|No war on Syria - the people claim a victory!
For the first time in recent memory, a U.S. war was derailed!
Tampa, FL - Sept. 14,
2013 - For three Saturdays in a row, activists from the Tampa Bay area
engaged in passionate protests demanding the United States keep its
hands off Syria. The protests peaked on Sept. 7 when 175 people
participated in Tampa at the corners of Dale Mabry Hwy. and Gandy
Blvd. At the end of the protest, a call was made to Sen. Bill
Nelson (D-FL) who has strongly pushed for attacks on Syria. Don't miss this video, where at the end, the large crowd leaves an enthusiastic message for Sen. Nelson.
The Obama administration's rush to war was slowed, if not stopped by
people across the world, including the British Parliament, Russia, and
American people who diligently contacted their members of congress, and
who hit the streets and were met by overwhelming support for their
message of peace, not war.
Every day that the U.S. does not drop bombs on Syria is good
news. So, for now, the regular protests will be put on hold as it
appears that diplomacy will be pursued. But we will keep a close
eye on the situation and if it looks like military strikes are again
being threatened, we will hop back into action.
Everyone should feel
empowered by what has been accomplished and encouraged because it shows
that the U.S. Empire's actions can be halted using peaceful means. (Other instances in which protesting has been successful.)
Focus and solidarity between local activist groups led to the powerful
actions. Groups participating included the Syrian American Forum,
St. Pete for Peace, Uhuru Solidarity Movement, PDA, Students for a
Democratic Society, The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign,
Veterans for Peace, Nature Coast Coalition for Peace & Justice,
Peace & Freedom Party of Florida and The Refuge.
|Here were some talking points:
- There's no real proof Assad used chemical weapons, it's more likely it was the al-Qaeda rebels. Even conservative former White House advisor Pat Buchanan said
the chemical weapons used were not from the Assad government. "I would
not understand or comprehend that Bashar al-Assad, no matter how bad a
man he may be, would be so stupid as to order a chemical weapons attack
on civilians in his own country when the immediate consequence... might
be that he would be at war with the United States. So this reeks of a
false flag operation."
- U.S. has used chemical weapons (in Iraq and Vietnam) and its ally, Israel used white phosphorous on civilians in Gaza in 2009.
- U.S. supports dictators and violence against protesters in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and many others.
- Obama has already bombed 6 Muslim nations.
- We don't want to team up with al-Qaeda in Syria and become their Air Force.
THEY LIED ABOUT IRAQ, THEY'RE LYING ABOUT SYRIA!
Does the 'Red Line' Apply to Syrian Rebels, Too?
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|Photo slideshow from Sept. 7 protest
Media coverage: WMNF (video), WMNF report, Creative Loafing, Fight Back News, WMNF preview, Fox13, Peter Bates video
Aug. 31 protest recap
The protest in Tampa was excellent. Great turnout and energy, and
the off-the-charts response from motorists shows the people don't want U.S. military
involvement in Syria.
Media coverage from Saturday's protest: Fox, Creative Loafing, CBS, BayNews9, NBC.
Photos from Aug. 31 event in Tampa: