Did you hear the good news? Yesterday, a federal judge dismissed the state legislature's lawsuit to halt refugee resettlement to Tennessee. The ruling was a victory for our members, for refugee families, and for the majority of Tennesseans whose faith and values call them to welcome families fleeing violence and war.
This afternoon, we went to the state capitol for our first ever Refugee Day on the Hill. More than 50 refugees who were resettled from 14 countries like Vietnam, Rwanda, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and who now live in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, came to the capitol. It was a powerful day of action and unity. For many of our members, it was their first time meeting with an elected official.
For many legislators, today their first time meeting with constituents who were resettled in Tennessee as refugees. They were moved by the stories they heard and many came to better understand the life-saving work of refugee resettlement; they learned that refugees are Tennesseans who have built their lives here, raised their families here, and will help shape the future of the state.
Read more about our Day on the Hill in the Tennessean: "Refugees to Lawmakers: We Love Tennessee"
For years, the Tennessee legislature has been leading the country in anti-refugee policy, culminating in last year's lawsuit to halt the program completely.
After years of attacks on their communities and the resettlement program, refugees have been galvanized to organize and advocate for their communities.
We believe that we can turn the tide so that Tennessee instead leads the nation in welcoming refugees - and that refugees themselves will lead the way.
Celebrate the good news about the lawsuit and our Day on the Hill by making a donation to TIRRC! By becoming a donor, you can support refugee organizing and our campaign to rebuild support for the resettlement program.