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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 09:57

Cleveland and all of Ohio's major cities will host March For Our Lives protests on June 11, 2022 against gun violence as part of a nationwide event, Cleveland's rally and march also to address women's reproductive rights as Roe v Wade will be overturned

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-March For Our Lives National, a gun control group founded behind the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida in 2018 that left 17 dead and 17 injured is returning to Washington D.C. on Sat June 11 for its second major march on gun control since 2018, the first march of which drew over a million people to the streets nationwide in protest.


The event, which will also include nearly 500 sister marches in major cities nationwide like Cleveland, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, New York, Louisville and Las Vegas, comes in the wake of the mass school shooting last month in Uvalde, Texas of two teachers and 19 elementary scool children at Robb Elementary School, and the mass murders of 10 Black people in a grocery store super market in Buffalo, New York.


Following the mass shooting in Buffalo, March For Our Lives National tweeted that "our country should have done everything in its power long before today to prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands. Instead, U.S. gun worship empowers this white supremacist violence."


Activists across the country are equally upset. They say something has to be done immediately by Congress and other public policy makers to curb gun violence nationally and in respective cities nationwide, particularly largely Black major American cities.


"We expect a large crowd in Cleveland as we fight against gun violence in our city and elsewhere and for the reproductive rights of Ohio women as Roe v Wade is slated to be overturned by the Supreme Court this summer and our Republican- dominated state legislature is gearing up for more attacks on the statutory and constitutional rights of women in this state," said Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, the head organizer  for Cleveland's upcoming event.


Coleman said that while young activists will be at the forefront of Cleveland's rally and march,  Women's March Cleveland organizers and other seasoned activists will stand with them in solidarity.


In addition to Cleveland, which is expected to have one of the largest marches in the country, Ohio will host marches Saturday in all of its major cities, also including Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati, as well as some smaller cities like Toledo and Wooster.


Cleveland and Women's March Cleveland will host Cleveland's event, a noon rally and march on the steps of Cleveland City Hall in Cleveland, Ohio at 601 Lakeside Ave at Willard Park to march for our lives and for reproductive rights (Click here to register on Facebook for the open-to-the-public Save Roe rally and march for our lives on June11 at noon on the steps of Cleveland City Hall. Click here to register for the event at mobilize us. Registration is optional).


The activist organizers hosting Cleveland's rally and march, mainly grassroots and largely Black organizers who have been in the trenches in Cleveland fight on an array of issues, say they will also stress voting at the event, and education and necessary public policy changes such as responsible gun legislation, and criminal justice reform.

Speakers for Cleveland's June 11 march and rally on the steps of City Hall include student activist Art McKoy Jr., Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, Ohio Senator Nickie Antonio, former Ohio senator Nina Turner, Cleveland Councilman Joe Jones, Cuyahoga County Poet Laureate Honey Bell Bey, 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, Art McKoy and Alfred Porter Jr., other community activists, public school students of greater Cleveland, educators, Cleveland victims of gun violence and other crimes or their family members, Black clergy, Black greater Cleveland educators, and voting and Civil Rights advocates. Call head organizer Kathy Wray Coleman of Women's March Cleveland at 216-659-0473 for more information. Coleman said that at least 1,000 people are expected to attend that gathering.

The city has approved the permit for this event. In addition to Women's March Cleveland and March For Our Lives Cleveland, affiliated greater Cleveland organizations include the Imperial Women Coalition, International Women's Day March Cleveland, the Laura Cowan Foundation, Together We Rise, Black on Black Crime Inc., Refusefacism Ohio, Carl Stokes Brigade, Black Women's Political Action Committee of Ohio and greater Cleveland, Clevelandurbannews.com, the Cuyahoga County Democratic Women's Caucus, Brickhouse Wellness Center, Moms Demand Action, New Era Cleveland, National Congress of Black Women Greater Cleveland Chapter, Metro-Cleveland Alliance of Black School Educators and League of Women Voters Greater Cleveland Chapter. The rally will also briefly address Civil Rights and voting rights, and education and the legal system relative to disenfranchised groups.

