Press Releases – 6.1.15-7.31.15

6.6.15, 11 am-3 pm. The Glenville Elk Lodge #1494 sponsored a 7thYouth Led March Against Violence.
ARE YOU TIRED OF THE VIOLENCE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS? ARE YOU TIRED OF THE SENSELESS KILLINGS?
COME OUT AND JOIN OUR YOUTH TO PROTEST THE VIOLENCE IN OUR FAMILIES, NEIGHBORHOODS, CITY.
6.8.15, 4:30 pm Candlelight Vigil for Aaron Ladson (32). Come out of your homes and into the streets at 4:30 pm on Monday, 6.8.15, for a rally and candlelight vigil for Aaron Ladson who was killed on Harvard as he was buckling his baby girl in her car seat. Ironically, Aaron is the brother of Brandon White who was killed with three other people in the Chalk Lines Barber Shop in February, and he was going to testify in court regarding these murders.
If we can shut down the streets against police brutality and murder, surely we can shut down the streets again for Black on Black crime.
It is time to stand up people of Harvard. Come out of your homes and into the streets. Now, five people have been murdered, including Aaron Ladson and his brother. In the name of Aaron, let this be the last time blood is shed following the murders at Chalk Line Barbershop. Join Aaron’s family and friends and other concerned citizens against violence.
We will meet at 19510 Harvard and then march up to Warrensville Heights Boulevard near the Chalk Line Barbershop and back to the house..
6.11.15, 7 pm. Candlelight Vigil for Ernest Brown (60). Brutal Carjacking. Family and friends will meet at West Boulevard and Detroit where Ernest Brown was brutally assaulted in a carjacking that resulted in his death. Mr. Brown leaves behind his mother, five brothers and one sister, three daughters and one son, eight grandchildren, aunts, uncles and other family members. Mr. Brown loved talking to and being with his grandchildren. He loved sports, Steve Harvey and was a local pool champion.
His family has opened an account at Fifth Third Bank in the name of the Ernest Brown Memorial Fund for all donations to help pay for his burial.
Join us as we gather with family and friends of Mr. Brown to remember his life and try to bring comfort to each other.
6.13.15, 9 pm. Standing Ovation Party in honor of Gloria James and other courageous women of Greater Cleveland. Over 30 women were honored and recognized for their contributions to our communities.
6.19.15, 5:30 pm. Candlelight Vigil for Michael Kidd, Jr.
6.23.15 10 am. Racial Profiling Outside the Terminal Tower. Thousands of people drop off and pick up family and friends from in front of the Terminal Tower every day.
Why was a Black family who stopped for a second to pick up their son and grandson from in front of the Terminal Tower given a ticket?
Why weren’t all of the White families who picked up or dropped off someone in front of the Terminal Tower given a ticket?
Racial profiling! Another tactic of harassment.
Meet the family who was targeted for some reason. Why? They were a mother and grandmother picking up a young man. Meet them in front of Judge Zone’s courtroom. Courtroom D on the 14th Floor at the Justice Center.
6.23.15, 6 pm. “Memorial & Solidarity Against Racism.” The Memorial Service will be held at University Circle United Methodist Church, 1919 East 107th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.
6.23.15, 6 pm. Candlelight Vigil for Arthur Davis III (22). Family and friends will meet together to remember Arthur Davis III whose life was cut short in a hail of bullets. He was driving down the street when some cowards ran out onto the street shooting a cars passing by – an absolutely senseless killing.
His family and friends will come together to bring comfort for each other.
