On Saturday there was a celebration and memorial of the life and work of the late Howard Zinn. Zinn was scheduled to appear at Evergreen to give a talk titled "Three Holy Wars." The memorial celebration of the life of Howard Zinn was organized by Peter Bohmer, Sandy Yannone, Larry Mosqueda, Victoria Larkin, Jeff Antonnellis-Lapp, and Jana Dean.
Speakers giving tribute included Peter Bohmer, Cindy Corrie, Gary Galbraith, Victoria Larkin, Arun Chandra, Lin Nelson, and Josh Simpson.
The following video is the Three Holy Wars lecture, a version of which Howard Zinn was scheduled to give yesterday at Evergreen. The topics contained in the lecture include challenging the idea that a just cause can translate into a just war, and a revision of some of the popular myths about American wars - like the notion that the American Revolution was a popular revolt (Zinn argues that the war was not a popular uprising, but instead a revolt initiated and maintained by owning class interests.)
After the video a few people made additional statements, and then David Rovics performed closing music.
Slideshow: Iraq Memorial to Life It is estimated, based on census study, that as many as 1,300,000 Iraqis have been killed resulting from invasion/occupation related violence. Surely, millions more, if not virtually all, Iraqis suffer war related injuries. The Iraq Memorial to Life was designed to recognize the horrible violence wrought against the innocent people of Iraq, violence resulting from US interference.
Here's another account of the Memorial, posted to Portland Indymedia: Iraq Memorial begins in Olympia, Washington
Slideshow: Six Years of War Protest The sixth anniversary of the beginning of the invasion of Iraq was also recognized with a protest march and rally.
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According to credible scientic census survey, as many as an estimated 1,300,000 Iraqis may have been killed in Iraq as a result of the US invasion and occupation. Countless more Iraqis suffer war related injury, from loss of limbs to permanent brain injury, and everything in between. When the psychological toll of living in a war zone is taken into account, there is probably no person who has been left unscathed.
Here in Olympia, Washington, thanks to the long hours of hard work by a dedicated core group of volunteers, we all have a chance to reflect on the true cost of war.
The Memorial is happening this week. And you can help to make it happen.
Gather for the Iraq Memorial to Life at Heritage Park (5th Ave and Water St) on Friday morning, March 20th, 2009. Memorial set-up will begin shortly after 8 AM. Your help is pleasantly requested to set-up thousands of symbolic grave markers, which are designed to memorialize the lives of individual Iraqis whom have died as a result of the US invasion and occupation.
You're also invited to a Community Observance ceremony to mark the actual six-year anniversary of the start of the bombing campaign. It will be Thursday, March 19th, 2009, from 6:30 until 7:30 PM at St. John's Episcopal (20th and Capitol Way.)
A Chance to Reflect
5th Ave SW and Water St,
Friday, March 20 and Saturday March 21
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians have died because of fallout from the March 2003 US-led invasion.
Thursday, March 19, 6:30—7:30 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church
114 - 20th Ave SE, (Capitol Way and 20th)
Memorial Set-up and Display
Friday, March 20
The Iraq Memorial to Life is on its way. The vision is of a memorial to Iraqis who have been killed as a result of the violence of the war. Planners intend to bring the memorial online in stages, starting with regional displays, which will then be moved to a national memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C..
It's an important project. Although the war has wound down some, people are still dying. And it's no less important to remember all of those who have been killed, and those who have lost loved ones as a result of the war. Conservative estimates peg the war dead at around 100,000. Other scientific estimates, which take into account unreported deaths, range up into the 1.4 million range. It's an impressive toll for 8 years of war.
It's easy to feel removed and distant. But these deaths are real. The dead deserve to be acknowledged in a meaningful and respectful way. The path of healing necessitates awareness and consciousness. What are the true costs of the Iraq war? This project will help to aid in the realization of the true costs of the war...
Those who died are more than "collateral damage." They were human beings with feelings, families, dreams and aspirations. I welcome you to get involved in the Iraq Memorial to Life. iraqmemorialtolife.org
Here's more information about the project from one of its principle organizers:
The Iraq Memorial to Life (IMtL) is being born because you—and your organizations—have been working hard for peace, and to preserve the earth, its inhabitants.
A powerful visual image of gravestones, will be erected here in Olympia on March 20, the anniversary of the US attack in Baghdad.
Funeral Procession for GazaMemorialize the deaths of Palestinians whom have suffered decades of violence oppression, discrimination and ill-treatment committed against them by Israeli occupiers. Increase awareness on this issue. Find nonviolent solutions to conflict. Help stop Israeli aggression and apartheid. Help to stop the massacre of Gazans!
Saturday, Jan 17th
Beginning at Percival Landing wearing black and carrying coffins, we will proceed through downtown Olympia , ending at Sylvester Park .
Please let everyone know about this upcoming event and wear black. We hope to make a visible statement to the greater Olympia community about what is happening in Gaza.
Sponsored by the Save Gaza Coalition of the South Sound.