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Book Discussions: Not Just a #Hashtag: March, 2021: The Displaced
What made you interested in this book discussion? OR What do you hope to gain from today’s and future discussions?
Suggested questions to facilitate the group discussion
Which story resonated with you the most? Does anyone have personal refugee stories you would be willing to share?
How did these stories reveal the various conflicts and challenges the refugees face?
What are your thoughts on the vision shared by Viet Thanh Nguyen “Borders that would be markers of culture and identity, valuable but easily crossed, rather than legal borders designed to keep our national identities rigid and ready for conflict and war, separating us from others”?
There are different ways that we can help refugees including our time, donations, and contacting our politicians to affect policy. The following organizations work with refugees and provide opportunities to volunteer and help support our refugee communities.
At Catholic Charities we help people, regardless of their faith, who are struggling with poverty and other complex issues. At CCUSA, our advocacy and disaster relief programs — and our support of member agencies in our network — is making tangible progress toward providing help and hope to our neighbors across the country. Our collective efforts focus on a set of strategic priorities that make a difference in the lives of people in need.
Choose Love does whatever it takes to provide refugees and displaced people with everything from lifesaving search and rescue boats to food and legal advice. We elevate the voices and visibility of refugees and galvanize public support for agile community organizations providing vital support to refugees along migration routes globally.
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides new populations with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the United States. Our programs provide people in need with critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.
RCUSA promotes efforts to protect and welcome refugees, asylees, asylum-seekers, and other forcibly displaced populations.
RCUSA is a diverse coalition advocating for just and humane laws and policies, and the promotion of dialogue and communication among government, civil society, and those who need protection and welcome.
Roads Of Success (ROS) is a Southern California non-profit organization striving to advance human rights in the Middle East and advance the quality of life for people both locally and internationally. Based in Duarte, CA.
In 2012 Samar and Sahar Aziz, twin sisters were consciously driven to support the surge of vulnerable immigrant families who were struggling with basic needs to establish their new lives in America. They formed Sabil USA to nurture and guide these families. Now Sabil USA not only serves the basic needs of immigrant families but also the underprivileged and homeless members of our community. Based in Tustin, CA.
Our primary purpose at UNHCR is to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee. Together with partners and communities, we work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country. We also strive to secure lasting solutions. For over half a century, UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers. Our protection, shelter, health and education has been crucial, healing broken pasts and building brighter futures.