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by PANA category: Cause
San Diego’s interfaith community, civil and human rights groups, labor and social service organizations, and compassionate individuals come together to affirm our commitment to make San Diego a safe haven for refugees and immigrants from around the world, especially those fleeing a crisis of violence, natural disaster, and persecution.
As a border community greatly enriched by immigrants and refugees, we affirm the dignity and humanity of all of our families, including torture survivors, refugees, immigrants, people with special medical needs, women who head households, unsheltered people, and children, all of whom deserve to have their voices heard and to have a government that is responsive to their needs.
Principles of Unity:
San Diego elected representatives must actively promote dignity and respect for all, and should draft and support legislation that respects and promotes the equality and dignity of every human being
San Diego elected representatives must effectively address the dangers inherent in the President’s xenophobic travel bans, particularly the assault on the freedom of San Diego residents to freely practice their religion and on the privacy of many who are victims of unconstitutional surveillance
San Diego elected representatives must actively seek and mobilize all possible means to provide affordable housing for people who are homeless, and other vital social services for communities of color, for low-income and underserved communities, for people with disabilities, for refugee and immigrant families, and for all who are struggling to make ends meet
We will work together to engage voters in honest and challenging conversations and move non-voters to find their voices to become active voters
We recognize that our struggle for justice, equity, fairness, and human rights are bound by our mutual commitment to build alliances around the intersectionality of our work by breaking down silos
We commit to amplify refugee voices so their stories are heard by a broad public and our elected officials
So that every San Diegan may feel safe, valued and included, our region must address the key sustainability issues of access to housing, transparent democracy, and constitutional rights to privacy and free practice of religion.
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Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) lifts up refugee voices and builds leadership in communities to increase civic engagement and create an inclusive civil society. Learn more at http://panasd.org