VPR News Blog
3:45 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Activists Call On Vermont Delegation To Vote Against Syria Action

A group of about 25 anti-war activists marched through Burlington Thursday afternoon, making stops at the offices of Vermont's delegation to Washington. Congregating at Senator Patrick Leahy's office at noon, the group moved to Senator Bernie Sanders' office and then the offices of Congressman Peter Welch.

"We want him to speak out," Marshfield resident Joseph Gainza said at Welch's office. The protest wasn't as much chanting as an organized set of pleas; Welch's state director, Patricia Coates, took notes as the protestors made their various concerns known.

Among their concerns were a lack of publicly presented evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons in Syria and a feeling that the U.S. had no business involving itself in another country's complex civil war.

The protestors missed both Leahy and Welch, who spokespeople said were not in their Burlington offices at the time, but Sanders spokesman Jeff Frank confirmed that Sanders spoke briefly to protestors inside his Burlington office.