6.29.15 11 am. Civil Rights Groups To File Amicus Brief Raising Concerns About the Department of Justice and City of Cleveland Consent Decree. On Monday, June 29, the Cleveland Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Collaborative for a Safe, Fair and Just Cleveland, and the Cleveland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will hold a joint press conference to announce the filing of an Amicus Brief in US Federal District Court in the matter of United States v. City of Cleveland (1:15-cv-1046).
In the brief to be filed Monday, the above civil rights groups are seeking to address certain aspects of the Settlement Agreement reached between the City of Cleveland and the Department of Justice regarding the DOJ’s Finding on December 4, 2014. The DOJ found a pattern and practice of unconstitutional conduct of the Cleveland Division of Police, including excessive use of force in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
“We are filing the brief because there are some key areas where the decree has unworkable stipulations that must be remedied to ensure the best chance of truly effective and lasting police reforms that will satisfy the people of Cleveland,” said civil rights attorney James Hardiman, co-chair of the Criminal Justice Legal Redress Committee of the Cleveland branch of the NAACP.
“As civil rights organizations, we represent stakeholders who want to ensure that the consent decree best protects the interests of aggrieved communities and that it is as strong as possible,” said Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, Chair of the Collaborative for a Safe, Fair, and Just Cleveland. “We want the Court to know that without key fixes, the community will be negatively impacted.”
CONTACT: Attorney James Hardiman, 216.256.6544, E-Mail, attyjhard@aol.com; Julia A. Shearson, Collaborative for a Safe, Fair, and Just Cleveland, 216.440.2247, E- Mail, jshearson@cair.com.
6.30.15, 6:30 pm. Candlelight Vigil for John Sullivan (50). Family and friends will meet to remember the life of John Sullivan who was a father of three and a grandfather of five. He had two brothers and a sister. All are suddenly left without the person they loved. They will no longer hear his laughter or be there when he made everyone smile.
Mr. Sullivan and another person had stopped at the gas station on the corner and were walking away when they were shot. John Sullivan was killed. The other person is still in the hospital. Two more victims of the crazy, senseless violence consuming our families.
Please join Mr. Sullivan’s family and friends and we gather to remember his life.
7.10.15 7:45 pm. Candlelight Vigil for Veron L. Black (20). Another Cowardly Driveby Murder.
Last weekend was crazy. At least five children were shot and seven adults were shot. Fortunately they are still alive but how do we help the children with feelings of dread, feelings of not being safe, and feelings of anger?
Cowardly driveby shooters and now, a young man, Veron Black (2), who had succeeded despite some challenges in his life, was getting ready to start a job and loved playing basketball, is gone in an instant. Why? Why?
His large family and host of friends will gather on the corner of East 163 & Lotus to remember Veron, and comfort each other.
Stop the Violence. Save our families. No Truth. No Justice. No Peace..
7.14.15, 9 am. A CALL TO ALL THOSE FIGHTING POLICE MURDER. STAND BY THE DEFENDANTS FROM THE MAY 23rd ARRESTS. BE AT THE JUSTICE CENTER at 9AM, TUESDAY, 7.14,15.
PRETRIAL FOR 3 FELONY DEFENDANTS BEGIN 9am and 9:30am
Come to the 16th floor courtroom 16A
PRETRIAL FOR 3 MISDEMEANOR DEFENDANTS BEGIN 10:30am
Come to the 13th floor courtroom C
After the pretrials we will assemble outside (as well as in between the pretrials if time allows.)
A press conference will be called on the Justice Center steps where we will insist on the demands of the petition to:
DROP ALL CHARGES AGAINST THE MAY 23rd PROTESTERS!

