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World Refugee Day Rally

Thursday, June 20, 2019
start:Anthony J Celebrezze Federal Building, 1240 E 9th St., Cleveland end: Carl B. Stokes Federal Court House, 840 W. Superior

We gather to depict the difficult refugee journey, from violence in their native lands to crossing the desert or over the ocean—only to end up in a jail cell in the U.S.

Refugees are specifically defined and protected in international law. Refugees have fled their country of origin because of feared persecution, conflict, violence, or other circumstances that have seriously disturbed public order, and who, as a result, require international protection. Their situation is often so perilous and intolerable that they cross national borders to seek safety in nearby countries, and thus become internationally recognized as refugees with access to assistance from other nations, UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), and other organizations. They are so recognized precisely because it is too dangerous for them to return home, and they therefore need sanctuary elsewhere. Forcibly returning them to their country of origin can potentially have deadly consequences.

Hear the stories of refugees that escaped violence and hardship in their country of birth, separated from home, family or community. Our democracy is built on those stories and can only be sustained when we share freedom and never lock people out; we as a free nation have promised to extend these rights to all. Join this artistic expression of freedom, justice, and security for all.

This event is organized by the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, with support of Friends of Immigrants-Lake County and Ohio Immigrant Alliance

Here is the Facebook event link