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Understanding the conflict in Syria

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Baloons to represent the deaths in Syria


Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette


  • Laila Al-Soulaiman, Pitt student of Syrian descent
  • Osama Sharkas, President of the Islamic Center and Syrian native 

You don’t understand the Syrian conflict, who are the parties, what is the impact on the Syrians, what you can do? This is your chance to hear from members of the Syrian community.

A new red line for Syria won't solve the problem

The news from Washington is encouraging: There are multilateral diplomatic efforts at play to resolve the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, and President Obama and Congress are heeding our calls to participate. Diplomacy, our experience has shown, is the only way to end wars and violence. 

Media reports and polling make it clear that the majority of the U.S. public is against military intervention in Syria, and that members of Congress have been listening carefully to their constituents.

150 in Des Moines say no to U.S. military action in Syria

For the third time in one week, Iowans came together in Des Moines on September 5 to send a clear message to President Obama and the Iowa Congressional delegation: No U.S. Military Action in Syria.

Open letter to President Obama

Sept. 4, 2013 letter from AFSC to President Obama:

For nearly a century of working with people affected by wars and their aftermath, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has witnessed again and again how efforts to protect lives through military means, no matter how well intended, ultimately cost even more lives and cause more destruction. Military strikes also delay, rather than advance, the peaceful political negotiations that ultimately end these conflicts.

Please download the PDF to continue reading the letter.

Demonstration - No US Military Intervention in Syria

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

While we unequivocally condemn any use of chemical weapons along with continued indiscriminate killing of civilians and other violations of international humanitarian law, military strikes are not the answer.”

U.S. military action will only escalate the fighting, increase the suffering, and delay the necessary diplomatic / political solution, the only thing that can stop the civil war. 

We’ve heard it before: A rush to military action with so called certain proof…

Vigil for peace in Syria

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 8:00pm


Peace Garden at Cowles Commons (formerly Nollen Plaza)

Join local peace groups in telling President Obama:

Iowans say no to war with Syria

Bombing is more likely to escalate violence,
US Government should spend the money at home  

DES MOINES - (CPM news services, 8-28-13) A handful of Iowans, including several AFSC staff and supporters, heeded a call by Catholic Peace Ministry Wednesday afternoon to vigil at the corner of 42nd and Grand Avenue to send a message in opposition to U.S. military engagement in Syria.

AFSC, Christian leaders urge diplomacy not military aid to Syria

On July 31, 2013, AFSC and leaders of Christian organizations throughout the U.S. wrote President Obama to urge him to direct full diplomatic energies toward an inclusive, negotiated, political solution that provides a foundation for an inclusive society in Syria and to refrain from the provision of military assistance. Read the letter here

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