Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Longtime Cleveland activist Alma Cooper, the sister of activist Ada Averyhart, dies....Visitation is Friday, May 27 and the wake and funeral are Saturday, May 28.....Cooper was in the trenches with activists on issues impacting Cleveland's Black community, including the Art Feckner drug sting case, the Cleveland police killing of 23-year-old Michael Pipkens, and voting and other Civil Rights.....By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

Alma Cooper
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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND-Ohio-Longtime Cleveland community activist Alma Cooper died Sunday May, 22 after a long illness. She was 93-years-old and one of 16 siblings.

Among them is longtime Cleveland activist Ada Averyhart, 83, who said that she moved to Cleveland in 1952 from Brownsville, Tennessee  where she and her siblings were raised because she was following Alma.

"Alma was the best sister in the world, and she died on my birthday" said Ada." She will be missed."

Visitation is Friday, May 27 from 5pm-7pm at the Wanton-Horne Chapel of Peace Funeral Home, 12519 Buckeye Avenue in Cleveland

The wake is at 10:00 pm on Saturday, May 28 at Providence Baptist Church, 12712 Buckeye Road in Cleveland, with funeral services following at 10:30 am.

Alma Cooper, by all standards, was a change agent.

"My mother lived a life of significance and we are proud of the change that she helped bring about," said her daughter Janice Turner Riley.

"She was fair and committed and she did not discriminate against the powers that be when fighting for the community," said Turner Riley.

Cooper was a longtime homemaker who retired from the homestead department for the Cuyahoga County auditor's office. She was a longtime resident of Cleveland Wards 6 and a former precinct committee woman who served on numerous boards, including the Buckeye Congress and the East End Neighborhood House. She was in the trenches with local community activists for decades on Cleveland police killings such as the Michael Pipens case, the controversial 1980s case of Art Feckner case, and relative to voting and other Civil Rights.

Feckner was White and a big time cocaine dealer on the city's largely Black east side and activists and Black community leaders were upset that police and FBI authorities allegedly allowed the drug sales to prosper as part of a sting operation.

Pipkens was killed in December 1992 by two Cleveland police officers, Michael Tankersley and Jeffrey Gibson,  who put the 23-year-old Black man in a choke hold following a car chase on the east side of town. 

The Pipkens killings gained notoriety and  unleashed community protests and heightened tensions between police and the Black community. 

Retired Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals Sara J. Harper, also a longtime Cleveland NAACP affiliate, told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper,  that Cooper was a religious woman who was dedicated to her family and the community, and that she was  "a calm activist."

Cooper remained active in the community until illness slowed her down. She is preceded in death by a son, Samuel Turner, and survived by three grown children, Ernest Turner, Janice Turner Riley and Tracy Cooper, four siblings, Ada Averhart. the Rev Thomas. Dr. Willie Lewis Averyhart, and James Henry Averyhart, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bernie Sanders officially demands recount of Kentucky Democratic presidential primary votes that brought Hillary Clinton a razor thin win with help from Black voters in Louisville and Lexington......By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of www.clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader


Democratic presidential candidates Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-23-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, LOUISVILLE, Kentucky- Bernie Sanders officially asked for a recount today regarding the May 17 Kentucky Democratic presidential primary that Hillary Clinton won by a razor thin margin, 46.8 percent to Sanders' 46.3 percent.

The difference was roughly 1900 votes.

Clinton won with help from Black voters in Louisville, the state's largest city, and Lexington, its second largest municipality.

At stake are breaking rights and 55 delegates, Clinton currently getting 27 and Sanders also gaining 27. 

A recount will not likely change the number of delegates awarded, political pundits have said. 

The Vermont senator has said publicly that he is "in till the last ballot." And he wants a contested convention where he hopes to change the minds of a wealth of superdelegates that support Clinton. 

His argument, he says, is that polls show that Clinton would lose to Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump and that he would win against the real estate mogul. 

A  Real Clear Politics poll taken between May 13-19 has Sanders beating Trump by an average of 10.8 percentage points in contrast to Clinton losing to Trump by .2 percentage points.

