Month: February 2018
The WV House Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee is scheduled to consider HB 4555 this afternoon (Feb 14, 2018) This is a particularly ugly bill aimed at demonizing refugees. Call Chairman Jim Butler at 304 340-3199 and tell him to take HB 4555 off the agenda because all kinds are welcome here in WV.
Great time at WV State Capitol advocating for refugees on Civil Rights lobby day! WVIRM’s president, Veep and Communications Director were at the WV State Capitol on Feb 8, 2018 at a table with information and postcards to sign advocating for refugee admissions and aid. While many who stopped by our table were already supporters, we also had people stop by who were initially fearful about refugees. They asked like “what about the vetting?” and “will refugees be a burden?” After hearing about the 5 federal agencies and the lengthy (at least 2 years) vetting process, as well as the economic benefits of refugees in welcoming communities like Cleveland, Utica NY etc., some said the new information changed their minds and opened their hearts! Here’s a pic of the signed postcards we are sending to Congress!
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Please visit our WVIRM Table at the WV State Capitol this Thursday February 8 for All Kinds Welcome Lobby Day! Stop by to say hello and learn about our recent efforts to help refugees, and what you can do to help. Hope to see you there!