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First Cleveland American Middle East Organization 2017 Meeting

On Wednesday, January 11th, our only event was the first C.A.M.E.O. (Cleveland American Middle East Organization) meeting for 2017 which our friend, Mr. Pierre Bejjani, the C.A.M.E.O. president, decided to hold at Kan Zaman Restaurant on West 25th Street in Cleveland so that the members could enjoy some hot green tea which was well-appreciated on a cold winter night and order dinner if we wanted to.

2017 will be C.A.M.E.O.'s 47th year of existence and even though we have written a lot about this very respected organization that "Margaret W. Wong and Associates" is proud to support, we are still going to present its statement of purpose at this time because we believe that it really fulfills it:

"C.A.M.E.O. is designed to articulate the political interest of more than 20,000 Northeastern Ohioan residents of Middle Eastern Heritage, specifically Arab Americans. C.A.M.E.O. has one central purpose: to apprise candidates running for public office that will offer political support to those who are best prepared to respond to our concerns. C.A.M.E.O. accepts the diversity of religious and political philosophies and beliefs of its membership. C.A.M.E.O. membership means a commitment to local political action that will enhance the voting strength and amplify the Arab American Community of Northeastern Ohio."

Speaking of membership, it was very heartening to see that this meeting had a very good turnout that included several new faces. Since it was a private meeting, it would not be a good thing for us to go into too much detail but it would be all right to say that a proposal to invite qualified representatives to speak at the 2017 meetings about pertinent topics relative to our Middle Eastern community, if not Northeast Ohio as a whole, was very enthusiastically received.

One of the issues that was brought up was immigration and we agreed that it might be a fine thing if an evening could be devoted to it that would offer all sides to this issue. Possible speakers might be an immigration attorney, a newly arrived foreign-born person, and government officials. 


Michael Patterson

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC


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