According to a Supreme Court leak, the high court will likely issue its opinion in late June of 2022 in a Mississippi case that threatens Roe v Wade, the 1973 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal nationwide.

Organizers said that activists and the community shall stand together as one and fight for reproductive rights, an end to gun and other violence, and the future of the nation's children

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 Friday, 10 June 2022 12:09

March For Our Lives Cleveland and Women's March Cleveland to march June 11, 2022 for our lives and for reproductive rights with a noon rally on the steps of Cleveland City Hall....Speakers include student activist Arthur McKoy Jr., Cleveland's mayor

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-March For Our Lives Cleveland and Women's March Cleveland will host a June 11, 2022 noon rally and march on the steps of Cleveland City Hall in Cleveland, Ohio at 601 Lakeside Ave at Willard Park to march for our lives and for reproductive rights. The upcoming event is a local march to some 500 marches for our lives protests hosted  to end gun violence planned by March For Our Lives National for June 11. This group was founded in 2018 by student survivors of a mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead and 17 injured. (Click here to register on Facebook for the open-to-the-public Save Roe rally and march for our lives on June11 at noon on the steps of Cleveland City Hall. Click here to register for the event at mobilize us. Registration is optional).

Speakers for Cleveland's June 11 march and rally on the steps of City Hall include student activist Art McKoy Jr., Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, Ohio Senator Nickie Antonio, former Ohio Senator Nina Turner, Cleveland Councilman Joe Jones, Cuyahoga County Poet Laureate Honey Bell Bey, Democratic Lt Governor Candidate and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Cheryl Stephens, Democratic Ohio Attorney Geral Nominne State Rep. Jeff Crossman, community activists Elaine Gohlstin, Delores Gray, Art McKoy and Alfred Porter Jr., other community activists, public school students of greater Cleveland, educators, Cleveland victims of gun violence and other crimes or their family members, Black clergy, Black greater Cleveland educators, and voting and Civil Rights advocates. Call head organizer Kathy Wray Coleman of Women's March Cleveland at 216-659-0473 for more information. Coleman said that at least 1,000 people are expected to attend that gathering.

The city has approved the permit for this event. In addition to Women's March Cleveland and March For Our Lives Cleveland, affiliated greater Cleveland organizations include the Imperial Women Coalition, International Women's Day March Cleveland, the Laura Cowan Foundation, Together We Rise, Black on Black Crime Inc., Refusefacism Ohio, Carl Stokes Brigade, Black Women's Political Action Committee of Ohio and greater Cleveland, Clevelandurbannews.com, the Cuyahoga County Democratic Women's Caucus, Brickhouse Wellness Center, Moms Demand Action, New Era Cleveland, National Congress of Black Women Greater Cleveland Chapter, Metro-Cleveland Alliance of Black School Educators and League of Women Voters Greater Cleveland Chapter. The rally will also briefly address Civil Rights and voting rights, and education and the legal system relative to disenfranchised groups.

According to a Supreme Court leak, the high court will likely issue its opinion in late June of 2022 in a Mississippi case that threatens Roe v Wade, the 1973 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal nationwide.
We shall stand together as one as we fight for reproductive rights, our lives, an end to gun and other violence, and the future of our children.
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 Thursday, 09 June 2022 20:23

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb announces that teachers will not be armed with guns In Cleveland's public schools and will speak, among others, at the March For Our Lives and Women's March Cleveland's June 11, 2022 noon City Hall steps rally and march

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

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland's fourth Black mayor, who took office in January, said during a press conference on Tuesday that 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, are banned from carrying firearms in schools.

Mayor Justin Bibb said Tuesday that arming teachers with guns in the city's public schools is not the answer to escalating crime in the city and its schools and that he is admantaly 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 legislation approved last week by Republican lawmakers and set to be signed into law momentarily by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine.

Democrats oppose the legislation, House Bill 99, which would allow educators to carry guns after less than 24 hours of training and is optional for school districts. They say it sends the wrong message, and that it is dangerous.

