11th Congressional District candidate’s pledge aid to Israel but nothing for American Negroes because no one asked and none thought enough to offer

CLEVELAND, OH – Contenders to replace former United States Representative Marcia L. Fudge on the Democratic Party side of the campaign have participated thus far in two forums.  The first was on March 11, 2021 during a Zoom forum hosted by the Jewish Democratic Council of America.  The second was before a live audience at the African American History Museum on March 27.

Present at both forums were former State Senators Nina Turner and Jeffrey Johnson; former State Representatives John Barnes, Jr. and Bryan Flannery; Cuyahoga County council member Shontel Brown and Tariq Shabazz.  Republican contender Laverne Jones Gore told EJBNEWS she was not invited.  It’s interesting that an Irish Catholic Flannery can attend a majority American Negro event and speak but an American Negro can’t. Former State Senator Shirley Smith declined to attend the live event at the African American History Museum organized by Michael Fields.

“Democrats have lost their way,” Laverne told EJBNEWS.

Ward 7 councilman Basheer Jones, who just moved into the city from Cleveland Heights in December 2020, was invited but backed out.  He had called police on over 200 American Negro men, women and children during a previous event.  He opted for an event with Chinese aliens in China Town.

At the Jewish forum organized by Russian, Polish, Ukrainian and Syrian Jews the 11th Congressional contenders promised everything the foreign government of Israel wanted.  The $3.8 billion in aid annually.  No support for the boycotts of Israel.  A two-state solution.

At the African American History Museum no one asked, specifically, if the $38 billion in aid to Israel over 10 years would be better spent improving home ownership and business opportunities for American Negroes.  Israel offers its citizens free health care off U.S. money.   Only one of the contenders has a military background, Tariq Shabazz.

None seem affected by questions asking them to continue arming a nation the Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation identify as this nation’s number #1 spy threat.  None asked the callers supporting Israel how they felt about the Israeli Defense Forces on June 8, 1967 “intentionally” slaughtering 34 sailors aboard the USS Liberty and wounding another 171.  It suggests that candidates seeking the Congressional seat have not read the nation’s espionage laws to know Americans are prohibited under the Logan Act of 1799 from writing to foreign officials; and under the Espionage Act of 1917 from exchanging information with them.

How would an American who has obeyed espionage laws know Israel’s government wants $3.8 billion annually?  Advocates for a foreign government must register as foreign agents pursuant to the Foreign Agents Registration Act.  An unregistered foreign government advocate is a foreign agent.  None asked host Ron Klein if he was an agent of the Israeli government.

During both forums the Democratic contenders did not say, specifically, what they were going to do to benefit the nation’s largest ethnic demographic group.  American Negroes.  No one asked.

Laverne Jones Gore is an American Negro and a Republican contender for the 11th Congressional seat once held by U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge.  She wasn’t invited to speak at the candidates forum Democrats hosted at the African American History Museum.  Has anyone compared Democratic ballots to Republican ballots?  There were more American Negro candidates on the Republican ballot for the court of common pleas than Democrats.

EJBNEWS has obtained and is featuring the two forums above.  We intend to keep our readers updated about the statements the candidates are making to different constituent groups so 11th District voters can compare and judge for themselves.

Readers attending forums or candidate fundraisers are welcomed to send EJBNEWS video recordings of the events; and the words of the candidates.  The email address is eric@ejbnews.com

[NOTE: The first video was supplied by journalist and podcaster Larry Gardner.  Gardner said he arrived about 15 minutes into the forum].

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.

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