Episcopal Public Policy Network launches 2×4 campaign

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From the EPPN:

Join our nationwide advocacy campaign in support of refugees! Over the next two months, call your national, state, and local elected officials at least four times to let them know you welcome refugees.

President Trump: (866) 961-4293

Your Senators and Representatives: (202) 224-3121*

*Please call this line 3 times to be connected with your 1 Representative and 2 Senators

To find your governor, state legislators, mayor, and local officials numbers, click here.

Sample Script:

“I’m an Episcopalian and your constituent from [City, State], and I support refugee resettlement in the U.S. I am strongly opposed to President Trump’s announcements to stop the resettlement of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen; pause the refugee resettlement program entirely; and reduce the number of refugees we welcome. This announcement does not reflect the welcome for refugees I see in my community every day. I support a program that protects our national security interests while continuing our nation’s admirable tradition of resettling the most vulnerable populations around the world. I urge you to do everything in your power to see this announcement reversed.”

Please also share a personal story about why refugee resettlement is important to you and your community. Let them know the specific ways that refugees contribute to and are welcomed into your community.

Visit the EPPN Refugee Advocacy page to log your calls, sign a petition, find toolkits, and read more about welcoming and supporting refugees.

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Paul Woodrum
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While I think as Christians we are called by Jesus to look beyond our own security to the needs of those who are persecuted, including Christians as well as Muslims, in the near East, I wonder how many of those detained by Trump's Executive Order were actually refugees.

Many already had green cards. Many were students studying in the United States, including at least one Fulbright Scholar, Others either had family already here or worked for American corporations, part of our draining the best minds from other nations. It was a stupid move on the part of this new administration.
However, it really didn't begin to address the number of refugees yearning to breathe free and fleeing for their lives for whom Trump and a majority of Americans seem to have little sympathy. The lamp beside a quite tarnished golden door is pretty dim these days.

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Philip B. Spivey
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Philip B. Spivey

The implementation of this Executive Order only goes to prove that we all are quickly becoming refugees of what we once thought our country stood for. As the Trump administration continues its demolition of civil law and order, its repercussions will travel far beyond "the usual suspects".

The 2X4 Campaign is a very worthy effort. Sign me up!

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