On Saturday the President announced that he would seek
authorization for the use of military force in Syria from the people through
their representatives in Congress. Congressional leaders are moving quickly
this week to schedule a vote. Area peace and justice activists are also
moving quickly to lobby their congressional representatives to vote NO to a US
led military intervention in Syria.
On Wednesday(Sept 4) a rally was held in front of Rep Jan
Schakowsky's Chicago office and a group of representatives from the Northshore
Coalition for Peace and Justice, ChicagoPeaceAction and Neighbors for Peace held
an in-person meeting with Rep Schakowsky .inside her office.
During the meeting the congresswoman shared that the calls to
her office have been 20 to 1 against authorization for bombing. The online and
on street petition drive initiated by the peace groups also indicate
overwhelming support for a NO vote from our representative.
. The congresswoman was frank about her position and
indicated that she is open to hearing the Administrations arguments in favor of
bombing and she is -in her words- at this point still "gettable" . She
recognizes that a yes vote on this authorization may not be popular in her
district, but despite that sentiment , she will vote for what she believes is
the right thing to do.
submitted by Dickelle Fonda (NSCPJ)