Thanks to generous support from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation through its 2020 Community Grant Program, Tower Hill Botanic Garden is planning to deepen its connection with the Worcester Refugee Assistance Program, known as WRAP.
Worcester has the largest refugee population in Massachusetts and WRAP serves refugees from Burma in the area. Tower Hill believes access to green space is a basic human right and is committed to environmental justice by making its gardens accessible to all. To forward this goal the garden has partnered with WRAP since 2016 on programming geared to participants ages 5 to 19.
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The article, "Hounded and ridiculed for complaining of rape" by Jonah Fisher is a grim recounting of the treacheries perpetrated on the Rohingya communities by the people who are tasked with protecting these communities. These acts are then being denied by the countries government and further harassment continues.
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Here's a link to one organization that's doing its part to ensure civil rights for refugees. Read more about the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP).
Learn more about IRAP
In response to this week's Executive Order to restrict refugee resettlement to the US, we ask that you take action to resist this irrational decree that undermines American values.
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WRAP is co-sponsoring this event. Please join us to show support for refugees in America. We cannot be silent.
We urge everyone to come out and support our immigrant and refugee community and tell Worcester City Councilors to reject Councilor Gaffney’s anti-refugee, anti-immigrant City Council proposal.
Worcester will not be bullied into turning in our undocumented neighbors, friends, families, young people, and coworkers. We expect that our elected officials remain committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all members of this community, regardless of their citizenship status. We urge our fellow community members to stand in solidarity with all those fleeing persecution, poverty and violence. Worcester cannot be a welcoming community for some of us, while turning its back on others.
Location: City Hall
Day, time: Tuesday, January 31st from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Orgainzed by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Worcester.
WRAP evening activities will resume after Labor Day. In the meantime, check out these fun summer activities that are happening at WRAP.
Summer reading group - Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-12 at SEAC.
ESL for adults - Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-12 at SEAC.
Summer camping - July 11th
Community beach trip - July 19th
Backyard BBQ and fishing - Aug 16th
Any volunteers interested to help out and join us, please email us at email@example.com.
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO ON THE SITUATION OF STUDENTS WITH AN EDUCATION FROM SCHOOLS ALONG THE THAI-BURMA BORDER AND THEIR PROCESS OF RETURNING AND REINTEGRATING BACK TO BURMA