In early 2017, IARP established a women’s friendship group as a chance for the women to be hosted in each others’ homes, interact in a positive space, and engage with the diversity of each others’ cultures. This group has been a huge success; in fact, IARP has already received inquiries about starting new groups.
Group member and coordinator Sue Johnston touches on one of the goals of the group in her words below,
“Today I celebrated my 200th day of resisting Trump, with the Iraqi/American Women’s Friendship Group. Through the Iraqi American Reconciliation Project, I have the opportunity to spend time each month with these fun and interesting Iraqi-Minnesotans.
How is this resisting Trump? Trump said in Poland: “We (western civilization) write symphonies…..we reward brilliance. We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God. We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success, We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives. ” I resist this world view that denigrates the contributions of Iraqi and Middle Eastern culture. These women are educated, cultured, strong and funny. The more we open up to those who are different from us, the richer we and our culture becomes!”