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Blacks lose their grip on the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party in Cleveland as new party chair David Brock is chosen to replace former chair and now Congresswoman Shontel Brown, the county Democratic party's first Black and first woman chairperson

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New Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairman David Brock and 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Shontel M. Brown (D-OH), a Warrensville Heights Democrat and the former chair of the county Democratic party, its first woman and first Black party chair

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

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- EUCLID, Ohio- Executive committee members of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party chose Cleveland west side organizer David Brock during a meeting on Saturday to lead the county Democratic party as the midterm elections near, an election for party chair that saw Blacks lose their grip on the powerful party once led by 11th Congressional District Congressman Shontel M. Brown

A former county councilwoman, Brown succeeded Marcia L Fudge in Congress, Fudge her political mentor and a 12-year congresswoman who vacated her congressional seat in March of 2021 to serve as secretary of housing and urban development with President Joe Biden's administration.


Brown, 46, announced in late January that she would step down in June to dedicate more time to congressional work, though her dual role as congresswoman and party chair caused a degree of friction among party insiders and drew the ire of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper.


Brown and Fudge are both Black, Brown making history when she was first elected county party chair in 2017, its first Black and first female party chair. When she won the post  some five years ago,  she succeeded attorney Stuart Garson, who had quit the unpaid job, Garson stepping in initially after Jimmy Dimora, the imprisoned former party chair and county commissioner who preceded Garson for the post, ran afoul of the FBI and federal prosecutors.


Brock is White and won for party chair Saturday over four other candidates, namely state Rep Kent Smith of Euclid, state Rep Juanita Brent of Cleveland, former Shaker Hts councilman Rob Zimmerman, and community activist Ernie Harris, the former president of the activist group Black on Black Crime and a retired Cleveland schools programs support employee.


Harris and Brent are Black, Brent the daughter of the late and former state representative Vermel Whalen.


Brock told his fellow Democrats after being voted in as party chair that “It’s about how hard you work, how hard you work together."


Sources say his strongest asset in winning the confidence of executive committee members to snag the leadership role to lead the county's Democrats is community organizing, and hopefully the ability to raise monies and get Democrats elected and reelected.


Smith was ahead during the first round of voting but after Brent, Zimmerman and Harris dropped out before a second vote could be taken and backed Brock, Smith ultimately lost with Brock winning 55 percent of the vote to his 45 percent.


A community activist-turned-state representative, Brent was later chosen at Saturday's meeting as party vice chair, replacing Kevin Kelley, who lost a nonpartisan election last year for mayor as the then city council president to newcomer Justin Bibb, the city's fourth Black mayor, and its second youngest mayor.


Interim county party chair Blaine Griffin, now president of Cleveland City Council and who stepped in temporarily for Brown, chaired Saturday's voting session, Griffin a Black east side councilman who leads Ward 6 and a former community relations board director under former Mayor Bibbs' predecessor.


A county of some 1.2 million people, Cuyahoga County includes Cleveland, and is the second largest of 88 counties statewide, behind Franklin County, which includes the capital city of Columbus.. A Democratic stronghold that is roughly 29 percent Black, former president Barack Obama won the county in 2008, and again in 2012.


The county Dems continue to recover from a long term public corruption and FBI probe that brought some 61 guilty pleas or convictions since 2008, mainly White businessmen associated with the county Democratic party, and including two former Democratic common pleas judges that served federal prison sentences.


Jimmy Dimora, a former county party chairperson serving a reduced 28-year federal prison sentence for racketeering and public corruption, and Dimora's sidekick and once a powerful county Democratic party operative, former county auditor Frank Russo, who took a plea deal for a 22-year prison sentence and died earlier this year following early release due to the COVID-19 scare, were the main targets of the sting that Democrats say was politically motivated. At the time Dimora was also chair of the county Democratic party.


A  delayed primary for Ohio lawmakers that followed a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over state legislative redistricting maps, will finally go forward on Aug. 2 and the November general election is sure to bring more attention to Ohio for that reason, and others.


Gov Mike DeWine, a GOP incumbent, faces Democrat and former Dayton mayor Nan Whaley for an all out showdown for governor in November, an election in which Ohio's U.S. Senate race is also being closely watched nationwide.


Also at issue, among statewide, congressional and other offices also on the ballot, is the fight to replace retiring Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, as well as elections for two other seats on the court that Republicans hold. Currently, Republicans hold all of the statewide offices, other than three seats on the Supreme Court that the Democrats occupy. Whether this will change via this election cycle remains to be seen.

