DCRally4Refugees occurred August 28 in Washington, DC to raise awareness about the global refugee crisis, call for increased U.S. relief efforts and refugee resettlement at home and overseas, and provide tools and resources for support. The rally featured a variety of speakers and performances from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Washington Monument’s outdoor Sylvan Theater.
Many attendees participated in the #SeaOfOrange by wearing orange, the color of life-jackets, which has become a symbol of the global refugee crisis after being worn by so many people escaping war and violence while risking their lives crossing bodies of water.
"I watched the rally as did other refugees in Nea Kavala refugee camp in Greece,” said Essa Alkeder, a Syrian refugee from Aleppo, Syria. “It meant so much to all of us to see the support of people in America, and it gave us hope knowing people care about what is happening to us."
The rally streamed live online. Participants shared the day’s events on social media using with #DCRally4Refugees, which trended in the top 12 worldwide on Twitter during the event.
DCRally4Refugees also included a resource tent with supporting organizations and representatives that provided information, tools and resources, including: Amnesty International, Arab American Institute, Church World Service (CWS), CODEPINK, Human Rights First, Iraqi Children’s Foundation, Jesuit Refugee Service, Jewish World Watch, Refugees International, Refugees Welcome, STAND - the student-led movement to end mass atrocities, Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS Foundation), UNHCR - the UN Refugee Agency, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (UCRI) and Veterans for American Ideals.
DCRally4Refugees occurred August 28, 2016 in the nation’s capital to raise awareness about the global refugee crisis, call for U.S. action to increase refugee protection and resettlement at home and overseas, and provide tools and resources for support. The rally was founded by a grassroots group of advocates inspired to help after volunteering directly with refugees fleeing war and violence in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other regions. There are 65 million refugees and displaced persons worldwide—the largest displacement crisis on record. As fellow human beings, DCRally4Refugees believes that Americans have a responsibility to bear witness, amplify refugee voices, and support refugees as they dare to hope against all odds.