Thursday, June 21, 2012

World Refugee Day Press Release

East Bay Refugee Forum presents World Refugee Day 2012 in Oakland, CA

June 21, 2012 - World Refugee Day 2012 is a celebration to honor, appreciate and raise awareness about refugees around the world and in Oakland. The event will hosted by the East Bay Refugee Forum (EBRF) on Friday, June 22nd at San Antonio Park in Oakland, CA from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.

The East Bay Refugee Forum is a partnership of over 38 agencies in Alameda County that serve refugees. The Forum was founded in 1978 as a partnership of five refugee resettlement agencies that supported the large influx of refugees coming to Alameda County. The Forum’s mission is to promote refugee self-sufficiency, leadership, advocacy, and to serve as the common voice for refugees in the East Bay.

World Refugee Day was established via Resolution 55/76 on December 4, 2000 at the United Nations General Assembly. The UN General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and thus the day was incorporated. From June 18 to 20 the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) commemorates World Refugee Day in order to draw the public's attention to the millions of refugees worldwide who are forced to flee their homes. Each year, UNHCR selects a theme and coordinates events across the globe.
The East Bay event will include cultural food, games and performances from  many diverse refugee communities in the Bay Area.

Event speakers and guests include:

Alex Briscoe, Director of Alameda County Health Services Agency
Wilma Chan, District 3 City Supervisor
Mina Sanchez, senior aide from District 5 City Supervisor Keith Carson’s office
Pat Kernighan, Oakland City Councilmember, District 2
Libby Schaaf, Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
Alice Lai-Bitker, Alameda County Board Supervisor
Endalkachew Getaneh, guest speaker from the refugee community 

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