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Syrian refugees welcome

Sept. 12, 2015

Dear Friend of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy,

     At 12 noon this Saturday, September 12, there will be a rally "NYC Solidarity with Syrian Refugees" in Union Square in Manhattan. If you are in the New York area this weekend, please join us in support of Syrians fleeing from war and the brutality of both the Assad regime and the Islamic State. If you're elsewhere in the United States, or around the world, look for another demonstration where you can show your support for refugees desperate for refuge.

     CPD will be standing with Havaar: Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions, and State Repression. Havaar members and supporters will be calling for solidarity with Syrian, Palestinian, Iraqi, Yemeni, Afghan and all refugees. Look for us at the Gandhi statue at Union Square West and West 14th Street.

     At the same time that we continue to support democratic struggles for justice and peace, we must assure that today's victims of repression and war in the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia can find the safe haven and resettlement they so urgently need. Your action can make a difference!

In peace and solidarity,
Joanne                 Tom
Joanne  Landy and Thomas Harrison
Co-Directors, Campaign for Peace and Democracy

Please go to the rally's Facebook event page to let the organizers know if you'll be able to attend. Here's the text from the rally announcement:

It’s time for the US to play its part in alleviating the Syrian refugee crisis. Since the conflict began the US has taken in just 1,434 Syrian refugees. As refugees risk their lives everyday to reach Europe, let’s gather to let them know that they are welcome here and call upon the government to resettle more Syrian refugees in the United States. Join us Saturday and tell the US, the EU, and the international community: Refugees welcome! No human is illegal! Our demands:

1) In solidarity with refugees trying to reach Europe, we call upon the European Union member states to open their borders unconditionally for asylum seekers, to allow free movement for refugees within the European Union to reach the country of their choice, and to halt the building of borders and fences that are being constructed for the sole purpose of keeping refugees out.

2) We call upon the United States to take steps towards the alleviation of the refugee crisis. The International Rescue Committee has called upon the US to accept at least 65,000 refugees by 2016. We call upon the Obama Administration to pledge to accept at least 65,000 refugees from Syria for resettlement in the United States by 2016.

Refugees who have escaped the brutalities of war in Syria deserve a life of safety and security. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In Hungary, refugees are being caged in “holding camps.” In the Czech Republic, authorities are pulling refugees off trains and numbering them with markers. Thousands have drowned in the Mediterranean sea desperately trying to reach Europe in the only way they can: through dangerous smuggling networks. The photo of the Syrian child Aylan Kurdi washed up on the beach in Turkey shows us the result of these disastrous policies. Syrians who have lived through war do not deserve such a fate.There are more than 4 million refugees that have fled the war in Syria. Lebanon, which has a population of 4 million people, currently has over 1 million Syrian refugees. Turkey also has over 1 million refugees. Germany estimates that it will have 800,000 refugee arrivals this year. The UN high commissioner for refugees has called upon industrialized countries, including the US, to accept 130,000 refugees in the next two years. The US must live up to its responsibility and create a fast, simple, and easy process for refugees from Syria to resettle in the United States.