The International Rescue Committee will be celebrating World Refugee Day across Northern California. We welcome community members to join us to honor the cultures and contributions refugees bring to the United States, as well as the courage of displaced people around the world.
June 21st: (San Francisco) The IRC in Northern California's Executive Director Karen Ferguson will participiate in a briefing abour refugee resettlement and how the landscape is changing. Nina Sachdev from the U.S. Citienship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will also be there. The event is hosted by Interfaith Welcome: Bay Area Refugee Support and will take place at St. Mark's Church, Heritage Hall, 1111 O'Farrell Street (at Franklin) in San Francisco. More details and RSVP here.
June 30th: The IRC in Oakland joins the East Bay Refugee Forum members in Standing Together in Community- a day of activities to celebrate and welcome refugees in the East Bay. Join us on June 30, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Laney College Student Union and Quad.
June 20th: The IRC in Sacramento will toast to you, our incredibly welcoming community, while hearing refugee stories, providing garden tours & engaging in kids activities with food & drink for purchase from refugee-owned restaurants. The event will take place at the New Roots farm at 491 Regatta Lane in Sacramento from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. More information & RSVP here.
June 23rd: The IRC in San Jose's event is in partnership with the Santa Clara Refugee forum at the Campbell Community Center. It promises to be a joyful day, with fun intercultural activities and international food. The event will welcome 400-500 people including clients, volunteers, elected officials, and service providers.
June 20th: The IRC in Turlock will join the Modesto Peace Life Center during the Community Unity Rally during World Refugee Day on June 20. This celebration will be a time to honor our neighbors and show support for the American values of peace, freedom, civil rights, and social justice for all who make the Central Valley their home. The rally will take place in the Mancini Bowl at Modesto’s Graceada Park from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information please contact Susan Bower at suebower [at] prodigy.net
June 26th: The IRC in Turlock will join the Assyrian Wellness Collaborative and World Relief on June 26 for “Celebrating Resiliency,” an event highlighting the successful integration of refugees and the organizations supporting the resettlement of newcomers in the Central Valley. The gathering will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Stanislaus County Harvest Hall, 3800 Cornucopia Way, in Modesto.
Can't join us for these celebrations! That's okay. You can also advocate for refugees this month. Two pro-refugee bills have passed the California Assembly and are now in the Senate. Call your state senators and encourage them to vote yes on AB 343 and AB 349. We also encourage you in advance of World Refugee Day to call your national representatives to encourage them to set refugee admissions for fiscal year 2018 at 75,000.