It is far from doubt that the United States will be involved in some sort of action with Syria very soon. It is impossible to ignore the news reports daily of the crisis that is slowly becoming more real every day. With under 9 percent of the American public supporting a strike on Syria, it is also no surprise that people have taken to the streets to protest involvement. One of the places with the highest amount of protests seems to be closer to home than most think, right here in Chicago. Hundreds have been protesting any involvement in Syria since the news hit, and it doesn't look as if those protests will slow down anytime soon either. These protests have so far been rather peaceful, and even friendly. Many groups such as ANSWER Chicago and Chicago's branch of The Anti War Committee have been organizing these protests for weeks now, bringing out hundreds of people each time. Yet our involvement seems to be getting more and more deeper as the days go on. Obama seems to be shunning his people, and following his own convictions. Many people have even started comparing him to former president Bush Jr. Many people, especially on social media, have been demanding Obama return is Nobel Peace Prize. Some service members have also been posting photos stating they did not join the service to join Al Qaeda. As tensions rise amongst the American people, so does the amount of protests.
As the possibility of strikes become closer and loom over everyone's head, the protest frequency has been speeding up and recruiting even more people than ever expected. In fact I myself am holding a rally and march with my fiance, Ronnie Salazar. We have merged with several anti war groups within the area. This may seem useless to some, as many believe that even the pope himself couldn't stop this from happening. However America was born on free speech and democracy. Change is possible if enough people work together. Many people are coming out from their homes to say that it is not okay to bomb other countries for seemingly little reason. Of course not everyone feels this way, and many groups have received hate speech from other Facebook users (usually posted on protest event pages.) This does little to slow down those who are dedicated to the anti war movement, which is growing every day. Obama spoke during the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington, saying these moving and true words "Change does not come from Washington, it comes to Washington." President Obama, the challenge has been accepted, prepare for change as it is coming.