As Congress contemplates going to war with Syria (and as a majority of the American public opposes any sort of opposition or military action), it might seem like there’s not a lot we can do about the situation or to change the mind of our government. However, that notion is false, and there are three things that you can do right now about Syria and about the decision our representatives make regarding the U.S response. Here’s what you can do about Syria right now:
Call Congressman Lacy Clay (if you’re in St. Louis)
Congressman Lacy Clay is taking a poll on how people feel about the bombing of Syria. His vote will reflect those who call in and their opinion (for or against the bombing). You can reach his office by dialing 314-669-9393. Congress reconvenes from their August recess on September 9, so you have at least a week to tell Congressman Clay what you think. We don’t know exactly when a vote will take place, but we presume it will be on the 9th or very soon afterward, considering the enormity of the situation.
If you aren’t located in St. Louis, then use this Congressional directory to find your representatives and to give them a call. Let them know what you think and that you care about the action the U.S takes on this issue.
Sign the Petition at WhiteHouse.gov
Amnesty International doesn’t have any actions specific to the U.S response to Syria, but if you want the White House to know your opinion (especially if that opinion is opposition to a response or intervention), then you can sign the petition at WhiteHouse.gov. This petition says no to war because there are no American interests being threatened in Syria, the country hasn’t attacked the United States or American citizens, and Syria hasn’t attacked U.S armed forces personnel.
You do have to create an account with WhiteHouse.gov to sign this petition. So, if you don’t want to create an account, then here’s an alternative Syria petition you can sign. You don’t have to create an account to sign it.
Keep Up with the Latest News
The alleged chemical attack may be over, but the strife in Syria isn’t. The situation could easily change from day to day, changing the factors involved in the ultimate decision to be made by Congress and by President Obama. Part of forming and voicing our own opinions is knowing what’s going on and what’s at stake for the parties involved. To help with that, here are a few of the latest news articles covering what’s happening in Syria:
U.N Chief says Only Security Council Can Order Airstrikes on Syria – Los Angeles Times
Syria Crisis: Vladimir Putin Under Growing Pressure – The Guardian
The 11 Questions Congress Faces on Syria – Washington Post
Flow of Refugees Out of Syria Passes Two Million – New York Times