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January 2018

Ahed Festuk

Neighbors for Refugees and Larchmont Avenue Church

Co-Hosting a Day of Action

Neighbors for Refugees and Larchmont Avenue Church are co-hosting a Day of Action on Sunday January 21st from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event has been designed to educate, involve and provide opportunities for all members of the community to advocate for refugees. All community members are invited to attend and participate.

Participants will engage in the following advocacy efforts: Write postcards: Participants will sign petitions to congress to encourage support for refugees, including those with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs); Donate through the Giving Tree: An activity that donates much needed funds to support current and future refugees in the communities; Learn from representatives of settlement agencies about the current status of refugees; and Hear from Scarsdale High School student refugee activists.


Ahed Festuk and Reed Bonadonna will be the featured guest speakers. Ahed Festuk is from the Syrian city of Aleppo. When the war broke out in 2011, Festuk quit her job as an accountant to become a pro-democracy activist while the rest of her family fled the country to Lebanon. She migrated to the U.S. nine months ago seeking political asylum and has been following the fighting in her home city from afar. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Reed Bonadonna is a former U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer and field historian. He is the author of the recent Soldiers and Civilization: How the Profession of Arms Thought and Fought the Modern World into Existence  (Naval Institute Press, 2017). He and his wife Dr. Susan Bonadonna reside in Larchmont, where they have raised three sons.


Neighbors for Refugees is a grassroots humanitarian group located in Westchester County. Their mission is to welcome, protect and advocate for refugees and new Americans in the community and abroad.  Neighbors for Refugees is focused on refugee resettlement using a co-sponsorship model in cooperation with the State Department and affiliated organizations.  They  are led by a Core Leadership Team of fifteen people and work through a committee structure to support refugees after they arrive in the U.S.


The event will be held at Larchmont Avenue Church, 60 Forest Park Avenue, Larchmont and ample street parking is available.


For more information contact Elaine Wanderer; Elaine.Wanderer0501@gmail.com;  or 914 263 4638.