SAN DIEGO — House Democrats passed a measure Thursday limiting President Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran though Republicans in the Senate are unlikely to approve the measure. Meanwhile, a San Diego group called "No war with Iran" rallied for peace Thursday at the UCSD campus to protest recent attacks.
The following statement was posted on their website:
"We will not be forced into another war. On Thursday, January 9, at 5 p.m. local time, the anti-war majority in this country will get visible to oppose Trump's war and say #NoWarWithIran."
Ahead of the rally, a local Iranian-American woman described to News 8 what it’s been like in the days following recent attacks.
"I call myself Persian but I'm Iranian," said Tara Kaveh. "Saying that I'm Iranian - people have a negative connotation of that."
Kaveh was born in America after her parents fled Iran during the revolution.
"I do have friends who have family in multiple countries in the Middle East who are terrified every single day whether their family is going to be safe or not," she said.
Following days of build-up with the U.S. versus Iran, Kaveh said she is trying to make sense of the conflict.
"It's terrible," she said. "What happened with Soleimani was just completely uncalled for."
U.S. and Canadian officials said Thursday they now believe it was an Iranian anti-aircraft missile that sent down a Ukrainian plane Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board.
"That was their own plane though, so I don't think they were trying to," said Kaveh. "The difference is that Trump is trying to create problems and the Iranian government, they've been doing what they've always been doing."
She feels the attacks will lead to discrimination against Iranians.
"[If you] label groups - entire groups - as terrorists I think that causes a mass amount of people who live in America to believe that," Kaveh said.
She was a speaker at a recent anti-war rally and said she wants to bring about peace and will continue to protest a war in Iran.
"We have a huge military presence in the Middle East, and we are fighting there currently, so whether or not we want to call it a war, we have soldiers on the ground fighting," Kaveh said. "I don't believe that the U.S. should have troops in the Middle East."
She said she has never been to Iran or met her family there and now, she feels she'll never get to.
"I've never been able to go to my homeland, and I want to so badly, now especially with what's going on now, it feels even less possible," Kaveh said.
A group called "Veterans for Peace" lined up along the I-5 bridge at 8th Avenue on Wednesday to protest against the recent attacks, saying war is not the answer. Another rally was held Wednesday night at Balboa Park, where a group of Iranians held signs that read, "No war on Iran."
The group "No war with Iran" say "the devastation that a war with Iran could bring upon the earth and humanity cannot be overstated, millions of lives hang in the balance. None of us will win, except politicians and corporations."