Actor Kal Penn Launches Crowdrise Campaign for Syrian Refugees & Quickly Raises More Than $500,000

Following a confrontation on Instagram, actor Kal Penn has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdrise dedicated to the Syrian refugees. Within a matter of days, the initiative has successfully secured over $500,000.

According to Vulture, Penn sought to help the refugees after an Instragram commented stated to him that he didn’t belong in the U.S. and described him as a f*cking joke. He tweeted out the initiative’s launch new on Twitter where he displayed the comment:

The campaign made its debut the same day that President Trump established a travel ban for seven countries, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and a 120-day suspension of the US refugee program. Penn noted:

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.”

 As part of the initiative’s mission, Penn also encouraged backers to call their senators and help organizations continue their efforts to help refugees.

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