A great group of townies turned out to welcome refugees to Canada and to rally against racism and Islamaphobia. It was a lively bunch of about about 3 dozens who chanted in the streets. Many supporters honked as they drove by, and some pedestrians joined the rally or passed on words of support.
Jon Parsons of the Social Justice Coop, above with the bullhorn, started things off with why exactly people were gathering. He provided chants that were used for the next 30 minutes.
Eyad Sakkar, a Syrian-born Canadian, spoke about the need to get Syrians to safety. I met Eyad a few years ago when he was my optician. I wrote this blog post a few years ago about my experience meeting him, it had a great impact on me.
Gerry Rogers, NDP MHA for St. John's Centre, was happy to tell everyone that she was able to identify households in Carbonear that potentially will be opened up to refugees.
We all should do what we can to help ease the pain and suffering of others around the world. For you that may mean opening your home, donating money, cooking some food, or knitting some socks, but everything helps.