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African American Burial Grounds Act sponsored by U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown of Cleveland to become law and awaits President Biden's signature....It provides for grants and related research on the identification and preservation of Black burial grounds

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) (pictured), a Cleveland Democrat and Ohio's most prominent Democrat, announced that his African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act was included in the FY2023 Omnibus Spending Package. The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and after passing both the House and  Senate now heads to President Joe Biden's desk to be signed into law. It opens the door for grants and related research on the identification and preservation of African American burial grounds natiowide.


Brown first introduced similar legislation in 2019 after he visited Union Baptist Cemetery in Cincinnati following news reports of vandalism at the cemetery and the cemetery's call for much-needed repairs. Union Baptist Cemetery was founded in 1864 and includes the remains of former slaves, African American Union soldiers and civil rights activists.


"As a nation, we have failed to preserve historic Black burial grounds around the country. That's why we've worked with the community, and with civil rights, veterans, and historic preservation groups to introduce bipartisan legislation to preserve these hallowed grounds," said Brown, a seasoned member of the U.S. Senate. "Cemeteries like Union Baptist are important historical sites, and they're tools for education and understanding the American story. Now we will b,e able to preserve these sites before they are lost to the ravages of time or development."


In carrying out the program, Interior may make grants to other federal agencies, state, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, and educational institutions, historic preservation groups and private nonprofit organizations for the following:

  • the identification of historic African-American burial grounds,
  • the preservation and restoration of African-American burial grounds,
  • the interpretation of African-American burial grounds, and
  • related research and documentation for historic African-American burial grounds

Julie Schablitsky, president of the Society for Historical Archaeology, said that "the African American Burial Grounds Preservation Program will support descendant communities and their allies in saving our history, while simultaneously informing development decisions and community planning."


Society for Historical Archaeology members are among those that have advocated for federal leadership to protect and preserve these sacred places, along with groups such as Heritage Ohio.


"Since Senator Brown's visit to the African American Union Baptist Cemetery in Cincinnati, Heritage Ohio has been proud to be a supporter of Sherrod Brown's bill to establish the African American Burial Grounds Network Act" said Dave Williams, Heritage Ohio Board Chair. "It's disheartening how little is known about the location of these historically important cemeteries. This bill will strengthen the discovery of these unknown places through the power of networking and technical assistance to Ohio's local historians and descendant communities."


City officials in Cincinnati were also elated.


"The citizens of Cincinnati are grateful to Senators Sherrod Brown and Mitt Romney for their understanding of the importance of cemeteries," said Cincinnati Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney. She added that "Senators Brown and Romney's advocacy exemplifies respect for our heritage, and we cannot thank them enough."

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 December 2022 16:43

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb announces extended recreation and warming center hours as a snow blizzard approaches for Christmas in Cleveland and the city's homeless and the poor are at risk....The mayor says the city is ready for the winter

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor

CLEVELAND, Ohio-As Christmas Day approaches in the largely Black major American city of Cleveland in the midst of an upcoming snow blizzard, freezing cold temperatures and extremely hazardous weather for Northeast Ohio and the region, city officials and the Department of Public Works say they are prepared, including helping the city's homeless and plowing the city's neighborhood streets.

 

Mayor Justin Bibb, the city's fourth Black mayor behind Frank  Jackson, who retired last year after four terms as mayor, and new Department of Works Director Frank Williams promise an improvement from last year's first major snow storm where a plethora of residents and business owners were snowed in and the streets a literal mess, a debacle that drew heightened media attention and a wealth of complaints from residents and members of city council.

 

The city has extended recreation and warming center hours from Dec 23-26, though only 1-3 inches of snow is expected over the weekend with high wind gusts at more than 50-60 mps. It is the blizzard, ice and cold weather that have meteorologists worried. Temperatures in Cleveland and surrounding areas are expected to dip as low as seven degrees the Friday before Christmas Eve. when thre are two or more inches of snow the city's automatic parking ban on streets that have red and white posted snow sign bans takes effect.

