Saturday, January 23, 2010

Working my way onto that list

On MLK day I went to a protest - a vigil actually, outside of the Municipal Correctional Center (right there in my nabe) because that is where a U.S. citizen has been held in solitary confinement for two and a half years without trial. Hell, even the protests in New York are high profile. Cindy Sheehan turned up, as did Dar Williams and Chris Hedges.

I have a lot of time for Cindy Sheehan, both for being nothing like the distraught mother the media portrays her to be, and for providing some of the most relevant testimony about the Iraq war in the last nine years:

"This is a picture of Casey when he was 7 months old. It's an enlargement of a picture he carried in his wallet until the day he was killed. He loved this picture of himself. It was returned to us with his personal effects from Iraq. He always sucked on those two fingers. When he was born, he had a flat face from passing through the birth canal and we called him ‘Edward G' short for Edward G. Robinson. How many of you have seen your child in his/her premature coffin? It is a shocking and very painful sight. The most heartbreaking aspect of seeing Casey lying in his casket for me, was that his face was flat again because he had no muscle tone. He looked like he did when he was a baby laying in his bassinette. The most tragic irony is that if the Downing Street Memo proves to be true, Casey and thousands of people should still be alive."

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