On January 31, 2017 over one thousand people filled Turner Park in Omaha, candles in hand, to show their support for refugees and immigrants.
The multi-faith event brought together organizations and people of all faiths to hear remarks from faith leaders standing in opposition to an executive order issued on January 27, 2017. The order a places a 120-day pause to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, a halt to the arrival of Syrian refugees and a reduction in the overall number of refugees who will enter the United States this federal fiscal year from 110,000 to 50,000.
Faith Community Speakers
- Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, President of Creighton University
- Ruth Henrichs, President & CEO of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
- Rev. Brian Maas, Bishop of the Nebraska Synod, ELCA
- Rabbi Steven Abraham, Beth El Synagogue Omaha
- Pastor Eric Elnes, Tri-Faith Initiative
- Deacon Marty Smith, St Margaret Mary’s Church
- Lana Obradovic – University of Nebraska at Omaha professor and former refugee from Bosnia
- Gharghshta “G” Katawazai – Youngest woman elected to Afghanistan’s Parliament
- Dekow Sagar – Coordinator of the LFS International Center of the Heartland and former refugee from Somalia
- KETV (Jan 31, 2017): 1,000-plus pack Turner Park for refugee prayer vigil
- OWH (Feb 01, 2017): UNO professor forced to flee Bosnian war tells midtown vigil: ‘Being a refugee is not a choice’