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor. Coleman is a seasoned Black Cleveland journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper for 17 years and an experienced investigative and political reporter. She is the most read independent journalist in Ohio per Alexa.com

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black 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
Last Updated on Friday, 22 July 2022 11:29

Congresswoman Shontel Brown and U.S. Reps Joyce, Ross and Turner introduce House bill to address PTSD in first responders....By Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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Pictured from left are U.S. Representatives Dave Joyce (R-OH), Shontel M. Brown (D-OH), a Warrensville Hts Democrat whose largely Black 11th congressional district includes Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga County, Mike Turner (R-OH) and Deborah Ross (D-NC)

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S.  Rep. Shontel M. Brown (D-OH), a Warrensville Hts Democrat whose largely Black 11th congressional district includes Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga County, last week joined Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH), Mike Turner (R-OH) and Deborah Ross (D-NC) in introducing the Fighting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Act of 2022, a first responders' bill pending in Congress.

Read the full text of the bill here

“While serving on the frontlines protecting our communities, our police officers and first responders often face traumatic situations that can leave them with invisible wounds,” said Rep. Brown.

The congresswoman said that a growing number of first responders in the U.S., from police and firefighters to emergency medical technicians, paramedics and other public safety personnel, suffer from PTSD, which can take a toll on their well-being .

The federal lawmaker said that the bipartisan congressional legislation merits congressional approval and that it “would bring us one step closer to ensuring our public safety officers can access mental health resources for PTSD.”

If it is ultimately approved by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden, the Fighting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Act would require that the U.S. attorney general establish at least one evidence-based treatment and preventive care program within the Department of Justice to help public safety officers with job-related PTSD.  And the justice department would also be required to consult with relevant stakeholders in crafting the initiative, including federal, state, tribal, territorial and local agencies that employ public safety officers, as well as some non-governmental organizations and law enforcement advocacy groups..

“This bipartisan legislation lays the groundwork for much-needed action aimed at offering increased support to law enforcement officers and first responders struggling with PTSD,” Rep Brown added.

Regarding the three other memebrs of Congress who signed onto the bill with Brown, Reps Joyce and Turner are Republicans and Congresswoman Ross is a Democrat like Brown, Brown also one of two Blacks in Congress from Ohio, alongside Rep Joyce Beatty, a Columbus Democrat who is also president of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Introduced during PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] Awareness month, the legislative measure would also provide for mental health programs for first responders diagnoxed with PTSD..

U. S.Sen Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has introduced companion legislation in the Senate, an indication that Congress is in step with the legislation across partisan lines as gun violence increases nationwide and excessive force cases that are predominant to urban Black communities continue to make headline news.

PTSD is defined in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance as a mental health condition that can develop following ‘a stressful event or situation of an exceptionally threatening or catastrophic nature, which is likely to cause pervasive distress in almost anyone’

Research by the NICE shows that police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and 911 dispatchers routinely encounter high-stress situations, making them more likely to suffer from PTSD and less likely to receive help for their illness than the average American.

“Police officers and other public safety personnel are the first line of defense in our communities when disaster strikes,” said Congressman Joyce, also a fomer prosecutor from Geaga County, Ohio. “Unfortunately, the danger and stress they face on the job doesn’t just disappear when they’re off the clock

A former Dayton Ohio mayor, Congressman Turner said that Congress has a duty to protect the health and welfare of the nation's first responders.

“Each day our first responders face immense stress and heavy responsibilities as they keep our communities safe. When they need our help, it is our duty to respond." he said. "The Fighting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Act will provide our first responders with the mental health support they rightly deserve when they need it. As mayor and now in Congress, I have worked alongside our first responders to make sure they have the professional and personal resources needed to safely do their jobs. This bipartisan legislation continues that effort.”

Congressman Ross agreed.

“Our first responders and law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect our communities and this service can take a tremendous toll,” said Rep Ross, who represents North Carolina's second congressional district.

Ross went on to say that "this bipartisan bill will ensure that public servants who are delivering life-saving aid have access to the resources and care they need to stay healthy and continue protecting communities in North Carolina and across the country.”

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black 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 Saturday, 02 July 2022 21:46

Poor People's Campaign rallies in Washington to mobilize low-income voters

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. organized low-income Americans of different backgrounds in a march on Washington known as the "Poor People's Campaign."

Over 50 years later, thousands of protesters gathered Saturday to deliver that same message at the Poor People's and Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls.

