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Sunday, March 6, 2016
Blacks Do Matter rally set for Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, an event sponsored by Black clergy, community activists, and family members of victims of Cleveland police killings...The event contact numbers are Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition at 216-659-0473 and Al Porter of Black of Black Crime Inc. at 216-804-7462.....By www.clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader
PRESS RELEASE TO ALL MEDIA. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AS TO CLEVELAND JUSTICE CENTER RALLY BY BLACK CLERGY AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS AGAINST POLICE KILLINGS OF UNARMED TAMIR RICE, TANISHA ANDERSON, MALISSA WILLIAMS, TIM RUSSELL AND OTHERS, AND AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
RALLY AT NOON ON MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016.
CONTACT PERSONS ARE KATHY WRAY COLEMAN OF THE IMPERIAL WOMEN COALITION AT (216) 659-0473 AND AL PORTER JR. OF BLACK ON BLACK CRIME INC AND THE BLACK MAN'S ARMY AT (216) 804-7462...OTHER ACTIVIST GROUPS INCLUDE PEACE IN THE HOOD, THE CARL STOKES BRIGADE, REVOLUTION BOOKS, THE CLEVELAND PEOPLE'S FORUM, SISTER TO SISTER, THE MILLION WOMEN MARCH CLEVELAND, STOP TARGETING OHIO'S POOR, THE OPPRESSED PEOPLE'S NATION, AND THE CLEVELAND CHAPTER OF THE NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY
Who: Greater Cleveland Black clergy of the Federation and the Cleveland Clergy Alliance, community activist groups, and family members of police killing victims and women murdered (Those killed by Cleveland police in the last four years include Blacks of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, 137 shots victims Malissa Williams and Tim Russell, rapper and Kenneth Smith. Daniel Ficker, who was White and erroneously killed by Cleveland police like the aforementioned others, is also supported. Black women murdered whose killers remain at large include the women of Cleveland East 93rd Street)
What/When/Where/Why: A rally at noon on Monday, March 7, 2016 on the steps of the Justice Center on Lakeside Ave in downtown Cleveland to remember the many people killed by police in the last four years under the tenure of current County Prosecutor Tim McGinty and to send a message of discontent as the March 15 primary election nears and as he seeks re-election independent of even participating in public forums in the Black community. Only one cop has been indicted of since fired policeman Michael Brelo, who was acquitted of manslaughter charges last year in a bench trial before Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell, who leads the 34 majority White common pleas judges in incarcerating Black people in a disproportionate manner
ACTIVISTS DEMANDS ARE AS FOLLOWS AND DO NOT INLCUDE ALL CONCERNS:
(www.clevelandorbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader and activist forum)
1. Justice, prosecutions, and accountability of law enforcement for victims of arbitrary Cleveland police killings including, but not limited to, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Malissa Williams Timothy Russell, Kenneth Smith and Daniel Ficker.
2. Compliance with the court-monitored consent decree for police reforms between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice and more minority and women police officers in Cleveland and in municipalities, townships and villages across the county.
3. Implementation of a countywide missing persons center where police can communicate across municipal and other jurisdictions, and reward monies from the sheriff and county prosecutors as to a potential suspect relative to the at large killers of the murdered women of Cleveland East 93rd Street.
4. Implementation of a complete overall of the county grand jury process, and open discovery and more diversity in employment in the county prosecutor's office.
5. Diversity in the courts, including more minority judges, particularly Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judges, and an investigation regarding the study commissioned by the Cleveland NAACP that found disparities in sentencing by common pleas judges against the Black community.
6. Representative counsel and fair play for indigent defendants facing serious crimes, most of whom are Black, data show.
7. Sensitivity as to heightened violence against greater Cleveland women and more resources to find missing women, their rapists, and their killers.