silent Monkeys

Tuesday

Food Not Bombs of Lake County and East Side Cleveland

Cleveland Baptist Church

Andrew Purchin

Gaye Lub

LWV Greater Cleveland

Revolution Books

Silent Monkeys

Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber Foundation

DML Film

Making Change at Walmart

Wednesday

Food Not Bombs of Lake County and East Side Cleveland

Cleveland Baptist Church

Gaye Lub

Revolution Books

LWV Greater Cleveland

Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber Foundation

Andrew Purchin

Silent Monkeys

DML Film

Making Change at Walmart

Thursday

Food Not Bombs of Lake County and East Side Cleveland

Cleveland Baptist Church

Gaye Lub

Revolution Books

LWV Greater Cleveland

Andrew Purchin

Silent Monkeys

DML Film

Making Change at Walmart

People Fight Back Center

March Against Racism

Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber Foundation

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Last Updated on Saturday, 16 July 2016 07:02

Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton as polls show zero percent forTrump from Blacks in Ohio where both are tied, and activists and the Ohio Chapter NOW, led by the Imperial Women Coalition, prepare to protest at the RNC in Cleveland

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-23-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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, PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire- Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, his rival for the Democratic nomination for president and the presumptive nominee, a long awaited endorsement that heightens her chances of becoming president in a race against Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party.

"She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States," said Sanders at a rally Tuesday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and with Clinton by his side.

Sanders said that he could think of no better person for president and both he and Clinton said that they are driven by a desire to defeat Trump, who trails Clinton by 15 percentage points in some polls.

"We are joining forces to defeat Donald Trump," said Clinton.

Of the 1,283 delegates needed to clinch the nomination Clinton has 2,205 pledged delegates and 602 superdelegates, and Sanders has 1,646 pledged delegates and 48 superdelegates.

The endorsement comes at an opportune time and as the Democratic National Convention begins July, 25 in Philadelphia, the venue where Clinton will officially accept her

party' s nomination.

It also comes as the four-day Republican National Convention gets underway in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18. (Editor's note: Activists from around the world will converge on Cleveland for the RNC with the local Cleveland group the Imperial Women Coalition, joined by elected officials, other local activists and the Ohio Chapter National Organization for Women, opening the official RNC protest stage that morning at 9:30 am. Their issues, say organizers, include violence against women, reproductive rights, erroneous police killings, equal pay, health care, education, housing, and the legal system. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE OF THE LIST OF SCHEDULED SPEAKERS AND ISSUES THAT WILL BE ADDRESSED VIA THE IMPERIAL WOMEN COALITION FOR THE SPEAKERS PLATFORM AT THE RNC ON JULY 18 IN CLEVELAND).

The support from the Vermont U.S. senator and socialist who drew a cadre of grassroots voters and Democratic progressives seeking something different from America's political spectrum is a win-win for Clinton. And it has angered some of Sanders' supporters who are upset with the status quo, and the Clinton's.

Sanders wooed newcomers, re-enticed some seasoned voters, and is popular among community activists and young Blacks and Whites, and Latinos, among others, with the Latino vote also split.

Still, Clinton remains the favorite in the Black community with many of them upset that Sanders took his time endorsing her. And in the swing state of Ohio, like elsewhere, Trump remains in trouble with Black voters.

A NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Wednesday, a day after Sanders publicly announced his endorsement of Clinton, shows that Trump with zero percent from Black voters in Ohio, and Clinton has 88 percent, though they are virtually tied in Ohio.

 

The former U.S. senator representing New York and former first lady has effectively been on a winning course since she announced her candidacy in April of 2015.

She won the March, 14 Democratic primary in Ohio over Sanders by 13 percentage points, both Clinton and Sanders speaking days before but on separate occasions at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on the city's largely Black east side.

But Sanders proved that he could tread into her territory in many instances.


He  won all but one of the primaries in April, taking seven states, including Hawaii, Washington, Utah and Wyoming, and Clinton winning only in Arizona.


And he won in places like Michigan, and nearly in Kentucky where Black voters gave Clinton a win by a razor then margin with 46.8 percent of the primary vote to Sanders' 46.3 percent, a difference of roughly 1,900 votes.


Clinton won Kentucky, which is about nine percent Black, with help from Black voters in Louisville, the state's largest city, and Lexington, its second largest municipality.


