We are facing the worst refugee crisis in global history, and it is critical that as a nation, we rise to the challenge and live out our values grounded in compassion. We cannot turn our backs on refugees facing their darkest hours. We must commit to responding with demonstrations of welcome.
June 20 is World Refugee Day. We invite you to join immigration and refugee advocates across the nation and around the world in pledging to raise awareness and welcome refugees. Contact Congress in the lead up to June 20. Plan an event for June 20 or for the weeks that follow.
Refugee advocates have created multiple resources to help you and your constituents stand in solidarity with refugees:
· Join the Stand With Refugee Campaign from June 12-16. They want to flood Congress with calls in support of higher refugee admissions and robust funding for overseas refugee protection & domestic resettlement services. Please spread the word to your networks. Find details and take action at: http://www.standwithrefugees.us/
· Justice for immigrants has put together a toolkit with prayers, sample talking points and letters to the editor, social media examples, etc. Find it at: https://justiceforimmigrants.org/take-action/world-refugee-day/
· The Refugee Council USA has also developed a toolkit which is available at: http://www.rcusa.org/world-refugee-day/
· The Interfaith Immigration Coalition has developed a Refugees Welcome Toolkit that could be used this month or anytime to help you plan a welcoming event. Find it at: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Refugees-Welcome-Toolkit_5.12.16.pdf
You can also learn more and observe World Refugee Day in one or more of the following ways:
- Take a few moments to watch the Ted-Ed Talk: What does it mean to be a refugee? click here
- Download and use the Prayer for the Day of the Refugee. Share it with others.
- Sign the UN petition and STAND WITH REFUGEES click here.