On this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Irish International Immigrant Center stands with Muslim communities across the globe, who are grieving the loss of 49 innocent lives in New Zealand. Our sincere condolences to their families, friends, and to all who are now faced with greater fear and isolation in the wake of this tragedy.
As human rights advocates, we confront and reject hate in all of its forms. We must work together, treating one another with respect and compassion, including those from different backgrounds, and move towards a world where every individual is truly welcomed and protected. Sadly, we are a long way from that vision.
The IIIC is proud to carry the great Irish tradition of helping all in times of need, and please know our social workers are available to anyone in the Boston community who needs support during this time.
St. Patrick, who we celebrate this weekend, was an immigrant. As the IIIC participates in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the first time in 30 years, we will walk in solidarity with all immigrants as a tribute to global Irish values of social justice and humanitarianism.
This is a time to pause, reflect and unite for a better world.
With good wishes,