Today, we launched #GiveRefugeesRest — a campaign to affirm the humanity of refugees.
Last week, FOR sent 31 pillowcases and accompanying letters to each of the 31 governors who supported refugee bans in their states, and the Speaker of the House who advanced federal legislation, as part of the launch of the
The anti-refugee and anti-Muslim rhetoric is out of control. Entire groups of human beings are being marginalized. This needs to stop immediately.
You came through in a big way with your support of FOR in 2015.
Now it’s on to 2016, which we embrace with excitement, hope, and faith. In the words of FOR member and theologian Howard Thurman:
They have descended from homes built on the mountainside. Women sit together in the cemetery not to mourn but to wait for the duvet distribution to begin. When I approach them, each woman extends a hand in greeting. Some have the needed small stamped pieces of paper to receive two duvets but most don’t. One of the women tells me about the pain in her chest, her legs. She talks about the war.
On a frequent basis, I get messages from death row inmates. Due to the volume of my work, I can only engage a small percentage of those who write. In early November, I received a request for help from Tennessee. Opening the envelope, I figured Andrew Thomas would get my regrets. I was wrong.
As we reflect on the past year, it seems the news was rife with suffering and pain in the world.
Over 400 days after Officer Timothy Loehmann opened fire on Tamir Rice in a Cleveland playground, killing the 12-year-old boy, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced no charges will be laid.
“The students have taken the struggle for justice into their own strong hands. … The youth must take the freedom struggle into every community … into every nook and cranny. … The students will certainly want to delve deeper into the philosophy of nonviolence.” —Martin Luther King, Jr., 1960