In response to the Trump administration’s recent lowering of the refugee resettlement quota from 45,000 to 30,000 for the upcoming Fiscal Year, The Syrian Community Network (SCN) held a press conference on Tuesday, October 9 to address the new presidential determination. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky spoke in support of SCN, along with Syria Faith Initiative, the Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, RefugeeOne, Heartland Alliance and other faith leaders, civic partners and advocates for refugees.
In a powerful open letter to the United Nations, over 80 prominent writers, academics, and activists say the time has come to consider radical reform of the U.N. Security Council, given its abject failure to protect Syrians from the Bashar al-Assad regime’s mass violence. In addition to being published by Al-Jumhuriya, the letter has been sent directly to over a dozen senior U.N. officials. Read the full text below. Continue reading “Open letter: If the UN can’t stop Assad’s crimes, it needs to change”