INDICT AND CONVICT THE MURDERERS OF MELISSA, TIMOTHY AND TAMIR!

STOP MURDER BY POLICE!
7.18.15 6 pm. A Luau was held by Evelyn B. King Glenara Temple #21 at Glenville Elks Lodge, 1073 East 79 Street. It was a wonderful event. Good food, music and people.
7.20.15, 11 am to Noon. Home Invasions. Home Invasions are definitely on the rise. Does anybody care? Does anybody in the media care? Why hasn’t anyone in the media done a serious report on this dangerous increase?
Five dead here. Three dead there. Seniors robbed and beaten. Seniors killed. One woman killed in a home invasion. Young mother shot and killed in front of her children; her brother gunned down. A deacon of the church killed in a home invasion.
Each of these crimes were home invasions. What happened to being safe in our own home?
This is just the tip of the iceberg. It is very alarming to us because this is becoming a bloody trend.
From 11 am to noon on Monday, the Black Man’s Army and Black on Black Crime, Inc. will be in front of the home on the corner of Ada and Linn Avenues to express our concerns about the increase of home invasions and the huge toll in death and injuries.
7.23.15, 1 pm. Next Thursday (July 23) will be a big day for us. That is when we will hold a press conference and present the petitions with nearly 60,000 signatures to County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty. The plan is to meet at 1 pm at the Free Stamp and march in an orderly and peaceful fashion down to the Justice Center to present the petitions and hold the press conference at 2 pm.
Your help is critical in making this important occasion a success. We need you to publicize it to your contacts and, if possible, organize the members of your ward clubs, congregations, unions and other grassroots groups to form contingents with identifying signs for the march.
Cleveland Municipal Court has ruled there is probable cause to charge the officers responsible for Tamir’s death with murder and other crimes. That was obvious from the video of the incident which occurred eight months ago. This community has waited long enough and it is time for Prosecutor McGinty to take action and seek justice on behalf of the people of Cuyahoga County as he was elected to do. Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice, will be there with us and speakers at the press conference will include Rev. C. Jay Matthews, Councilman Jeff Johnson, Mark Milko of the AFL-CIO and Nick Martin of the Democratic Party. Attached is the petition and current list of sponsors.

