Showing posts from September, 2012

Cleveland schools second levy debate sponsored by The Imperial Women Coalition, community activists in Lee -Harvard Ward 1 at Harvard Community Services Center gets heated, was informative, activists vote 39 to 13 against school levy, over 125 people attend, state Senator Nina Turner cancels at last minute, debate is covered by Channel 3's Lynna Lai, watch Lai's video of the debate here, State Sen. Shirley Smith discusses new state law to expunge felonies, misdemeanors, debators were Gerald Henley, Debbie Kline, Donna Walker Brown, Kimberly Brown, State Rep. Patmon was moderator, John Hairston, Linda Matthews represent Congresswoman Fudge at debate, Genevieve Mitchell, Ernest Smith speak, debate panelists were Frances Caldwell, Roz McAllister, Kathy Wray Coleman, Cleveland African-American Museum honored at event, State Rep. John Barnes participated too

CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland schools second levy debate, held Tues, Sept. 25 in Ward 1 at the Harvard Community Services Center, was informative and  got heated, with News Channel 3's Lynna Lai covering it, among other media, such as Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read Black and urban online newspaper  ( ). (Editor's Note: Community activists thank Elaine Ghostin, CEO of the Harvard Community Services Center, for permitting the debate at the community facility). Watch the Channel 3 (WKYC) news video above and read Lai's story on the event below this story. (Editor's Note: Some people at the debate voted 39 to 13 against the levy  via a poll taken by The Imperial Women Coalition, the sponsoring group of the debate that drew more than 125 people to Cleveland's predominantly Black east side). Debating for the levy that, if passed by Cleveland voters, would bring some $67 million annually for four years,  were Debbie Kline a

Congresswoman Fudge to lead National Voters' Day Rally, September 25, 11am to 1pm, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, grassroots, elected officials, preachers, union leaders to speak , grassroots Cleveand schools levy debate to be held later that evening on September 25, 6 pm, Harvard Community Services Center, 18240 Harvard Ave in Cleveland

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) By Kathy Wray Coleman, Executive Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com  ( ) and ( ) CLEVELAND, Ohio- National Voter Registration Day residents, elected officials, union leaders, faith and civic leaders, and grassroots organizations will join Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-11) for a rally from 11 am to 1 pm on Tues, September 25 in front of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland, to encourage all eligible voters in Cuyahoga County to vote on November 6.  Speakers for the two hour voters day  rally include Fudge, State Senator Nina Turner (D-25),  Ohio House Minority Leader Armond Budish, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers, South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo Rev. Larry Harris Sr., Rev Timothy Eppinger, Rev. Rodney S. Thomas, Community Activist K

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason resigns, McGinty to replace him, Mason sites death sentence of Serial Killer Anthony Sowell as an accomplishment, he had fallen out with Black leaders over Issue 6, county reform, but did departure article with the Call and Post, Ohio's Black press, Mason help make Black judges like Judges Carr and Williams-Byers

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason Convicted Serial Killer Of 11 Black Women Anthony Sowell Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper Photo ( Click Here To Go To The Plain Dealer Newspaper At Cleveland.Com ) Tim McGinty, the Democratic nominee for Cuyahoga County prosecutor and a former Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey Carr, a former assistant county prosecutor under Bill Mason, who was a lead prosecutor in the capital murder trial of Serial Killer Anthony Sowell, who murdered and dismembered 11 Black women at his home on Imperial Ave. in Cleveland, Oh. South Euclid Judge Gail Williams Byers, a former assistant county prosecutor under Bill Mason By Kathy Wray Coleman, Executive Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com  ( ) and ( ) CLEVELAND,Ohio- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Ma

Ohio State Sen Nina Turner agrees to a debate community activists on Cleveland schools levy, confirms via email, debate is Tues, Sept 25 from 6pm to 8 pm at the Harvard Community Services Center, State Reps John Barnes Jr., Bill Patmon to moderate, State Sen. Shirley Smith to attend to discuss new state law to expunge a felony, misdemeanors

Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com  ( ) and ( ) CLEVELAND-Ohio. State Sen Nina Turner (D-25), Cleveland Jobs With Justice Executive Director Debbie Kline  and Gerald Henley, will debate next week in Cleveland Ward 1 for the Cleveland schools 15-mill property tax levy that is on the November ballot against Educational Activist Donna Walker Brown and Community affiliate Kimberly Brown, both of whom are against it. The debate, expected to draw a large crowd, will be on  on Tues, Sept. 25 from 6pm to 8pm at the Harvard Community Services Center, 18240 Harvard Ave. in Cleveland.  For more information contact The Imperial Women Coalition at 216-712-2641. State Sen. Shirley Smith (D-22) will talk at intermission about a new state law that she sponsored that permits the expungment of crimina

