Friday, June 03, 2005

Eye Opening Independence Day Weekend

From the American Friends Service Committee:

"Eyes Wide Open: the Human Cost of War in Iraq," a traveling exhibit by the American Friends Service Committee on the lives lost in the Iraq war and occupation, is coming back to Philadelphia after a national tour of more than 60 cities. The exhibit will be on display July 1, 2, 3 and 4 at the Independence Visitor Center on Market Street, between 5th & 6th streets. It features:
  • A wall of names and a labyrinth of civilian shoes memorializing a fraction of the Iraqis killed in the war.
  • A field of empty combat boots symbolizing the over 1668 US military personnel who have died in Iraq.
  • Film screenings, workshops, discussions and other events exploring the human cost of war.
The exhibit puts a human face on the casualties in the Iraq war, spotlights the deaths of U.S. military personnel and Iraqi civilians, and urges U.S. government accountability. Since the Eyes Wide Open exhibit was first in Philadelphia last July 4th, the number of boots has almost doubled, from 864 pairs to over 1668 – and the number continues to grow.

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