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(en) US, Black Rose North Georgia: Statement on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Date Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:13:45 +0200

In the aftermath of the November 13th Paris attacks, which took 130 lives, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, like many other state leaders and politicians in the US, chose to exploit the tragedy to score political points and appease an increasingly xenophobic and anti-Muslim right-wing. ---- Deal joined 25 other US governors in declaring that Georgia will not be accepting Syrian refugees. Since 2012, the United States has accepted only 2,174 refugees from Syria, who are already subject to a strict and thorough vetting process. Hundreds of thousands of Syrian people, driven from their homes in the crossfire between the Syrian state government, rebel forces, the Islamic State (ISIS), and airstrikes by the US, Great Britain and France, have been accepted in Europe, while more stand at its doors literally dying to get in.

It’s estimated that at least 350 Syrian civilians have been killed by Western bombing since the campaign began–long before last week’s attacks in Paris. Contrary to the rhetoric of political opportunists like Deal, all the identified Paris attackers have been identified as European nationals, not Syrian refugees.

Black Rose North Georgia (BRNG) stands in solidarity with the Syrian refugees and denounces Gov. Deal’s cowardly actions. As members of the international working class community, we call on working class Georgians to press the state to accept refugees from Syria with compassion. The conditions from which the Syrian people are fleeing are the direct result of US and Western imperialist campaigns which destabilized the region and created an opening for the creation of ISIS, whose victims have been overwhelmingly Muslim.

In the 1990s our state accepted thousands of Muslim refugees from Bosnia, who were given a second chance and have contributed to the culture and community of Atlanta and North Georgia. In the two decades since, a wave of racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia, stirred by right-wing opportunists like Donald Trump, his supporters, and white supremacist hate groups, has swept across Georgia and the US. We must not allow reactionary politicians and the media to dictate policies which deny help to Syrian refugees fighting for their lives in a humanitarian crisis the United States helped create.

To the Syrian refugees: Black Rose North Georgia stands in solidarity and accepts you with open arms. Refugees are welcome in Georgia and we will do our part to ensure your peace and safety.

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