 

Department of Works Director Williams, Commissioner of Streets Randy Scott, Cleveland Hopkins Airport Media and Communications Specialist John Goersmeyer, and Cleveland Fire Public Information Officer Lt. Mike Norman held a virtual press conference Wednesday  to discuss the service plan for city streets, what to expect for air travel, and recommendations for safety from the Cleveland Division of Fire. Some air flights at Hopkins will be cancelled, sources say.

 

Cleveland's new mayor, its second youngest at 35-years-old, says that safety for Cleveland residents and others is his first priority and the city is in the process of hiring upwards of 120 seasonal plow drivers, up from 94 when Jackson was mayor.

 

While schools are closed for the Christmas break, the mayor says that city officials have been communicating with  RTA, major hospitals and school officials on special weather conditions and safety and other measures, a new communications strategy to improve services during debilitating weather conditions, he say

 

The extended hours for city recreation and warming sites where people can come in from the cold are on Dec 23-28, including Christmas Day, and are as follows:

On Friday, Dec. 23, these sites are open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Zelma George Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 3155 Martin L. King Blvd.

 

Collinwood Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 16300 Lakeshore Blvd.

Michael Zone Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 6301 Lorain Ave.

Sterling Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 1380 E. 32nd St.


 

On Saturday, Dec. 24, these sites are open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Zelma George Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 3155 Martin L. King Blvd.

 

Collinwood Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 16300 Lakeshore Blvd.

 

Michael Zone Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 6301 Lorain Ave.

 

Sterling Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 1380 E. 32nd St.


 

On Sunday, Dec. 25, these sites are open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Zelma George Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 3155 Martin L. King Blvd.

 

Michael Zone Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 6301 Lorain Ave.

On Monday, Dec. 26, these sites are open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Zelma George Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 3155 Martin L. King Blvd.

 

Michael Zone Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 6301 Lorain Ave.

 

Questions? Call (216) 664-2325.

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 24 December 2022 14:29

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The Browns win over the Ravens in Deshaun Watson's debut home game as Women's March Cleveland decides against a protest in spite of pressure, though the group says it reserves the right to picket the Browns and the NFL over women's issues

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-Quarterback Deshaun Watson played his first home game with the Cleveland Browns on Saturday at First Energy Stadium coming off of an 11-game suspension for violating NFL standards and offending a wealth of women who sued him for alleged sexual behavior and other sexual malfeasance before he joined the Browns earlier this year. His debut on the field with the team, however, came last month against the Houston Texans.

The Browns beat the Baltimore Ravens 13-3 on Saturday, a much needed win and a win that brings the Browns win-loss record to 6-8, and the Ravens 9-5.  The Browns are now third in the AFC North and the Ravens second, behind the Cincinnati Bengals.

It was Watson's third game since reinstatement and while he was not spectacular, he got the job done. And there were no protests outside of FirstEnergy Stadium from women's groups before or after the game as some media pundits had predicted.

Women's March Cleveland, the city's most prominent women's rights organization, had been lobbied  to protest against Watson at Saturday's home game in Cleveland but decided against a picket.

Activist Kathy Wray Coleman, a Black Cleveland activist and organizer who leads Women's March Cleveland, said that while her group believes Watson's accusers and is pleased that he  settled lawsuits with 24 of them in good faith, her group decided  against a protest specifically against Watson Instead, she said that Women's March Cleveland will focus on the NFL as a whole, and the Browns franchise.

"Women's March Cleveland remains firm on urging the NFL to take another look at its policies as they relate to women and to give back to women of Cleveland via contributions to the rape crisis and domestic violence centers and community programs," said Coleman.

Coleman said further that "Women's March Cleveland reserves the right to protest the NFL and the Browns on women's issues and any other matters of public concern when we deem it necessary."

Selected by Houston as a first round draft pick in 2017, Watson, 27, was traded to the Browns in early 2022 after being sidelined with an injury and following his problems with women, some 24 of them at least, and practically all of them massage therapists. He has denied any wrongdoing and has settled with 24 of the women coupled with paying a $5 million fine and undergoing counseling. A Harrison county grand jury out of Texas refised to indict him on criminal charges.

