READY FOR A GREAT WEEKEND?!
This Saturday is World Refugee Day, which was established in 2001 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children forced to flee their homes under the threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Since 2003, the Houston Refugee Consortium has honored refugees at the annual World Refugee Day Houston event which is hosted in partnership with the City of Houston, UNHCR, and several community partners. This year’s event will take place at the new-n-groovy Levy Park – see all the details about the event here. Following the multi-cultural festivities at the Park, the River Oaks Islamic Center (near the park) is hosting “Sunset Prayers for Peace,” a time to commemorate the end of Ramadan and to pray for peace, so needed in these crazy times!
Houston is a welcoming city for its refugees and immigrants, so I’m happy to report that Mayor Turner has joined Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio in the lawsuit taking the state of Texas to court over SB4, a law challenging sanctuary cities which was signed by Governor Greg Abbott last month (see more about that here). As Turner said during a press conference on sanctuary cities: "We don't build walls in this city...we practice love." Amen to that! This week’s VIDEO PICK gives you the data on our immigrants and refugees, as researched by sociology professor Stephen Klineberg for the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. We are THE most diverse city in the country and as Klineberg put it: "This biracial Southern city dominated by white men throughout all of its history has become, by many measures, the single most ethnically diverse major metropolitan area in the country." (to the Los Angeles Times).
I’ll be at a couple of events this weekend – the ARIES expo on creativity and recovery this Friday, June 16 and the VegFest Houston this Saturday, June 17. Stop by and say howdy! Both events are free and open to the public; please register for ARIES in advance here.
Have a great weekend, love one another, please share this, and please go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!