Showing posts from January, 2023

Cleveland's Tyre Nichols vigil draws about 50 people, far less than the George Floyd riot crowd in Cleveland in May of 2020 that drew thousands....Some people say that Cleveland activists should be focusing on how Blacks in Cleveland are treated, including in the Cuyahoga County Jail where dozens of inmates have died in recent years and have been harassed by the special forces unit dubbed 'The Men in Black,' which is also called 'The Goon Squad' by inmates....Seasoned Black Cleveland activists say they were not included for the vigil with the help of the city's pro-establishment mainstream media because they are outspoken and pro-Black, and they do not get grant monies from the county....By

  Protesters in Cleveland who rallied for justice for George Floyd on May 30, 2020 torched  police cars as violence erupted in the largely Black major American city   Tyre Nichols The five fired Memphis cops who face second degree murder and other charges for beating 29-year-old Tyre Nichols to death during a traffic stop Convicted Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (right), and his murder victim, George Floyd Thousands gather at the Free Stamp next to Cleveland City Hall in downtown Cleveland on Saturday., May 30, 2020 for a rally for justice for Minneapolis police murder victim George Floyd, a rally that turned violent and erupted into riots. A vigil held Sunday, Jan 29, 2023 in the same spot for Tyre Nichols, whom Memphis police beat to death on Jan 7, 2023, drew hardly 50 people. Photo by Tristan Rader and By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief CLEVELAND, Ohio- A vigil held at the Free Stamp i

Ohio Congresswoman Emilia Sykes (pictured at right marching in Cleveland for International Women's Day on March 8, 2021 along with former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and now 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Shontel Brown) to be sworn-in in Akron on January 28, 2023 by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart, the first Black elected to Ohio's highest court.....Rep Sykes is the newest member of Ohio's largely Black and majority female five-member Democratic Congressional Delegation, which also includes Reps Beatty, Kaptur and Shontel Brown, and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Cleveland.....By

  Ohio 13th Congressional District Congresswoman Emilia Sykes, an Akron Democrat Then Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley at International Women's Day March Cleveland in Cleveland on March 8, 2021  (fourth from left holding banner and wearing blue face mask) , who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2022 marches in Cleveland on International Women's Day. Also pictured are  now 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Shontel Brown, then County Democratic Party chairwoman and a county councilwomen  (third from left) ,   and 13 Congressional District Congresswoman Emilia Sykes, then Ohio House Minority Leader Rep Emilia Sykes  (fifth from left)   Ohio's five-member Democratic Congressional Delegation is majority Black as of the Nov 8, 2022 midterm elections and includes U.S. Rep Emilia Sykes of Akron (top left), U. S. Reps Shontel Brown of Warrensville Hts. (top right), Joyce Beatty of Columbus (bottom left), and Marcy Kaptur of Toledo (bottom right), and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Clev

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb and Council President Blaine Griffin butt heads over the mayor's shared community governance proposal for city council that council would not support....Councilman Kevin Conwell called it an attempt to "strip African-American elected officials of Cleveland of power".... The mayor says that the now defunct proposed legislation would have increased community involvement as Griffin promises public hearings on the shared governance idea....By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

From left: Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb, Council President Blaine Griffin, and Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell  and   CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb and City Council President Blaine Griffin are publicly butting heads for the first time since Bibb took office a year ago in January and since Griffin, an east side Ward 6 councilman who supported Bibb's opponent for mayor, was chosen last January by his peers to lead the 17-member all Democratic city council. Both Bibb, 35,  and Griffin, a former community relations director under Bibbs' predecessor, former longtime retired mayor Frank Jackson, are Black, and so is Jackson, who served four terms and is the city's longest serving mayor, and a former city council president himself. The second largest city in Ohio, behind Columbus, Cleveland is a majority Black city of some 372,000 people, and most of its residents live below the poverty line. It is the

New Cleveland Community Police Commissioners to meet January 25 and for the first time since being sworn-in late last year....Media are invited, say city officials.... By

Image  and CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Community Police Commission will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 25 and for the first time since commission members were sworn-in late last year. The 13 member comission was establshed by Cleveland voters via a ballot initiative for police reforms with Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb having authority under the city charter to appoint 10 comssion members with the approval of city council and city council, under the leadership of Council President Blaine Griffin, who is Black like Mayor Bibb, three members.  The city and the U.S. Department of Justice are parties to a court-monitored conscent decree for police reforms implemented in 2015 following heigntened complaints of police misconduct and several questionable police killings of Blacks, including Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, rapper Kenneth "Ball" Smith, Brandon Jones, and more. The CPC was initiall