The Refugee Next Door Committee Dedicated to Advocacy during a Global Pandemic

Advocating for the well-being of others is the responsibility of the labour movement, especially during a global pandemic. Many of us do step forward. We do it because we know it matters and because lives are at stake.

Solidarity, justice for all and advancing human rights, are true core values of the labour movement. And because we stand up for human rights, our actions embrace people from all walks of life. These values make our workplaces and communities stronger and more resilient.

In our troubled world, there are “82.4 million men, women and children displaced”[1] due to political, economic, or environmental conflict and persecution worldwide. “It is critical that we push back on stereotypes, false reporting and blatant racism.”[2] To survive and recover from a global pandemic, it requires all of us to care for one another, think beyond the boundaries and take action. This means learning more, sharing more and doing more. We cannot settle for a status quo where the basic human rights of millions of people are not being met, forcing them to leave their homes and countries. This can happen to any one of us. We could only, then, hope for someone else to care and extend a helping hand.

The Refugee Next Door Committee expresses their gratitude for all your support throughout this time. We look forward to working with you in 2022. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to [email protected]. In the meantime, visit our resources below.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

The Refugee Next Door Committee

Robin Breon, Richelle Himaya, Miguel Lima, Faduma Mohamed, Maureen O’Reilly, David Rapaport, Sharon Simpson, Abdi Hagi Yusuf


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[1] https://www.unhcr.org/flagship-reports/globaltrends/

[2] https://ik.progressivenation.ca/lcs/tr:q-70,c-at_max,w-1650/pages/162/attachments/original/1612817389/Refugees_Next_Door.pdf?1612817389