Syria Now is a group of young, devoted students from diverse backgrounds. Whether we are Jewish, Christian, Muslim or another faith, we are seeking a solution to the civil war in Syria and calling for an end to the years of violence and bloodshed. We have put aside our differences and have come together to push for change. Syria cannot continue on its current path, it is time that the global community come together and work to broker a just solution to end the conflict.

Syria Now is building bridges here in the U.S., as students on college campuses around the nation come together as a forceful coalition to create an open dialogue and push for peace. We are creating a community and fostering a movement, and our goal is three-fold:

We strive to raise awareness of the ongoing conflict in Syria. More than 450,000 people have been killed, 7 million Syrians are now refugees, and 6.6 million are displaced within Syria, driven out of their homes by violence and war. Half of these refugees are younger than 18 years old. These children are not thinking of where they will be going to college next year, but about how they can escape the violence and bloodshed in their native country – where they can go, where they will sleep, how they can cope with the violent death of a family member and the loss of their home. To many American college students, their plight is unimaginable and difficult to comprehend. We must heighten the level of awareness on college campuses.

We strive to build coalitions between students from diverse backgrounds. Jewish, Palestinian, American, European, Christian, Muslim, or even Atheist. It does not matter. We all should be calling for peace in Syria and an end to the bloodshed and refugee displacement. We are the next generation of American leaders and must unite our voices to ensure the plight of 13.5 million Syrians does not fade from headlines as we go about our business as usual.

We encourage students to take action. We will be kicking off a speaking tour in late March featuring seasoned humanitarian workers as well as Syrian dissidents who were imprisoned and tortured for political activism. We also want to engage students with aid and volunteer opportunities and encourage them to sign our petition urging our leaders and elected officials to do more to help the Syrian people.

We are now in our fifth year of the ongoing crisis and civil war in Syria – and there is still no end in sight. We are dealing with a crisis involving the highest number of displaced people since the end of World War II. Let us not be bystanders to history and suffering. Let us pledge to take a stand. Join Syria Now today.