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Urge U.S. to Address Syrian Refugee Crisis

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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. 

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“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

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Urge the U.S. to Lead by Example on Refugee Protection & Resettlement

Join this online postcard campaign!

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.

Advocacy Background:

Read University President, Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.'s advocacy letter to elected officials here. 

Read advocacy letter signed by JRS and multiple organizations on refugee protection and resettlement. 

Collaborative Initiative

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 community@scranton.edu 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 erin.mccormick@scranton.edu or moderator, Cathy Seymour at catherine.seymour2@scranton.edu

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.