Buffalo, NY (WIVB) - Peace activists are planning a rally at one o'clock Sunday afternoon in Niagara Square, calling on the President and Congress to take a nonviolent approach to the crisis in Syria.
"We'll be gathering tomorrow to stand up for no war on Syria," organizer Victoria Ross, of the Western New York Peace Center, told News 4 on Saturday. "More death is not going to help anything. We're standing up for international law and nonviolence."
Organizers expect at least 100 people to join the demonstration. Co-sponsors include the Western New York Peace Center, the Interfaith Peace Center, Veterans for Peace, Occupy Buffalo and the Peace Education Project.
The rally was planned even before President Obama's announcement Saturday afternoon, that he plans to ask Congress to approve limited military action against Syria.
"I think, because of the Congressional response, that he has to do that. People in Congress are saying, 'Wait a minute,'" said Chuck Culhane, a member of the Western New York Peace Center's coordinating board. "The citizens of the country, and other countries, are saying 'Hey. What are you doing? You can't just keep this pattern of invasion up.'"
"That's better than just going like a cowboy, out to start shooting and bombing," Ross said. "But I, myself, believe in nonviolence. Violence begets violence."
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