Interreligious Task Force on Central America Fundraiser

Our last event for Wednesday, February 20th, took us to the The Storefront on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland where we added a spaghetti dinner put on by the Interreligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) in order to raise funds to allow one of its staff volunteers to take part in a human rights delegation to Honduras. This particular staff volunteer was Ms. Line-Marie Eichhorst, who is from Husum, Germany, and who has

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Wrongful Conviction Forum

Our second event for Wednesday, February 20th, was a City Club forum in which Mr. Raymond Strickland, reporter for WKYC-TV, interviewed Mr. Kyle Swenson, Washington Post Reporter and author of the book, Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America. When Mr. Swenson worked as a reporter for the Cleveland Scene back in 2011, he was connected with Mr. Kwame Ajamu (formerly Ronnie Bridgeman), who contended that

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Cleveland Public Library Breakfast

On Wednesday morning, February 20th, we represented Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC at the Cleveland Public Library (CPL) 150th Anniversary Host Committee breakfast that took place at the Union Club on East 12th Street in Cleveland. Mr. Felton Thomas, the CPL Executive Director and CEO, talked about our library’s history as well as the very promising events planned for its 150th anniversary throughout  2019. He mentioned that the Carnegie-West branch of

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Serial Podcast at the City Club

On Tuesday, February 19th, we went to Bar Louie on West 6th Street for a City Club of Cleveland Dinner and Dialogue where the topic of discussion was the third season of Serial, the popular investigative journal podcast, which focused on Cleveland’s criminal justice system. As the City Club notes read said about the Serial podcast, “it’s nine compelling episodes surpassed 50 million downloads and was named the best podcast

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Presidents’ Day at the Maltz Museum

Monday, February 18th, was Presidents’ Day; we headed over to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on Richmond Road in Beachwood for the 2019 annual Friends of the Maltz Museum Presidents’ Day Celebration. The gathering was mostly aimed at young families and the children were given the opportunity to create masks of U.S. Presidents like Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. They also took part in a project called “If I

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Night at the Races

On Saturday evening, February 16th, we went to the West Side Irish American Club in Olmsted Township for its 2019 annual Night at the Races presented by the West Side Irish American Marching Units and Cleveland’s St. Pat’s-St. Jarlath’s Gaelic Football Club. Almost 200 people attended and we were fortunate enough to sit with Mr. Steve Pepin, one of the event organizers, along with his wife, Lindsay, and his dad,

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Bessie Coleman – Aviation Pioneer

Our last event for Friday, February 15th, was “Dinner With a Slice of History” at the International Women’s Air and Space Museum (IWASM) at the Burke Lakefront Airport. In honor of Black Heritage Month, Ms. Gigi Coleman dazzled the audience with a one-woman-show about her great-aunt, the late Ms. Bessie Coleman who, in 1921, became the first African-American woman to obtain an international pilot’s license. Over the course of the presentation,

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Help Wanted: Apprenticeships in the 21st Century

At noontime on Friday, February 15th, we headed over to the City Club on Cleveland for a program titled “Help Wanted: Apprenticeships in the 21st Century,” with a keynote speech by Dr. Pamela Howze, Ed.D, Program Director of Work Based Learning at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. In the course of her speech, Dr. Howze offered very compelling statistics that demonstrated (as we have written before in this blog)

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YWCA – It’s Time to Talk

On Friday, February 15th, our first event of the day was the 5th annual “It’s Time to Talk”  (ITT) forum put on by the YWCA Greater Cleveland whose purpose is “to expand racial understanding and cultural competency through dialogue about community and business members of different races with the ultimate goal of eliminating barriers that foster racism and discrimination…” The forum took place at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel

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Chinese mother granted Asylum

We get our client released on bond A Chinese woman hired immigration lawyers at Margaret W Wong & Associates to handle her immigration matters. She came to the United States on a valid B-2 tourist visa and overstayed. She promptly filed an application for asylum based on past persecution by the Family Planning Commission, who forced her to undergo an abortion and sterilization. However, on the day of her asylum

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