Say YES to Immigrant Children

Syracuse, NY Friday July 18: Pictures from our counter protest where we proclaimed “WE are Standing on the Side of Love: Welcome the Children”

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has agreed to meet Thursday with North Side residents and community groups to discuss the city’s offer to welcome immigrant children from Central America who are awaiting deportation.
Miner will be joined by several members of the Syracuse Common Council for the public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pastime Athletic Club, 1314 N. Salina St., her office said Monday night.

Members of the Direct Action Team for Migrant Children CNY, The Workers’ Center of CNY, Occupy Syracuse, the Peace Council and others will be there in attendance to support the Mayor’s decision: The city will welcome the children. We wish to advocate for the children, that they be cared for with dignity and respect pending their legal right to a hearing on their immigration status.

We anticipate there will be several anti-immigrant protesters in attendance as well. We will be there to make sure that a spirit of hospitality and compassion for children will always be better than an attitude of callousness and exclusion.

Please think of questions that will direct the conversation toward justice for the children refugees.

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