The math, however, does not look good for Sanders, 74. 

Clinton is just 78 delegates short of the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination when including both pledged and superdelegates. 
The former secretary of state has 2, 305 delegates, 1768 pledged delegates and 537 likely superdelegates. Sanders has 1539 delegates,  1,497 pledged delegates, and 42 superdelegates 
To date 

Sanders ran strong in Union and Pike counties of Kentucky where coal miners want systemic change and some are angry over Clinton's energy policies, and he also won in rural areas.

Clinton, 68, had stronger support in urban communities and among suburban Blacks, mainly in Jefferson County.

She beat Sanders in Fayette and Jefferson counties, two of 120 counties in Kentucky, a commonwealth located in the east south- central region of the United States.

Fayette County is 13 percent Black and includes the city of Lexington and its 14 percent Black population, and Jefferson County, led by Louisville and its 33 percent Black population, has  a 20 percent Black population.

Forty-four percent of Kentucky's Black population is in Jefferson County, and 52 percent are in the Louisville Metro area.

Sanders campaigned in Louisville weeks before the primary and so did Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton.

Clinton, herself, campaigned the weekend before the primary at Saint Stephens church in the largely Black west end.

The fight for the delegates continues.

California has 475 delegates and is among nine more scheduled Democratic primaries that can bring pledged delegates.

The others are Puerto Rico, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia on June 14, the last of the primaries.

All but the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, which both have primaries on June 4 and 5 respectively, have their primaries on June 7, the day that Clinton could very easily walk away with the nomination.


The upcoming  Democratic convention is July 25 in Philadelphia.
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ed Wade reportedly seriously ill with cancer and no longer on the bench.....Media and other requests should be directed to Wade's attorney, James Hardiman....Wade ousted fellow Black judge Pauline Tarver from her seat last year in a divisive election, allegedly in part over controversy over the court's specialized mental health docket that he pushed and some like, though some others, including some community activists, call it sometimes retaliatory by the judges. a money getter, and potentially unconstitutional....Former Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Ann Keough, who is White and is now a state appellate judge, would illegally use the Cleveland court's mental health clinic to harass her enemies and Black people, data show......By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ed Wade
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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ed Wade, a Black Republican and former assistant city prosecutor and local defense attorney turned judge, is reportedly seriously ill and in a nursing home in the city.

Wade, a source said, has been sick for a while and reportedly has stage four cancer. 


He is not accepting public visitors and media and other requests should be directed to his attorney, James Hardiman, also the attorney and second vice president for the Cleveland NAACP.


First elected to the Cleveland Municipal Court in 2013,  Wade, 69, won an unexpired term that year and replaced Judge Charles Bauernschmidt, who was appointed by Gov. John Kasich to fill the vacancy created by the election of Judge Michael John Ryan to the county juvenile court bench.
Wade ousted longtime Cleveland Judge Pauline Tarver in a non-partisan election last year to gain her seat before his term expires in 2017, a race he said he entered against a fellow Black judge because by 201 7,the would have been too old, at 70 , to seek reelection to his own seat. The state law limit for Ohio judges is 70.
His  successful run against Tarver, whom he beat 57 percent to 47 percent, created divisiveness in the Black community, women's groups in particular, including the Black Women's Political Action Committee. 
Tarver had been chastised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, for her attendance record due allegedly to illness and for taking care of her since deceased mother.  And this is though White judges absent from the bench, like KJ Montgomery in Shaker Heights, were not targets of the Plain Dealer.  
Sources say that the Plain Dealer's scrutiny of Tarver is partly motivated by alleged racial animus, coupled with sexism, particularly since some skeptical White male judges, and White women like Judge Montgomery, have escaped newspaper criticism for serious behaviors against the public.
Tarver was reportedly against a specialized mental health docket pushed by Presiding and Administrative Judge Ron Adrine, who is also Black and leads the largely Black 12-member general court that hears traffic cases, misdemeanors, and civil cases with damages sought at or below $15,000.
Some people favor the mental health docket that took effect in 2014 and is under expansion.  It is designed to provide services to the mentally ill that face criminal charges , and in cooperation with the mental health community. 

