Friday, March 27, 2015

The Cleveland Clergy Alliance, community activists, judges to rally at noon on steps of Cleveland City Hall on March 28, 2015 as to police killings, legal system injustices, community input on DOJ report consent decree.....By Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leader in Black digital

By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News.Com, and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and newspaper blog. 
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The Rev. Lorenzo Norris

CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Clergy Alliance, a, organization of 25 different greater Cleveland area religious groups led by the Rev. Lorenzo Norris, a community activist and senior pastor at Concord Baptist Church in Cleveland, will host a rally at the Free Stamp and on the steps of Cleveland City Hall in downtown Cleveland at 601 Lakeside Avenue at noon on Saturday, March 28.

Organizers told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, that they are expecting hundreds a large crowd.

The theme of the faith-based initiative, that also includes community activists, is "life, liberty, empowerment, education, and justice for all."

The focus of the event, say organizers, is Cleveland police killings of unarmed people, mainly Blacks, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and legal system injustices in general.

Also at issue is community input as to the current process of the negotiations of a consent decree between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice as to a scathing report released last December against the largely White Cleveland Police Department. That report found systemic or institutional problems in the Cleveland Police Department, including illegal excessive force killings, and police harassment of innocent women, children, and the mentally ill.

The list of speakers, according to organizers, is as follows: Carol Steiner of  the grassroots group Puncture the Silence, Genevieve Mitchell of the Carl Stokes Brigade, Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition and Cleveland Urban News.Com, Black on Black Crime Vice President Al Porter, Abdul Qahhar of the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, South Euclid Judge Gail Williams Byers, Yvonka Hall of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition,  Michelle Larde of the Cuyahoga County Social Welfare Council, Rev. Dr.Andrew Clark, Rev. Stanley Miller, and Kimberly F. Brown of the Brown Report Media.( / (