ALBANY, N.Y. - Vigils took place throughout the country Monday, the day before President Obama is scheduled to address the nation on a potential U.S. military strike in Syria.
For the next two days, President Obama plans to reach out to the public and skeptical law makers to try and convince them to support military action against Syria, including an address to the American public Tuesday night.
Those opposed to a strike around the Capital Region are not sitting quietly while they count down the days until the Congressional vote, said to take place Wednesday. They will come out Monday night with signs and candles urging law makers to vote against military involvement.
Over 220 anti-war gatherings are took place across the country on Monday, including one in New York City's Times Square and a prayer vigil in Boston that echoed Saturday's massive gathering at the Vatican.
Many lawmakers in both parties oppose Obama's request for Congress to authorize using military force against Syria for a deadly Aug. 21 chemical gas attack the Obama administration blames on President Bashar Assad. Citing intelligence reports, the administration reported 1,429 people died, including 426 children.
A new Associated Press poll shows a majority of Americans oppose a U.S. strike on Syria, believing attacks would lead to a long-term commitment of military forces in Syria.