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Residents speak out on Syria intervention

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Some Evanston residents demonstrated this noon at the Chicago office of U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky — urging her to vote against President Obama's plan to bomb Syria in response to the reported use of chemical weapons by the government there.

Demonstrators outside Schakowsky's office (Photo by Dickelle Fonda).

Some Evanston residents demonstrated this noon at the Chicago office of U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky — urging her to vote against President Obama's plan to bomb Syria in response to the reported use of chemical weapons by the government there.

Schakowsky joined dozens of other members of Congress last week in signing a letter urging Obama to seek congressional approval for any action against Syria.

But yesterday her husband, political consultant Robert Creamer, posted to Huffington Post a “progressive case” for authorizing military action.

Local peace activists are promoting an online petition against military intervention.

Dickelle Fonda, one of six activists who met with Schakowsky at her office today said the congresswoman told them response from her constituents is coming in about 20 to 1 against authorizing military action.

But Fonda said Schakowsky told them that despite the opposition she is "gettable" for the president's proposal and plans to listen to the debate after returning to Washington before deciding how to vote.


Update 9/4/13 3:11 p.m.: Schakowsky, in an interview today with Greg Hinz of Chicago Business, brought up both the Holocaust and past genocide in Rwanda. "There is a Jewish piece of this to me: the world standing by silently as Jews were gassed. That is on my mind, but I want to know how this (possible attack) will change the situation and whether it truly will be limited."

"The consequences of doing nothing can be severe," she added. "As someone who was a founder of the Out of Iraq Caucus and who is very skeptical of using military force, I just think this is a different situation. I wish we had done something about Rwanda."


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