u.s. politics | January 30, 2017

Kal Penn Raises Half a Million (and Counting) in Just Two Days for Syrian Refugees

Since being the target of a xenophobic Twitter comment, speaker Kal Penn has crowdsourced more than half a million dollars in support of Syrian refugees. The actor and former Obama staffer sought to raise $1500, but eclipsed the quarter-million mark in 24 hours—and the donations are still pouring in.

The former Associate Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement, Penn took to fundraising platform Crowdrise and offered the following message to his donors: “We are better than the hateful people who tell us we don’t belong in our own country, that America can’t be a beacon of freedom and hope for refugees from around the world. We will turn their bigotry, along with the President’s, into love.”


The campaign, which can be found here, now sits over $800,000 raised, with a new goal of $850,000. All proceeds will go to the International Rescue Committee, an organization seeking to aid those affected by President Trump’s recent executive order, which, among other provisions, indefinitely suspended Syrian refugees from entering the United States.


Once again, to donate to Kal Penn’s fundraiser for Syrian refugees, visit the campaign here.


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