Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Sign this petition
I welcome refugees as a demonstration of my solidarity with them. Refugees are some of the most vulnerable people in the world who have been forced to flee from their homes due to circumstances outside their control, having often experienced unspeakable horrors. At a time of unprecedented forced migration, we must do more and we can do more. Welcoming refugees is not only the right thing to do but it strengthens us as a country. I urge all our elected officials to work with welcoming communities to assist refugees wherever they are in tangible and practical ways. Sign now.
Email your representatives
Enter your ZIP code to send a pre-written email to your representatives. Your voice counts!
Call your Senators and Representatives & Tell Them Your Community Welcomes Refugees
Call 1-866-940-2439 three times to be connected with your Representative and both of your Senators.
Here’s a sample of what to say: “I am a constituent from [CITY, STATE], and I urge you to welcome refugees and support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Resettlement is a core American legacy that extends hospitality and offers a chance for refugees to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. My community welcomes refugees and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement in the United States.”
Feel free to share a personal story about the importance of refugees to you, your faith, your community, your business, etc. Let them know the specific ways that refugees benefit and are welcomed into your community, and why refugee protection is so important to you.
You can also tweet your policy makers: “.@SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE, my community stands #WithRefugees! Show that #AmericaWelcomes by supporting U.S. refugee resettlement! #RefugeesWelcome”
Share This Message with Your State and Local Officials!
Your state and local leaders need to hear the same message. Tell them that your community welcomes refugees. To find your governor, state legislators, mayor, and local officials, click here: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials. To tweet your state and local officials, click to find the twitter handles for your governor and state legislators.
It is more important than ever for all our nation’s lawmakers to represent the hospitality that communities across the country are demonstrating. Take action today to stand with refugees.
Use Your Voice to Create Change for Refugees
What is advocacy? Advocacy is using your voice, rights and privileges to speak out against issues of poverty and injustice. This is done by influencing those in positions of power to promote changes to the policies and structures that are harming the most vulnerable and by ensuring that beneficial policies are maintained.
Why advocate? In a world where good intentions often fail to translate into real action, advocacy is an accessible and effective way to stand for the vulnerable. If you have the privilege to vote or the ability to write in English to a legislator, you wield power that many refugees and immigrants lack. Using this power to speak up for the powerless helps to build a just society where all people have an equal chance to thrive.
Who does World Relief Seattle advocate for? In line with our mission to stand for the vulnerable, we focus our advocacy efforts on refugees and immigrants in the Washington State. While the struggles of these populations are similar to those of many Americans, refugees and immigrants face additional challenges of language and culture that make them in need of specific support.
The Great Advocate We at World Relief Seattle regard Jesus as humanity’s great advocate. He lived and died on our behalf. He empowered the poor, challenged unjust structures, and pleaded to God for our forgiveness. Over and over again, he intervened for disadvantaged people to bring redemption, renewal and hope. Jesus calls us to follow his example by pleading the cause of mercy and justice in our communities, workplaces and countries; and by advocating on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. This call to advocacy resonates throughout the Bible and compels us to act.
For more information on national and international refugee and immigration advocacy visit www.worldrelief.org/advocate