Eyes Wide Open, the American Friends Service Committee’s widely-acclaimed exhibition on the human cost of the Iraq War, features a pair of boots honoring each California military casualty, a labyrinth of civilian shoes to memorialize the Iraqis killed in the conflict, and a display exploring the history, cost and consequences of the war. Come to Kings’ Plaza in Palo Alto (corner of Hamilton and Ramona, in front of the City Hall) to honor and grieve for the lost lives of loved ones and strangers, near and far. An ongoing vigil with the boots and shoes will begin Saturday, May 3rd at 10 a.m. and continue through the day and night until Sunday, May 4th at 6 p.m.
The Eyes Wide Open exhibit will also be offered at Stanford Thursday-Friday, May 1-2.
Throughout the time the exhibit is out there will be a spirit of prayer, respect and peace sustained. Most of the time silence will be maintained, with occasional spoken prayers, music and quiet conversation.
To volunteer to be present for a 2 hour shift with 3 other people, click here.
They are collecting pairs of civilian shoes to represent Iraqi deaths and create the labyrinth. Please bring shoes to the Unitarian Church of Palo Alto, 505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto, 94306. Call 650-494-0541 to make sure the office is open. Please securely tie or attach each pair of shoes together. Usable shoes will be donated to local charities after the exhibit.
Presented as a vigil for the whole community, the exhibit is sponsored by Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice, and co-sponsored by the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County, American Muslim Voice, Peninsula Peace & Justice Center, Mountain View Voices for Peace, and Declaration of Peace – San Mateo County. To add your congregation or organization’s name as co-sponsor, or to volunteer to help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info check out: http://www.multifaithpeace.org/index.php