Rally At Justice Center Tonight, 8: 30 pm 3-24-11, As To Gaul's Sending Mother Beat And Called Nigger By Police To Prison

Submitted by JournalistKathy... on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 19:10.
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From the Metro Desk of the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com(www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS TO HOLD RALLY TO FREE REBECCA WHITBY WHERE CUYAOGA JUDGE DANIEL GAUL HAS ORDERED HER SENT TO MARYSVILLE, OHIO PRISON TOMORROW MORNING. RALLY PARTICIPANTS ARE MEMBERS OF BLACK ON BLACK CRIME, THE LUCASVILLE UPRISING FREEDOM NETWORK,THE OPPRESSED PEOPLE'S NATION, THE PEOPLE'S FORUM, THE CARL STOKES BRIGADE, THE IMMIGRANT SUPPORT NETWORK, PEOPLE FOR THE IMPERIAL ACT, CLEVELAND FIST, WORKERS WORLD, BAILOUT THE PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT, THE IMPERIAL WOMEN AND OTHERS

To: All Media, Community Members and Others

Contacts: Marva Patterson, 216-334-7013 and  Don Bryant, 1-440-623-0492.

Who: A coalition fighting to free Rebecca Whitby, the young Black mother, 25, with a four-month old baby sentenced to 6 months in prison by Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Danielle Gaul, who has issued a order for her to be shipped to Marysville Prison tomorrow. Whitby was sent to prison per the request of Cleveland Fifth District Police officers that an elderly White neighbor, who testified at trial, said she witnessed police beat unnecessarily and call a nigger. A jury found Whitby guilty of one count of assault on a White male police officer and resisting arrest after Gaul kept out evidence at trial that she was allegedly called a nigger and due to other improprieties. The woman has no prior criminal record and should not have been sent to prison.

She is now in the Cuyahoga County Jail per the request of Cleveland police. We must stand up when Black women are allegedly victimized by police with beatings and nigger name calling and then sent to jail by insensitive and unfair White male judges like Gaul, on probation himself for 6 months after the Ohio Supreme Court found him guilty last Oct. of ethics violations against a Black male defendant that came before him.

What: Protest

When: Tonight , March 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Where: The steps of the Cuyahoga Justice Center on the Lakeside Ave side (1200 Ontario St in Cleveland)

Why: To address an injustice against a Black woman and to urge Judge Gaul not to send her to Marysville Prison tomorrow. And, to call attention to the double standard by the predominantly White judges of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas as to the inequitable sentencing process that disenfranchises Blacks and other minorities.

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