ACTION ALERT: Act to Save Refugee Resettlement
The Trump administration has not announced further drastic cuts to the Refugee Resettlement program for FY 2020 yet, so there is still time to advocate against the cuts and for raising the refugee ceiling. Administration officials have been batting around numbers such as 10,000 or 15,000 a year (half the current 30,000) or even zero. Under the last year of the Obama administration almost 85,000 refugees were admitted; the historical average is 98,000/year. The Trump administration must consult with Congress before finalizing. Your voice is needed now! A few phone calls and letters add up when we act together.
5 ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE & RESOURCES…
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Remembering Hiroshima, Preventing Nuclear War:
An Educational Experience
SUNDAY Aug 4th, 2PM-4PM
The State Museum, Gervais Room (2nd Floor by Main Staircase)
301 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201
Join us for the 29th Annual Hiroshima Vigil/Remembrance in Columbia, SC. This year we’ll feature an interactive exhibit featuring storytelling, arts and craft making (peace cranes, lanterns), video and more remembering the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and highlighting efforts to prevent nuclear war. Drop in!
Free and open to the public. $1 Admission to the rest of The State Museum.
Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center and the Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers)
City of Columbia Council Meeting
TUESDAY July 16th 6PM
1737 Main St. Columbia, SC
Please join us in support of the Columbia City Council passing a proclamation declaring Hiroshima Vigil/Remembrance Day on August 4th. There will also be a resolution on the agenda in support of the “Ban the Box” campaign.
Check out the full text of the Hiroshima resolution here…
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Hiroshima In Our Hearts: Moving Beyond the Bomb
SUNDAY Aug 5th 2pm-4pm
SC State Museum, Gervais Room
301 Gervais St. Columbia, SC
Join us for the 28th Annual Hiroshima Vigil in Columbia, SC… “Hiroshima In Our Hearts: Moving Beyond the Bomb” is a special observance, remembrance and a vigil to acknowledge the horror of nuclear weapons and the need for nuclear disarmament. We will will remember the destruction caused by nuclear weapons, celebrate community, and pledge to walk together in peace with music, spoken word, creation of a mandala, origami, and reflections.
FREE and open to the public. RSVP/Share on Facebook
Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers)
Carolina Peace Resource Center
Pass the #DREAMActNow / #No Wall
TUESDAY Jan 30th 5PM-7PM
SC Statehouse, 1100 Gervais St.
Join us for a rally to push Congress to pass the #DreamActNow, putting legal protections into law for DREAMers, the 800,000 young undocumented Americans who received protection under the DACA program until the Trump administration ended it. We will also demand #NoWall, opposing Trump’s misguided plan to waste $18 billion of taxpayer money.
Sign line vigil from 5pm-6pm. Speakers after 6pm.
Bring a sign, some provided. No profanity or highly partisan messages please.
Spread the word! #DREAMActNow #NoWall
Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center
Deportations & Forced Migrations:
The View from Honduras
with Neesa Medina
WEDNESDAY Oct 18th 7PM
Heyward Street United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
2501 Heyward St. Columbia, SC
Neesa Medina speaks on the impact of US foreign policy on Honduras. Since the 2009 military coup in Honduras, murders and attacks against Honduran human rights defenders have reached alarming levels. The U.S. continues to send tens of millions of dollars in aid to the Honduran police and military who have been involved in human rights abuses. In addition, the U.S. backs neoliberal projects that lead to displacement and migration.
Neesa Medina is a Honduran feminist sociologist and she currently works as a Security and Gender Analyst at CDM (Centro Derechos Mujeres/Center for Women’s Rights) in Honduras. At the national level, she has been active on the issues of violence against women, reproductive rights and women’s rights. She helped draft and present the Alternative Report to the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and has testified as an expert on more than a dozen cases of women seeking asylum in the United States.
FREE and open to the public. Donations accepted in support of the speaking tour.
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Carolina Peace Resource Center
Witness for Peace-Southeast
Help mobilize support for beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), otherwise known as Dreamers. Also, express your opposition to the RAISE Act, which reduces the number of legal residency and refugee visas the United States issues. No human being is illegal!
Join us next Sunday August 6th in remembering #Hiroshima and renewing our commitment to work toward a more peaceful world where nuclear weapons will never be used again. Featuring music, poetry, dance, and children’s activities including making origami peace cranes. 2:30pm-4:30pm at Edventure’s Canal Room, 211 Gervais St. FREE.
Sponsored by Carolina Peace and the Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers)
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/204584853388254/
Several events will marks #WorldRefugeeDay in Columbia, SC…
SATURDAY June 17th World Refugee Day: Colors of the World Festival
MONDAY June 19th Refugee Simulation
TUESDAY June 20th Panel on Global Refugee Crisis
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Dear South Carolina Friends,
As you may know, Congress is reviewing the BRIDGE Act introduced by Senator Graham and we are calling for our South Carolina Congressional Members to work across the aisle and with the new administration to see that we support our Dreamers. This legislation will protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients. Continue reading “Protect “DREAMERS” by signing your support for the BRIDGE Act”