Until he made his post-suspension debut in a game last month against Houston, a game  that Cleveland won,  he had not played on the football field in an official NFL game as a starting quarterback in nearly two years. He signed a fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million contract with Cleveland that featured a $44.965 million signing bonus and a 2022 salary of $1.035 million.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski was elated as he joined his players in the locker room after Saturday's victory over the Ravens  and said that he and his team look forward to winning next week's away game  against the New Orleans Saints.

Watson finished 18 of 28 for 161 yards. on Saturday before Cleveland fans In comparison, Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley went 17 of 30 for 138 yards.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 18 December 2022 20:02

Women's March Cleveland, Black activists say Black Cleveland women were left out of discussions on abortion ballot initiative in Ohio by groups like Planned-Parenthood out of Columbus and Pro Choice Ohio that routinely subordinate activists and Blacks

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-Women's March Cleveland and several other Black led Cleveland activist groups are complaining that a newly formed coalition of women's groups in Ohio dubbed Ohioans for Reproductive Freedom that is being led by the Ohio ACLU, Planned Parenthood Ohio and Pro Choice Ohio and is contemplating a statewide ballot initiative for the November 2023 ballot to seek to enshrine the legal right to an abortion into the Ohio Constitution does not include grassroots activist groups of Ohio and any Black led women's groups of Cleveland or Northeast Ohio.

These Black women's groups of Cleveland that community activists say were systematically excluded include Women's March Cleveland, the Laura Cowan Foundation, Black Women's PAC of Ohio and Greater Cleveland, Black Women's  Army of Cleveland  and the National Congress of Black Women Greater Cleveland Chapter

A second largely White divisive group with a handful of active members that was formed this past summer and has no organizing experience whatsoever is competing with the aforementioned coalition for a possible ballot initiative on abortion, namely the Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights, and Black women doctors are not at the helm in their group, community activists say.

"That is ridiculous," said activist and domestic violence and reproductive rights advocate Laura Cowan, a CNN Hero who leads the Cleveland- based women's rights group the Laura Cowan Foundation. "Why are you not including Black women leaders and grassroots activists of Cleveland regarding reproductive rights and other women's rights that we have been fighting for and we as Black women are in the majority in Cleveland.”

Women's March Cleveland said that groups like the Columbus-based Planned-Parenthood Ohio and Pro Choice Ohio that are exclusive and lack diversity in terms of key decision making create conflict and divisiveness in the women's movement and that a ballot initiative on abortion in Ohio is a difficult task even when supporters are unified across racial and ethic lines.

"They will likely be ineffective in passing a ballot initiative in the red state of Ohio to enshrine the legal right to an abortion in the Ohio Constitution after Republicans, via the general election held in November, won every statewide office, including three seats up for grabs on the Ohio Supreme Court," said Kathy Wray Coleman, a Black Cleveland activist and local organizer who leads Women's March Cleveland, the largest women's rights group in Northeast Ohio. "And subordinating grassroots activists and Black women leaders in a majority Black major American city such as Cleveland will make it even harder. "

Alfred Porter Jr, president of Black on Black Crime Inc. and a community organizer who has helped Coleman organize women's marches in Cleveland for the last couple of years, said that "it is entirely unfair to leave out Black women leaders of Cleveland and Women's March Cleveland organizers and certainly unfair to kick off 2023 as if it were 1953 in terms of the treatment or mistreatment of Black women."

Coleman has led every major Women's March Cleveland march in Cleveland under the umbrella of Women's March Cleveland since 2018, including 2,500 people at market square park on Oct 2, 2021 for a march on reproductive rights.. She urges Ohio's mainstream media to investigate possible racism and White supremacy in the women's movement in Ohio as it relates to women of color, and Black women in particular, a problem, she says, that goes back decades, if not longer.  She says that it is always difficult to get  Pro Choice Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Ohio to embrace inclusiveness with respect to local Black women of Cleveland who fight against both sexism and racism. Also, says Coleman, Planned-Parenthood Ohio and Pro Choice Ohio, both of which are funded in part by government interests, often use Black women in secondary roles with their organizations to cover up the obvious prejudice and unfairness by their groups relative to Black women and other women of color.

