Kal Penn Starts Crowdrise For Syrian Refugees
Kal Penn started a Crowdrise campaign for Syrian refugees on Saturday. In less than two hours, it raised more than $15,000.
As Gossip Cop reported, Penn and other celebrities are reacting to the Muslim ban instituted by President Donald Trump. While not officially called that, his executive action on Friday immediately stopped refugee admissions into the United States for 120 days. Trump singled out seven predominantly-Muslim countries, including Syria, which has been torn apart by a civil war.
Penn, who was the White House Associate Director of Public Engagement under the Obama administration, is now taking action to help those in need. He announced on Saturday afternoon, “To the dude who said I don’t belong in America, I started a fundraising page for Syrian Refugees in your name.” Indeed, as seen in a screengrab, a fellow social media user actually wrote to the actor, “because you don’t belong in this county you f*cking joke.”
On the Crowdrise page, Penn stated, “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.”
He initially set a relatively low goal, with funds benefitting the International Rescue Committee. But when it only took 11 minutes to reach half the amount, Penn upped the goal. And in less than two hours, the fundraiser hit $15,000.
“$15,000! You are amazing,” he tweeted about the milestone. “Raising the goal, we are doing this!” The “Designated Survivor” star also noted, “These donor names you guys are using are both funny & moving. Faves so far: kellyanne conwoman, refugees welcome, & Donald trump.”
Like for many others, this cause is personal for Penn. The actor and activist is the son of Indian immigrants. To donate, you can go to CrowdRise.com, which is just a few hundreds of dollars away from its new goal of $20,000.