Alka's Angle January 29, 2019

     Friends it is a cold and frigid day today, but this is only the beginning from what I am hearing. I hope that we will all make wise choices and be careful if we need to be out and about! Even though I am in the safety and warmth of my house, something else gave me chills this morning.

          An email, from Church World Service, reminded me that: “January 27th marked two years of attacks by the administration against refugees and Muslims.” Meredith Owen went on to speak about the impact of bans on refugee and Muslim bans on the lives of many and how it also has hindered our capacity as a nation to welcome refugees. The refugee admissions goal for Fiscal Year 2019 is set at 30,000, which is ‘a new record low.’

      Meredith reminds us that it is critical that people of faith tell their Members of Congress to do everything in their power to protect refugees, demand that the administration at least meet this year’s admissions goal, and urge the administration to rebuild the resettlement program.


     I just did my part by calling all 3 elected officials. It is easy to do and I was done in about 10 minutes with a 3 calls- which are all generated for you by the number you will call, if you click here. You will receive a phone call from a (202) number that will connect you with your 2 Senators and 1 Representative. When you are connected, you can say something like:


“I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I am outraged that the administration has set the lowest refugee admissions goal in the history of the resettlement program- at just 30,000. Resettlement is a core American legacy that allows refugees to rebuild their lives. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that, at the very least, the administration meets this year’s admissions goal and commits to resettling at least 75,000 refugees in FY 2020. I also urge you to affirm the right of all people to seek asylum and protection, and see that the administration processes and welcomes asylum seekers and respects family unity. To do otherwise violates U.S. and international law. My community welcomes refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants, and I urge you to do the same.”


       In addition you can also,


  • Share on Social Media: tweet at your Senators & Representatives, and click here for a social media toolkit with sample posts and graphics. Post on Facebook and Twitter using #NoMuslimBanEver #RefugeesWelcome #GreaterAs1 #WhereRtheRefugees
  • Contact our State & Local Elected Leaders: our state and local leaders need to hear the same message. Tell them that our community welcomes refugees. To contact the state and local officials, visit: To tweet the state and local officials, click to find the twitter handles for governor and state legislators.
  • Local Congressional Visits February 15th-24th: From February 15th through February 24th, members of Congress will be in their local offices. Especially as this will be the 116th Congress’ first recess, it is a critical time when Senators and Representatives need to hear that their constituents care about refugees. Click here for Refugee Council USA’s February Recess Toolkit.

     People of God, times are rough! Everyone seems to be on the edge. I urge us to do the best we can in minimizing harm to one another and looking out for each other -- in this cold winter week, but also as siblings in humanity.  

     Let us remember to build one another in a way that frees them, and us, to live authentic lives. Let us love one another, support one another, and of course, pray for one another. Prayerfully, I remain your partner in justice

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