Welcome! This free speech community journal was created so the Maple Heights African American community could share videos, photos, events, articles, posts, ideas, thoughts, and information.  We're now exclusively on Facebook, so don't forget to also check out our Facebook page.  Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lions Club - Maple Heights Charter Meeting

Lions Club - Maple Hts Charter

When:      Thu, February 9,
Time:       7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where:    15901 Libby Rd, Maple Hts, OH 44137 (map)
Description:   Lions Club International Maple Heights Charter.
Location:       Maple Heights Senior Center 15901 Libby Road, Maple Heights, OH.
For more information contact:
     Adrienne Carr:     mslynne41@yahoo.com or
     Aaron Mitchell:   amitchell@worflc.org
This is a great opportunity to mobilize the community on a grass roots level and pioneer initiatives that will inspire and transform our community.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Meeting _Maple Heights District 5

Friday, January 27th at the Maple Heights Library, was the second meeting (year 2012) of residents who abut the railroad in district 5.  Newly appointed Councilman Charles Crews Jr. attended the meeting, along with about 8 other district 5 residents.

     How monies from a special railroad fund would be distributed to eligible district 3 and 5 residents.

If you have any questions about the special fund, please email us at jadeisnumbr1@live.com or contact Councilman Charles Crews Jr. at sbwb69@aol.com

Friday, January 27, 2012

New African American Restaurant - Chef B's Great Taste Restaurant


Chef B's Great Taste
Gourmet Comfort Food
A new African American owned restaurant
@4550 Warrensville Center Road ...
(behind Quick Lube at the corner of Warrensville and Emery)

Check out their menu at http://www.chefbsgreattaste.com/

Friday, January 20, 2012

Consider Running For Office

From the Color of Change:
If you’ve ever considered running for state or local office, 2012 is the year. (As far as we know, there are no Maple Heights elected offices to be filled this year)
ColorOfChange is joining forces with the New Organizing Institute, Progressive Majority and other partners to bring you the Candidate Project, a new way to connect you with the tools and resources you need to run for office.
People like you — civic-minded Black Americans and our allies — are just what’s needed to help steer the nation’s city councils, school boards and state legislatures toward policies that benefit our communities. Please follow the link to learn more:
Many of us are already focused on what will happen in the presidential race. But when we go to the voting booth in November, we’ll also decide who will represent us in tens of thousands of local elections. These elected positions decide what our children learn in school, how many officers police our communities, and how high our property taxes are.
ColorOfChange and our partners at New Organizing Institute and Progressive Majority are ready to connect you with the resources you need to become one of these decision-makers. We’ll help you figure out which office to pursue, what’s needed to win a campaign, and how much time campaigning will take. Progressive Majority’s webinars make the trainings interactive, relevant and fun.
Local and state elections are how the Tea Party gained power in 2010. Now it’s time for Black folks and our allies to speak truth to power and step into even greater leadership in the political arena. It’s time to defeat the right wing’s racially discriminatory agenda and overturn policies that don’t serve our communities in 2012 and beyond.
The Candidate Project is a new initiative, and we think it can help strengthen the political voice of Black communities and other communities of color. But it won’t go anywhere if folks like you don’t get involved. It’s the only way to make sure that we get more ColorOfChange members and fewer career politicians in office. Please join us in building a powerful slate of candidates nationwide. Follow the link to learn more, and please spread the word:
-- Rashad, Gabriel, Dani, Matt, Natasha, Kim and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
January 20th, 2012

There are more than half a million elected positions nationwide.
Step into leadership in 2012.

Learn more about the Candidate Project and get the tools you need to run for office:
Learn more about the Candidate Project and get the tools you'll need to run for office.
Join Us

Maple Heights City Candidate Filing Deadline Amendment Measure (November 2012)

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A Maple Heights City Candidate Filing Deadline Amendment measure was on the November 6, 2012 election ballot in Cuyahoga County, which is in Ohio where it was approved.
This measure amended the Maple Heights City Charter to establish a deadline for candidate filing.[1]

Election results

Issue 66
Approveda Yes 5345 60.86%
Election results from Cuyahoga County, Current Election Results

Text of measure

Language on the ballot:
Shall Article XVIII, Section 3(e), of the Charter of the City of Maple Heights be amended to change the candidate filing deadline to 90 days prior to the primary election?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Maple Heights African American Gazette - Launch of 6 New Departments

We're going to be introducing 6 new "areas of interest" in the Maple Heights African American Gazette.

We're looking for volunteers to cover our POLICE BEAT (Mayor's court, crime statistics in Maple Heights); FINANCE BEAT (what's happening with our money, how it's being spent, contractors hired, how many African Americans were/are employed or being trained on major city projects, etc); LEGISLATION (what legislation is council considering); CITY COUNCIL BEAT (how is city council performing, accountability, complaints); LAW DEPARTMENT (legal issues, negotiations); SCHOOL BEAT ( What happens to children who graduate from our schools.  Where are they now?).

