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March to spotlight refugee harassment

The White Branch Library and the Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism are planning a protest march Aug. 22 to spotlight alleged incidents of abuse and harassment of Burmese and Bhutanese refugees on the north side of Syracuse.

Participants will meet at the library at 11 a.m., make signs for about an hour, then march from noon to 1 p.m. After the march, there will be a family picnic on the library's front lawn. The event will end by 3 p.m.

Renate Dunsmore, library branch manager, reports that she has, "received many phone calls from residents asking what they could do to help the situation. We decided to organize this peace march as the final event in our Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism program, which has held nine dialogue circles at the library since last fall."

The march is a collaborative effort of the library, Interfaith Works, the Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism, the Northside Business Leaders Association, the Northside Collaborative Ministries, the Syracuse Peace Council, and Nottingham High School ESL teachers.

For more information, please contact Renate Dunsmore, White Branch Library, 763 Butternut Street, 435-3519.

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