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Cleveland Multicultural Happy Hour
Tomo Hibachi and Sushi
February 21, 2013

Immigration attorney, author and immigration reform advocate Richard Herman invited a couple hundred like-minded people to a Multicultural Happy Hour at the new Tomo Sushi and Hibachi restaurant on West 9th Street. The theme of the event was Building a Multicultural Alliance for Immigration Reform and The Immigrant-Friendly City.

This short video interview with Richard Herman explains the rationale behind the sold out event.



Besides the networking and sushi sampling, a few short presentations were made.

Reverend Max Rodas was born in Guatemala City Guatemala and immigrated to Cleveland when he was 12 years old. He and his wife started Nueva Luz to help those with HIV/AIDs. He told how if you have a dream and passion and are willing to work hard you can make it in Cleveland and the US.

Richard Herman and Rev. Max Rodas

Richard Herman and Rev. Max Rodas





Rev. Max Rodas

Rev. Max Rodas


Serbian immigrant Velimir Lucic came to Cleveland looking for freedom and took his dream and passion and turned it into an entrepreneurial venture. He joined with an immigrant from China and one from Mexico to open Tomo, a Japanese (talk about diversity!) sushi bar and hibachi restaurant. He told how immigrants like him come to make the country better and more beautiful.

Velimir Lucic

Velimir Lucic





Richard Herman said that "Immigrant is not a dirty word." He compared Toronto of 40 years ago to today's Cleveland. Now Toronto is booming because they actively welcomed immigrants.

Richard Herman

Richard Herman



Richard Herman

Richard Herman

Jose Mendez is a leader from the Cleveland chapter of Dream Activist Ohio. Jose came to the US as a child and has been affected adversely by his family's undocumented status in several ways such as the inability to get a driver's license and being forced to pay the international rate (3 times higher) to attend Ohio's colleges and universities. Find out more - Dream Activist website

Jose Mendez

Jose Mendez



Jose Mendez

Jose Mendez


Richard Romero

Richard Romero



Richard Romero

Richard Romero



Joe Cole, Executive Director, TiE Ohio

Joe Cole, Executive Director, TiE Ohio

Joe Cole, Executive Director, TiE Ohio

Joe Cole, Executive Director, TiE Ohio


Enjoy these images from the first Multicultural Happy Hour

Susan Lohwater

Susan Lohwater


Ken Shirilla and Velimir Lucic

Ken Shirilla and Velimir Lucic


Pradip Kamat and Syed S. Ali

Pradip Kamat and Syed S. Ali


James Dahlberg, Joe Cole and Raj Pallapu

James Dahlberg, Joe Cole and Raj Pallapu


Michael Sreshta and Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell

Michael Sreshta and Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell


Jason Lin and Henry Luu

Henry Luu and Jason Lin


Germaine Pena Ferman, Angel Glavan and Laura McShane

Germaine Pena Ferman, Angel Glavan and Laura McShane


Michelle Bashian and Cynthia Young

Michelle Bashian and Cynthia Young


Ratanjit Sondhe and Dr. Abheer Jayakar

Ratanjit Sondhe and Dr. Abheer Jayakar


Brian Hoffman

Brian Hoffman


Candy Roesler and Hiram de Jesus

Candy Roesler and Hiram de Jesus


Rich Crepage and Sr. Rita Mary Harwood ND

Rich Crepage and Sr. Rita Mary Harwood ND


George Burke

George Burke


Connie Atkins and Dan Hanson

Connie Atkins and Dan Hanson


Virginia Varaljay and Eduardo Romero

Virginia Varaljay and Eduardo Romero


Henry Luu, Bo Li, Nianfo Tang, Jason Lin,   Liming Wang

Henry Luu, Bo Li, Nianfo Tang, Jason Lin and Liming Wang


Bharat Kumar, Asim Datta and Raj Pallapu

Bharat Kumar, Asim Datta and Raj Pallapu


Fatina Sabeiha, Marian Anzalone, Joanne Blanchard

Fatima Sabeiha, Marian Anzalone and Joanne Blanchard


Linna and Dan Jacobson with Velimir Lucic

Linna and Dan Jacobson with Velimir Lucic


Lute Harmon and Vanni Wang

Lute Harmon and Vanni Wang


Harry Weller and Bogdan Bilboaca

Harry Weller and Bogdan Bilboaca


Syed S. Ali and Maria Pujana

Syed S. Ali and Maria Pujana


Richard Herman and Pierre Bejjani

Richard Herman and Pierre Bejjani


Mansfield Frazier

Mansfield Frazier


Vanni Wang, Richard Herman and Deb Roy

Vanni Wang, Richard Herman and Deb Roy


Joe Meissner and Jason Lin

Joe Meissner and Jason Lin


Gia Hoa Ryan and Judge Marilyn Cassady

Gia Hoa Ryan and Judge Marilyn Cassady


Friendly staff


Diverse crowd at Cleveland multicultural happy hour

Diverse crowd at Cleveland multicultural happy hour


Diverse crowd at Cleveland multicultural happy hour


Diverse crowd at Cleveland multicultural happy hour


Richard Herman, Pradip Kamat, Councilman Zack Reed and friends

Richard Herman, Pradip Kamat,
Councilman Zack Reed and friends


Ken and Maryann Kovach, Asim Datta, Murat Gurer and Anjan Ghose

Ken and Maryann Kovach, Asim Datta,
Murat Gurer and Anjan Ghose


Velimir Lucic, Joe Cole and Richard Herman

Velimir Lucic, Joe Cole and Richard Herman



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