#STL4Syria is a grassroots movement whose purpose is to bring as many Syrian refugees to St. Louis as possible. The first community meeting will be held on Saturday October 3rd at 6:30 PM, location TBA.
The ongoing crisis in Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. Hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered, millions are either internally or externally displaced, hundreds of thousands are living in tent cities for years, while thousands drown in the sea or are brutalized while trying to flee to Europe. The United Nations is encouraging the United States to accept 65,000 Syrian refugees by 2016. So far the U.S. has accepted less then 1,000
As Americans we believe this is unacceptable. The U.S. has the largest economy in the world, large land mass, and the ability to integrate refugees much better then any other nation in the world. The U.S. is emotionally, morally, economically, militarily, and strategically invested in Syria more then most nations in the world. It is only natural that the U.S. leads in bringing Syrian refugees to it’s soil.
During the Bosnian Genocide, St. Louis became the home for tens of thousands of Bosnian refugees. This community was able to find peace, security, job opportunity, education and have been able to rebuild their lives. The influx of these refugees into St. Louis in the 90s has also revitalized the areas where they resettled into, especially South City and the South County areas. St. Louis is the perfect destination for the now Syrian refugees who need a home and St. Louis needs them in order to help revitalize the city.