Immigration, “My Kind of Town,” and a Rose Garden – Ezra Ellenbogen

Immigration, “My Kind of Town,” and a Rose Garden – Written by Ezra Ellenbogen Pictured Above is a sign commemorating the sister city relationship between Volzhsky, Shaker Heights, and Cleveland Heights; this relationship was eventually merged with the Volgograd-Cleveland sister city program to form the Greater Cleveland – Volgograd Oblast Alliance Cleveland has many sister … Continued Read More

Naturalization Ceremony August 16th, 2019

Welcome to America! This is what an American looks like. Families, students, professionals, dreamers, workers. There is nothing like watching humanity join together is swearing their allegiance to this beautiful, messy, country. Global Cleveland offers every single new American a welcoming packet full of information about resources in our area that we hope makes them … Continued Read More

Global Cleveland’s Position on New White House Rule to Limit Legal Immigration

While it has been in effect since 1882, the term “public charge” was never defined and therefore has meant different things over time. Different standards have been applied. It is a nebulous set of standards that can be adjusted to fit a particular climate or set of principles, depending on the current President’s views and value of international newcomers. Today’s … Continued Read More


Bratislava – Cleveland  Written by Ezra Ellenbogen    Cuyahoga County has a reasonably large Slovak population; in fact, it has the highest of any county in Ohio, and Ohio is the state with the second-highest Slovak population overall.[1] In short, Cleveland and surrounding areas have a significant Slovak population. Among Cleveland’s many great sister cities, … Continued Read More

Guest Blog: Experiencing a Traditional Congolese Wedding

A Malaysian walks into a traditional Congolese wedding in Cleveland… …no it’s not the beginning of a joke. This is my experience at my first African wedding. By Samantha Chow When I left Malaysia for the States for a six-week professional fellowship with Global Cleveland, I anticipated experiencing different cultures and meeting new people. After … Continued Read More

Guest Blog: Inclusivity and The Future of America

by Davidione C. Pearl There is a burgeoning recognition that is emerging again throughout the nation. A force that once heralded the coming of the Industrial Age – fires that would forge and define an era from sea to sea, continuing through to the height of its power on the world stage, cementing what would … Continued Read More

Happy Women’s International Day!

  Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We recognize and thank our heroic immigrant women who are the backbone of the immigrant rights movement. Your sacrifices, courage and strength build our families and our communities. Today, we honor YOU! #WELead #Cities4Citizenship   Last year,  National … Continued Read More

What Is Your American Dream? Nana Takyi-Micah

“I arrived in the United States from Ghana in 2010 to pursue my education at Hiram College. As an incoming freshman, I realized how difficult it was to find Ghanaian or African foods in the local grocery stores. So I decided to create a company that makes authentic African sauces, spices and snacks. That’s how … Continued Read More

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