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Iraq Debacle: Home gathering/vigilAugust 29, 2010
East Bay CODEPINK
Janet Weil's report back:
Seven codepinkers including myself gathered at my home to remember, reflect, sing, read and consider the past 7 and 1/2 years of US bombing, invasion and occupation of Iraq.
The deep roots of the tragedy, going back 20 years this August to the so-called "Gulf War", were remembered with great sadness.
We brought objects reminding us of our motivations and of important moments in our activist lives, and told stories about our lives in relation to 9/11, the immediate period before the US attack, where we were on March 19-20, 2003, and taking action during these long years of the US occupation of Iraq, sadly not over yet.
Betsy Rose led us in singing "Gather the Women" and "Welcome to the Circle", and sang for us her heart-breaking composition about the Iraqi deaths in 1991, "200,000 Lights Going Out."
We talked about the things we had never done before, or never thought we'd be able to do, in our Code Pink activism. These included deep listening to people in front of the Marine Recruitment Office, calling out Judge Jay Bybee for his torture memos, standing up to the police nonviolently but assertively, disrupting a neocon think tank event, re-examining an implicit belief in CNN, and reading poetry at the gate of Creech Air Force Base.
In conclusion, Susan Harman read the last paragraph of David Swanson's latest essay, "Withdraw the Last Combat Politicians from Washington."
Four of us - myself, Kathy, and new local group co-ordinators Eleanor and Leeza went to the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Walnut Creek. We spent a few moments by the plaques for two local young men, both murdered in 2007 at age 23, one who died in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan. We then held Bring Our War $$ Home signs at the intersection of Civic and Broadway.
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