Urge U.S. to Address Syrian Refugee Crisis
News reports and images of thousands of refugees fleeing war and violence in Syria and other parts of the Middle East are staggering. This movement of nearly 4 million refugees, half of which are children, is the largest the world has seen since World War II, and Pope Francis has urged generous support for refugees. University of Scranton students, faculty and staff can make a difference by sending U.S. government officials a strong signal from the American public that you care about the plight of Syrian refugees and support greater American assistance, including refugee resettlement.
“We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal. We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ (Mt 7:12).” – Pope Francis Address to Congress
LEARN MORE About the Syrian Refugee crisis:
- America Magazine: Humanitarian revolution (David Miliband)
- United States can and should be a leader in refugee protection and resettlement (JRS)
- Scranton Times Tribune: We Must be vigiliant, but be ourselves
- International Rescue Committee: IRC Responds to U.S. Governors on Syrian refugee resettlement
- Scranton Times Tribune: Finding human dimension in refugee crisis (University President Kevin Quinn, S.J.)
- New Yorker: A Syrian Refugee's Epic Escape
- Catholic World News: [Jesuit] Priest Kidnapped in Syria in 2013 is Reported Still Alive
- Washington Post: 8 Reasons Europe’s Refugee Crisis is Happening Now.
- America Magazine Article: Catholic Leaders Urge U.S. Response to Syrian Refugee Crisis
- Catholic Relief Services: Backgrounder on Syria Refugees
- Washington Post Feature: 6 Syrians making the journey to Europe
- America Magazine (article by University alumna, Elena Habersky): Bearing Witness
- New York Times Op-Ed: The Refugee Crisis Isn’t a European Problem:
- United Nations High Commission on Refugees: Refugee or Migrant?
- WNEP Reports: Syrian Refugees Call NEPA Home
Urge the U.S. to Lead by Example on Refugee Protection & Resettlement
This September, the United Nations and President Obama will host summits about the refugee crisis with world leaders. Global Goals include:
- Increasing humanitarian aid by 30%
- Doubling th enumber of refugee resettlment and admission opportunities
- Guaranteeing the right to work for one million more refugees
- Ensuring access to education for one million more refugee children
Sign this electronic postcard and urge the U.S. to lead by example on refugee protection & resettlement. The postcard states:
"I'm proud that the United States is urging world leaders to improve the collective response to refugee crises around the globe. I call on all U.S. policy makers to lead by example by increasing refugee resettlement here in the United States and ensuring adequate funding for refugee assistance overseas and U.S. resettlment."
All signatures must be collected by Monday, September 12, 2016. The post-cards will be delivered all together at a press conference in front of the Capitol Building on Thursday, September 15th.
Jesuit Refugee Service as an international humanitarian NGO is among the supporting organizations.
The ADVOCACY CORNER Alert and Background Information is a new and ongoing collaborative effort of the Office of Community and Government Relations, The Office of Campus Ministries, and the Education for Justice program together with Catholic and Jesuit organizations and higher education associations.
For more information about this initiative, contact email@example.com or call 570-941-4419. Students interested in getting more involved in advocacy and other justice related initiatives by joining the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ambassadors Group, can contact Club President Erin McCormick at firstname.lastname@example.org or moderator, Cathy Seymour at email@example.com.
Additional ways to help with the Syrian Refugee Crisis, include educational and awareness-raising events, charitable contribution opportunities, and prayer resources, can be found on the In Solidary with Syria page on the website of the Office of Campus Ministries.