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Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black newspaper and newspaper blog.  National political news, and urban news from Cleveland, Ohio.

Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some  four million views.

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

 


2017 (86) 2016 (138), 2015 (213), 2014 (266), 2013 (227),


2012 (221), 2011 (135), 2010 (109), 2009 (50)

 

(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).

 

Louisville community activist Christopher 2X says President Trump's upcoming Louisville rally on March 20 will be met with a counter rally, and that Blacks must organize

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Pictured are Louisville, Kentucky community activist Christopher 2X (wearing suit and eye glasses), United States President Donald Trump (wearing red tie), United States Vice president and former Indiana governor Mike Pence (wearing blue tie), the late Rev Louis Coleman, a prominent Louisville and state of Kentucky community activist (wearing maroon shirt), and Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, a native of Louisville who resides in Cleveland, Ohio and leads the Cleveland based Imperial Women Coalition and edits Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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-LOUISVILLE, Kentucky-A prominent Louisville, Kentucky community activist, on Sunday, told Clevelandurbannews.com and KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers,  that President Donald Trump's March 20, 2017 political rally at Freedom Hall (the Kentucky Exposition Center) in downtown Louisville, Kentucky will be met with a counter-protest, which is scheduled for outside of Freedom Hall at the same time as Trump's rally.  (Editor's note: Doors for the  7:30 pm event, which requires tickets, are scheduled to open at 4:30 pm ).


"I am not leading it and it will be a collaboration of groups, but yes," said Louisville activist Christopher 2X. "there will be a counter- protest."


Formerly Christopher Anthony Bryant, 2X is likely the city's most prominent community activist behind the late Rev. Louis Coleman Jr., the state's most known activist in recent decades who died in 2008 at  64-years-old and was a cousin of longtime Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, a native of Louisville who resides in Cleveland and leads the Imperial Women Coalition and edits the Cleveland based Clevelandurbannews.com and KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com.

 

Coleman's late mother, Dr. Gertrude White Coleman, was a greater Louisville community activist.

 

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The Republican real estate mogul's last visited the Derby City, which is the hometown of late boxing great Muhammad Ali, in May for an endorsement by the NRA , which was preceded by a presidential campaign rally he held there last March.


A Republican, Trump won the presidency in November over former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a stunning upset.


This week's political gathering in Louisville is, in fact, timely.


The U. S. House of Representatives, on Thursday, March 23, will vote on whether to repeal Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, which is former President Obama's' signature universal healthcare initiative, a federal law that Trump and Congressional Republicans want replaced with their own healthcare brand.


Obama is the nation's first Black president, and whom Trump succeeded in January of this year.


Vice-President Mike Pence, a former governor of the state of Indiana, which is a stone's throw from Louisville via the neighboring city of New Albany, visited Louisville earlier this month to push for support of the repeal of Obamacare.

 

2x said that the possible repeal of Obamacare is alarming and that the Black community must bear its brunt and organize its people behind any public policy changes that might have a negative impact on the community.


"We must hold our heads high and collectively work together to sustain the hits from Washington and elsewhere that our communities might have to sustain," said 2X, who leads the Louisville-based activist group Hood to Hood.

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 24 March 2017 18:16

Legendary rock and roll musician Chuck Berry is dead at 90....Berry was among the musicians inducted into the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame relative to its opening in 1996....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of www.clevelandurbannews.com

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CLEVELAND  URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Legendary rock'n' roll musician Chuck Berry (pictured), who was a guitarist, singer and songwriter, and a pioneer of the development of rock 'n' roll is dead at 90.


Berry died on March 18 in St Charles, Missouri  of old age.


He grew up middle class in Saint Louis, Mo., the the fourth of six children, and began his career as a member of the John Johnson trio ultimately embarking on a solo career. and mimicking Black singing such as the great Nat King Cole, and Muddy Waters.


He was among the musicians indicted into the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame relative to its opening in 1996.


