The events of the past few weeks have added renewed urgency to our continued commitment to build inclusive communities and support immigrant communities who are seeking safety, freedom, and a better life. In Haiti, thousands have been lost and injured and survivors continue to grapple with the devastation of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake. In Afghanistan, families young and old are desperately and courageous trying to escape Taliban rule. And every day at the US-Mexico border, people from across Central and South America continue a tiring, dangerous journey in hopes of a brighter future.
We have a moral obligation to care for all those who come to our communities seeking refuge — whether they’re fleeing war, religious persecution, natural and man-made climate disasters, the absence of true opportunity, or all of the above.
Local governments can and must work to welcome and support refugees in their communities.
We’ve compiled a few resources below for supporting various communities at this moment:
- Local Progress – Policy Guide for Climate Resettlement
- Immigrant Families Together
- Welcoming America – read more about what localities can do to create intentional, inclusive policies, practices, and norms to welcome immigrants.
- Veteran Crisis Line (24/7) – 1-800-273-8255 (1 for Vets) or text 838255
Our power is in our collective action and the policies we enact to honor our values. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Local Progress team if you have questions.