Gun control advocates, law enforcement organizations and the state's teachers unions have also expressed opposition.

The mayor's announcement comes after state lawmakers, also relative to HB99, last week slashed the number of training hours required for K-12 staff to carry firearms on school grounds and as March For Our Lives Cleveland and Women's March Cleveland will host a mass rally to end gun violence and for reproductive rights on the steps of Cleveland City Hall and noon on Sat., June 11 and then march to nearby Public Square, one of some 500 sibling marches planned nationwide by March For Our Lives National, which will host its on rally that day in Washington D.C . (Click here to voluntarily register on Facebook for the open-to-the-public Save Roe rally and march for our lives on June11 at noon on the steps of Cleveland City Hall. Click here to register for the event at mobilizeus Mayor Bibb is among the speakers at the event, which will also include students, activists, other elected officials, and gun control and reproductive rights and women's advocates. Other greater Cleveland dignataries speaking at the event include state Sen Nickie Antonio, former state senator Nina Turner, Cleveland City Councilman Joe Jones, Democratic Lt Governor Candidate and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Cheryl Stephens, County Poet Laureate Honey Bell Bey and Democratic Ohio Attorney General Nominee State Rep Jeff Crossman of Parma).

Bibb and Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon said that school district officials intend to ban teachers and other non-security personnel from carrying guns in Cleveland schools, after state lawmakers slashed the number of training hours required for K-12 staff to carry firearms on school grounds.

The decision is in response to the section of House Bill 99 that requires at least 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 than current 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 Cleveland Board of Education, whose members are appointed by the mayor per a state law that elminated the elected school board and took effect in 1998, is slated to address a resolution from Gordon on the issue of guns in schools at its next meeting.

The mayor said that he hopes that other Northeast Ohio school districts will follow his 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 last week, it was a  response to the May 24 mass-shooting of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas.

As the bill awaits the signature of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s, he faces reelection against, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Nan Whaley, a former Dayton, Ohio mayor and a gun control advocate.

Black leaders and the Cleveland NAACP say House Bill 99 is nothing more than a  band aid 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 Starting June 13, individuals won’t need a permit or any training to carry a concealed handgun.

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 Thursday, 09 June 2022 19:16

Cleveland City Council passes ordinance establishing a commission on Black women and girls, Mayor Bibb announces, Cleveland deemed one of the worst city's in the country for Black women to live

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Pictured are  Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, Ward 7 Councilwoman Stephanie Howse, and Ward 4 Councilwoman Deborah Gray(wearing tan)

New Cleveland Commission on Black Women and Girls Seeks Social, Health and Economic Equality Estabished ByCleveland City Council

 

The legislation was sponsored by Mayor Bibb and co-sponsored by Councilwomen Stephanie Howse and  Deborah Gray and is designed to address systemic issues facing Cleveland, a largely Black major American city, and a city deemed one of the worst places tolive for Black women


Monday, June 6, 2022 – Cleveland, OH — Cleveland City Council  at its regular meeting on Monday unanimously passed legislation (ORD 373-2022) to create the Cleveland Commission on Black Women and Girls.


Mayor Justin Bibb announced the new city ordinance that he sponsored alongside Ward 4 Councilwoman Deborah Gray and Ward 7 Councilwoman Stephanie Howse, east side council persons and the ony two Black women among 17 councilpersons.


The mayor said that the commission's mission is to improve the quality of life for women and girls by advocating, initiating, and championing programs and legislation to strengthen families and communities. The vision is simple—women and girls in the City of Cleveland deserve access to unlimited opportunities to achieve social, health and economic equality.


To make this a reality, Black women and girls from across the city must have a seat at the table and a voice where decisions are made, he said.


"Cleveland is the worst city in America for Black women. We have a problem and Black women are the experts to help us solve it," said Mayor Bibb, 34 and elected in November by Cleveland voters, and the city's fourth Black mayor. "When Black women thrive, families and communities thrive."