Berry's 1973 red Cadillac Eldorado is among  collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., which now owns the artifact

Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 06:13

Obama ally and National Democratic Party Vice Chairman Michael Blake, who is Black, is the keynote speaker for the sold-out Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Annual Dinnerr

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Pictured is New York state representative and Vice Democratic Party Chairman Michael Blake, who will keynote the annual dinner for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party on Sunday, March 19  in Cleveland

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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.


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- New York state representative Michael Blake, also the vice chair of the national Democratic Party, is the keynote speaker for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Annual Dinner, which is sold out and will be held on Sunday, March 19 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland.


11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Black Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes parts of  the majority Black major city of Cleveland, will not be in attendance, and neither will U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, organizers told Cleveland Urban News.Com.

 

Both Fudge and Brown have prior engagements. organizers said.

 

Other notable speakers include Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairperson Stuart Garson,  Ohio Democratic Party Chairperson David Pepper, 9th Congressional District Congresswoman March Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose congressional district extends to Cleveland, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley.


State Sen Sandra Williams, a Cleveland Democrat and vice chair of the county Democratic party, and Blaine Griffin, second vice chair of the county Democratic party and director of the Community Relations Board for the City of Cleveland, are also among the speakers.


A resident of Bronx, New York, Blake comes to Cleveland following a divisive campaign for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DCC) that pit former assistant U.S. attorney general and former HUD secretary Tom Perez against Muslim U.S. Rep Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Perez winning and then naming Ellis as his deputy chair.


Held last month in Atlanta, Georgia, the chairman-ship election was the first contested DNC election for national leader of the Democratic Party since 1985.


Perez won by 35 votes in the second round, defeating Ellison, 235-200 out of 435 caucus votes cast to replace U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman- Schulz, who resigned in July 2016 at the height of the Democratic primary presidential campaign following controversy over Democratic emails relative to unsuccessful Democratic primary presidential candidate U.S Sen. Bernie Sander of Vermont.


Interim DNC chair Donna Brazil, who is Black and ran vice president's unsuccessful campaign for president in 2000, stepped in for Wasserman-Schultz, and was the acting DNC chair.


Former President Barack Obama supported Perez, and Blake, 39,  and a rising political star, is a staunch Obama ally, having served as the Iowa Deputy Political Director for Barack Obama in the 2008 United States presidential election.


Following Obama's presidential win Blake became associate director of Public Engagement and  deputy associate director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. And he was the national deputy director of Operation Vote for Obama’s 2012 re-election.

 

Sunday's upcoming powerful political gathering in Cuyahoga County, a Democratic stronghold that includes Cleveland and the largest of 88 counties statewide, comes as Brown's U.S. senate seat is up for grabs in 2018, as are all of the non-judicial statewide offices, including the governor-ship.

 

In addition to governor, Republicans swept all of Ohio's statewide offices in November 2014, namely Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Treasurer Josh Mandel, Auditor Dave Yost, and Supreme Court Justices Judith French and Sharon Kennedy.


Two-term Republican Gov John Kasich, also a former congressman and a 2016 unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president, is term limited and, by state law, cannot seek reelection.


Publicly announced candidates for the Democratic nomination for the Ohio race for governor in 2018 include Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavon of Youngstown, former congresswoman Betty Sutton of Copley, former Wayne County comissioner Dave Kiefer, and former state representative Connie Pillich of greater Cincinnati.


Others contemplating a Democratic run for the gubernatorial seat include former state senator Nina Turner, a Cleveland Democrat and national surrogate for Bernie Sanders' unsuccessful campaign for president, former Cleveland mayor and prior congressman Dennis Kucinich, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.


Republican gubernatorial possible's include Jon Husted, whom Turner lost to in 2014 in her bid for secretary of state,  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, also a former U.S. senator, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth, and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.


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Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 23:21

9-1-1 dispatcher and off- duty cop disciplined in Tamir Rice Cleveland police fatal shooting as the White cop that killed the Black kid awaits a disciplinary hearing....Community activists are upset and want criminal charges against killerr ccop

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Pictured are Samaria Rice, the mother of slain

12-year-old Cleveland police shooting victim Tamir Rice, and Tamir Rice himself, and outgoing U.S.

district attorney of the northern district of Ohio Carol Rendon

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.5 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.