BREAKING NEWS: Cleveland NAACP to hold public comment meeting today Sept. 18 from 6 pm to 8 pm, Cathedral Church of God in Christ, 2940 MLK Drive in Cleveland, activists to ask NAACP to deal with sentencing disparities against Blacks, mortgage fraud, missing children and the state legislature's unconstitutional public school funding formula

By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com  ( ) and ( ) CLEVELAND, Ohio- The public is invited to speak today, Sept. 18 at the regular meeting of the Cleveland NAACP, which will be held from 6pm to 8pm at the church of Bishop E. F. Perry, The Cathedral Church of God and Christ, 2940 Martin Luther King Drive in Cleveland. "There will be a segment for the public to speak and we invite everybody to this meeting," said Arlene Anderson, executive director of the local Civil Rights branch, which is also led by Cleveland area attorney James Hardiman, the president of the organization. Community activist groups and poor people previously denied entrance to meetings to seek help under former president George L. Forbes and ousted executive director Stanley Miller said that they are pleased that the public can now speak. "We lo

Winston-Salem State University Rams defeat Morehouse College Maroon Tigers at Cleveland Classic football game at Cleveland Browns Stadium, 55 to 21, Shaw High School Marching Band steals show at half time

By Johnette Jernigan  ( ) The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission kicked off The Second Annual Cleveland Classic football game on Sept. 15 at Cleveland Browns Stadium with Winston-Salem State University Rams defeating Morehouse College Maroon Tigers 55 to 21.  The Cleveland Classic highlights historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU), some 80 of which exist in the United States.  The halftime show featured the marching bands from Morehouse College and Winston-Salem University, and Shaw High School, under the direction DeVon Wilson that stole the show.  Both Winston-Salem and Morehouse performed tributes to the late pop singer Whitney Houston while the Shaw High School Marching Band, under the direction of DeVon Wilson, did a medley of oldies but goodies, including popular hits like Cameo’s, ‘Word Up,’ and ‘Just Got Paid,’ by Johnny Kemp. Sponsors of the event include McDonald’s, Key Bank, University Hospitals, The Call and Post

Grassroots hold Cleveland schools levy debate with Councilman Jeff Johnson debating Donna Walker Brown, Kimberly Brown, 5 Black Cleveland councilpersons attend, State Rep. Patmon was debate moderator, sponsored by Imperial Women Coalition of some 20 area activist groups, coalition leaders vote 29 to 12 against levy, Attorney Passalacqua, Activist Wille Stokes honored at debate for community service, activists against closing John Marshall High School were there too, second debate is planned in Cleveland City Council Ward 1 with State Sen. Nina Turner, Councilman Johnson, Debbie Kline for the levy and Donna Walker Brown, Kimberly Brown and Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed against it

Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson Kimberly Brown Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Donna Walker Brown Ohio State Representative Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland) By Johnette Jernigan and Kathy Wray Coleman, Cleveland Urban News.Com  ( ) Organized by The Imperial Coalition, a group of over 20 Cleveland area grassroots organizations, a debate was recently held at Lil Africa on the proposed 15-mill tax levy for the Cleveland Municipal School District, which is on the November 6 ballot. (Editor's Note: A second debate is set for Sept. 25 with State Sen. Nina Turner (D-25), Debbie Kline, and Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson for the levy, and Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman Jeff Johnson and Community Advocates Donna Walker Brown and Kimberly Brown against it. Patmon and state Rep. John Barnes Jr. (D-12) will co-moderate that debate and community activists are waiting on approval as to whether it can be held at the Harvard Community Serv

City of Cleveland publicly utilities director Barry Withers loses wife, Cleveland water department is in disarray in his absence, community activists may picket city hall, say they will hold off due to death of Ms. Withers, they want a meeting

Barry A. Withers By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com  ( ) and ( ) CLEVELAND, Ohio- Barry A Withers, the director of public utilities for the City of Cleveland since 2010 and a top administrator under former Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White, has lost his wife. City officials and other city employees received an email today that states that Withers' wife had died. A city employee speaking under condition of anonymity said that Dianne G Withers, 61,  had suffered a long illness. And in Withers' absence Northeast Ohio residents that the Cleveland Water Department serves and  the employees of the embattled department, have said that the department is in disarray, and has been for sometime. Community activists, whom Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Donna Walker Brown led in a picket of City Hall last week over efforts by c