Cleveland is a largely Black major American city of some 372,000 resididents that sits in Cuyahoga County, a 29 percent Black county and Ohio's second largest of its 88 counties. And both Cleveland, where most of its residents live below the poverty line, and Cuyahoga County, a county of roughly 1.2 million people, are Democratic strongholds.


The Cleveland Commission on Black Women and Girls will serve as an advisor to the mayor and city council and make recommendations based on a data-driven approach, the mayor said Monday.


The commission will consist of 12 regular members and two ex officio* members, including the following:

- One Black woman representing the faith community
- One Black woman representing corporate Cleveland
- One Black woman representing higher education
- One Black woman who is a MD within one of the hospital systems
- One Black woman representing social services
- One Black woman representing labor
- One Black woman representing education (primary, secondary and/or pre-school)
- One Black woman representing grassroots organizations in Cleveland
- Two Black women in college
- Two Black students representing ages 11-17
* One Black woman from the Mayor's Office
* One Black woman to represent Cleveland City Council


"This is real progress toward freeing Black women from so many dead-ends in their lives," said Councilwoman Deborah Gray, a co-sponsor of the ordinance. "I see this commission as a historical step toward empowering Black women and girls who for so long have been denied so much."


The commission will also establish a girls' subcommittee to identify, explore and recommend solutions to obstacles that Black girls are facing in the city and, particularly, in the schools.


"This commission is creating an opportunity for Black women and girls to work in partnership with the City of Cleveland on the agenda that they believe is best," said Councilwoman Stephanie Howse, also a co-sponsor of the ordinance. "To get results, we must give the power to Black women. They know what is needed."


Enlightened Solutions, the Cleveland research and advocacy firm behind the Project Noir study, is consulting with the city on this initiative, providing both data and expertise in developing and gathering the metrics required to measure the Commission's progress over time.


In response to the 2020 Bloomberg CityLab report that ranked Cleveland as the worst city for Black Women's livability, Project Noir took a deep dive into the lived experiences of more than 450 Black women and girls and put rich quantitative and narrative context around the dead-last ranking.


"We really do think that there are solutions, but we need to stop looking to other regions and get creative with our own problems," said Bethany Studenic, co-founder and managing director of Enlightened Solutions. "We believe that if we can solve this in Cleveland, we can solve it anywhere."


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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2022 13:24

Kamala Harris warns of the loss of privacy if Roe Is overturned, People Magazine reports.....Women agree as Women's March Cleveland will team with March for Our Lives for a June 11, 2022 noon rally on Cleveland City Hall steps for our lives and for Roe

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Pictured is United States Vice President Kamala Harris, the nation's first Black and first woman vice president

WASHINGTON, D.C.-With the Supreme Court expected to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision later this month, Vice President Kamala Harris, the nation's first Black and first woman vice president and a former U.S. senator from California, is warning about the loss of privacy that could come. (Editor's note: March For Our Lives Cleveland and Women's March Cleveland will host a June 11, 2022 noon rally and march on the steps of Cleveland City Hall in Cleveland Ohio at 601 Lakeside Ave at Willard Park to march for our lives and for reproductive rights This is a local march to some 500 marches for our lives protests hosted  to end gun violence planned by March For Our Lives National for June 11. This group was founded in 2018 by student survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that left 17 dead and 17 injured. Click here to respond to Cleveland's June 11 march and rally on Facebook where nearly 2,000 people have shown interest in the march to date, and click here to register at mobilizeus, though no registration is needed for the free and open-to-the-public event. The event contact tel is (216) 659-0473).

In a video shared exclusively with PEOPLE, Harris, 57, explains that reversing Roe would not only eliminate the constitutionally guaranteed right to abortion, but also several other rights that are predicated on the 1973 decision, like the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case that allowed for same-sex marriage.

"At its core, Roe is about the right to privacy. The freedom to make decisions about your own body," she explains. "The right to privacy that forms the basis of Roe is the same foundation used to recognize other important rights, such as the right to use contraception. And the right to marry someone of the same sex; someone you love."

CLICK HERE TO GO TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT PEOPLE.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 Tuesday, 07 June 2022 01:48

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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