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Event: Film Showing, Discussion for “After Spring” to Help Raise Awareness of the Plight of Syrian Refugees


Zaatari Refugee Camp

Please join Catholic Charities and the Peace Pins Project on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:45 pm at Cinemapolis for a screening of  “After Spring.” This documentary film follows two Syrian families as they navigate their lives in Zaatari refugee camp.  Zaatari has been described as a three-square-mile piece of land located in the desolate Jordanian desert that has become a semi-permanent home for approximately 80,000 refugees, the majority originating from the Da’ara Governorate in Syria’s Southwest.

Ithaca’s Mayor, Svante Myrick, will be introducing the film  and Cornell Professor Chris Barrett and Catholic Charities’ Deputy Director, Laurie Konwinski, will be hosting a Q&A sessions to round out the event.  Tickets can still be pre-ordered online or will be available at Cinemapolis the night of the showing.

ISP would like to thank Kristy Colbert from Peace Pins 14850 for organizing this event and also thank fellow members Elizabeth Ryan and Melissa Dhundale for their ongoing efforts to support the work Catholic Charities does for immigrants and refugees in our community.  Peace Pins 14850 describes themselves as  “a private group of Ithacans who want to embrace the refugee families arriving in Ithaca this coming year.  We have been raising funds by selling red, white, and blue-beaded safety pins as a communal rejection of bigotry and discrimination.”   And “raising funds” is not an exaggeration.  So far, Catholic Charities has received almost $8,400 from the group which we think is pretty amazing!

Hope to see everyone at the film.


Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Program

While Catholic Charities awaits final confirmation from the State Department on our status to be a site that offers refugee resettlement services, we were pleased to participate in an interview with the Ithaca Week to discuss the steps we are taking to implement services in order to launch this program.  We’d like to acknowledge IC students Aiden Quigley (’18) and Kyle Stewart (’18) for their part in helping us get the word out to the community about the refugees we will be serving and the services they will receive as we help them start new lives in Ithaca.   We are also pleased to see the passion that is portrayed by Salma Shitia (’18 Cornell) in the video and appreciate that that she and other volunteers from Ithaca Welcomes Refugees are truly committed to ensure Ithaca is indeed a welcoming place.


The above video was originally published in conjunction with this article.