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Syria: We Want Action – NEW DATE – Sunday, January 15th in Old Lyme

Photo by Johnathon Henninger

A group of Syrian-American women in CT are spearheading efforts for Syria. They are not giving up despite horrendous casualties and war crimes. They met with Senator Blumenthal’s staff in an effort to get airdrops to the million under siege. In mid-December some 60 Syrians and Egyptians and others marched from CT’s Capitol building to the Federal building demanding justice for Syria.

On Sunday, January 15 at 2 p.m. there will be a public meeting about Syria called “Syria: We Want Action” at the Sheffield Auditorium in the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme (For GPS use 2 Lyme St., Old Lyme). The event is free and open to the public.

The main speakers are Yasser Munif, a Syrian professor of sociology who teaches at Emerson college in Boston (recent interview “Answering Lies About Syrian Revolutionaries”), and Dr. Ammar Traboulsi, a Syrian-American CT psychiatrist who is just back from treating Syrian trauma victims in Jordan. There will also be some music from singer Dylan Connor (listen to his track, “Blood Like Fire”).

The main emphasis of the event will be on trying to think of concrete things to help the Syrians in Syria and Syrian refugees. There’s a big campaign in the UK to get airdrops of food to those under siege. Some 138,000 have signed a petition in favor of it and reportedly a majority of the Parliament is for it, but not at this time the leadership of the parties. We in the U.S. are far behind. The Left campaigned against U.S. bombing of the regime in 2013, but has generally dropped the ball since. Under a misguided idea that only the U.S. and its clients can be imperialists, most of the Left has turned a blind idea to terrible human rights abuses by Russia and Iran. As Trump and Israel again stir up the pot of war against Iran, a just settlement in Syria would help pull the rug from under their plans.

Photo thanks to Johnathon Henninger