Open Letter to Support Refugees in North Carolina
Organized by: Guilford Refugee Solidarity Network
THE STORY: Project aim In honor of Human Rights Day December 10, a group of concerned citizens want to show our support for refugees and immigrants coming to North Carolina. Publicly show your solidarity by funding and signing an open letter in the Raleigh News and Observer, the cost of which is $7600. By donating $10 or more, we will add your name as a signature to our open letter, if you so choose. About the project In the wake of the attacks in Paris almost a month ago, waves of anti-immigrant sentiments have been sweeping across our nation. Thirty-one governors have said they will refuse to welcome Syrian and Iraqi refugees in their state. Representatives and lawmakers at both the state and federal level, including some from North Carolina, have brought forth bills to ban any Syrian or Iraqi refugee from entering the United States. Some presidential candidates have even called for such a ban to include all Muslims. Statements suchs as these impact all immigrant and refugee families, as well as those of other ethnic and racial minorities. We believe that all lives matter, including those of refugees and immigrants. Help fund our letter and show lawmakers that we are open to accepting refugees and immigrants here in North Carolina. Send a strong message that North Carolinians welcome refugees We want to place a community-powered advertisement in the News and Observer showing our support for refugees, immigrants, and all minorities and signed by people who welcome them to our state. The News and Observer has a wide-ranging readership across North Carolina -- including the state capital and lawmakers there. We need your help The cost of a full-page ad is expensive: $7600. We’ll clearly print the names of all those who pledge to fund at least $10, although you’re welcome to pledge anonymously if you don’t want your name in print. Want to donate more? Please do! We’re counting on you to speak up and show lawmakers that that public opinion is on the side of refugees here in North Carolina. If you want your name to be displayed in the open letter, please make sure you give your full name when you pledge. Meet with us Please also join us in person from 7:00 - 8:30 on Wednesday, December 16 at Congregational United Church of Christ (400 W Radiance Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403) for a community conversation to learn more about the resettlement process, engage in dialogue, and ask any qeustions you might have.