Friday, May 10, 2013

Imperial Women, other activists groups to hold Imperial Avenue rally on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland to remember the 11 Black women murdered on the street by serial killer Anthony Sowell, to call attention on the need for more focus to be given by police and other authorities to finding missing Black and other minority women, and to rally for Cleveland police to solve the rape and murders of Jazmine Trotter, 20, and Christine Malone, 45, both Black women

CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Imperial Women and other community activists groups will hold a rally at 5:30 pm on Saturday, May 11, 2013 on East 123rd and Imperial Ave. in Cleveland to remember the 11 Black women (pictured below) raped and murdered on the street at the home of convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell and to call attention to the need for more focus to be paid to find Black and other minority women that are abducted, raped and murdered. The rally will also call for police to find the assailants that raped and murdered Christine Malone 45, and Jazmine Trotter, 20, (both pictured below) in March of this year. They too are Black women. For more information contact The Imperial Women at 216-659-0473. (For directions take downtown Cleveland to Kinsman Ave. Take Kinsman to E. 123rd St and turn left. Go three blocks to Imperial Ave.)
Serial Killer Anthony Sowell

Speakers include the Malone family, Black elected officials including Cleveland Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, and community activists. Other affiliated grassroots groups include The Oppressed People's Nation, The Carl Stokes Brigade, Ohio Family Rights, Peace in the Hood, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Organize Ohio, The Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, The People's Forum, The Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, The Cleveland Chapter of The New Black Panther Party, The Cleveland African-American Museum and Black on Black Crime Inc. (Editor's Note: A CNN report by Anderson Cooper relative to the abduction of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, and other data show that African-American women and other minority women are less likely to be found because police and other authorities pay less attention to them as missing persons).

Jazmine Trotter,20,
raped and murdered
this year in Cleveland, Oh.

Christine Malone, 45,
raped and murdered
this year in Cleveland, Oh.

Eleven  Black women (shown below) were strangled and murdered on Imperial Avenue on Cleveland's predominantly Black east side, unprecedented murders that rocked the largely Black city of some 400,000 people. Six were murdered after Convicted Serial Killer Anthony Sowell, 52, was captured in 2008 and then released from custody, Cleveland city officials admit. Their remains were uncovered beginning on Oct 29, 2009 and Sowell, who was convicted of 82 of 83 counts including multiple counts of aggravated murder, sits on death row as his 2011 convictions are on appeal before the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals. Family members of the victims say their missing persons reports were ignored by Cleveland police.

 The Imperial Avenue Women

  1. Amanda Berry (left) and Gina DeJesus
Michelle Knight