In solidarity for peace and justice,

Dick Peery
Rick Nagin
Angela Woodson
Carmen Lane
LaTonya Goldsby

Co-Convenors, Tamir Rice Justice Committee
7.23.15 12:30 pm. Rally and march for justice for Tamir Rice from the Free Stamp to the Justice Center.
7.23.15 5:30-8:30 pm. We hope you can join the Greater Cleveland Civil and Human Rights Coalition (GCCHRC) for a social gathering and further coalition building. Cleveland civil rights activist, Genevieve Mitchell, will also be honored the “True Patriot Award” by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.
Potluck Meal & Meeting of Greater Cleveland Civil/ Human Rights Coalition on Thursday, July 23, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, at St. Paul’s Community Church, UCC, 4427 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland 44113.
The community potluck meal will start at 5:30pm. Please bring a casserole, side dish, or desert to share. (No pork please.)
The meeting will be facilitated by special guest, George Friday, national field organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
The award presentation will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by discussion and workshop.
Topics include:
Building coalition communication; sharing power and division of labor.
Review goals, where are we? What are barriers?
Please send R.S.V.P. to don@immigrantsupportnetwork.org.
Volunteers are needed on the day of the event for setup and cleanup. Set up begins at 4:30pm. Please indicate with your R.S.V.P.
If you’d like to help plan the event and give input into the proposed agenda, please join a planning meeting at St. Paul’s Community UCC on Thursday, July 16.
Thank you for your continued vigilance,
Gilder Malone, volunteer, GCCHRC Rev. Doug Horner, Pastor, St. Paul’s Community Church Don Bryant, volunteer, GCCHRC
7.24.15, 5 pm. When: Friday July 24, 2015 Grand Kick-Off at the Harvard Community Service Center, 18240 Harvard Avenue, regarding 2016 Election Preparation & Training.
Cost: $25.00 includes meal
Make checks payable to: V.O.T.E.
(Voices Of The Electors)
6 Concepts:
1. Church
2. Government
3. Business
4. Home
5. Schools
6. Community
Facilitators: Mr. Ernie Harris, Elaine Gohlstin, Marcia L. Mcoy and others
7.24.15, 5:30 pm. We hope you can join the Greater Cleveland Civil and Human Rights Coalition (GCCHRC) for a social gathering and further coalition building. Cleveland civil rights activist, Genevieve Mitchell, will also be honored the “True Patriot Award” by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.
Potluck Meal & Meeting of Greater Cleveland Civil/Human Rights Coalition, Thursday, July 23, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, St. Pauls Community Church, UCC, 4427 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland 44113.The community potluck meal will start at 5:30pm. Please bring a casserole, side dish, or desert to share. (No pork please.)
The meeting will be facilitated by special guest, George Friday, national field organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
The award presentation will begin at 6:30pm, followed by discussion and workshop.
Topics include: Building coalition communication; sharing power and division of labor.
Review goals, where are we? What are barriers?
7.24.15, 6 pm. Candlelight Vigil for Melvin Johnson (76), Nancy Worthean (58) and K’yara Artis (26). Many people in the City of Cleveland are now afraid in their own homes. They are fearful that someone will break into their home and rob and kill them. Many people are very nervous and anxious of this crime wave of home invasions. We have never witnessed so many home invasions and murder. The seniors are scared to death, as well as, home owners and apartment dwellers.
All lives matter. All Black lives matter. Many people are dying in home invasions. We need action.
Hundreds will be on Ada Avenue where three beautiful people were ruthlessly murdered in a home invasion, including other victims of home invasions. Our objective is to give this beautiful family all the support they need and call attention to the scary, brutal trend that has been ignored.
Everyone is invited. Come and off comfort to the families and neighbors.
7.28.15 6 pm. Red Light/Speed Light Cameras. Art McKoy and other residents of the City of East Cleveland are calling on the community to disregard and not pay any red light/speed light camera tickets issued by East Cleveland through its camera vendor, American Traffic Solutions.
It is our opinion that East Cleveland is defying the law and sending out tickets in spite of the legislative ban and this makes collection illegal.
East Cleveland was one of a number of cities to contest the constitutionality of any traffic camera laws. However, East Cleveland, along with its camera vendor, voluntarily dismissed its lawsuit because Akron, Dayton and Toledo obtained a court ruling blocking the new law.
We want to address the constitutionality of the actions of East Cleveland because it stopped sending out traffic camera tickets just before the new law took effect on March 23. However, East Cleveland continued to keep records of alleged violators, which we think was illegal, and we are asking the public to protest by not paying these tickets.
7.29.15,5: 30 pm. The Molly the Trolley Twilight Tour of East Cleveland. The first Molly the Trolley Twilight Bus Tour of East Cleveland is FOR THE MEDIA ONLY. The first Twilight Tour will be on Wednesday, 7.29.15, at 5:30 pm. Limited seating. The bus will pick up passengers in front of the J&L Farmer’s Market at East 118 and Euclid Avenue. The media can ride for free.
EC’s Molly the Trolley Twilight Bus Tour will offer a vivid ride through EC’s twilight zone sponsored by BBCI and BMA. Buckle up your seat belt. Welcome to the twilight zone. The tour will include:
1. I can’t believe my eyes 10 stories of destruction.
2. Navigating the streets of craters and sink holes that look like they have been through a bombing raid.
3. Nightmare on Noble Road (toxic dump in my backyard). Here, have some toxic barbeque.
4. Enter the twilight zone war ravaged Page and Wymore Streets. The bombs have dropped. The destruction and decay remains.
5. They left me and my home in the war zone.
Hear this remarkable tale of human survival and much, much more. This bus tour will be better than an expensive trip to the moon or abroad.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see EC’s final story.
Call 216.804.7462 for more information to reserve your seat on the bus tour.
ALSO, on Monday, 8.3.15, at 5:30 pm, there will be another Molly the Trolley Twilight Tour of East Cleveland for the GENERAL PUBLIC. Catch the bus in the parking lot of J&L Farmer’s Market at East 118 & Euclid Avenue. Donation $10. Tour the toxic dumps being created in EC and the many areas that look like a bomb came down. Dodge the moon sized craters in the road.
7.31.15, 6 pm. Candlelight Vigil for Cory Sandifer (21). Around 100 friends and family gathered on Crestview to remember Cory Sandifer. Prayer were given, Candles lit, Comfort given. And balloons flew toward heaven toward Cory.

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