Advocacy: How To Stand Up & Fight Back For Refugees

How To Stand Up & Fight Back For Refugees


Rachel Nusbaum,

UPDATE: The executive order issued on Monday, March 6, makes it more critical than ever that you raise your voice for refugees. Although a judge issued a temporary hold on the implementation of this order on March 15, we still have a long fight ahead. Please take action today.

Donald Trump has issued a number of executive orders targeting vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, which means your voice of opposition is more critical than ever.

History has taught us the deadly consequences of slamming the doors of this country shut on people just because of who they are and where they are from. We must prevent this administration from repeating the mistakes of the past. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Send a message directly to President Trump telling him that these polices threaten American values and history.
  2. Use HIAS resources to educate and advocate. Check out the HIAS guide on “How To Talk About Refugees With Your Family and Friends,” and include refugee stories in your Passover Seder this year using the 2017 HIAS Haggadah Supplement. For more, visit the HIAS resource page.
  3. Call your member of congress. Let them know you care about this issue, and you want them to do all they can for refugees in 2017—including calling on the Trump administration to undo these actions.
  4. Print one of our signs or banners to show your support for refugees. Display a supportive message proudly at public events, in your place of worship or wherever you see appropriate.
  5. Organize!  Bring a group to an in-district meeting, or attend a town hall during a congressional recess and ask your representative to commit to welcoming refugees.
  6. Amplify the 2,000 rabbis who have signed this letter in support of welcome.
  7. Show there is grassroots support for refugees in your area. Add your community or congregation to the 350+ members of the HIAS Welcome Campaign.
  8. Make a donation to support our work protecting and welcoming refugees and asylum seekers. Click here to donate.
  9. Get emails from HIAS letting you know about actions you can take in real time. Sign-up here.

Our tradition of welcoming refugees as new Americans is one of the things that has made America great. It is a tradition worth fighting for, and we intend to do so. Join us.

A crowd gathered outside the White House in Washington, D.C. on January 25, 2017 for an interfaith press conference and vigil denouncing President Trump’s planned actions on refugees.

(Sarah Beller/HIAS)

Greenpeace protesters unfold a banner reading ‘Resist’ from atop a construction crane behind the White House January 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. The banner, flying high enough to be seen from the White House, is in opposition to the policies of President Donald Trump.

(SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman holds a sign that says, “My people were refugees too,” during an interfaith vigil denouncing President Trump’s planned actions on refugees outside the White House in Washington, D.C. on January 25, 2017.

(Sarah Beller/HIAS)




About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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