June 20, 2017 – 6 pm – NYC World Refugee Day – Stop the Refugee Ban, Save Asylum and Defend Temporary Protected Status (TPS)”
At 6 pm African Communities Together (ACT) and City of Refuge Coalition partners gathered at 59th/ 5th Ave’. Other than lots of signs (and those orange dinghies) it was low-key at this point. Voice of America did a few interviews, but the march and the Iftar, these were the main events.
6:30pm – 7:30pm: March to/ Rally at Trump World Tower and Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue)
8:30pm – 9:30pm: Interfaith Iftar* at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue)
*An Iftar is the ceremonial ‘breaking of fast’ observed by Muslims during the month of Ramadan.
Wasn’t able to follow them to the U.N. and the Iftar, (I found plenty of reportage on the Iftar). Meanwhile, I focused on the preliminaries and their Signs of Love and Inclusion ( unless you are Trump and company) .
The orange dinghy brigade returned [waiting in the background]
No love for all things Trump
Interviews with Voice of America included this familiar protestor
6:30 pm and the march to the U.N. was almost ready to go…til someone picked up those ORANGE dinghys
Video – brief interview quotes and then the— parade passes by—-
“The action […] condemned the administration’s efforts to bar refugees from war-torn Syria and other Muslim lands and defended Temporary Protected Status, which gives arrivals from nations enduring an armed conflict or natural disaster deportation immunity and work authorization. The march kicked off on 59th Street and Fifth Avenue and concluded […] (when) demonstrators held an interfaith iftar—the evening meal breaking the daytime fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“We are celebrating the heritage and existence of refugees in this country and throughout the world,” Fatou Waggeh, a civic organizer for African Communities Together[…] “But we’re also coming together as a community to say that we stand against the refugee ban.”
“Waggeh recalled “feeling very sad and depressed” when Trump was elected in November but that she is now feeling “mobilized and hopeful.”‘
“United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the international community to provide support and solidarity to refugees. “We reflect on the courage of those who fled and the compassion of those who welcome them,” the Secretary-General said.”
There’s always a protest somewhere. NYC soc/commie/progs never rest: next up. an Emergency Town Hall meeting Against the Supreme Court Decision.
[Where indicated, pictures and video property of Pamela Hall]
“In 2000, the United Nations General Assemblyestablished June 20 as World Refugee Dayto recognize and applaud the contribution of refugees throughout the world and to raise awareness about the growing refugee crisis …. celebrate World Refugee Day with an event, prayer service, or other activity.”
#WithRefugees petition will be delivered to UN headquarters in New York ahead of the UN General Assembly high-level summit to address large movements of (Muslim)refugees and migrants, on September 19, 2016.
The petition asks governments to help the (Muslim) refugees :
Ensure every refugee child gets an education.
Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.
Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.
“Protecting and assisting refugees is a part of our history as a Nation and we will continue to alleviate the suffering of (Muslim) refugees abroad, and to welcome them here at home, because doing so reflects our American values and our noblest traditions as a Nation, enriches our society and strengthens our collective security.”
HOWEVER: Mercy. Compassion … Do unto others …. Western values. Anathema to Islam (it’s in the Quran)
“The Infidels must Die!”
“The Christian population in Iraq has now diminished to an alarming 50,000 to 250,000, compared with 1.4 million in 2003. They were either massacred by jihadists or abducted.
Christians have faced being forced to convert to Islam, pay a high living tax (jizya, mandated in the Qur’an) to the Islamic State, or abandon their ancestral homes. Many were enslaved or murdered.
Reverend Canon Andrew White, (aka “The Vicar of Baghdad”) known for his love of humanity, stated of Islamic State jihadists: “When I invited ISIL to dinner they said, ‘Yes, we’ll come, but we’ll chop off your head.’Rather kind of them to warn me.”
The gentle and kind Reverend White … has witnessed the worst atrocities on the ground against his fellow Christians, minorities and Yazidi girls who are taken as sex slaves, and he finally declared:”
“I have looked through the Quran trying to find forgiveness… there isn’t any. If you find it, tell me. This makes it very difficult to talk to ISIS because they can show you quite clearly that it is what Allah wants. They can justify their position when Allah says you should combat and fight the infidel and they say, ‘Well, these are infidels.’ So the question is, how can you prove that these are not infidels? And you can’t.” [Jihad Watch]
YET, the misguided do-gooders at CWS preach-on ….