By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio– A Cleveland 9-1-1- dispatcher has been suspended for eight days and an off-duty cop for two days relative to ongoing internal police disciplinary proceedings in the fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was Black and gunned down in 2014 by a White cop at the Cudell Park and Recreation Center on the city's largely White west side.

 

The disciplinary action came down this week following internal administrative hearings for the pair.

 

Neither did the killing and both were disciplined by Police Chief Calvin Williams, who is Black, Constance Hollinger, the dispatcher at issue, and William Holliger, the off-duty cop just simply on the park premises, allegedly without permission, city officials have said.

 

Both of the city employees disciplined thus far are under the auspice of a collective bargaining agreement between the city and the police union as are the two White cops involved in the tragic shooting, and they have the option of grieving the discipline, which could ultimately end up before an arbitrator.

The officer who fired the deadly shot, rookie Timothy Loehmann,  and his partner on the scene, veteran cop Frank Garmback, are both awaiting disciplinary hearings, neither of them prosecuted with the help of since ousted Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, his successor, Michael O'Malley, under pressure by the Rice family and community activists to bring the case before another county grand jury for possible indictments on criminal charges.

 

Activist Art McKoy of Black on Black Crime Inc was annoyed with the level of punishment handed down to date, and reiterated his group's stance that Loehmann and Garmback should face criminal charges.

 

He was joined by community activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Cleveland- based Imperial Women Coalition.

 

"Shame, shame, shame," said McKoy. "It is the same ole mess of injustice and we still want the police involved in killing Tamir Rice prosecuted."

 

Coleman called the lenient discipline status quo.

 

"Some top level Blacks, women included, and other people who are not cops or dispatchers protected by a seemingly racist police union regime are routinely fired by the city of Cleveland are forced out for less, and Blacks, many of them poor, are regularly indicted in Cuyahoga County and elsewhere on a ham sandwich, " said Coleman. "The nation's legal system is broken to the core and Blacks are disproportionately impacted while White cops continually gun down innocent Blacks in Cleveland and nationwide, particularly Black men and boys, and with impunity."

 

Rice's mother, Samaria Rice, has been in the forefront of community demands that the police involved in her son's killing face criminal proceedings.

 

She called the discipline "unacceptable."

 

The key Rice family attorney, Subodh Chandra, expressed dismay.

 

"Eight days for gross negligence resulting in the death of a 12-year-old boy, how pathetic is that?" asked Chandra.

 

In November 2014 police were summoned to the park and recreation center following a foiled 9-1-1 call to police dispatchers that a child was carrying a toy gun.

It is was initially not clear whether the dispatcher that took the call and was disciplined this week with an eight-day suspension relayed the entire 9-1-1- call message to officers Loehmann and Garmback, Garmback driving the patrol car that zoomed in without caution on the Black boy, and Loehmann firing the bullet that killed Tamir, a deadly decision he took less than two seconds to determine.

 

Nonetheless, the dispatcher was disciplined for allegedly failing to mention the toy gun to police, and the off duty cop got two days off without pay for allegedly not being authorized to be at Cudell the day the incident occurred, whatever that means.

 

Last year the city settled an excessive force and wrongful death lawsuit for $6 million shortly before the Republican National Convention hit the city of Cleveland, a largely Black major American city and the second most segregated city behind Boston.

 

Ongoing protests erupted nationally and locally in 2014 following the shooting, and racial unrest continues to mount against a largely White police department now under a consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice for police reforms .

 

Outgoing U.S. District Attorney Carol Rendon, the district attorney for the northern district of Ohio who, per her position, led police reform efforts regarding the consent decree for police reforms, announced last week that she is out of a job via the Trump administration.

