Tuesday, October 4, 2016

One Humanity; Shared Responsibility

Gain a New Understanding of the Refugee Crisis
Saturday, October 15th, in Oklahoma City --
Tickets on Sale Now! 

Around the globe, 65 million children, women and men are in need of protection. Their security has been shattered. Their rights have been violated. They have been caught up in a frightening storm of conflict and oppression.

The international community has reacted to the Refugee Crisis with compassion, solidarity, and -- sometimes -- ambivalence.

Robert Andrew
On Saturday, October 15th, you are invited to learn more about the Refugee Crisis. Participate with us as we explore the response of the United Nations and our global civil society to one of today's most urgent challenges -- to restore security, to protect human lives, and to create order in a fractured world.

There will be good company, good food, and an important message on the Refugee Crisis. Enjoy being part of a community of globally-minded people who support the values of the UN Charter -- to reaffirm faith in human rights, to practice tolerance and live together in peace as good neighbors, and to promote the economic and social advancement of all peoples. 

Panelists will include:

Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence at the University of Oklahoma

Rachel Pittman
Imam Imad Enchassi, Senior Imam at ISGOC and Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at Oklahoma City University

Mana Tahaie, Interim Director of Immigrant & Refugee Services at YWCA Tulsa.

Rachel Pittman, Director of Membership for the United Nations Association of the United States of America

There will also be a silent auction at this event. Bring your bidding skills! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Tickets are on sale now: 

Adults ... $15       (plus $1.82 fee)
Students ... $10      (plus $1.54 fee)

Purchase tickets HERE. 
Reserve your seat today through our online sales agent, "EventBrite."

Here's the link ...

The program will take place at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. It is located on the faigrounds at 3000 Pershing Drive in Oklahoma City. The panel discussion will begin promptly at 1:30pm.

We think you will gain a new understanding of the Refugee Crisis by participating in this program. Our hope is that you will feel a sense of solidarity with the men and women of our global society who are responding to this humanitarian challenge. 

We are proud to present this program in honor of the UN's 71 years of working around the globe! Every year, we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (October 24th) by exploring a timely topic that is relevant to our Oklahoma community. This year’s theme is "One Humanity. Shared Responsibility."

Join us! 

Facts About the Refugee Crisis

The world is now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. Nearly 34,000 people are forcibly displaced every day as a result of conflict or persecution.
Source: "UNHCR Figures At A Glance"

"Together, now, we have to open our hearts and do more to help refugees who are desperate for a home."

--President Barack Obama
Addressing the UN General Assembly
September 20, 2016

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