STAND for #SyrianRefugees


  1. In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, STAND, in collaboration with Students Organize for Syria, mobilized quickly to STAND for Syrian refugees.
  2. STAND at the University of Central Florida, in collaboration with several campus groups, hosted a vigil for victims of attacks in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, and San Bernardino:
  3. Tar Heels for Human Rights, STAND's affiliate chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, also held a vigil to remember the victims of terror attacks:
  4. Unfortunately, while many mourned the lives lost in terrorist attacks, others used refugees as a scapegoat in the aftermath of the attacks, urging the U.S. to refuse entry to Syrian refugees.
  5. Several state governors, including North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, announced that their states would not accept Syrian refugees (which many rightly pointed out is not under their purview!)
  6. The vigorous and thorough vetting process all Syrian refugees must go through in order to be considered for resettlement in the U.S. --
  7. STAND teamed up with Students Organize for Syria to educate campuses and take action for refugees:
  8. Passionate STAND and SOS students and supporters wrote op-eds in local and campus newspapers, held rallies and vigils, and educated their communities on the refugee vetting process.

    Gabby Wimer from the University of Chicago was published in The Chicago Maroon:
  9. Kiel Majewski, a friend of STAND at the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, was published in the Terre Haute Tribune Star:
  10. On Cape Cod, Monomoy Regional High School seniors, Grace Fernandes and Ashley Benson, were published in The Cape Cod Times:
  11. STAND's Campaigns Coordinator and University of Arizona STAND leader Jake Ramirez, was published in The Daily Wildcat:
  12. In Chicago, the DePauw University chapter of Students Organize for Syria, held a rally to publicly oppose Governor Bruce Rauner's declaration against Syrian refugees:
  13. And across the country, STAND and SOS mobilized students and allies to call their representatives to oppose anti-refugee measures in the omnibus. Our calls contributed to a massive success, the defeat of an amendment which would have stopped, for an undetermined period of time, refugee resettlement for nationals of 34 "high risk" countries.
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