Overheard at Columbus Circle, a mother telling her young daughter (simplistically) that the purpose of the CWS event was to teach us “to be kind to all people”. So… “Rebecca, Stands With Refugees”
The mother sees what she wants to see, the Happy (feel-good) Faces of dedicated (misguided) do-gooders: It’s World Refugee Day!
But, how kind is ignoring theChristian refugees while Muslim ‘refugees’ go to the head-of-the-line.
I watched. Took a few pictures. Knowing a dialogue about the Christian victims of Islam would be met with plastic smiles …. and silence…
But, one brave voice stood firmly in front of them- facing their table. His message perplexing for the do-gooder, as it does not compute, “Say NO to Refugees”
A message lacking nuance, perhaps, but they should have opened a door and talked with him. Instead, CWS holds firm. CWSis GOOD. Bringing Social Justice to the Muslim World.
That protestor is a BAD man. A Racist. Islamophobe. Bigoted. Hater. Ignore him. (hands to ears- lalalala) CWS (CHRISTIAN World Service)outreach goes first to Muslim “refugees” of Syria. To save them from “Islamophobia” .
That “One World – Social Justice”from CWS offers kindness, empathy, Social Justice. (to some) The Christian Victims of Genocide must go to the back-of-the-line. Protecting Muslim refugees comes FIRST because Muslims are “threatened by imagined Islamophobia”
Within the United States, the welcome of (Muslim) Syrian refugees is being challenged. This type of fear-mongering (against Muslims) has no place in our society. People of all faiths must stand in solidarity with refugee and migrant communities.
BUT, are the “important and very needy” Muslim “refugees” properly vetted? (If at all). CWSclaims they are.
More from CWS as they Welcome the (Muslim) Syrian “Refugees”
IN CWS‘ OWN WORDS:
‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.’
– Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)
Join CWS in refugee resettlement – welcome arriving families as contributing members of our communities….
Take a collection to help Syrian refugee families cover basic expenses.
CWSwill connect these funds with arriving Syrian families for housing, utilities and basic needs as well as CWSSyrian crisis advocacy.
Refugees often arrive with little more possessions than the clothing on their backs.
Collect the household goods one family will need to start a new life in the U.S.
Ship boxed items to a city across the U.S. … household items will be provided to arriving refugees from Syria, Burma, Iraq and other countries.
Located near a CWS resettlement office? Contact your local affiliate to serve as a welcome team or to find local volunteer and donation needs.
Sadly, CWS with holds aide to the Christians of the Middle East (and Yazidis, as well) slaughtered and enslaved throughout the 21st Century Muslim World. It’s a puzzlement…
They are largely funded with your tax dollars! And, it was Church World Servicewhose subcontractor Virginia Council of Churches first brought this whole secretive and costly resettlement program to my attention in 2007.
See my latest report on CWSat American Resistance 2016!where we tell you about how CWS is going to illegally hide aliens sought by ICE.
Don’t you think that, if they go forward with their announced plan and break federal law, their federal funds should be immediately cut off?
By the way, if the name Church World Servicerings a bell for you locally. Know that they might be raising funds from your church through their annual “Crop Walks!”
Their charitable work for hungry people is, in my view, just a cover for their political ambitions.
Church World Service member churches are here. Be sure your church isn’t planning to hide those sought by ICE.
Why not bring Christians and Yazidis from the Muslim world here first?Why not bring Muslim dissidents, ex-Muslims, and Muslim homosexuals here second?
— before we extend visas, green cards and asylum to Muslim boys and men? [Phyllis Chesler]
IN CONCLUSION: The misguided fools and tools at CWS need an awakening, before it’s too late for the Christian Refugees of The Middle East. These hapless do-gooders should ask more probing questions of CWS. “Are we doing enough to help the Christian victimssuffering under the boot of terrorism?” A pretty smile to passersby is not enough.
++ Christian Genocide. It’s Real ++
PART TWO: Impassioned voices from THE CHRISTIAN REFUGEESof the Middle East, the Yazidis of Iraq , who need re-settlement. Lost in the wilderness, they desperately need JUSTICE. NOW.
[Stop Islamization of Nations Conference on Sept. 11, 2012]
While Church leaders in the U.S. are too busy holding Ramadan dinners and issuing statements about how Islam is “peace” to take much notice of how Christians in the Middle East are being persecuted. Shame on them!
I depart with a short slide show of theCWS small and very quiet (Muslim) refugee outreach at Columbus Circle. “Saving the Refugees from “Islamophobia”. One World. One Day. One empty out-reach program at a time.