Advocacy

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Making an Immediate Impact

We have been so encouraged by your ongoing support during these difficult times. Thank you for continuing to stand strong as a welcoming community!

There are several things you can do today to make an immediate impact on the U.S. refugee resettlement program and our ECDC ACC team:

  1. Sign up for ECDC ACC's newsletter (at the bottom of www.acc-den.org) and for our advocacy group. And, "like us" on Facebook.

  2. Call our 2 Colorado Senators, ask where they stand, tell them where you stand, and ask them to start the process in Congress to repeal the Executive Order. Do the same with your representative.

  3. Watch Facebook as community advocates share events for meeting at elected officials' offices on pages such as Colorado Welcomes Refugees. You as an individual citizen can also go anytime and ask elected officials to meet with you. Tell them why refugees are so important to you and to America.

  4. Write letters to our elected officials. Tell them why you care and ask them to repeal the Executive Order.

  5. Share any and all of this with your friends, near and far. Every voice is critical!

Call to Action: Support Refugee Resettlement

Dear Staff, Friends, and Volunteers,

Refugee resettlement in the U.S. is currently being threatened. It is important to make our voices heard,and for us to show our solidarity with the refugee community. Here are three ways you can show your support for the refugee community right now:

  1. Please take a moment right now to call your Representatives and Senators (Contact information is below) and ask them to respond by standing for refugee resettlement in session. Every time a call is made, a staffer is required to take notes so this is a powerful way to show that our community supports refugee resettlement. Example calling scripts can be found below.

  2. Please send a message to the White House via email here. Here’s an example message adapted from RCUSA.org: 'President Trump, I urge you to welcome refugees for all regions of the world and support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Resettlement is a core American legacy that extends hospitality and offers a chance for refugees to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. Colorado is proud to welcome refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement in the United States.'

  3. Sign up for advocacy alerts from ACC here!

Example messages to share with Representatives and Senators:

“Hi, my name is [Name] and I am one of your constituents in [city]. I am proud to live in a state that openly welcomes refugees.  As a representative of Colorado constituents, I ask that you stand with refugees whenever possible in your role as [Senator/Representative]. The Executive Order on refugee resettlement set to be signed this week directly threatens many members of our Colorado community who are awaiting family members to arrive. I urge you to publicly support refugee resettlement in the United States."

"My name is [Name] and I am calling on Rep. [Name] to publicly support refugee resettlement from Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and other Muslim-majority countries. The current vetting of refugees is extremely thorough; numerous security and background checks take up to 2 years before an applicant is granted refugee status.  Stalling resettlement from these countries is nothing more than thinly veiled religious discrimination. I urge you to continue to welcome refugees in our country.”

""My name is [Name] and I am calling on Rep. [Name] to publicly support refugee resettlement in the United States.  Stalling resettlement will further destabilize fragile regions of the Middle East and Africa, and as a global leader, the U.S. needs to continue setting an example in resettlement because it’s the right thing to do.  I urge you to set an example in the [Senate/House] whenever refugee resettlement is threatened."

Thank you for your ongoing support of refugee resettlement in Colorado and across our nation. We are proud to live in a welcoming state!

With gratitude,

Jennifer Gueddiche

Interim Managing Director, ECDC African Community Center