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Unified Voices-Songs for Social Justice

On Sunday, January 13th, we really enjoyed attending a concert titled Unified Voices-Songs for Social Justice at the Forest Hill Church on Monticello Blvd. in Cleveland Heights, which raised funds on behalf of HOLA Ohio through accepted donations of any amount from the concert-goers.  It was only fitting that this concert take place at this locale because “Friends of HOLA” often meets at the Forest Hill Church, which also provided sanctuary to

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Painesville Founder’s Day

On Saturday, January 12th, we went to the annual Painesville Founder’s Day Breakfast, which took place at the Holden Center at Lake Erie College. On this occasion, we were celebrating the 100th anniversary of Congress passing the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution. As we all know, the 19th amendment prohibits the denial of the right to vote on the basis of sex. It was ultimately ratified by the necessary

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Akron Inclusion and the DeWine Administration

Akron Morning Buzz On Friday, January 11th, we attended the monthly Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce “Morning Buzz” which took place, as always, at the Hilton Garden Inn on East Market Street.  On this occasion, Mr. Steve Millard (formerly of COSE), who became the President and CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber in June of 2018 was the main speaker.  He spoke of plans to move the chamber’s work forward and

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The Waning of Pax Americana

On Thursday, January 10th, we attended a program at the Lakewood Library titled The Waning of Pax Americana regarding the past, present and possibly future status of the role of the United States in world affairs. As Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Pax Americana, it means “American peace: used for the period of relative tranquility from circa 1945 to present day in regions where U.S. power has extended.” The flyer advertising this

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The Refugee Crisis

On Tuesday, January 8th, we went to a meeting of Cleveland Peace Action at Market Garden Brewery on West 25th Street where the subject for the evening was the current world refugee crisis, which involves over 68 million displaced people. The main speaker was Ms. Mika Timura, Community Engagement and Development Specialist for US Together, whose mission is “to coordinate, organize, and initiate services to immigrants and refugees through education,

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Human Trafficking Exhibit Reception

On Sunday, January 6th, we went to a reception for an art show titled The Silent Witness Exhibit in the Fireside Room at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River that will run until the middle of February, 2019. It called attention to the seriousness of the human trafficking/domestic violence situation which is very much appropriate because January, 2019 has been designated as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The

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Michael Sheehan Oath of Office

Later in the day on Thursday, January 3rd, we attended the investiture of Ms. Michelle Sheehan who was elected with the support of Ms. Margaret W. Wong to the Court of Appeals of Ohio, 8th Appellate District by an overwhelming margin in November of 2018. The ceremonies took place in the Rotunda of the Old Courthouse on Lakeside Avenue.   After the Administration of the Oath by her husband, Judge Brendan

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Coaching the Faith at the First Friday Club

On Thursday, January 3rd, we went to the First Friday Club of Cleveland to attend a program titled Coaching the Faith, featuring Coach Chuck Kyle and Coach Mike McLaughlin from St. Ignatius High School.  Both speakers were St. Ignatius graduates and Coach Kyle has been the school’s Head Football Coach since 1983 in addition to being the Head Track and Field Coach and an English Teacher. Coach McLaughlin has been the Head Soccer

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Noon Year’s Eve at the Zoo

On New Year’s Eve, December 31st, we attended the annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, sponsored by Key Bank. When we arrived around 10:30am, we spoke to Mr. Sam Cario, the Zoo’s General Manager of Events and Experiences. He told us that this event is very well attended each year and that he believed that it gave families with young children the opportunity to celebrate the incoming

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Kwanzaa: An African-American Annual Celebration of Life and Culture

Holiday of Kwanzaa During this holy season of diverse festivities, we had the pleasure and privilege to attend a cultural celebration of life, family, community, and cultural value systems: the African-American Annual Kwanzaa Celebration on December 26, 2018. This event took place at the Holy Trinity Cultural Arts Center on Woodland Avenue in Cleveland. Kwanzaa is an African-American and pan-African holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture. Dr. Maulana Karenga,

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