Akron Press Club immigration panel April 24

Immigration and Northeast Ohio will be the topic of an Akron Press Club panel discussion on Wednesday, April 24, at The Tangier. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

            The broad national debate about the impact of immigration – legal and undocumented – plays out in Northeast Ohio as well. Akron and Summit County have adopted a “welcoming community” plan for refugees and immigrants, and much of the limited population growth here has been spurred by the legal migration. Yet Ohio has four Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities detaining people in raids across the country.

            The Akron Press Club panel will take a closer look at the issues and impact.

The panel members are:

  • Madhu Sharma, executive director of the International Institute of Akron.
  • Elizabeth Knowles, director of the University of Akron School of Law’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic.
  • Utomhin Okoh, a community relations officer with the Akron Police Department.
  • Damber Subba, the first Bhutanese refugee to be sworn into the Akron Police Department.

            The panel will be moderated by Akron Press Club board member M.L. Schultze.

            Please join us for a deeper exploration of the issues facing immigrants and the communities they’re part of.

Program: Immigration panel.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon.

Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, April 22.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students.