Liberal advocacy group MoveOn announced Wednesday that 73 percent of its members voted they were opposed to military intervention in Syria.
The group said in an email to supporters that following its members’ vote it would launch a “major effort” calling on lawmakers to vote against a proposed resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria.
“We have seen the rushed march to war before. We cannot allow it again,” MoveOn’s executive director of civic action, Anna Galland, wrote in the email. “Congress, and the nation, should not be forced into a binary debate over strikes or nothing. In response to the tragic reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, the US needs to lead in the way in engaging with the international community, while rigorously exploring alternatives to military action, including negotiations, economic sanctions, diplomacy, and promotion of humanitarian aid.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.