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Thank you for contacting Congress!
In August and September more than 1,100 Mennonites took the time to email or call Congress, to ask them to vote against military action in Syria. Thank you very much!
Your voices were heard by members of Congress. In meetings on the Hill, congressional staff reported a high volume of calls, with the vast majority of them opposed to military action.
In part because of the concern expressed by the American public and members of Congress about the use of military force, the Obama administration has directed its energies toward a diplomatic solution. On September 28, the U.N. Security Council approved its first resolution on Syria since the conflict broke out in 2011. Syria is set to join the Chemical Weapons Convention and inspectors have now arrived in Syria to begin assessing and dismantling the stockpile of chemical weapons. These are significant steps toward addressing concerns over the use of chemical weapons.
Still urgently needed is a push for a diplomatic resolution to the overall conflict in Syria. There have been renewed discussions about a “Geneva II” conference in November, with disputes over who will be at the table and whether there will be preconditions. The U.S. should actively work to ensure that all involved parties are represented in the negotiations and to urge that negotiations take place without preconditions.
MCC U.S. urges Congress to oppose military action
MCC U.S. joined leaders of 40 national Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations calling on Congress to oppose the proposed authorization for the use of military force in Syria. Read the full letter.
MCC calls for end to violence in Syria
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mennonite Central Committee urgently calls on all governments and parties to the conflict to end the violence in Syria. We condemn in the strongest terms all forms of violence and war, including missile strikes, use of chemical weapons, targeted acts of violence against civilians, conventional warfare and suicide bombings.
Further militarization of the conflict will only increase the suffering of the Syrian people and the shattering of Syrian society.
We call on all nations to immediately end shipments of military equipment and arms to the Syrian government and to rebel groups, and to increase contributions of food and other humanitarian assistance to civilians in all areas of Syria and to Syrian refugees who have fled to neighboring countries, and their host communities.
We call on the international community, and Syrians from all sides, to negotiate with urgency and seriousness an inclusive political solution to the crisis, guaranteeing the rights of all Syrians.
In the name of Christ, we pray and work for peace in Syria.
Add your voice to our call today
On July 31, two dozen church leaders, including Ron Byler, executive director of MCC U.S. and Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, sent a letter to President Obama on the crisis in Syria. Read the entire letter.
The letter urges the U.S. government to “refrain from the provision of military assistance to forces involved in the conflict in Syria….Rather, the U.S. should call for all parties to cease all military activities in Syria and work urgently to de-escalate the crisis, together with other actors in the region and beyond.”
The letter highlights the urgent need for a negotiated, political solution to the crisis and encourages “an ongoing and robust response” to the dire humanitarian situation in Syria and neighboring countries.
Stop the fire in Syria (Mennonite World Review, July 8, 2013)
Fueling the war in Syria (PeaceSigns, May 2013)
Calling for an immediate end to violence in Syria: A reflection by Sarah Adams, MCC representative for Syria and Lebanon
The strain of welcoming the stranger: Syrian refugees in Jordan