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Paris, Beirut, and Syria: Stand up to Fear-Mongering

The horrific attacks last week in Paris and Beirut are difficult to comprehend. We stand with the victims, their families, and all those affected by this conflict.

We also stand in solidarity with the millions of innocent refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq, and other countries to escape the same violence that destroyed so many lives in Beirut and Paris. Terrorists act to divide us, to stoke fear, and amplify hate. They aim to break our bonds of humanity. We cannot give in to the fear-mongering. We have a moral obligation to speak up. If we remain silent, we leave the debate to those calling for America to turn our backs on innocent refugees while escalating our latest war.

Will you call Congress now and tell your legislators that you welcome Syrian refugees? Here’s how:

1. Call the Capitol toll-free* at 1-877-429-0678

2. Ask to speak with your Representative

3. Tell your Representative’s office:

  • “I strongly support the resettlement of Syrian refugees. I urge your office to resist fear-mongering and efforts to slam the door on refugees.”

4. Repeat this process to call your Senators.

There’s reason to fear that Paris will become a kind of tipping point – that these latest attacks will push the global community further into mutual suspicion and perpetual retaliation. Those responsible for these violent acts must be held accountable. But we can’t forget how 9/11 was used to justify the war in Iraq, and that ISIS’s own origins trace to a U.S-run Iraqi prison. It is precisely in moments like this one that we must be on guard against a rush to war.

France has already initiated military action against targets in Syria, with U.S. help.  Anti-Muslim, anti-refugee rhetoric is flaring up in the U.S. and around the world. And we’re already seeing right-wing hawks and neoconservatives in the United States – including those who pushed us to war after 9/11 – pushing for reckless military action and taking an even more cruel line towards desperate Syrian refugee families.

Please call Congress today and urge them to support refugee resettlement: 1-877-429-0678.

*Toll-free number provided by the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Win Without War coalition member.

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