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Bloomington Groups Protest Possible U.S. Strike on Syria

Protestors gathered at Bloomington's Courthouse Square Monday evening to protest a U.S. military attack on Syria.

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    Protestors gathered Monday on the steps of the courthouse in Bloomington to protest a possible U.S. strike on Syria.

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    Photo: Kat Carlton

    Organizers of the rally encouraged people to call and email their representatives and tell them to oppose a strike on Syria.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, peace group activists gathered on Bloomington’s courthouse steps. Some held signs that once read “No war in Iran.” Now, they had “on Syria” taped over their bottom halves.

Members of The Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and Just Peace Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Church gave passionate speeches against a military strike.

David Keppel, a member of both peace groups was the first to step up to a megaphone. He says people have been focusing on assigning blame for the August 21st attacks that killed 1,400 Syrians.

“The important question is whether a strike can either protect Syrian civilians or stop weapons of mass destruction. It can do none of those, and it can embroil the United States in a much wider war that will engulf us for years,” Keppel said.

President Obama says he will ask congress to vote on whether to take military action in Syria after they resume their session September 9. Shelli Yoder, who ran unsuccessfully for congress last year, says people should call and email their representatives now.

“I think we’re here because, our, I want to say, our president and our elected officials are listening, and we do have the ability to call and to have our voices be heard, that’s what I want people to know, that, to do nothing is an atrocity,” Yoder said.

The two peace groups will hold another vigil this Wednesday.

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