But others, some community activists in fact, say it is sometimes used as retaliation by the judges, and to make unnecessary money, and that the judges are ill equipped to act as mental health counselors and doctors.


In fact, the judges themselves, rather than qualified mental health professionals, make the initial recommendation for defendants to be placed on the mental health docket. And it is illegal if such recommendations are pursued absent the option of defendants to first secure an outside assessment as permitted under state law. 


And rarely, if at all, do the judges  advise defendants of their right to an independent assessment.
Data show that former Cleveland Judge Kathleen Ann Keough, a White Democrat elected to the  8th District Court of Appeals in 2010, would illegally use mental health issues that did not exist to harass outspoken Blacks subject to malicious prosecutions by the city that her political foes had it in for. At the time the court did not have a specialized mental health docket but instead a mental health clinic run by Keough with chief judge Adrine's support.
Research also reveals that some of the judges were simply referring people for mental health assessments for money for court coffers. 
Also at issue are due process and privacy rights, and constitutional matters in general, though the Supreme Court has arbitrarily sanctioned the questionable program. 

Ohio's high court also has corruption and fairness issues, research reveals, activity that is typically overlooked by a biased mainstream media. 


Wade led the specialized mental health docket for the court and attorney Hardiman, who along with Judge Adrine helped Wade unseat Tarver, is a member of the board that oversees the docket, another indication, said sources, that Tarver was a target because she may have questioned the process.


A Democrat, Tarver could not be reached for comment. 


Regardless, those harmed by the abuse of power of the mental health docket are overwhelmingly Black, since most defendants that the court serves, whether in good or bad faith, are Black.
Tarver is a woman's rights advocate and a former executive director of the Cleveland NAACP.
Like Tarver, Wade is also known in Cleveland circles for helping the poor and downtrodden and would often represent poor people in criminal cases free of charge when he was a defense attorney. He too has community activist support.
"We are going to discuss Judge Wade and pray for him at our meeting today," said longtime community activist Ada Averyhart, 81.

Averyhart spoke last Saturday to Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, before attending a meeting that day of the grassroots group the Carl Stokes Brigade, of which she is a member.


Wade has put himself out as an advocate for the fair administration of justice.
“I have handled cases from jaywalking to murder and have always been a strong advocate for justice, no matter the race, creed, or issues of the case,” said Wade in his online judicial biography for the court. “It is my belief that our justice system only works when the community believes that the justice system is fair to all who come before it."
A lifelong resident of Cleveland, Judge Wade is a product of the Cleveland public school system. He graduated from Glenville High School and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton and a law degree from Howard University School of Law. 
The judge's  case docket has been taken over by a visiting judge assigned by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, a popular Republican and former Lt. governor.
If Wade does not return to the bench, and sources said last week that it is unlikely that he will, Gov. Kasich, a Republican and former presidential candidate, will, by law, appoint his replacement.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 115-84 to win Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night, a playoffs win by the widest margin in franchise history for the Cavs and head coach Tyronn Lue, who is Black....Game 2 is Thursday, May 19 at 8:30 pm EST....By www.clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

Kyrie Irving (left) and megastar LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to an Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 win Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, Irving leading the Cavs in scoring with 27 points,  and James finishing with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists. Photo compliments of Getty Images.

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue
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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday won Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, beating the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena 115-84, a beat down by all standards, and the widest margin playoffs game win in franchise history. 

The domination Tuesday night by the team, led by megastar LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, is an indication of what the Raptors have to overcome to walk away with an Eastern Conference title, and it spells trouble, sports pundits have said. 

Irving led the Cavs in scoring with 27 points, followed by James, who scored 24 points on 11of 13 shooting, coupled with six rebounds and four assists. 

Demar DeRozan led the Raptors with 18 points and Kyle Lowry finished with eight points. 

Game 2 is Thursday, May 19 at 8:30 pm EST.

It was the ninth straight postseason playoffs win for the Cavs and head coach Tyronn Lue, who is Black and was promoted from associate coach to the top job in January, replacing David Blatt. 

