KXAN (AUSTIN) - As Congress gets closer to debating action in Syria, Central Texans joined people across the country Monday to oppose military strikes.
A candlelight vigil prompted by MoveOn.org was held at Zilker Park. More than two dozen people made they way through the park while the sun was setting.
The point of the gathering was to urge Texas lawmakers who are still undecided to vote against action in Syria.
Barrett Phelan organized the Austin event. He says sitting at a computer sharing thoughts on the issue is one thing, but physically making your voice heard is another.
"As wonderful as social media is I think it has bred a certain amount of ambivalence, double click to support things but I think it's great that people are actually showing up in person," Barrett Phelan.
"Whenever I can join a peace march I will," said Karen Miller. "I've been protesting wars since 1963 we carried a coffin around the main mall to protest the Vietnam war."
The group will carry on their message. They plan on emailing and calling lawmakers to make their stance clear and hope others do the same.
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