Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition



Refugees – Welcome to Georgia!

Solidarity Rally this Saturday


Friday, December 11, 2015


Contact:  Dianne Mathiowetz, 404-622-7517 (h); 404-219-7297(c)

                    Bob Goodman, 404-563-1633 (c); 404-378-5424 (h)

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             Some metro Atlantans have decided to push back against the rising tide of anti-immigrant, anti-refugee xenophobia by staging a “Welcome to Georgia” rally this Saturday, December 12. The rally will begin at 1 p.m. at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 5140 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain 30083.

            Speakers at the rally will include immigrants and refugees from Syria, Pakistan and Somalia

            The church is in an area of metro Atlanta which is home to thousands of refugees and immigrants from many countries, and provides services and support for many of them.

            “We stand with communities who are under attack,” said Dianne Mathiowetz, coordinator of the Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition, which collaborated with immigrant, refugee and faith leaders in the area to plan the event. “This event is a rebuke to politicians who are scapegoating people because of their origins or religion.

            “We reject all attempts to demonize people because of who they are or where they come from. We especially denounce the scapegoating of Syrian refugees by politicians and even presidential candidates,” Mathiowetz said.

            This event follows International Human Rights Day, Thursday, Dec. 10, which sparked similar observances around the world.



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