WIROC (Washington Interfaith Response and Outreach Coalition) is a new IFC initiative aimed at providing grassroots, public demonstrations of support by and for individuals and communities throughout the greater DC area. The WIROC network has both a Rapid Response arm in which Solidarity Congregations* and/or Solidarity Neighbors**, and their university equivalents***, would respond in person to acts of targeted vandalism, hateful speech, and other types of emotional and physical attacks on faith communities and individuals throughout the area. As part of the network, you would also be invited to take part in pro-active outreach opportunities such as community-building and dialogues throughout the year.

We plan to launch WIROC in March 2017, with at least one WIROC informational training happening early in the month. If you would like more information or have questions about WIROC, please email Symi Rom-Rymer at: symirr@ifcmw.org.

 

*What does it mean to be a Solidarity Congregation?

Any house of worship is welcome to become a Solidarity Congregation. As a SC, you agree to be part of an IFC database of congregations around the DC metro area that would respond in person to acts of targeted vandalism, hateful speech, and other types of emotional and physical attacks on faith communities and individuals throughout the DC metro area. We encourage an annual contribution of $250-$500, and ask that you to appoint an individual from your congregation to be the WIROC point of contact.

When you join as Solidarity Congregation, you will be acknowledged on IFC website. You will also receive an IFC Solidarity Congregation yard sign which we are asking you to publically display on the grounds of your house of worship.

 

**What does it mean to be a Solidarity Neighbor?

Any individual can become a Solidarity Neighbor. As a SN, you agree to be part of an IFC database of individuals around the DC metro area who would respond in person to acts of targeted vandalism, hateful speech, and other types of emotional and physical attacks on faith communities and individuals throughout the region. We are asking for a suggested donation of $15 for students, seniors, and people with limited income and $30 for adults.

We also ask that you publically display your role as an IFC Solidarity Neighbor with a yard sign or bumper sticker that we will have available for you.

 

***What IFC Solidarity networks exist on Campus?

In addition to SCs and SNs, we are also launching a similar effort on college campuses. As a Solidarity Campus Organization, you agree to be part of an IFC database of campus groups around the DC metro area who would respond in person to acts of targeted vandalism, hateful speech, and other types of emotional and physical attacks on faith communities and individuals throughout the region.

When you join our Campus Solidarity Organization network, you will be acknowledged on our website. We also ask that you publically display your role as a Campus Solidarity Organization with a bumper sticker that we will have available for you.

As a Soldarity Campus Ally, you agree to be part of an IFC database of campus groups around the DC metro area who would respond in person to acts of targeted vandalism, hateful speech, and other types of emotional and physical attacks on faith communities and individuals throughout the region.

We also ask that you publically display your role as a Campus Solidarity Ally with a bumper sticker that we will have available for you.