Nonetheless, the math did not look good for Sanders, 74, and whose populace of supporters was largely White in spite of his ability to draw a fraction of the Black vote in primaries across the country, former state senator Nina Turner, a Cleveland Democrat and former democratic candidate for secretary of state,  among members of his inner circle.

At that time Clinton, 68, was just 78 delegates short of the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination when including both pledged and superdelegates.

And the former secretary of state kept on winning thereafter, taking a host of other primaries, including California, Puerto Rico, New Mexico, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, Sanders winning since May in only Montana and North Dakota, and Clinton still soaring among superdelegates.


The November general election, a political showdown between Clinton and Trump for the White House, is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2016 09:23

RNC protest news: Elected officials, Ohio Chapter National Organization for Women, activists to join Imperial Women Coalition activist group for a peaceful protest on violence against women and women's rights at Republican National Convention

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio-Greater Cleveland activist women, led by the Imperial Women Coalition (www.imperialwomencoalition.com), have a preliminary agenda for the July 18 9:30 am and 12:30 pm speaking slots on Public Square in downtown Cleveland, the opening day of the four-day Republican Convention (RNC) in Cleveland. (The speaking slots are for 30 minutes each).


Founded in 2009 relative to the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland by serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell, the Imperial Women Coalition, a non-violenct grassroots group, has permits under the name of the Imperial Women Coalition from the city for both 9:30 am and 12:30 pm that day and will open up the international forum at 9:30 am.


According to organizers, the Public Square non-violent agenda for the Imperial Women Coalition, which will include the Ohio Chapter National Organization for Women and various women activist groups of greater Cleveland and elsewhere, is still undergoing preparation. It follows an organizational conference meeting of July 5 of greater Cleveland activist women led by activists Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition and Lavitta Murray of the Million Women March Cleveland.


Per majority agreement of the participating women activist leaders via the July 5 teleconference, the preliminary agenda is as follows:


-Gather at Public Square in Cleveland at 9 am on July 18 to prepare to march at 9:20 am to the city's official speaking platform, also on Public Square.


-Proceed with a two-minute prayer at 9:30 am (Minister Gwendolyn Pitts of the Imperial Women Coalition) to pray for women across America who have been raped, murdered, killed in jails or prisons via neglect or malfeasance of law enforcement authorities and subjected to police brutality and legal system abuse without access to legitimate and constitutionally sound redress.


-Proceed with two minute speeches on violence against women, women's reproductive rights, inhumane incarceration matters, and women's rights in general for the 9:30 am 30 minute Public Square speaking slot. (Speakers include Democratic Cleveland Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition and Cleveland Urban News.Com, Anita Rios of the Ohio Chapter National Organization for Women (Ohio NOW), activist Genevieve Mitchell of the Carl Stokes Brigade, Angelique Malone of the Cleveland East 93rd Street Serial Murders and the Imperial Women Coalition, Joanne Moore of the Imperial Avenue Murders, activist Valerie Robinson of Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor and the Imperial Women Coalition, activist and rape victim Christine Wilson of Sister to Sister, and activist Pierre Nappier of the Imperial Women Coalition.


-Hand out to the media and others written requests by the activist groups at issue for public policy changes and other measures to address violence against women and women's rights across racial lines with emphasis on inequities facing Black and other minority women.


-Break for some others to speak in 30 minute intervals, including Cuyahoga County assistant public defender Scott Hurley, Black on Black Crime Inc. and the Black Man's Army of greater Cleveland, and a Muslim woman from North Carolina who is concerned as to Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric. (Editor's note: The Public Square speaking platform is open via all four days of the RNC, July 18-21, via approved permits from the city of Cleveland, a largely Black major American city. Other demonstration venues include city-designated protest routes, specified downtown parks, and independent soap boxes in permitted areas, all part of concessions agreed upon by the city following a successful Ohio ACLU lawsuit last month on a host of first amendment violations).


-Proceed at 12:30 pm with a prayer for women and two minute speeches on women's rights as to jobs, education, housing, welfare reform, health care, mass incarceration, voting rights, equal pay, the legal system and the demand for a living wage. (Speakers include the Rev Tony Minor, Democratic Ohio state Representative Nickie Antonio (five-ten minutes), activist Marva Patterson of the Carl Stokes Brigade and the Imperial Women Coalition, activist David Patterson of the Carl Stokes Brigade, activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition and Cleveland Urban News.Com, Dr Stuart Robinson of Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor , and the Rev. Eugene Ward).


