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World Refugee Day 2020

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World Refugee Day 2020

World Refugee Day 2020 may be over, but we're still celebrating!

Didn't get a chance to attend all of our live events?! Scroll down to find all of the recorded sessions and downloadable content including cooking demonstrations, language lessons, expert panels and MORE to keep the celebration going with your community wherever you choose to celebrate!

 


AMARILLO

RST Amarillo partnered with local churches, arts organizations, and additional community partners to produce a virtual World Refugee Day celebration that highlighted some of our inspirational refugee neighbors and educates about how these cultures enrich the Texas Panhandle! The celebration included interviews with refugee leaders, a presentation by the Amarillo Museum of Art, discussions with representatives from Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle and Refugee Services of Texas, remarks from Mayor Ginger Nelson, performances by Amarillo Symphony musicians, and so much more!

To see the full celebration, click here!

 

Want to do more to support refugees in your community?! Join RST on June 24th for the Texas Day of Action in calling your members of Congress to continue the fight in welcoming refugees to Texas and across the U.S.! Find the resources needed to use your voice below!


Austin

In partnership with the Austin Refugee Roundtable, RST hosted both live and streaming events on Saturday, June 20th which also included downloadable content including kids activities, cooking demonstrations, language lessons and MORE!

Miss one of the live sessions?! Click on any links below to see the full discussions and to learn more about serving refugees in your community:

A reading from After the Last Border and Q&A with the author, Jessica Goudeau
Fireside Chat: The Experts of Refugee Resettlement
A reading from The Boy Refugee and Q&A with the author, Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin
Special message from the Austin Refugee Roundtable with Russell A. Smith, CEO of Refugee Services of Texas and Simone Talma Flowers, Executive Director of Interfaith Action of Central Texas. 

Streaming and Downloadable Content Available for World Refugee Day 2020:


Dallas + Fort Worth

Refugee Services of Texas Dallas and Fort Worth will be hosted a virtual event to commemorate World Refugee Day 2020 alongside our partners at the International Rescue Committee, Catholic Charities of Dallas, Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, and World Relief of North Texas, united as one community in North Texas to stand in solidarity with refugees! We celebrated with a Refugee Graduation Celebration, International Musical Performances, a cooking demonstration with a Central African dish, and heard a Special Message from our partners in the faith community!

See the full celebration here!

 

Want to do more to support refugees in your community?! Join RST on June 24th for the Texas Day of Action in calling your members of Congress to continue the fight in welcoming refugees to Texas and across the U.S.! Find the resources needed to use your voice below!


Houston

The Houston Refugee Consortium will host World Refugee Day throughout the month of June to recognize the refugee experience and tell the stories of refugees who call Houston home. All events will be held virtually through the World Refugee Day Houston social media accounts on Facebook (@WRDHouston) and Instagram (@houston4refugees).

Each week will feature a different theme, spotlighting refugees who have contributed to the city in a variety of ways:

  • Week 1 (June 1-7): Showcasing Refugee-Owned Restaurants
  • Week 2 (June 8-14): Understanding the Refugee Journey through Education & Art
  • Week 3 (Jun 15-21): Highlighting Refugee Stories & Contributions
  • Week 4 (June 21-30): Advocacy - Taking Action to Support Refugees

Featured activities:

  • Restaurant features and recipes for dishes from around the world (week of June 1)
  • Plant It Forward refugee farmers - Facebook live (June 5) 
  • Poetry and art from black immigrant and refugee community members (June 8)
  • A historical discussion with Holocaust Museum Houston (June 10)
  • Book release: A Boy Refugee: A Memoir from a Long-Forgotten War (June 13) 
  • Book release: When Clouds Bring Rain children’s picture book (June 14) 
  • Stories of refugees in Houston, including essential workers and first responders working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response (week of June 15) 
  • and MORE!

World Refugee Day is hosted by the Houston Refugee Consortium which includes The AllianceBilingual Education InstituteCatholic Charities Archdiocese of Galveston-HoustonInterfaith Ministries for Greater HoustonRefugee Services of Texas - Houston and YMCA of Greater Houston in partnership with Plant It Forward, PAIR-Houston, Houston Public Library, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Amaanah Services, Hope Clinic, FAM Houston, Houston ISD, Holocaust Museum Houston, and the City of Houston Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities. Houston has been a leader in refugee resettlement, welcoming more refugees than any other city in the United States. Since 1978, refugees have been rebuilding their lives in Houston and contributing to our city in many ways. We honor and celebrate their strength and perseverance on World Refugee Day.

 

Want to do more to support refugees in your community?! Join RST on June 24th for the Texas Day of Action in calling your members of Congress to continue the fight in welcoming refugees to Texas and across the U.S.! Find the resources needed to use your voice below! 

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