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.
- Read the executive order in its entirety
- Read an analysis from the American Immigration Lawyers Association
- What immigrants need to know
- Details on the lawsuit against the “travel ban”
- Immigration Learning Center’s online webinars and workshops
- Iowa refugee resettlement
- Immigration and crime: reports from KCRG and PBS
Download Refugee Council USA’s advocacy toolkit.
- Sign the petition
- Sign the pro-refugee letter of your employment sector
- Order signs (pictured above) that show your support for the global community
- Contact Congressmen– both senators AND your representative!
- Contact the White House
- Contact Iowa legislators
- Request the continued appropriation of $300,000 to support the RefugeeRISE Americorps Program
- Continue the conversation– Share refugee stories and use #refugeeswelcome on social media. Also follow the Catherine McAuley Center (Facebook and Twitter) and USCRI (Facebook and Twitter)!
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!
- Meet your neighbors at IowaStandsWithRefugees.org
- Iowa’s rich refugee resettlement history
- Watch Finding Refuge, an episode of 60 Minutes
- Listen to the February 3 episode of This American Life
- Read the KCRG broadcast (below) and read about Mushabah in the Gazette article on resettlement at CMC.
These events are not sponsored or hosted by the Catherine McAuley Center. Please keep all demonstrations and messages peaceful and positive.
Welcoming Immigrant Neighbors
Mount Mercy University Flaherty Community Room
Wednesday, April 19, 3:30-5:30 PM
Learn more about current efforts in Iowa to welcome immigrants to our communities at this panel discussion with local immigrant services providers, including CMC!
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.