 

The Black community, Black leaders, and community activists worry that new district attorneys in Cleveland and across the nation will be pro-cop oriented and that  consent decrees put in place in various cities nationwide under the Obama administration are  at-risk with a new pro-police president in office.

 

Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, is a President Trump supporter and pushed his union to endorse Trump for president last year, an action that met resistance from the Cleveland NAACP, Black leaders, and grassroots community activists, among others.

 

The controversial Loomis, criticized  for backing fellow cops and union members no matter what they do, was a key speaker at a pro-Trump rally held on behalf of the president in downtown Cleveland some two weeks ago, one of several protests held in a dozen cities across Ohio that day that garnered counter protests in Cleveland and elsewhere.

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 March 2017 09:54

International Women's Day rally and march in Cleveland draw nearly 400, and are led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman, with Genevieve Mitchell the keynote speaker, and Rev Pamela Pinkney Butts delivering the opening prayer....All 3 are Black

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Pictured are journalist and activist Kathy

Wray Coleman, activist

Genevieve Mitchell

(wearing red scarf),

and activist

the Rev Pamela

Pinkney-Butts

(wearing White hat)


(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.5 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.


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio- Nearly 400 people participated in a rally and march in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, March 8 to celebrate International Women's Day, an event spearheaded by local activists and led by Cleveland activist and Black journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, head of the Imperial Women Coalition and editor at ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the  KathyWrayColemanOnlineNnewsBlog.Com , the two sponsoring groups along with Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice. (Editor's note: Coleman is the one who thought of the March 8 rally and march and organized others, even paying a political organizer $300 to help her, partly because she wanted issues impacting Black women that were not addressed during the Jan 21, 2017 Cleveland rally for women that mirrored the national rally to be addressed. The organizers in were Black women and grassroots activists).

 

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And Black women activists of Cleveland gave the opening prayer (the Rev Pamela Pinkney Butts,) at the rally, and delivered the keynote address (Genevieve Mitchell).


The key organizer for the rally and march, Coleman gave a history of International Women's Day and highlighted violence against women internationally and in greater Cleveland, from the Imperial Avenue Murders by serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell, to the still at- large serial killer who murdered four women a long a mile strip on East 93rd street on the largely Black east side of the majority Black major American city.


Also mentioned were the Seymour Avenue three  rape and kidnapping victims of Ariel Castro, all of whom experienced heinous violence over a decade-long period at his home on the city's largely White west side, and until they escaped his wrath in 2013.


Coleman said that if women were truly organized the country would have already elected a woman president.


Some 15 speakers took to the podium at the Free Stamp at Willard Park at Cleveland City Hall before Coleman led participants in a march around the city that ended at the Old Stone Church at Public Square.


Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed spoke briefly and activists there, mainly grassroots activist of greater Cleveland who had helped with the organizing, recognized renowned constitutional attorney Avery Friedman of greater Cleveland, also a CNN political analyst who was in attendance in support of the women.


Cleveland followed the lead of national organizers of International Women's Day whose thrust followed the women's marches nationally of Jan 21, a week after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.


Organizers nationally and locally urged women to strike from work that day, to wear red in protest, and to refrain, also on March 8, from buying goods and products.


But unlike most women's day rallies held on March 8 around the world Cleveland added a twist.


A few men, three in fact, spoke at the rally too, though women ran the gathering and were the leading organizers.


During the march activists chanted "This is what Democracy looks like,' 'This is what a feminist looks like,' 'My body. My choice,' Women united will never be divided,' 'No justice No Peace,' and 'No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA."


Susan Schnur, also an organizer for the Cleveland event and an activist from Worker's World, spoke out against LGBT harassment and discrimination worldwide, and the repeal by Trump of President Barack Obama's support -initiatives for the LGBT community.


The march  participants, some simply community members, held feminist and other signs with police on hand and on bicycles and horses for security.


