December 21, 2016 at The Wrigley Building in Chicago.
American Friends Service Committee – Chicago
American Muslims for Palestine-Chicago
Council on American Islamic Relations – Chicago
Council of Islamic Organizations of Great Chicago
Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago
Muslim American Society-Chicago
Syrian Community Network (SCN)
Three days before Chanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, Jewish Voice for Peace chapters all over the country are participating in actions and vigils to shine a light against Islamophobia, anti-Arab racism, and the many ways in which these are connected with individual bigotry and state violence (learn more about JVP’s Network Against Islamophobia at againstislamophobia.org)
Here in Chicago, a multi-faith coalition is holding Governor Rauner accountable for his decision to close Illinois’ borders to Syrian refugees. We’ll have a great view of Trump Tower in the background – making clear that Rauner must be held accountable for his contributions to Trump’s climate of hate.
Like President-Elect Trump, Governor Bruce Rauner exploits hate to score political points. One year ago, he shut Illinois’ borders to Syrian refugees, feeding into Trump’s statement at the time that taking in Syrian refugees would be “insane.”
In doing so, Rauner helped create a political climate of fear and confusion that has caused immeasurable damage to efforts to resettle refugees in the U.S. He also contributed to escalating hatred being directed at Muslim and Arab communities.
We demand that Governor Rauner definitively reverse his decision to close Illinois’ borders to Syrian refugees, and commit to using his influence and all the resources at his disposal to make clear Illinois welcomes Syrian refugees.