This feels like a stupid and small thing to do but I feel powerless and so I’m doing all the stupid and small things I can possibly do to make my voice heard. Sending emails, tweets, posting selfies, making donations, sending money, praying, lighting candles, reading all the news stories even if they break my heart, all of it.
Small acts of peacemaking are still peacemaking.
There’s enough room for all of you in our imagination of the future, Alyan. There’s enough room in this land, in our embarrassment of riches, for us to imagine you growing up and opening up books and bringing creative ideas and forging a fresh way and our land needed the hope of you, Alyan. We couldn’t afford to lose you, Alyan.
We couldn’t afford to lose the music only you would make, the ideas only you would have, the world that only could ever be, because you were here with us. There was enough space in our schools, in our streets, in our dreams for you. Your were born for this land’s dreams, Alyan — not a haunting of all our collective nightmares.
- Join the Facebook page to Alyan’s Dreams: Welcoming the Strangers and Refugees to brainstorm and crowdsource about how we can practically help refugees fleeing right now.
- Tweet a picture of yourself holding a sign saying ‘refugees welcome’ under the hashtag #refugeeswelcome — and tag your government and or your government representative.
- Partner with World Relief, give backpacks to a refugee child, or lean in with RefugeeOne to help refugees face this winter.
- Write an email to your MP and to Prime Minister Harper, asking them to open the doors. Here’s how to find your MP.
- Check out these practical ways to help and, once you’ve contributed, encourage your community to do the same.
- And Canadians, here are talking points and resources for us as we talk to our MP candidates about the refugee crisis.
Now go do your own small and senseless act of peacemaking today.
Pick one small stone, my friends. It feels like it’s not enough, I know, but let’s make this mountain move.