All around the United States, immigrant and refugee communities are gathering to learn more about how their lives may be affected by national policies and, in some cases, by individual attacks and increased hate crimes. And longtime non-immigrant residents are coming out to be supportive and learn how they can help.
This afternoon in Durham’s Immaculate Conception church, an estimated 1,300 – 1,600 community members — recent immigrants and longtime residents alike — packed the pews and lined the walls to hear from community leaders in an event led by Durham CAN. Outside the event, attendees had a chance to talk more informally and share their concerns with one another. Uniting NC staff, board members and volunteers signed up attendees for our new Stand With Us campaign, as well as providing some more concrete ways that community members could show that Durham remains a welcoming community.