The rally urged low-income voters to participate in the upcoming midterm elections and featured religious organizations, pro-democracy groups, labor unions and climate activists from across the country.

"As long as there are 140 million poor and low-income people in this country, and we know it doesn't have to be this way, we won't be silent anymore," said the Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NPR.COM

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black 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 Sunday, 19 June 2022 06:07

Cleveland school board votes to ban teachers from carrying guns in schools after Mayor Bibb announced last week that he would not permit it, the mayor of whom controls the city's largely Black public schools per state law and appoints board members

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Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, the city's fourth Black mayor

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Following the lead of Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Dr. Eric Gordon and Mayor Justin Bibb, the Cleveland school board at a special board meeting Tuesday night voted unanimously to ban teachers and non-security personnel employed by the city's largely Black public school district, which the city mayor controls pursuant to a state law, from carrying firearms on school grounds.

"We know this is the right thing to do," CMSD Board Chair Anne Bingham said. "I can't imagine what the  legislature is thinking."

The measure taken by the district's school board members, all of whom are appointed by the city mayor per state law, comes just a day after GOP Gov Mike DeWine signed a bill into law that allows Ohio's school district employees to carry fire arms in schools with limited training.

Flanked by Gordon and top brass of the city's police department Mayor Bibb said during a press conference last week that arming teachers with guns in the city's public schools is not the answer to increased fears nationwide of mass school shootings and that he is adamantly against permitting "teachers to bring weapons into our schools."

Ohio school districts could begin arming employees as soon as the start of the 2022-2023 academic school year under the legislation crafted by Republican lawmakers and signed into law on Monday by DeWine.

Democrats oppose the legislation, House Bill 99, which allows educators and other school district personnel to carry guns after less than 24 hours of training, though it is optional for school districts and Cleveland and its mayor, sanctioned by the mayor's appointed school board, made in clear Tuesday that Cleveland's public school district would not exercise such an option.

Gun control advocates, law enforcement organizations and the state's teachers unions, including the Cleveland Teachers Union officials, which have been vocal against guns in the city's schools, have also expressed opposition.

HB99 not only permits guns in schools with limited training, the bill also slashed the number of training hours required for K-12 staff to carry firearms on school grounds

House Bill 99 requires only 24 hours of training before teachers and staff can carry guns in schools, and an additional eight hours of training each year. That’s far less thanthe previous law, upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court last year, which only allows educators to carry if they undergo basic peace-officer training, consisting of 600-plus hours of training, or if they worked in law enforcement for 20 years.The bill also allows local school boards to make their own security decisions.

The mayor has said that he hopes that other Northeast Ohio school districts will follow Cleveland's lead and that he is “urging every school in this city and every district in this region not to allow weapons in our schools, because arming our teachers with guns is not the solution.”

While mobile officers are allowed to carry weapons on school grounds, Cleveland schools security officers do not have such a privilege.

When state lawmakers passed House Bill 99 earlier this month it was a  response to the May 24 mass-shooting of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas.

Black leaders and the Cleveland NAACP say House Bill 99 is nothing more than a bandaid approach to dealing with violence in schools and that it is irresponsible legislation that puts Black school children at risk as well as Black teachers and administrators, among other school affiliates.

 

Ohio lawmakers have also significantly loosened its conceal-carry law As of June 13, individuals won’t need a permit or any training to carry a concealed handgun in Ohio.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black 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 Saturday, 18 June 2022 15:22

Cleveland's 2022 March For Our Lives and Save Roe march draws hundreds, including Mayor Bibb, Nina Turner, activists, state Senator Nickie Antonio, students, and more

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-Organized by Cleveland activist and organizer Kathy Wray Coleman of Women's March Cleveland and Imperial Women Coalition, March For Our Lives Cleveland and Women's March Cleveland hosted a  Sat., June 11, 2022 noon rally and march that began with a rally on the steps of Cleveland City Hall and drew hundreds, a local march to some 500 marches hosted  to end gun violence and sponsored by March For Our Lives National, which had a march that day also that brought some 30,000 people to the nation's capital in Washington, D.C. Cleveland’s  march also centered around the reproductive rights of women.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF CLEVELAND CHANNEL 5 NEWS COVERAGE AT YAHOONEWS.COM OF CLEVELAND'S JUNE 11, 2022 MARCH FOR OUR LIVES AND TO SAVE ROE EVENT, INCLUDING THE ROUSING SPEECH BY CLEVELAND MAYOR JUSTIN BIBB

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Mayor Justin Bibb, Cleveland's fourth Black mayor and its second youngest, was among some 20 speakers who spoke on City Hall steps, and he spoke on gun control, voting, and Roe v Wade before a jubilant crowd, Roe v Wade the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that made abortion legal nationwide and that pundits say will be overturned this summer by the nation's highest court.

