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Preview event for Convención Hispana in Cleveland

Preview event for Convención Hispana
Sterle's Country House Restaurant
September 25, 2013

When you have an event as important as the Convención Hispana coming up, you need a big kickoff preview. So the Hispanic Roundtable did just that. They invited leaders from the ethnic communities in Cleveland to a preview event at Sterle's.

Convención Hispana will be held on October 19th at St Ignatius High School in Cleveland. The event will feature a keynote speech by the rising star Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, TX.

José Feliciano, Chairman of the Hispanic Roundtable, said that the event is held every 3 years and besides the Julian Castro keynote will feature a debate on immigration reform, a job fair, college fair, health screenings and more.

José Feliciano

José Feliciano




José Feliciano


José Feliciano then introduced immigration attorney Richard Herman who said that Cleveland is at a pivotal point as there is convergence of African-American, Latino, Chinese and Asian and European communities and talk of immigration reform. He said we should follow Toronto's model where 50% of the people are foreign born as opposed to 5% in Cleveland.

Richard Herman

Richard Herman




Richard Herman

José also introduced "rising star" Elizabeth Hijar, one of the co-chairs of the event and she thanked her co-chairs Diana Centeno-Gomez and Luis Cartagena as well as Project Manager Alexandria Quinones. She also announced and thanked the sponsors of the event.

Elizabeth Hijar

Elizabeth Hijar




Make plans now to attend this importnat event on October 19. Convención Hispana is a one-day community organizing event, but it is also a three-year process of community empowerment and agenda setting. This process is spearheaded through the work of four volunteer-led committees that focus on the areas of education, empowerment, health, and workforce/economic development.

It is NOT just for the Hispanic community. All are welcome.

Learn more at the Convención Hispana website

Enjoy these other photos from the event and make plans to attend Convención Hispana.

Alexandria Quinones

Alexandria Quinones


Ramanita Vargas

Ramanita Vargas


Sheila Wright, NAACP Executive Director

Sheila Wright, NAACP Executive Director


Gia Hoa Ryan and Vivian Borromeo

Gia Hoa Ryan and Vivian Borromeo


Hiram de Jesus and Nancy Cummings

Hiram de Jesus and Nancy Cummings


Ron Warzel and Jose Feliciano

Ron Warzel and Jose Feliciano


Chris Lee, Liang Zhen Ming, Shung Ma, George Burke and Jason Lin

Chris Lee, Liang Zhen Ming, Shung Ma, George Burke and Jason Lin


Dan Hanson, Anila Nicklos and William Holdipp

Dan Hanson, Anila Nicklos and William Holdipp


Joe Meissner, Bisham Addison and Alton Tinker

Joe Meissner, Bisham Addison and Alton Tinker


Mike Sreshta, Murat Gurer, Liming Wong and Pierre Bejjani

Mike Sreshta, Murat Gurer, Liming Wong and Pierre Bejjani


Ingrid Angel and Larry Miller

Ingrid Angel and Larry Miller


Liang Zhen and Jason Lin

Liang Zhen and Jason Lin


Richard Herman, Bob Rosing and Bob Smith

Richard Herman, Bob Rosing and Bob Smith


Oscar Lee, Mike McIntyre, Julie Shearson, Jazmin Long

Oscar Lee, Mike McIntyre, Julie Shearson, Jazmin Long


Victor Ruiz, Elizabeth Hijar  and Ali Quinones

Victor Ruiz, Elizabeth Hijar and Ali Quinones


Jose Feliciano and Liming Wong

Jose Feliciano and Liming Wong


Crowd at Sterle's

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