corporations · human rights · refugees · xenophobia

Action Day 6: Urge American Airlines to deliver refugees to a country with moral leadership


I feel like at least half of the country right now is in a constant scramble-state, communicating to representatives (Senate, Congress, and here corporate) our needs as citizens.  The other half of the country? Preparing for the Superbowl.

*rump banned Muslims from seven countries. A disgrace, reminiscent of Japanese internment and Jewish persecution during the Holocaust.

The action:

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The report:

Dear Mr. Parker,

I hope you will consider re-routing your refugee clients to destinations that will enable them to move forward in their lives in safety and with the understanding that they are cared for. I know that American Airlines stands for what is best in America (I love your in-flight magazine!). As a corporation, you are uniquely poised to make a decision that affirms these core values: respect, kindness, and community.
I look forward to learning more about the itineraries of the refugees that are being denied boarding access. Please do keep me informed.
My family of four is due to book air flights for one cross-country trip and one international trip. It is my sincere wish to share this success story with my children: American Airlines is an example of a company that spoke out and acted against fear-mongering and cruelty.
Thanks very much for your attention to this issue.
Lisa Turner

Lisa Turner

US English Teacher, William Penn Charter School
Garden Educator, St. James School
Idea Machine: A Teaching Blog

What I’m reading now:

  • Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America (Wil Haygood)
  • Critical Race Theory (eds. Delgado and Stefancic)
  • A People’s History of the United States (Howard Zinn)





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