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article imageVigil for American Peace in California Special

By Justin King     Sep 10, 2013 in Politics
Emily, an environmental science student, hosted a candlelight vigil in Oxnard, California on September 9th to protest action against Syria.
Emily, who chose to be identified only by her first name, started the event by posting an announcement on moveon.org encouraging people to bring candles and signs and meet her at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Wooley Road. She explained her reasoning behind hosting the vigil, and her displeasure with the President. “I couldn't believe what I was hearing. He was concerned about the Middle East for chemically bombing its people? Immediately I thought to myself what about the Monsanto act and America?”
Even on short notice, Emily said the event attracted around 24 people, including some veterans.
“I’ve never hosted an event or even a rally before but I am doing it tomorrow to show that I, as an American citizen, oppose war! I know there are many others that feel this way, and I encourage them to speak up and stand with me.”
“The government is not hearing out its people. So many people do not want to bomb Syria and if we go to war, it is the start of a bloody war. War is expensive; peace is free. All us Americans want is peace.”
The vigil occurred the same night the Senate delayed its test vote on authorizing strikes on Syria. From retired Air Force General Merrill McPeak in Oregon to the Pope in Rome, people across the world engaged in protests, prayers, and vigils today to attempt to derail U.S. action in Syria.
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