Take Action, Support Refugees

There are many ways to take action and support refugees across the world and in our own community in light of the January 27 executive order regarding refugee resettlement. It’s never too late to educate and advocate.


Signs at rally

CMC Executive Director, Paula Land: “We must each take action individually and encourage others to take action to make our voices heard for what we believe represents our U.S. values and basic principles of democracy.”  Photo courtesy of KCRG TV-9

Neighbor welcome signAdvocate

Download Refugee Council USA’s advocacy toolkit.

Not sure how to phrase your support?
Find sample language here.

Catherine McAuley Center students are always welcome to ask for assistance writing letters to elected officials. Set up an appointment with the Education staff!


Upcoming Events

These events are not sponsored or hosted by the Catherine McAuley Center. Please keep all demonstrations and messages peaceful and positive.

Hostility and Hate Crimes, Humanity and Hope
Marion Public Library
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 1:30 PM
How common is disrespectful behavior toward racial and religious minorities? What resources are available to those targeted and to all of us who want to uphold human dignity?

Past events

Solidarity Rally Against the Ban
Downtown Iowa City Ped Mall
Sunday, February 5, 1-3 PM

Letter Writing for Refugees
Ladd Library, 3570 Williams Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids
Wednesday, February 15, 5:30 to 7 PM
Join the Positive Words and Actions group to share your concern for refugees with legislators. Addresses, paper, envelopes, stamps, templates, and other resources provided!

A Show of Unity: Prayers and Meditations for Immigrants and Refugees
Community of Christ Church- 1500 Blairs Ferry Road, Hiawatha
Thursday, February 16, 7PM
Hosted by the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County. Anne Dugger, CMC Immigrant and Refugee Coordinator, will address the group and a collection will be taken for the Catherine McAuley Center.

Refugee Day on the Hill
Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Avenue, Des Moines
Tuesday, February 21, 7AM – 2PM
Opening remarks and breakfast in the Legislative Dining Room at 7:00, then Q&A in the rotunda at 9:00. Attendees will then break up into teams to meet face to face time with legislators to ask to maintain funding for community-based ESL services and the RefugeeRISE Americorps program.