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When the American Friends Service Committee unveiled their first exhibit of Eyes Wide Open in Chicago in January 2004 there were 504 pairs of boots symbolizing the lost lives of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The number of boots continues to grow as the exhibit travels around the country. (1022 when the exhibit reopened Thursday September 16th; 1029 later in the day.) Along side the boots stands a wall of remembrance with the names of more than 11,000 Iraqi civilians who have been killed.
The Chicago Chapter of BPF will host a silent bearing witness meditation when this exhibit re-opens in Chicago on Sept. 16th. We will meditate together on cushions, chairs and standing. We invite you to visit the exhibit and then join us for any amount of time you choose. Please bring your own cushion or chair.
Text of our statement handed out on Thursday.