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WomenForSyria: Chicago Candlelight Vigil

  • Federal Plaza 50 West Adams Street Chicago, IL, 60610 United States (map)

WE SAID NEVER AGAIN. HERE WE ARE. SYRIA.

In the past 6 years, over 500,000 Syrians have been killed and over 6 million displaced within Syria and throughout the world. On Thursday, April 13, we call for a Day of Action for Syria.

We recently saw horrific images of dead Syrian babies, mothers crying, fathers begging for death after the murders of their family members. When asked, Syrians have often said they feel alone. They feel like no one in the world cares about them or their plight for freedom, safety and security.

We mourn for and with the people of Syria. We are outraged that the President and his cabinet are banning the very refugees that are escaping the same terrorism we are claiming to fight.

The United States has taken in a very small number of Syrian refugees. We demand that we be a sanctuary and safe haven for Syrian refugees. We call on the administration to let in at least 75,000 refugees. This will help alleviate some of the suffering of the children and their families. There is no easy solution – but providing Syrians with a life of safety and security is the least we can do.

Our hearts are in mourning. We are outraged. We can't sit back. We know there are no easy solutions but we can at least alleviate the pain and suffering of the refugees.

We know that Syrian refugees have endured unfathomable death and devastation only to encounter extreme vetting and are eager to find safety and security. We demand that this administration increase the number of Syrian refugees we let into the United States.

WE WANT THEM HERE. LET THEM IN.

We, as Women's March Illinois organizers urge you, our community and supporters, to join us on Thursday, April 13, at 7:30 PM Central Time, for a candlelight vigil Federal Plaza, in downtown Chicago (coordinated with vigils across the country hosted by Women's March), to let the people of Syria know they are not alone. We hear you. We see you.

We are reaching out to have speakers from the Syrian, Arab, and larger Muslim American community in Chicago. We aim to highlight the outstanding efforts and work being done by several national and Illinois/Chicago-based organizations and to center the voices of those in our community most directly affected by the pain and suffering of the Syrian people.

Bring candles and signs. Together, let's send a strong message that we stood up; we spoke out; we were not silent in the face of these atrocities.

Endorsed by: 

Amnesty International Chicago
Syrian Community Network
Karam Foundation
Chicago Action Alliance
Black Lives Matter Women of Faith

NOTE: If your organization would like to help publcize and/or endorse this event, please contact us! We would be honored by your support!