-Hand out to the media and others written requests by the activist groups at issue for public policy changes and other measures to address violence against women and women's rights.


-Break to support the 1:15 pm speaking slot of the Million Women March Cleveland, which will focus on the Cleveland police killings of Tanisha Anderson, Malissa Williams and others, and legal system issues as to disenfranchised Black women and affiliated racism and sexism.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 23:04

Five Dallas cops gunned-down at Alton Sterling protest as racial tensions increase nationwide over heightened police killings of Black people....Greater Cleveland community activists, including Alfred Porter, say they are not shocked

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Pictured is suspected Dallas sniper Micah Johnson

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-DALLAS, Texas-Five police officers were shot and killed and seven others wounded while policing an Alton Sterling protest in downtown Dallas, Texas Thursday night, the byproduct in part of heightened racial tensions between police and the Black community in conjunction with increased police killings nationwide of Black people.


The unprecedented attack on police by suspected sniper Micah Johnson,  25, was orchestrated, and well planned, say police.

 

 

He is dead too, and was killed by a bomb robot instituted by police.


Two civilians were also shot, but survived.


A largely Black major American city of some 1.2 million people, Dallas is all but shutdown, and police are on edge.


Sterling's death has re-ignited the debate over how far police can go when encountering suspects and otherwise, and is a reminder of how little Black life means now-a-days.  He was killed this week by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana while begging for leniency, followed, also this week, by the shooting death of Philando Castile by a cop in Minnesota.


Demonstrations were being held across the country Thursday in response to the killings of Sterling and Castile, and police killings of Black men in general, though nothing new, but more visible in recent years due to new technology, including smart phones.


A host of Blacks have lost their lives via erroneous police killings that have caught the nation's attention, including twelve-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Stanton Island.


Black women are victims too.


Twenty-eight-year-old Sandra Bland was harassed and arrested by police in Waller County, Texas last year following a traffic stop, her lifeless body found hanging in a jail cell.


And Tanisha Anderson of Cleveland was slammed to the sidewalk and killed by a cop in 2014 in front of her home on the city's east side, a case still under investigation for possible charges against police.


Malissa Williams, 30, and Timothy Russell, 43, were shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2012 following a high speed car chase, neither of them wanted and both ceremoniously gunned -down with police slinging 137 bullets, 13 of them, and none of them Black.


Authorities have not said why the Dallas gunman targeted police at Thursday's mass killing, which occurred as hundreds of demonstrators were marching through the city streets.


Two of the other culprits , who were allegedly involved in the attacks but did not shoot at police, are now in custody, and another shot himself in a standoff with police.


Police said Friday that the investigation is ongoing and could not say whether additional suspects might have been involved in the tragedy.


No deadly explosives were found at the deadly scene or nearby, police said.


Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said that his officers were slain for simply providing protection to protesters who gathered for a free speech demonstration.


The protest was peaceful and gunshots rang out as the rally was closing.


Video footage shows total chaos, police tipping through the streets and looking over their shoulders, and terrified protesters vividly running for cover.


Out of the country on a visit to Poland President Barack Obama branded the killings, a "viscous, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement."


Many people expressed dismay,  and said the anger is misplaced, and that they are sad for the officers killed and wounded, and their families.


Others have said that the chickens have come home to roost and that police are simply getting back what they have done to Black people with impunity.


Some greater Cleveland Black activists are blaming the system.


"When people feel that they are backed in a corner with no recourse you end up with bad things happening," said Alfred Porter, president of the Cleveland-based grassroots group Black on Black Crime Inc. "I am not shocked by those that feel they have to strike back in a violent manner."


Black leaders and community activists say the problem is larger than excessive force police killings, and is systemic.


Now is the time, they say, to address problems in the legal system and across the spectrum, including all White and racist juries, and the disproportionate and unfair manner by which Blacks are indicted, prosecuted and imprisoned, many lacking the resources to fight back.


The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. said Friday that in spite of the problems facing the Black community, violence is not the proper response.


"We must not fight violence with violence." tweeted Jackson. "Nonviolence is the best way."


What impact the mass shooting in Dallas will have on future Civil Rights or other protests remains to be seen as Cleveland prepares to host thousands of demonstrators from around the world at the Republican Nation Convention the week of July 18-21.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2016 06:53

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