Church World Service issued the following Action Alert today:
As we grapple with increasingly heartbreaking and tragic reports of Syrian refugees dying as they seek safety in the region and in Europe, it is clear that the United States must respond with leadership.
The fact that the U.S. has only resettled 1,517 Syrian refugees since the beginning of the conflict is inexcusable.
While resettlement is not the only solution, it is a critical way the U.S. can support countries like Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan that are hosting millions of Syrian refugees. The United States can and should resettle at least 100,000 Syrian refugees this coming fiscal year, in addition to increasing our total resettlement commitment to 100,000 refugees from other parts of the world.
This petition is a great first step, and part of an organic, global effort of people who are refusing to remain silent as countries shut their doors or remain complacent. Already, more than 8,000 people have signed on. To require a response from President Obama, we need 100,000 signatures before September 30th.
We have seen the impact that people lifting their voices are having on the decisions of Germany and Iceland to welcome Syrian refugees. Now is our time to urge the U.S. to demonstrate leadership in responding to the global refugee crisis.
To help us reach our goal, please share this petition with your friends and network! Below are some sample social media posts to use as you encourage your networks to sign and share the petition -- please post them along with the image in this email to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures!
“Sign the petition to demand the U.S. do more in response to the Syrian #refugee crisis! #WelcomeWorld”
“The U.S. can do more to resettle Syrian #refugees. Sign the petition today if you agree! #WelcomeWorld"