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

Refugee Speakers

  • 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

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