Take Action: April 10, 2017 Support the Syrian people

 

First, understand the situation.  This video explains the groups involved in the war in Syria.  The ethics surrounding the US military response are complicated, but the ethics of our humanitarian response as reflected in how many refugees we let into our country are much simpler. We need to do more.  Here is a good summary of the current needs that Syrian refugees have as a result of the gas attack in Syria. So here are some ways to act:

  • Every week, hundreds of babies are born in refugee camps in Idlib, Syria. Mothers have been forced to leave their homes, often with only the items they can carry and clothes on their backs, leaving them without even the most basic necessities to care for a newborn. Help deliver a “Parcel of Love” to 1,500 Syrian babies born in refugee camps. Each will be filled with baby essentials: baby formula, warm clothing and blankets, healthcare items, and a packable bassinet for the baby to sleep in.
  • Donate to organizations who are working directly with the victims:  1) The White Helmets, 2) Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS): 3) Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, 4) Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), and 5) Preemptive Love.  More about the attack here. In addition, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) assists education and medical workers on the ground, as well as provide food and other necessary assistance.
  • Call your representatives. Ask that we give asylum to Syrian refugees. We need to #LetThemInhttp://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php   5Calls has a more information and script here: https://5calls.org/issue/recJelSda7trqff5W.  Or use this: Possible Script: Hi. I am one of your constituents from [ZIP], and I am very concerned about the crisis on Syria. I want [my leader] to encourage US policy that will increase the number of refugees we accept to this country. This crisis is of unprecedented proportion, and I believe our response should be greater. Our vetting process is successful, and I believe we have the capacity to do more.”
  • If Trump is serious about protecting victims of Syria’s civil war, he should rescind his refugee and Muslim ban and ensure that Syrian refugees continue to be welcomed in the United States. Call the White House comment line: 202-456-1111 or snail mail him: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 or tweet him: @realDonaldTrump

(Thank you, Alicia Crowley Alba for collecting much of this information!)