PORTLAND-- More than a thousand people in five separate protests across the metro made their voices heard Monday evening. They have one message: war is not an option.
Concerned citizens like Aric Naber swarmed all four street corners surrounding downtown Portland's Federal building, hoping those in power will take notice. "It's our responsibility to let our politicians know that we don't agree with their decisions," said Naber.
Protesters said they've emailed, called and met personally with legislators, but felt the need to make their presence known. "We need to focus on assisting the refugees and try diplomacy," added Jean Groves.
More solutions could be found in Beaverton, one of three candlelight vigils. "Maybe economic sanctions but I don't see that bombing is going to help anybody," said Joan Kobssler.
From the Pearl District, to a Southeast Portland church, to Vancouver, those who have lost a loved one to war, find this new debate too close to home. "I know that pain to lose your child, whether your American or Syrian, all mothers cry in the same language. It has to stop," added Tina Tierson who lost her son in Desert Storm.
The demonstrators hope that with enough protests, lawmakers will have no choice but to listen and vote with the people.