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Group protesting US action against Syria in South Bend

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Downtown South Bend was a little louder than usual Monday during the 5 o'clock commute.

Cars honked as they passed a group of a few dozen people calling on the President and Congress to find a way outside of military intervention to respond to the situation in Syria.

They say there are more peaceful options.

"I think we need a cease fire in that area and I'd like to see our diplomats working hard for that. I'd like to see a cessation of all military weapons to the Middle East on the part of our country," says Ellyn Stecker with the Michiana Peace and Justice Coalition.

Folks spoke out asking the President and lawmakers to listen to the people.  

"We are the people and we are opposed at this point," says Stecker.

They fear a so-called limited strike, will become much bigger, "There's often not such a thing as a 'limited war.' You start something and you never know where it's gonna end and it could end up very badly and it might very well do that," says Dale Gibson, who is against taking military action in Syria.

Monday's gathering was part of a national day of action, with similar vigils happening in nearly 200 cities across the country, hoping to get some attention from Washington before lawmakers place their votes.

They say it's an issue that should be brought before the United Nations.

"One country just can't take it upon itself to be the policeman of the world. We have an organization for that which we formed back in 1945," says Gibson.

There was a representative from Congresswoman Jackie Walorski's office out there Monday just observing and chatting with folks.

Last Friday, Walorski released a statement saying she couldn't get behind the President's plan at this point.

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