Counter the Anti-Immigration Protesters, Syracuse Should Welcome Refugees

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Corner of Court St. and Grant Blvd, Syracuse, NY
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The federal government has requested to temporarily house in Syracuse the families from the Border Crisis, because it has run out of detention facilities.  There has been a national debate over this, with some communities welcoming these families, and some protesting their arrival. The communities of Murietta, California, and Oracle, Arizona are the latest to have held deeply anti-immigrant protests, some involving members of the Ku Klux Klan. In our own community, ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration), a well-known anti-immigrant group, is trying to organize a protest against the families coming to Syracuse. This protest will be happening this Friday, July 18th from 4 to 7 PM at at the corner of Court St. and Grant Blvd.  We are trying to organize a peaceful counter-presence to make clear that Syracuse is a city that welcomes refugees.  Please consider joining us.

Rebecca Fuentes of the Worker's Center will be hosting a sign making event Thursday, July 17th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.  Please consider coming to this as well is you're available.  It will be at Plymouth Church, 232 E. Onondaga St.

It is important that we be there and remind Syracuse of its own heritage as a city that has welcomed  immigrants, refugees, and even escaped slaves.  Let's counter their protest with love and compassion. Share this information as widely as possible.

For more information, please contact Aly Wane: aly@peacecouncil.net. 

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