Coming into the conference finals the Cavs were confident after sweeping the Chicago Bulls in opening series and then ousting the Atlanta Hawks, also with a four-game sweep.

Coach Lue has said at the start of the series that his strategy is to "be aggressive and attack." 

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Black voters in Louisville and Lexington bring Clinton a razor thin primary victory in Kentucky over Sanders, who won the Oregon Democratic primary over Clinton....Forty-four percent of Kentucky's Black population is in Jefferson County, which includes Louisville, and 52 percent are in the Louisville Metro area....In spite of mathematical odds against him, Sanders says he is "in till the last ballot" By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of www.clevelandurbannews.com

Presidential candidates Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton
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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, LOUISVILLE, Kentucky- Hillary Clinton won the Kentucky Democratic primary on Tuesday over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a win by a fraction of a percent, a few thousand votes in fact, and with help from Black voters in Louisville, the state's largest city, and Lexington, its second largest municipality.

She did not, however, give her standard victory speech, an indication, say political pundits, that the former secretary of state is confident that she has Sanders up against the ropes.

With 99 percent of the votes tabulated and 55 delegates at stake, Clinton took Kentucky with 212,318 votes to Sanders' 210, 505, Clinton winning by 46.7 percent, and Sanders 46.3 percent.

Sanders won handily in Oregon Tuesday night, a state with 61 delegates.

There he is beating Clinton 56 percent to her 46 percent with 75 percent of the vote counted.

The delegates are split per the DNC rules for Democrats.

Tuesday's election results have not slowed Sanders' grassroots momentum in a race for the Democratic nomination that has become increasingly intense, and mathematically impossible for him to win.

A Democratic presidential candidate must get 2,383 delegates to clinch the nomination and Clinton has 2,294 total delegates, which includes pledged delegates and likely superdelegates. Sanders, has 1,523, hardly enough to stem the tide.

Sanders ran strong in Union and Pike counties of Kentucky where coal miners want systemic change and more jobs, and he also won in rural areas.

Some coal miners are angry over campaign comments  Clinton made on her proposed energy policies that they say will cut jobs.

Clinton had stronger support in urban communities.

She beat Sanders in Fayette and Jefferson counties.

Fayette County is 13 percent Black and includes the city of Lexington and its 14 percent Black population, and Jefferson County, led by Louisville and its 33 percent Black population, has  a 20 percent Black population.

Forty-four percent of Kentucky's Black population is in Jefferson County, and 52 percent are in the Louisville Metro area.

The native home of boxing great Muhammad Ali, Louisville, with its 250,000 people,  felt its clout as the two presidential contenders courted the Black vote, and others.

Sanders campaigned in Louisville before Tuesday's primary, and so did Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton.

Sanders spoke two weeks ago at a rally on the waterfront in downtown Louisville and Bill Clinton at the African American museum in the Russell community.

Just last weekend, Hillary Clinton rallied supporters at St. Stephen's, likely the city's most prominent Black church.

Kentuckians have supported the Clinton's at the ballot box.

Bill Clinton, as the Democratic nominee, won  Kentucky in both 1992 and 1996, and Hillary Clinton, in 2008, took the Kentucky primary over Barack Obama by 32 points, though she lost the nomination to the then junior senator from Illinois.

Obama went on to win the presidency, and he won a second term in 2012.

Sanders was not taken back by his loss in Kentucky and has his win Tuesday night in Oregon to brag about.

He has had a string of recent victories, including the West Virginia primary on May 10.

During a speech before supporters Tuesday night in California, which he made after his win in Oregon, Sanders vowed to "pass medicare for all health care system."

He said that "no real change has ever occurred in our country from the top on down." And he took the opportunity to push for a win in California's upcoming June 7 primary election.

More noticeably, he made it known that the fight is still on, and said unequivocally, "we are in till the last ballot."

California has 475 delegates and is among nine more scheduled Democratic primaries that can bring pledged delegates.

The others are Puerto Rico, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands.

As the upcoming July Democratic convention nears and Clinton moves closer to grabbing the nomination, Sanders simply will not give up, and neither will his supporters.

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