"We offer an olive branch to these groups in terms of a coming together for all women in Ohio, whether its reproductive rights, Civil Rights, violence against women or racial equality issues," Coleman said. She added that the exclusive groups pushing the ballot initiative in Ohio to enshrine abortion into the constitution thus far can hardly get 20 people to a protest more less millions to back a ballot initiative on abortion.

"Women's March Cleveland," said Coleman "has been in the trenches on abortion access and reproductive and civil rights since the organization was established in 2017."

The U.S. Supreme Court, on June 24, 2022, reversed Roe v Wade in a case captioned Jackson vs Mississippi Health Organization and relegated the authority to either restrict or outlaw abortion to the respective state legislatures, though abortion is still currently legal in Ohio with limitations. Roe v Wade is the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal nationwide.

A state law that bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy took effect in Ohio when Roe v Wade was overturned but is temporarily on hold per a court ruling by a Hamilton County judge. That new state law, commonly referred to as the heartbeat bill, makes abortion illegal in Ohio once a fetal heart beat is detected, which is as early as six weeks, opponents of the bill argue.

Ohio’s  GOP seasoned governor, Mike DeWine, a former U.S. senator and state attorney general, has vowed to do everything within his power to ensure that Ohio's Republican-dominated state legislature outlaws abortion in Ohio.

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 January 2023 08:43

Cuyahoga County judge's son sentenced in Cleveland for murdering his wife...The judge spoke at sentencing and told her son that 'I am proud of everything that you have done'....By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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Pictured is Omnisun Azali

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The son of a Black Cuyahoga County  Court of Common Pleas judge was sentenced Wednesday for murdering his wife in May of 2021 in a case that has drawn national attention.

 

Visiting and retired Judge Patricia Cosgrove sentenced Ominsun Azali, 36 of Euclid who was indicted on several felony charges and faced 15-years to life on the murder conviction alone, to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 21 years for shooting and killing his wife, Mzaka Azali. She took the liberty to chastise him before she sentenced him to time behind bars, saying he had taken the life of a young mother and wife unnecessarily.

 

Following a two week long trial a  Cuyahoga County common pleas jury at the justice center in downtown Cleveland on Friday found Azali guilty of murder, felonious assault, domestic violence and several other felony charges, all but aggravated murder, which requires a finding of prior intent. The jury deliberated for 10 hours before reaching its stinging verdict.

 

Azali appeared for sentencing in casual attire. He was brought up to the court from the county jail where he has been held in custody since last week's jury convictions. Prior to that he had been free after posting 10 percent of a $900,000 bond after arraignment in 2021.

 

The murder occurred at the couple's home in Euclid in the 100 block of E. 265th Street on May 26, 2021. A lower to middle class Cleveland suburb of nearly 50,000 people, the city of Euclid is roughly 62 percent Black.

 

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner ruled  Mwaka's  death a homicide.

 

Prosecutors said little at sentencing and instead pointed to his wife's sister, Rebecca Tawana, who told the visiting  judge via Zoom that her family was heartbroken over her sister's death and that their mother was "shattered." She added that her sister was a loving mother and said "It wasn't supposed to be like this."

 

The dead woman's family spoke to the court by Zoom because they live overseas.


The defendant's mother, Common Pleas Judge Cassandra Collier Williams, also spoke. She reiterated that her son acted in self defense and then turned and looked at her son and said "I am proud of everything that you have done." Her son, the defendant, did not speak  likely, say sources, because his attorneys have vowed to appeal. A source said that Collier -Williams, a likable judge, did everything she could do within reason to try to save the life of her son, whom she told the court she loved dearly, as well as his family. Domestic violence advocates say Azali is a coward, and should have just walked away. His hired attorneys said at trial that his troubled wife gave him no alternative but to shoot and kill her in self defense.

