Ashland Center for Nonviolence Schedules Vigil against Violence: Syria

Ashland Center for Nonviolence Schedules Vigil against Violence: Syria

9/6/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University (ACN) is sponsoring a Vigil Against Violence: Syria on Monday, Sept. 9, from 6-7 p.m. The location will be the intersection of Claremont and College Avenues, known as “the point.”

The public is invited to attend and signs may be brought to the vigil.

The vigil grows out of the current controversy over whether U.S. military forces should strike Syria in the aftermath of a large-scale chemical weapons attack on Syrian citizens that killed several hundred and perhaps more than a thousand. 

However, the purpose of the vigil is broader than the Syrian issue. “It is a vigil against violence, which solves nothing and cannot be controlled in spite of the many people who say it can be controlled,” said John Stratton, director of ACN.

Like many others who are opposed to the proposed military strikes, Stratton feels that a violent (military) approach will not be effective in protecting the citizens of Syria from their own government and instead will probably generate more violent responses around the Middle East and more animosity toward the United States. 

Opponents of the proposed military action suggest other ways to deal with the situation in Syria:  intensive diplomacy with and among nations within the region, criminal charges against Syrian president Assad in the International Criminal Court, and humanitarian efforts to help people fleeing Syria.

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University, sponsor of this program, is located on the AU campus. The Center seeks a world in which human conflict at all levels can be resolved without resorting to violence and in which social justice can be realized.

For more information about ACN events, or to learn more about the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, please call 419-289-5313 or visit the website at

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