We're headed to DC-- and you're invited
Canopy NWA is headed to Washington DC, March 13-14 to meet with our representatives.
As a country, we have committed to resettling 30,000 refugees this year, which is the lowest number since the inception of the modern day refugee program. Additionally, last year we were set to resettle 45,000 refugees, but ended up only resettling just over 22,000. At a time when the world is experiencing the largest displacement of people due to war and conflict, the United States should be doing more, but instead we are resettling historically low numbers of refugees. This is unacceptable. We must do our part. Refugee resettlement is woven into the very fabric of who we are as Americans. It’s part of our history. It’s what makes us a great nation. So…. we’re headed to Capitol Hill to remind our elected officials that refugee resettlement matters to Arkansans… And we want YOU to come with us!
Here are the details:
WHEN: March 13-14. Leaving early out of XNA on March 13th and arriving in DC by the afternoon. Flying out on the 14th late afternoon to arrive back at XNA by the evening.
HOW MUCH: $600 per person (this price includes airfare, most meals, one night’s accommodations and transportation from and to the airport in DC). We’re keeping it as inexpensive as we can by staying at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center just outside of DC. The cheapest rooms are Quads, so that’s what we’ll reserve for you by default, but if you’d prefer to book a double or single room and pay a little extra, we’re happy to arrange that for you. Just let us know when you sign up! We encourage you to fundraise for your trip if you need a little extra help— and you can do that easily using a tool called Pure Charity once you’ve registered for the trip. The only other costs you’ll have to cover are transportation within DC, meals while traveling and dinner on the 13th.
WHAT: Advocacy training, hill visits with our congressional delegation on the 13th and 14th, and maybe some museum visits if we have time.
WHO: Anyone! We’d love to get a large and varied group together: pastors, employers, college students, families with kids (8 and up). For our part, we’ll be bringing along some staff as well as some of our refugee clients, who are eager to share their stories on Capitol Hill.
WHY: We are currently witnessing the dismantling of the refugee resettlement program. Since 2017 we have seen a dramatic drop in refugee arrivals to the U.S. We want to make sure our elected officials know that Northwest Arkansas is FOR refugee resettlement and we want to update them on our families and community’s heart for welcoming refugees home.
Interested? Here’s what you need to do:
1) Attend one of two informational sessions at our office, 2592 N Gregg Ave, #40
January 16 at 6:30 pm
January 17 at 6:30 pm
2) Save your spot by completing registration form and making a non-refundable deposit of $250 by January 25th.
3) Attend our advocacy training on February 19th (place and time TBD)
5) Pay the full balance for your trip by February 20th.
Excited? We are too. Email Lauren Snodgrass if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org