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According to Wikipedia, Hispanic Americans are Americans of origins in Hispanic countries of Latin America or in Spain. This encompasses distinct sub-groups by national origin and race, and there is much diversity of race and ancestry within national origin groups as well.
In Cleveland, Puerto Ricans make up the largest part of the local Spanish-speaking population but there are growing communities from Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia and other countries.
Every 3 years Convencion Hispana is put on in Cleveland by the Hispanic Roundtable. The 2016 Convencion was held at Max Hayes High School on West 65th Street. This free assembly provided education, empowerment, health and workforce development resources for Northeast Ohio's Latino community.
One highlight of the Convencion was the discussion led by Hispanic Roundtable president Jose Feliciano with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish.
Jose Feliciano and Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo
The legendary Rita Moreno came to Cleveland to be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Convencion Hispana. The evening before she was a guest at a preview reception at Baker Hostetler where Hispanic Roundtable president Jose Feliciano practices law.
Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican-American actress and singer. Her career has spanned over 70 years; among her notable acting work are supporting roles in the musical films The King and I and West Side Story, as well as a 1971–77 stint on the children's television series The Electric Company, and a supporting role on the 1997-2003 TV drama Oz.
José Feliciano with grandson Ciarán and dancers from Peru
Mayor Frank Jackson with José Feliciano with grandson Ciarán
Hispanic Roundtable Convención Hispana 2016 Kickoff Event
Hispanic Roundtable Chairman Jose Feliciano and Debbie and Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com invited over 100 leaders of various ethnic communities in Cleveland to a preview event at Moncho's Bar & Grill where he explained the Convención and urged them to inform their communities.
Mariachi Band for Our Lady of Guadalupe and Mexican Immigrant Family
A group of Mexican immigrants from Painesville and Polish parishioner met in front of St Casimir Catholic Church in Cleveland to pray for a Miracle from the Polish icon Our Lady of Czestochowah and her Mexican counterpart Our Lady of Guadalupe to keep the family of Carmen Camarillo of Painesville together. Mariachi Santa Cecilia of Painesville performed.
Outside St Casimir Church on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Mr Vicente M. Sanchez Ventura and the Mexican Consulate from Detroit sponsored a Mariachi Band to perform at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.
The City of Cleveland celebrates Cinco de Mayo out of respect for its Mexican population specifically but for the Hispanic and broader community as well. A luncheon event was held at Cleveland City Hall on May 5, 2015.
Honorable José A. Villanueva inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Honorable José A. Villanueva was being inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on April 29, 2015. Judge Villanueva was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico. Judge Villanueva has served in the General Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas since 1988. His election marked the first time a member of the Hispanic Community achieved elective office in Cuyahoga County. He also became the first Hispanic elected county-wide in the state of Ohio.
Judge Villanueva is a founder of the Ohio Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic Community Forum and the Hispanic Roundtable. In 2014 Judge Villanueva was honored by the Ohio Hispanic Bar Association, receiving the organization's first Leadership and Community Service Award.
Honorable José A. Villanueva was inducted by José Feliciano
When news of the unaccompanied children crossing the US-Mexico border was released, concerned citizens in Cleveland started meeting regularly to see how they could help. They formed the Children's Coalition and their regular meetings led to a community information night. Over 100 people attended the information session at Saigon Plaza at West 54th and Detroit to learn and speak about the Unaccompanied Children and Mothers.
A young mother named Beatrice told her story of how she and her family fled from Mexico because of the threats to her and her family from gangs and criminals. Her husband was even kidnapped. She is now in the US, wearing an ankle bracelet, and checks in with immigration frequently but is not in fear as she was in Mexico.
MetroHealth Medical Professionals and the Hispanic Community of Cleveland
A panel of MetroHealth Medical Professionals discussed the health concerns of the Hispanic Community of Greater Cleveland at a special event on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at MetroHealth Medical Center - Rammelkamp Research Center. The forum was sponsored by MetroHealth Medical Center, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexican Ministry of Health and LULAC-Cleveland.
For example, Juan del Rincon Jarero, MD of the Department of Endocrinology at MetroHealth Systems, gave some thoughts about cultural differences to improve understanding of the Hispanic/Latino patient.
The Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band performed at the annual International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The band strolled the Atrium before their performance and played the traditional Spanish folk corrido "La Cucaracha" which is Spanish for "The Cockroach". This song became popular in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution.
Cinco de Mayo at Cleveland City Hall
MetroHealth CEO Akram Boutros, MD was the keynote speaker at the City of Cleveland's Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.
He told of the three important themes of Cinco de Mayo and how they relate to Cleveland and to MetroHealth hospital. He said "We are the solution and have collective power."
Special redocgnition awards were given to Pablo Castro III and Lucita Galindo.
Performances were by The Mariachi National Band and the Hola Folkloric Mexican Dance Group from Painesville
Martinez is a comic book artist but also a volunteer for Esperanza in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked with students from Esperanza on an art project that was influenced by the teens interviewing a senior citizen to learn about their lives. Though most of the kids said they couldn't draw, they learned that art is not about drawing.
Convención Hispana Preview Event at Sterle's Country House
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.
Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center The Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing the Puerto Rican and Caribbean traditions through the teaching and practice of the visual, performing, & literary arts.
The dark blue represents countries where Spanish has official status. The light blue is where Spanish is spoken without official recognition.
Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Columbus' second voyage to the Americas.
In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War.
Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government.
In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status.
The site of advanced Amerindian civilizations, Mexico came under Spanish rule for three centuries before achieving independence early in the 19th century.
A devaluation of the peso in late 1994 threw Mexico into economic turmoil, triggering the worst recession in over half a century. The nation had been making an impressive recovery until the global financial crisis hit in late 2008.
Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely Amerindian population in the impoverished southern states.
The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente Fox of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe Calderon.