EUGENE, Ore. — About 100 people gathered at the old federal building Saturday to get their voices heard. “We’re here today to send a message to the Obama administration that Eugene, Oregon does not want the US to go to war with Syria,” said Michael Carrigan, event organizer.
Some carried posters while others held up their hands to show a sign of peace. “I am absolutely devastated that we’re going to add to the violence in the Middle East, add to the violence in Syria,” said Peg Morton, a local peace activist.
Demonstrators said taking more military action overseas is just going to bring long-lasting consequences. “Americans are tired of war, we don’t, we want it to stop, so a fresh war is not what the American public wants,” said Carrigan.
While some spoke out against the possibility of a war, others want the government to focus on domestic issues, not international problems.
With just 24 hours notice before this rally, activists said they’re happy with the turnout. “It really shows that people do not want war and that they want peace and they’re willing to come out and say that,” said Carrigan.