Colorado coalition unites to support Syrian refugees at vigil

Colorado coalition unites to support Syrian refugees at vigilimage

30 Sep 2015

Calling for the United States to accept more refugees from Syria, a broad coalition of local nonprofit organizations, activists and Syrian-American refugees will gather on the western steps of the state Capitol this Saturday night for a candlelight vigil.

“I am not an individual who can just sit down and absorb all the injustice being done to the Syrian refugee population,” said Nadeen Ibrahim, one of the event’s organizers. “It’s outrageous that there are 400,000 refugees there and the European Union can only relocate 120,000.”

The group advocates that the U.S. and all world leaders respond to the crisis by welcoming the Syrian refugees into their countries as asylum seekers.

In particular, they want the U.S. to heed the request from the International Rescue Committee to resettle 65,000 Syrian refugees before the end of 2016.

Local organizations who will be part of the vigil include the American Friends Service Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Muslim Student Association at Auraria Campus, and the Colorado Africa Organization, Ibrahim said.

The event at 7 p.m. Saturday will include music, slam poets and a moment of silence