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The Paris attacks have sparked a massive wave of anti-Muslim bigotry.
We need to speak out against this racist, xenophobic backlash. Now.
At least 29 Republican governors—and even one Democrat—say they want to close their states to Syrian refugees.1 Indiana’s governor has already turned a family away.2 Presidential candidates are talking about shutting down mosques and discriminating against refugees on the basis of religion.3,4 A state senator in Tennessee is proposing rounding up all Syrian refugees in the state.5
And now Republicans in Congress are threatening to cut off funding for refugee assistance while 4 million Syrian refugees are begging for help.6
This is immoral. And stupid. Because shutting out refugees doesn’t make America safer—just the opposite: it fuels hatred at home, and resentment and extremism around the world. Will you chip in $3 to help fight back?
The first thing we need to do is hold governors accountable for attacking refugees. We’ve launched rapid-response campaigns in all 30 states, calling their governors out for this xenophobic pandering. More than 115,000 MoveOn members have already joined the call to stop attacking refugee families.
Second, we need to block Republicans in Congress from defunding refugee resettlement. This is the most cynical, immoral act you could imagine in response to a refugee crisis of this scale, and we’re flooding Capitol Hill with phone calls and petition signatures to stop it.
Finally, we need to show the world that the hate mongers and racists don’t speak for us. So we’re teaming up with allies on college campuses and mobilizing MoveOn members on social media to show the world that we are a welcoming nation—and to push back against anti-refugee and anti-Muslim vitriol.
But this xenophobic anti-refugee backlash has intensified fast, which is why we need to raise at least $150,000 to enable all this work. Will you chip in $3?
This is an incredibly dangerous moment for America. If we don’t push back against this outpouring of hate, it could spiral out of control into a wave of hate crimes like what we saw after 9/11—or get us stuck in another foolish war.
Republicans are telling people to be afraid of refugees. But over the past 40 years, America has taken in 2.5 million refugees.7 Not one terrorist attack has been committed in America by a refugee.8 Even the reports that the Paris attackers included a Syrian refugee are likely false.9
The truth is, attacking refugees makes America LESS safe by feeding extremist propaganda as a massively chaotic situation spills from Syria into Europe.
But the American people are scared. And they’re being misled by shameless politicians pandering to hate. That’s why we need to fight back now, before this gets out of control.
Will you chip in $3 to help stand against the anti-refugee backlash?
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Brian, Corinne, Milan, and the rest of the team
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The terrorist attacks in Paris are really sick and sad. My heart goes out to all those families and friends who are waiting to hear from their loved ones and especially those who won’t hear from their loved ones. May they rest in eternal peace.
I do need to address why we get more worked up about white people or people in “The West” dying than people of color, all over the rest of the world, dying.
Look at all the madness and uproar on Twitter and Tumblr for Paris (And rightfully so) and take for instance the past few weeks in the Middle East, particularly the last 24-48 hours, have been hell. Multiple terrorist attacks in Lebanon and Iraq, I believe all claimed by ISIS. And very little in comparison was and has been mentioned about Lebanon and Iraq.
I believe the Paris attacks are also being claimed by ISIS, or at least that is what I have heard as of now. And in light of the Paris attacks all these racist Islamophobes come out and rant their ignorant mouths. You know ISIS and other terrorists have killed thousands of Muslims in the past few years? And that the attacks in Lebanon and Iraq targeted both Muslims and non-Muslim Middle Easterners alike? Additionally, Paris has a high Muslim and Arab population. Who is to know how many Muslims and Arabs were injured or murdered in the Paris attacks.
What I’m trying to say is there’s no reason for the Islamophobia, because we’re all on the same side here. We’re all under threat by ISIS and other terrorists. We’re all against terrorism and violence. Who these psycho extremists are is beyond me, but they’re not the large majority of Arabs and Muslims. And the Arab and Muslim community continually condemns the violence and yet we are still bombarded with hate.
My fear is that the innocent refugees fleeing the violent terroristic regime of Bashar al-Assad, ISIS, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, etc., will pay the price for the horrible and violent few who threaten us all. I fear reprisal attacks and an unending cycle of violence.
There are too many uneducated people full of hate in this world. And all I want is to keep everyone safe and wrapped in a warm and loving blanket of puppies and kittens.
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In just a few weeks, leaders from around the world will come together in Paris for the most important climate negotiations of our generation. This process — along with the new global goals — can put us on the path to a sustainable future, making it possible to achieve a world free of extreme poverty, with opportunity for everyone.
We’ve never been closer to taking bold international action on climate change. Countries around the world are committing to climate action because it’s in their best interest and results are within reach. But the UN climate talks in Paris will bring together more than just governments — businesses, NGOs, experts, activists, innovators, and people of all backgrounds will also be there to join the conversation about how every person and every sector will contribute.
It’ll take all of us to move the fight against climate change from words to action. Not everyone can be in Paris for these historic meetings, but we can all make a difference. Start by adding your voice to the call for climate action by using hashtag #EarthToParis to power this important moment for change.
The world’s attention is what will fuel a strong agreement. Thanks for helping put Paris in the spotlight!
President & CEO
United Nations Foundation