Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rep. Marcia Fudge Introduces Congressional Resolution On Imperial Ave. Murders Of 11 Black Women As Anniversary Rally To Remember The Women Looms

Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-11)

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As the Imperial Women and a host of some 16 other organizations, including the Cleveland Chapter of the NAACP, prepare for a rally and vigil on Oct. 29 as to the one-year anniversary that the remains of what would ultimately be 11 Black women found at the home of alleged serial killer Anthony Sowell, a Congressional resolution sponsored around the matter by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-11) awaits passage by the House of Representatives.

"We again thank Congresswoman Fudge for meeting with the Imperial Women and other groups around the issue of violence against women and the Imperial Avenue Murders earlier this year and we patiently await passage of the resolution by the House," said Kathy Wray Coleman, a leader of the Imperial Women, a grassroots group that takes on women's issues and was formed around the unprecedented murders on Imperial Avenue, an issue that has gained both national and international attention."We look forward to a well-attended remembrance rally where we shall also push to get out the vote for the upcoming Novemver 2 election on issues impacting women and the Black community."

Fudge has introduced the following resolution around the Imperial Avenue Murders` that is currently before the House Committee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security:

The Library of Congress 111th Congress (2009-2010)

H.RES.1049 -- Recognizing the murders of the Imperial Avenue Eleven as a tragedy and an example of the need to continue the fight to eradicate violence against women.

Whereas the Imperial Avenue Eleven include Tonia Carmichael, Nancy Cobbs, Tishana Culver, Crystal Dozier, Telacia Fortson, Amelda Hunter, Leshanda Long, Michelle Mason, Kim Yvette Smith, Diane Turner, and Janice Webb;

Whereas the Imperial Avenue Eleven are 11 African-American women who were murdered by strangulation and several of whom were also raped;

Whereas the Imperial Avenue Eleven's remains were first discovered in October of 2009 on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, at the home of Anthony Sowell, a registered sex offender and convicted attempted rapist;

Whereas many of the families and friends of the Imperial Avenue Eleven reported them as missing persons to the authorities months before their remains were found or an investigation was commenced;

Whereas the case of the Imperial Avenue Eleven gained national and international attention, demonstrating that violence against women continues to plague communities in the United States 15 years after Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act;

Whereas despite the recent 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, violence affects women of all races and ethnicities;

Whereas 17.7 percent of White women, 18.8 percent of Black women, 6.8 percent of Asian-Pacific Islander women, 34.1 percent of Native American and Alaskan women, and 24.4 percent of mixed race women report that they have suffered a rape or attempted rape in their lifetime; and

Whereas far too many women in communities and neighborhoods in the United States, and across the world, continue to suffer from violence: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) recognizes the murders of the Imperial Avenue Eleven as a tragedy and an example of the need to continue the fight to eradicate violence against women;

(2) extends condolences to the families and loved ones of the Imperial Avenue Eleven;

(3) recognizes the relentless work of local and national organizations in the fight to end violence against women and to bring attention to the murders of the Imperial Avenue Eleven;

(4) recognizes a significant need for an increase in efforts and awareness to reduce the epidemic of violence against women; and

(5) calls upon men and women of all ages, communities, organizations, and all levels of government, to work in collaboration to end violence against women.