Issues included violence against women and children, education, reproductive rights, mass incarceration, a broken legal system, equal pay, police brutality, medicaid and medicare, healthcare, immigrants, racism, sexism, Muslims, children, and the LGBT community


Genevieve Mitchell, a local Black activist and a member of the Carl Stokes Brigade, was the keynote speaker at the rally and, among a host of other issues, she spoke on mass incarceration of Black people, the impact of the vestiges of slavery, voting rights, women's rights, Civil Rights, education, and economics,


And she recognized a score of Black female legends and sheroes, including  former first lady Michelle Obama, Ida B Wells, Harriet Tubman, Fannie Lou Hamer, Barbara Jordan, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, and Winnie Mandella. And from greater Cleveland, 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, whose largely Black congressional district includes Cleveland, retired Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals Judge Sara J. Harper, and activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman.


"Genocide is rampant," said Mitchell, who also called for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to stay intact as congressional Republicans are bickering over Trump's proposal that seeks to eliminate the universal healthcare law adopted by congress and replaces it with a new law, a proposal that has met some congressional opposition across partisan lines.


And Mitchell addressed the nation's broken and racist legal system and Blacks being targeted with excessive bail bonds, malicious prosecutions, and heightened sentences.


She also called out Cleveland police as to killings of Black women by police in recent years, including 30-year-old Malissa Williams in 2012, who was gunned down with Timothy Russell, 43, by 13-non-Black Cleveland cops slinging 137 bullets, and Tanisha Anderson, killed at her home by Cleveland police on the city's east side in 2014.


Julia Shearson, a Harvard University graduate and a Muslim who is executive director of CAIR-Cleveland, spoke on the travel ban enacted per a recent executive order from President Trump that precludes travel to and from six Muslim countries.


The president's previous Muslim ban was struck down by an appeals court as unconstitutional and activists at Wednesday's rally in Cleveland deemed both the previous and current travel bans racist, unconstitutional, and discriminatory also from a religious basis.


Olga Rosada, an immigrant representing the greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, which is led by activist Don Bryant, who was one of two male organizers of the event along with political organizer Marty Krebs, blasted the Trump administration as to its anti- immigration policies


James Sullivan of Refuse Fascism.org called Trump and his anti-Democratic policies a disgrace, and demanded that Trump supporter Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, resign as the elected union head.


Activists said people should resist Trump and his regime.

 

Other speakers included the Rev Pamela Pinkney-Butts, who opened with prayer followed by a women's rights speech, and Larry Bresler of the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and Organize Ohio, who spoke on poverty and medicaid and medicare attacks by Republican congressional leaders and the president.


Educator and activist Melissa Svivelj Smith, a public school teacher, blasted the president on public education agendas he is pushing, including heightened standardized testing, and school vouchers, the latter a Republican pushed initiative that has some Black support due to its school choice options, though data show that voucher schools fair no better than public schools academically.


Patrice Brown (Patrice-Brown.com), an Obama supporter and women's rights activist who announced her early entrance into the race next year for the Ohio 12th legislative district seat vacated by the term-limited John Barns Jr of Cleveland, spoke, as did Alfred Porter Jr. of Black on Black Crime Inc., who read off the names of several greater Cleveland women, who were victims of rape or murder, including the 11 Black women murdered on Imperial Avenue by Anthony Sowell, and the Ariel Castro Seymour Avenue rape and kidnapping victims.


Princess Diccie Moore spoke on the rape and murder of Black children, including 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze. And she called for local and state policy makers and Cleveland's public and other schools to devise more effective transportation systems, poor children that reside in Cleveland like Alianna of whom are often forced to ride the Regional Transit Authority buses to charter and public schools.


Rose Driscoll of the Democratic Socialist of America Cleveland Chapter was also among the 15 or so rally speakers, as were activist and minister Gwendolyn Pitts, and  Nina McClellan on behalf of Cleveland Peace Action and Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice.


Also there, though not organizers of the event, were members of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Women's Caucus, which is led by attorney Cindy Dempsey.


