Day of Action: Demand sanctuary for Syrians.

On Monday, we asked you to call your senators to demand that more Syrian refugees be allowed to seek asylum in the United States. For today’s #DailyRevolution, join Women’s March in their national Day of Action by educating yourself about the conflict, attending a vigil nearby, posting about it on social media using #WomenforSyria, and/or calling those senators again.

In what Al-Jazeera calls “the deadliest conflict the 21st century has witnessed thus far,” the Syrian civil war has claimed nearly 500,000 lives. At least 12 million Syrians — which is more than half of the country’s pre-war population — have been displaced during the protracted six-year battle between President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces. With nationalist sentiment spreading across the world, sanctuary and safe haven for those fleeing the crisis have been extremely hard to come by.

The organizers behind Women’s March have called for a national Day of Action for Syria today, April 13th, to draw attention to the conditions in Syria and to demand that 45 increase the number of refugees we take in from the war-torn nation. According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the U.S. has taken in 14,333 Syrian refugees since 2012; Germany took in more than a million in 2015 alone. We are urging the administration to let in at least 75,000 more refugees to help alleviate the suffering of the children and families caught in the crosshairs of this war.

Today, participate in this Day of Action to let the people of Syria know that you refuse to ignore their plight by:

  • Attending a vigil: There is a comprehensive list of all the vigils taking place today, organized by state, on the Women’s March website. All will commence at 6 p.m. local time. Call a friend, bring candles or signs, and let the world and our government know that we will not sit by while millions are murdered.

  • Educating yourself about the conflict: Read up on the history of the war and the role the U.S. has played in it here, here, or here. Don’t feel like reading? Watch this 5-minute video instead.  

  • Raising awareness: Women, men, non-binary, we invite you all to join us in standing with the Women’s March’s Day of Action for Syria by using the hashtag #WomenforSyria on social media. Make sure your community is aware of the human rights violations taking place and encourage them to spread awareness, too, by posting about the Day of Action for Syria on all of your social media channels. Share this post or the Women's March link, join and share this Facebook event, and retweet this message from Womens March.

  • Calling your elected officials: Revisit our post from Monday for a step-by-step guide to get in touch with your senators about granting asylum to refugees, and to read more about why this is especially important now that 45 has escalated the conflict by initiating U.S. military intervention. It’s easier than ever to dial up those senators with our new beta magic number: 202-858-ANYR (202-858-2697).