Candlelight vigils will be held tomorrow, November 24, outside the offices of U.S. Senators in Manchester, Nashua, and Dover and at Four Corners in Conway to call for New Hampshire’s elected officials to keep our doors open to refugees fleeing violence in Syria, Iraq, and other war-torn areas of the world.
The vigils, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees, will take place from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM at the following locations:
MANCHESTER – Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Manchester office at 2 Wall Street, moving to Senator Kelly Ayotte’s office at 1200 Elm Street. Local contact: Eva Castillo, (603) 661-2873.
NASHUA – Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office at 60 Main Street, moving to Senator Kelly Ayotte’s office at 144 Main Street. Local contact: Sylvia Gale, (603) 557-8417.
DOVER – Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office at 340 Central Avenue. Local contact: Maggie Fogarty, (603) 988-7115.
CONWAY – Corner of Route 16 and Route 153. Local contact: Andrea Walsh, (603) 447-2113.
The solemn vigils were motivated by passage last week of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives which adds serious obstacles to the refugee resettlement process, said Maggie Fogarty of the American Friends Service Committee. The Senate is expected to vote on a similar measure during the first week of December, she added.
The vigils will include songs, prayers, and periods of silent reflection.
“Turning our backs on refugees is a betrayal of our nation’s highest values,” said Eva Castillo of the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees.
Participants have been asked to bring candles and signs with respectful messages welcoming refugees.