We said NEVER AGAIN. Here we are. SYRIA.

In the past 6 years, over 500,000 Syrians have been killed and over 6 million displaced within Syria and throughout the world. On Thursday, April 13, we call for a Day of Action for Syria.

We recently saw horrific images of dead Syrian babies, mothers crying, fathers begging for death after the murders of their family members. When asked, Syrians have often said they feel alone. They feel like no one in the world cares about them or their plight for freedom, safety and security.

We mourn for and with the people of Syria. We are outraged that the President and his cabinet are banning the very refugees that are escaping the same terrorism we are claiming to fight.

The United States has taken in a very small number of Syrian refugees. We demand that we be a sanctuary and safe haven for Syrian refugees. We call on the administration to let in at least 75,000 refugees. This will help alleviate some of the suffering of the children and their families. There is no easy solution – but providing Syrians with a life of safety and security is the least we can do.

Here are three ways you can participate in our Day of Action for Syria on Thursday, April 13:

1. Attend a vigil or action near you. Demand that the United States allow in more refugees. This is not the ultimate solution to the Syrian crisis but it’s the least we can do in the interim. There are millions of displaced refugees within Syria and across the globe in refugee camps and we welcome them here. We call on Women's March organizers and supporters to invite their local communities on Thursday, April 13, at 6pm local time for vigils across the country. Bring candles and signs. Share your events on social media using the hashtag #WomenForSyria.

2. Educate yourself about the conflict. Here are some resources:

  • The Syrian Observer is a daily online news service covering Syrian political and civil society news. It is dedicated primarily to translating into English news content by Syria’s official press, opposition groups, activists and civil society.
  • Sarabiany Blog is the blog of a well-respected New York-based Syrian American activist aggregating news, analysis and think pieces.
  • Ezra Klein details the Syrian war in this 5-minute video from 2015. 
  • Maytha Alhassen,Syrian American journalist and scholar, answers questions about the crisis in Syria in this Facebook Live video.

Twitter feeds to follow: @sarabiany, @amalhanano, @mayalhassen, @karamfoundation, @observesyria @suzanneakhras

3. Donate. Refugees are suffering in camps across the globe. They need medical supplies, medical attention and basic necessities. Below is a list of U.S.-based organizations working with Syrian refugees to consider supporting.

  • Karam Foundation develops Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distributes Smart Aid to Syrian families, and funds Sustainable Development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians.
  • The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and neighboring countries to alleviate suffering and save lives. SAMS proudly provides medical care and treatment to every patient in need.
  • Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. They have committed significant resources and staff to Syrian Humanitarian aid and services.
  • Syrian Community Network works to resettle/support Syrian refugees with basic necessities, access to language appropriate services in the Chicagoland Area.
  • Smile for Charity is an organization based in New Jersey working with Syrian refugees in need.

We are in contact with several organizations and Syrian American women who are working on the front line of the refugee crisis both in Syria and in the United States. For questions, please contact [email protected].

 

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