Over the past few days we have seen hundreds of thousands of you take to the streets to protest the US executive orders to suspend the refugee resettlement programme for 120 days and to put an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees. We thank you for standing in solidarity with those targeted by these decisive decisions with us.
The most important thing for us to do now is keep the momentum going, before discriminatory rhetoric and actions become normalised.
Here’s what you can do:
The effects of the planned cuts of the new US administration to humanitarian aid will be felt all over the globe. The dependence on the grassroots movement to fill in the gaps will be larger than ever, we need you to help us with our emergency appeal which we have launched in response to the planned US cuts.
Donate, hold a fundraiser, volunteer or tell your friends about us. Our services and those of the groups we fund, are essential. We know we will be needed more than ever over the coming months continuing to provide food, medical care, shelter, warm clothing, education, and so much more.
START WITH GIVING, BUT DON’T STOP THERE.
- Keep using your voice:write blog posts, articles, social media posts or find your local contact details for either your MP or Senator and write a letter. No matter how small your audience, you are sending a message of compassion and empathy. Kindness is contagious, so start spreading the word – we can all #ChooseLove
- Have conversations. Talk to people outside of your own friendship and social media circles. Try to understand other peoples perspectives and engage with them calmly. Conversation is our greatest tool against discrimination. Many of us will be affected, or know someone affected, by these orders and sharing these experiences brings us together.
- Non-Violent Direct Action– This is often the best way to get media attention and make connections with others around the world. The ‘Make Bridges Not Walls’ campaign was fantastic, shared all over social media platforms. Think about the impact that the Civil Rights movement had in the 1950 and 60s. Create a local group and come up with your ideas of action you can take.
- Help us spread the message of #ChooseLove. You can get your Choose Love t-shirt here (designed by Katharine Hamnett) and post a photo of you in it online with a message of solidarity
Choose compassion over hate. Choose action over apathy. Choose Love.