March 2012 Archives
Why 60 years after the murder of Emmitt Till are children still gunned down as "suspicious" for lacking a MUNI pass, or judged guilty for the innocence of walking in a neighborhood?
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March 19/20 was the 9th anniversary of Shock & Awe; the US invasion of Iraq. U.S. troops, at least those under the Defense Department, have been moved out. Thousands of private contractors and State Department troops remain. The country was destroyed. Nothing good has come of the invasion and occupation.
In San Francisco, Bay Area Iraq Veterans Against the War, Civilian Soldier Alliance, and American Friends Service Committee presented
City Hall Plaza
481 pairs of Combat Boots, each one representing a California service member who died in Iraq, and civilian shoes to represent the at least 864,531 Iraqi Civilians who have lost their lives.
After reading names of the dead, vets observed one second of silence for each soldier suicide since 9/11, blocking the street in front of City Hall for an hour and 45 minutes.