Today marks the one year anniversary of the crackdown of the Syrian regime against unarmed protesters in the city of Dara’a. Over 8,000 people have now died, more than 500 of them children, and nearly a quarter of a million people have been displaced. In the past week, hundreds more have been reported killed as Syrian forces press into opposition strongholds. Today the city which one year ago was filled with protestors is now filled with 150 tanks and busloads of security forces. Civilian areas continue to be shelled and landmines are planted along the path of fleeing refugees.

Today, United to End Genocide is joining hundreds of groups and thousands of activists across the globe to call on the international community to Unite for Syria and Stop One Year of Bloodshed.

UEG staff Unite for Syria

Celebrities like Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Angelina Jolie and Patrick Stewart are joining to support the cause, holding “Unite for Syria” signs and posting messages of support on Facebook and Twitter. Join the call to urge the UN Security Council to immediately unite and pass a resolution calling on the Syrian government to stop indiscriminate shelling of civilian neighborhoods and other violations of international law, stop arbitrary arrests and torture, and grant urgent access to humanitarian workers, journalists and human rights monitors.

Here’s how you can join in and help spread the word:

You can also join thousands of others and who have sent a message to U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to stop buying weapons from the very same Russian arms dealer that continues to supply weapons to the Syrian regime. Over 16,000 activists, bolstered by a letter from 17 U.S. Senators have sent that message. Add your voice by clicking here.

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