If you are interested in volunteering to cover one or more of these areas, please contact us at: jadeisnumbr1@live.com


As the employers of those who work in our local department, we also want to see pictures of our Maple Heights heads of departments, and members of city council posted on the Maple Heights City website and this blog. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Does Maple Heights Government Really Care About Your Rights?

While we believe that the actions of the Mayor, Maple Heights City Council, and the law director violate the constitutional rights of the residents of District 5 (not allowing them to vote for their council representative), why is it that this group has also decided not to robocall the residents of District 5, telling them that their council representative has died, and that they are taking applications (until January 9th?) for that position (and that Maple Heights City Council will decide who their representative will be)?

Instead they posted the announcement of "taking applications" for the position in the Call and Post, etc.

There's quite a lot of seniors in District 5 who don't read newspapers or have access to a computer, or go to the Maple Heights Senior Center, or Maple Heights City Hall.

The Mayor has no problem robocalling Maple Heights residents about "Extreme Makeover"; or is it that this mayor, the law director, and the Maple Heights City Council don't give that much importance to the constitutional and other rights of certain residents?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Maple Heights Residents Meet to Voice Concerns About Their Local Government_January 3, 2012

Yesterday was the first meeting of Maple Heights residents who are up in arms about what the Mayor, Members of Council, and the law director are doing in regards to them picking District 5's council representative, instead of the voter's in District 5.  They say it's legal, ... we say it's unconstitutional, and it's unjust.  See previous post & remember, Jim Crow Laws were also legal.

Our esteemed and gracious (Ohio) State Senator Nina Turner honored us with her presence at the meeting.  Senator Turner delivered a powerful message that we all needed to hear. 

Considering we had bad weather and a holiday weekend, we were happy to see that there are still  people who care about their city, and they were more than willing to sign hard (paper) petitions. (Again see previous post)

Maple Heights Residents (& 1 Cleveland resident) Paper petition signers (addresses are private):
  Theresa Smith
  Essie Cloud
  Alphonso Bostick
  Edward Sankey
  Yvonne Stoudenmire
  Sandra Jackson
  Alonzo Sistrunk
  Mareia Colley
  Carolyn Gamble
  Derrick Whatley
  Judy Knight
  Beverly Crawford
  Kenneth Pierson
  Ruthie Benson
  LueJessie Williams
  Adriane Williams
  Pamela Dawson
  David Dawson
  Charlene Hayden
  Doris Hendrix
  George Hayden
  Aurelia Ray
  Leonard Ray
  Renata Matthews
  Eddie Hullum
  James Ford
  Angela Robinson
  Anthony Robinson
  Gaylord Hayden
  Elizabeth Pritchard
  Elayne Barnes
  Maurice Wilson
  James Evans
  Charlie Hendrix
  Sharon A. Oliver
  Fred A. Oliver
  Catherine Board
  Grayland E. Smith Jr 

We will continue taking signatures online along with paper petitions.

If you haven't already signed our voting rights petition, please do so now:
Stop This City Council From Trampling on Our Voting Rights

or Martin Luther King Would Be Outraged and You Should Be Too!

or you can sign one of our paper petitions - just call 216.202.4083, or email us at mhaagazette@gmail.com  and tell us you want to sign a paper petition.
Those in attendance also had issues related to distribution of monies regarding the railroad settlement fund.

People in attendance were also not aware that Maple Heights department heads, the administration, law director, finance director, (those who hold leadership, high salaries, & positions of power) were with rare exception, Caucasian.  In addition, there has never been an African American fire fighter in Maple Heights, and the police department's record for hiring minorities (as police officers) has been almost as dismal.  For a city of 70+% minority, people were very upset when they learned these facts. 

Got a question: Why is the Mayor touting that we have a population of over 26,000 people, when the 2010 census said 23,138? [Update 7/2012: mayor finally corrected population figure]

Among those present, were our strong beautiful African American women who have never given up trying to bring justice and equality to Maple Heights.   Those women are:  Neomia Mitchell, Dee Price, Edwina Agee ... we love them and thank them for their service and dedication.  

We also want to embrace and encourage Aaron Mitchell, who is doing some great things for the youth in our community.  He is an awesome leader.

We are urging every resident to attend Maple Heights City Council meeting January 18th (7pm, Maple Heights Senior Center).  We'd also love for you to quietly sit in caucus (6:30pm) at the Maple Heights Senior Center (next to the Maple Heights Library).

Remember, government serves you.   You are the employers of those who serve you.   NEVER FORGET THAT!

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us:  jadeisnumbr1@live.com

We'll be holding meetings on a regular basis so those who are interested in their government, can become familiar with their government, and find out how they can affect positive change in their own lives, and the  Maple Heights community.  (CHECK THE CALENDAR PAGE FOR THOSE TIMES, AND OTHER EVENTS)