#RefugeesWelcome: What YOU can do
All week, amazing people across Ireland have been reaching out to ask what they can do to help alleviate the suffering at Europe's borders. Here are a few suggestions - if you have others, please email email@example.com.
- Sign this petition and if you've already signed it, share it on social media and email it to everyone you know to make sure they sign it too. We need to keep the pressure up!
- Get in touch with your local TDs (find your TDs here) and let them know how you feel, making it clear that you believe Ireland should be welcoming more people. Read our statement for ideas. You can also send the same message to the Minister for Justice (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- If you're in Dublin, please come to the #refugeeswelcome gathering at the Spire on Saturday 12th at 2pm (in advance of this – make a poster, and spread the word)
- and come to the aerial photo on Sunday 13th (2:30–5:30pm on Sandymount Strand; kids welcome, make sure you wrap up warm if it’s cold!) and bring your family and friends - the more people we get out on the streets, the stronger the message to the government and Europe, and to the people who need our solidarity and support.
- If you would like to donate money, the Irish Refugee Council is liaising through the Hungarian Helsinki Committee to raise much needed funds to provide humanitarian supplies to address the needs of refugees in Budapest, Hungary. The amazing Ireland-Calais Refugee Solidarity group is raising funds for a convoy going to Calais soon. You can also donate to Médicins Sans Frontieres - they are doing incredible work saving lives off the coast of Europe and in Sicily particularly. Check out Dóchas' How You Can Help site for info on why monetary donations are best.
- Pledge a bed: do you have a spare bed that you would consider offering to a refugee in future? Pledge it at https://uplift.ie/refugee-crisis/ and show refugees and the Irish government that when we say ‘refugees welcome’, we’re serious about it.
Above all, the important thing right now is to keep the pressure up - keep sharing, keep talking, keep making your voice heard!
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This is a humanitarian crisis. Ireland must step up.
Germany has pledged to take in 800,000 refugees this year. Ireland is taking just 600 over the next two years. We can do more; we must do more. Sign this petition to take a stand with people fleeing war, persecution and poverty. Let's put a stop to the deaths at Europe's borders.
Edel McGinley writes in the Irish Examiner on the current crisis
"It is easy to see that this is a crisis, but not one of immigration: it is a crisis of leadership, a crisis of solidarity, a crisis of humanity. As posturing political leaders vie to be seen as toughest on immigration, more and more human beings – mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children – take desperate measures to cross borders to reach safety, and the death toll mounts. The human cost is unfathomable."
Read the full article here.