Pleasantonians 4 Peace, the Coalition for Peace and Democracy, and other residents of the Tri Valley will hold a vigil at Congressman's Eric Swalwell's Pleasanton district office tonight to urge him to vote against bombing Syria.
The vigil will start at 7 p.m. in front of the building where Swalwell has his local district office at 5075 Hopyard Road.
The event in Pleasanton is part of a national day of action being organized by MoveOn.org, Civic Action, CREDO Action, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Win Without War. Similar vigils will take place in nearly 100 cities across the country today.
At the vigil, local residents will urge Swalwell to "avoid another unnecessary and costly war and vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution," which is expected to be debated soon in Congress.
"I am opposed to unilateral U.S. military intervention in Syria," said former Pleasanton City Councilman Matt Sullivan, one of the organizers of the local vigil.
"The evidence that the Assad government was responsible for the recent, reprehensible chemical weapons attacks has not been presented to the American people," he said. "Will we ever learn the lessons of the Gulf of Tonkin and WMD's in Iraq? We should work with the UN for an appropriate response to this incident after they issue their investigative report."
Swalwell, who is in Washington, D.C., has been asked to address the vigil either by telephone or skype. His office representatives have indicated they will try to set this up, according to a spokesman for Pleasantonians 4 Peace.