"I don't know about you but I am sick and tired of being sick and tired," the mayor said to an array of applause. "Our Supreme Court is just one step away from reversing Roe v. Wade."


Cleveland's new mayor, a Democrat who won election last year with 63 percent of the vote, went on to say that he can only do only much by himself and that "we have built a movement to change this city."


After discussing the impact of the George Floyd fiasco in Cleveland and COVID-19, the mayor, 34, said that according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "gun violence is the leading cause of death of children across our country "


He concluded his speech by urging Ohioans to vote in November, and to put people in office who will do right by Cleveland.


Cleveland had the largest march in Ohio, which had marches in all of its major cities, including Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Akron and Toledo.


All of Cleveland's mainstream media covered the event as well as some national media like Yahoo News, as well as Clevelandurbannews.com and the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's most prominent Black print newspaper that is published in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. The PA system and music for the event were provided by Cowboy The Music Man Entertainment.


Former Ohio senator Nina Turner was also a keynote speaker and she rallied the crowd with a rousing speech on abortion access and  criticism of a  state legislature in Ohio that is ready to limit abortion rights for women if and when the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade this summer and relegates the authority over abortion, or the lack therof, to respective state legislatures.


Saturday's rallies and marches in Cleveland and nationwide were in response to the unprecedented gun violence as to the recent murders of 10 Black people at a grocery store in Buffalo New York and the killings of two teachers and 19 school children at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.


Other speakers included  student activist Art McKoy Jr.,13, who talked about gun violence against young people in greater Cleveland, Ohio Senator Nickie Antonio, Democratic Lt Governor Candidate and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Cheryl Stephens, Democratic Ohio Attorney General Nominee State Rep. Jeff Crossman, community activists Elaine Gohlstin, Delores Gray, organizer Alfred Porter Jr. of Black on Black Crime Inc., and who helped organize the event, other community activists, public school students of greater Cleveland, and educators. Black mothers who have lost sons and daughters to gun violence in the city of Cleveland also spoke.


Sandra Hardwick, the mother of 21-year-old Britany Hardwick who was shot and killed last December in her car in her mother's driveway in Cleveland's Collinwoold neighborhood, spoke and asked the crowd "who killed Britany?" as her daughter's killer remains at large.


County Councilwoman Stephens, also a former Cleveland Heights mayor and the first Black Democratic Lt governor nominee in Ohio history, and who is running on the ticket of gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley, a former Dayton, Ohio mayor, said that  women’s rights and Civil Rights that came about under Black leaders and icons  like the late Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks are sorely under attack in America and that now is the time for people to rise up and fight back.


East Cleveland School Board Member Dr. Mary Rice, a former John F. Kennedy High School principal in Cleveland took on Gov Mike Dewine, who this month signed a bill into law that allows teachers and non-security personnel  in Ohio to carry guns in schools with limited training, though the decision is optional to local school districts, took on Ohio's governor during her speech.


Rice said that House Bill 99 is ludicrous and that "Gov DeWine we will now allow teachers in our schools to carry guns to gun down Black children."


Affiliated greater Cleveland organizations as to Saturday's  march for our lives in Cleveland include the Imperial Women Coalition, International Women's Day March Cleveland, the Musketeers Association, Together We Rise,  Impact, Black on Black Crime Inc., Refusefacism Ohio, Carl Stokes Brigade, Black Women's Political Action Committee of Ohio and greater Cleveland, Brickhouse Wellness Center, Metro-Cleveland Alliance of Black School Educators and League of Women Voters Greater Cleveland Chapter.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black 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 Wednesday, 15 June 2022 22:36

Intersections near Supreme Court blocked by pro-choice protesters as Roe decision closes in, Fox News reports

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Pro-choice demonstrators blocked several intersections surrounding the Supreme Court on Monday morning as part of the "Shut Down SCOTUS" protest organized as the Roe v. Wade decision nears.

Politico published a leaked draft opinion in May indicating that the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that established a federal right to an abortion. Protesters gathered at a park around 7 a.m. and marched about half a mile to the Supreme Court before blocking off several intersections.

"My body, my choice," protesters chanted on their way to the Supreme Court.

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Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black 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.

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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