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WE ARE ALL DREAMERS
With the end of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival), many of Utah’s most vulnerable residents now face an uncertain future. From student DREAMers to wise elders, immigrants are an integral part of Utah’s cultural tapestry. They are our beloved family, our trusted neighbors and friends, and the threat of deportation that looms over them should break all our hearts. While where we came from may be different, we are all here to learn, grow, and make a better world for our children. In one way or another, that makes us all DREAMers.
Join us as members of Utah’s community march arm-in-arm in solidarity with immigrants who will be affected by the end of DACA. Help us show the world that we matter to each other, that Utah’s immigrants are here to stay, and that the dream that unites us is more powerful than those who would divide us.
The march will go from the Federal Building to the Utah State Capitol Building. Following the march an immigrant-led program will be held at the Capitol Building.
TASTE OF THE WORLD
Over 20 million people in Somalia, South Sudan, northern Nigeria and Yemen are facing what may be the worst famine in three decades. In Somalia alone, six million people (over half the population) are in urgent need of food assistance. Taste of the World is a fundraising event organized by local Somali high school and college students to fight the ongoing famine in these nations. We invite the Utah community to help relief efforts by joining us May 19th for a special celebration of Somali culture. Participants will enjoy a special Somali dinner, live entertainment including music, poetry, and talks by local community leaders, and a live auction featuring unique cultural items and special offers from local sponsors. All proceeds will go to Islamic Relief USA, which provides effective famine relief to each of the affected populations. Taste of the World will be an evening of rich, meaningful cultural experience, celebrating Utah's diverse community and affirming its abiding legacy of love and service.
UTAH MARCH FOR REFUGEES
This week, thousands of Americans are rallying in solidarity with vulnerable refugee communities throughout the world to fight for their safety. Local refugees, government leaders, and activists will join in by marching on the Utah State Capitol Building this Saturday, February 4th to send a clear message to the world that refugees are welcome in Utah. Over two-and-a-half thousand local residents have committed to march, with thousands more considering.
Utah is home to a diverse group of refugees from all across the globe. These refugees are vital, contributing members of our local communities and economies, and are part of what makes living in this state such a privilege.
As we face the recent political rhetoric and the 120 day suspension of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, it is critical that Utahns demonstrate their support for local refugees, many of whom no longer feel safe and welcome. The Utah March for Refugees will give citizens an opportunity to express love and solidarity for refugees, send a message to Utah’s representatives that they must publicly stand up for the well-being of these marginalized groups, and give members of the refugee community a platform to share their stories.