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IL, Chicago: Eyes Wide Open - An Exhibition on the Human Cost of the Iraq War




Where: Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60603

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In January 2004, the American Friends Service Committee unveiled Eyes Wide Open in Chicago's Federal Plaza with 504 pairs of boots, each tagged with the name, rank, age and home state of a fallen soldier or Marine. With each passing week, each stop in a new city, more pairs of boots are added to represent the newly fallen. This Memorial Day weekend, the exhibit returns to Chicago, the city where it all started.

12 p.m. Opening Press Conference

  • Raed Jarrar, Iraq Consultant, AFSC and an Iraqi now living in the US
    who conducted door to door casualty counts at beginning of war
  • Celeste Zappala, Gold-Star mother and co-founder of Gold Star Families
    Speak Out
  • Aaron Hughes, Chicago representative of Iraq Veterans Against the War
  • Mary Ellen McNish, AFSC General Secretary
  • Michael McConnell, AFSC Great Lakes Regional Director

Volunteers needed from now until May 28 for Outreach, Volunteer Recruitment, Program planning, Boot-tagging, Boot installation, On-site management, Boot take-down, etc. For more information, please contact Erin Polley at 312.427.2533ext 25 or at

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October 28: Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference

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