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Tweets be Damed: Refugee Outreach & Brunch
Sat 8 April 2017, 11:00 – 14:00 CDT
We can all agree: America has to accept more refugees, now.
But what can you do about it? Stop liking posts on Facebook and expressing your outrage about the refugee situation in your group chat. Do something real, help humanity, and join us in writing letters of encouragement to refugees in conflict zones.
We are getting together for brunch, mimosas and letter writing at J. Blacks. This is our chance not to sit back and watch a humanitarian disaster unfold before our eyes but do what we can to prevent it.
We'll have music, a raffle --featuring products from local craftspeople and businesses-- and each donation gets you a free mimosa!
Why do we think writing letters to refugees is a good idea?
Immigrants, in particular refugees, are (and have been) subjected to a rigorous vetting processes since the United States Refugee Admission Program's inception.
This process includes: registration, an interview with the UN, referral by the UN to the US, another interview with the State Department, a background check, a high-level background check, a third background check (just in case?), three fingerprint screenings, a case submission (subject to approval by the US immigration), one hell of an in-person interview with a Homeland Security officer... and then about 8 more steps to make sure you definitely don’t even think about applying.
Oh and… this entire campaign lasts, on average, two to three years.
In your letter, you can offer perspective on this- tell refugees about your hope for them, your life in America, and offer encouragment to not be disheartened by all the red tape.
So, come have brunch and help out in supporting a worthy and crucial cause!