 

With his mother's support, Azali claimed his innocence from the very beginning He testified at trial that he shot his African wife three times in the head in self-defense because she pointed a gun at him and that prior to doing that she had shot three times in the house with the same gun. He told jurors that his wife had argued with him and had punched him in the face before he shot and killed her.

 

He continued testifying and said that after killing his wife he contacted his mother by phone rather than initially calling police and then left the home with the couple’s two children and drove to her home. The judge later called 9-1-1 and then road with him back to the couple's Euclid home where police met them and arrested him on murder and other charges. He was later indicted by a county grand jury.

 

The office of Summit County Prosecutor Sherry Belwin- Walsh, a tough and seasoned prosecutor, prosecuted the case for the state in place of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Mike O'Malley because Collier-Williams is a Cuyahoga County judge. Also, the judge's colleagues on the bench refused to hear the case, saying, like O'Malley, that it would be a conflict of interest.

 

Judge Cosgrove, the retired visiting judge who presided over the case, was assigned by the Ohio Supreme Court after Collier-Williams' judicial colleagues bowed out.

 

The case was intriguing from the start because it involved murder charges against the son of a sitting judge.

 

Defense counsel Jeffery Saffold, Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland-Saffold’s son who won election to the common pleas bench in November, said in opening statements at trial that the shooting was in self-defense and that Mwaka Azali was reaching for a pistol when Omnisun Azali shot her with his own gun. Saffold was consulted as a potential defense counsel before the judge's son was even charged and arrested by Euclid police, prosecutors said at trial, though that is not, in isolation, illegal.

 

Authorities found two guns in the home where the murder occurred, including a .380 caliber handgun next to Mwaka Azali’s body, the latter gun of which had her DNA on the trigger, investigators said at trial.

 

Prosecutors argued at trial that Mwaka Azali’s wounds and two bullet holes found in the home were inconsistent with self-defense and accused the judge, who took the stand at trial, of a cover-up of her son’s murder of his wife. Prosecutors  told jurors that the judge called attorney Saffold, who was later hired as defense counsel, and then waited 15 minutes to call 9-1-1 after her son and the couple's children arrived at her home after the murder. The judge, however, kept her composure under intense questioning from prosecutors, and she testified that she acted in her best judgment.

 

Police found bullet holes in the wall that were fired from Mwaka Azali’s .380-caliber pistol, which was found on the ottoman next to her body on the couch. But that was not enough for the jury to acquit the judge’ s son, particularly after prosecutors called the couple's two children, an eight-year-old son and nine year-old daughter, to the stand at trial and the son testified that he saw his father point the gun at his mother and that his mother did not have a gun. In fact, the testimony of the judge’s grandson was the smoking gun that broke the case wide open, sources said after trial.

Neither of the defendant's two children witnessed the tragic murder of their mother, who struggled with mental health issues, defense counsel said at trial.

Domestic violence relative to the couple was no secret, sources said.

Collier-Williams is currently one of three Black judges on the 34-member largely White general division common pleas bench in Cuyahoga County, Ohio's second largest of its 88 counties and a county that includes the majority Black city of Cleveland and is a Democratic stronghold.

 

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief (Coleman is a former biology teacher and a seasoned Black journalist, and an investigative, legal, scientific, and political reporter who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio).

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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, 30 December 2022 17:50

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The annual11th Congressional District Caucus Parade is Monday, September 2

11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress. waives to the crowd last year at the annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade.  This year's parade kicks off on Monday, September 2 on Cleveland's east side at 10:00 am from E. 149th Street and Kinsman Road and ends at Luke Easter Park where the picnic will begin. The event will be replete with political speeches and entertainment from various sources, including local musicians and bands. The well-attended caucus parade was initiated by Democrat Louis Stokes, the retired congressman before Fudge, and the tradition was furthered by the late Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Fudges' predecessor. Stokes was the first Black congressperson from Ohio and Tubbs Jones was the first Black congresswoman from Ohio