Cuyahoga County includes the city of Cleveland and is a Democratic stronghold. It is the largest of 88 counties statewide, and is roughly 29 percent Black.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:46

Cleveland Plain Dealer article at cleveland.com: #DayWithoutAWoman planned for March 8, rally starts at Cleveland's FREE Stamp next to Cleveland City Hall at 4:30 pm.....Plain Dealer article by Reporter Janet Cho

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on March 04, 2017 at 5:00 AM, updated March 06, 2017 at 12:07 AM

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Orlando Cruz is taking Wednesday, March 8, as an unpaid day off from The Cleveland Clinic in honor of International Women's Day and a #DayWithoutAWoman.

"It is so important to me, because I see and feel women don't get treated fairly and finally now, I can do something that can truly help," Cruz said via email. He sees taking part in the event as "making a statement on not only the huge impact women have in this country, but that they deserve equality if not more."

"I am wearing red in support and spreading the word," he added. "I have encouraged my girlfriend, mother, siblings and coworkers to participate," and all are taking the day off from their jobs as well.

As happened before the Jan. 21 Women's March, no one knows how many women will participate in a #DayWithoutAWoman events here and around the world. The event came out of conversations following the massive Women's March on Washington, D.C., the day after President Trump's inauguration.

But organizers are hoping for a massive and impossible-to-ignore demonstration of economic solidarity to promote equity, justice and and human rights for women and gender-oppressed people.

"In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women's March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system -- while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity," it says on the Women's March website.

Organizers invite "anyone, anywhere" to participate in one or all of the following ways:

-- 1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor.

-- 2. Avoid shopping for one day (except at small, women- and minority-owned businesses)

-- 3. Wear red in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman.

"We invite people to the rally and march, men and women alike, and need them there to help us raise awareness on women and children's rights issues and heightened violence against women internationally," said Kathy Wray Coleman, a Cleveland activist, head of the Imperial Women Coalition, and editor of Cleveland Urban News.com.

"The city of Cleveland will never be a great major American city as long as women and children are popping up dead at an alarming rate and teens, a disproportionate number of them Black, are missing in large numbers while professional baseball, football and basketball remain a higher priority of city officials and policy makers locally, statewide and nationally," she said via email.

The event was inspired by "recent courageous actions like the 'Bodega strike' lead by Yemeni immigrant store owners in New York City and the Day Without Immigrants across the U.S." and movements like #GrabYourWallet.

"When millions of us stood together in January, we saw clearly that our army of love greatly outnumbers that of fear, greed and hatred," the Women's March website says. "Let's raise our voices together again, to say that women's rights are human rights, regardless of a woman's race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability."

The website also includes a sample letter participants can send their supervisors explaining their decision to take the day off.

The letter says: "I hope you will stand in support of me, and any of my women colleagues who choose to participate, in observance of this day. Places of employment can participate by closing for the day or giving women workers the day off, whether paid or unpaid."

"Even more important than the symbolism of standing with women on March 8, the Women's March is asking all employers to perform an audit of their policies impacting women and families. By ensuring that women have pay equity, a livable wage and paid leave, businesses can demonstrate that their long-term actions align with the values we are standing up for on this day."

The letter concludes: "At an increasingly insecure time for the rights of women and other minority groups, it is important to me that I also stand for the value of equality. I hope you will support me in my decision."

Marty Krebs, a community political organizer and a supervisor at a 3D printing lab in Cleveland, says local participants are invited to gather at 4:30 p.m. at the FREE stamp in Willard Park next to Cleveland City Hall. A Facebook page says there will be speeches highlighting women's issues before everyone marches over to the Old Stone Church on Public Square by 6 p.m.

Although participants don't have to let anyone know they're coming, he expects at least a few hundred people to show up.

Karianne Stanton will be among them. "I strike for my loved ones & my country," she recently tweeted. We deserve a world in which we are truly equal. We ALL deserve better!"

 

Krebs said that whatever people decide to wear or to write on their signs, they will find like-minded people at the rally. "It's not just women who care about women's issues," Krebs said. "We all care. Women are a vital part of the economic ecosystem."

"You can be mad, but the primary goal is to be empowering," he said.

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