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"Remember the Dead" march
by gwen Monday, May. 17, 2004 at 1:54 PM

In remembrance of those who have recently died, as well as to denounce the torture and humiliation of Iraqis by U.S. troops, Pittsburgh Organizing Group held a silent "funeral procession" on Sunday, May 16th in Oakland. The march toured past local institutions with specific ties to the war. Flyers to bring about awareness of the ties between CMU and the military were also distributed to passers-by.

The group assembled at noon at the corner of Morewood and Forbes. Many gathered flowers and signs commemorating those who died, each sign having a different name or set of names of a person who has died as a result of the war. Many of the signs also depicted ages of the deceased and the circumstances of death.

The silent march proceeded first to Warner Hall, where they stopped to say a few words on the reasons for the march and read the names of the people who have been killed during the war. Then the march proceeded past the crowds of students and their families leaving the graduation ceremonies past the Student Union and to The Fence in the middle of campus for a few words on the ties between CMU and the military and more readings of names of the deceased.

From CMU, the group then headed down Forbes Ave. to stop in front of CMU's and Pitt's joint ROTC program office. From there, the procession headed north up Craig st. to RAND corporation's headquarters. Then the group headed west to Soliders and Sailors memorial, and from there the Marines Recruiting station on Meyran Ave. At each stop, statements on the relevence of that location were issued, and more names of the dead were read.

After leaving a pile of placards and flowers in front of the recruiting station, the group dispersed.

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crucial issues concerning iraq
by tom blancato Thursday, May. 20, 2004 at 12:25 PM
tblan@telerama.colm 412-606-4734

In light of the dead...or one should no doubt say in darkness of the dead, in a march dark of speach, in relative silence, shadow, absence, a gesture of solemnity with regard to the dead in Iraq, while little took place when so many more were killed by the sanctions, a telling point regarding the dominant ways of knowing, regarding the dominant standards regarding death. So, in darkness of the dead, points that are shrouded in darkness, the shroud being the very clothing of darkness, clothes that lack style or statement, in a peace movement in which these points are dark or other; perhaps heretical. It must be broached, however, so in a simple numbered list:

1. It is *possible* that a democracy may be established in Iraq. This has to be broached as an independent issue. It cannot be clouded by a dominance agenda to the point that its independence is actually covered over.

2. "Peace" activism has to brook what it means to confront monarchy, and more specifically, monarchy in Middle East, as this relates to peace.

3. A more robust "anti-tyrant"/anti-monarchy rhetoric obtians on the right. The left has not developed an adequate and independent langauge, theory, project or agenda concerning such a possibility (or necessity), nor terms, language and practices that can freely be oriented towards this goal.

4. If, after facing so much criticism, in a much maligned project of war and democracy-installation in Iraq, they actually succeed, the standing ovations in congress will go on forever, and George Bush's face will be carved on Mount Rushmore. No question, it could fail, but it could also succeed. An *independent* line of thought or projection can lay out the basic terms and narrative of this possible future history, and like it or not, this must be released from the dominance of agenda simply in order to grasp what may be to come here.

By failing to open such issues, and by trucking in a politicality or spirit of politics, agenda and truth that is so deeply entrenched in a certain propriety, the left and the antiwar movement lodges itself in a series of positions that tend to become bankrupt and are subject to systematic distortions. I have never believed in that, and I know many would take what I say here as a certain kind of heresy. This frightens me, but it needs to be said anyhow.

The sanctions have already shown the degree to which this "peace movement" may move far to little with regards to the truth of human life, and if I do not move as expected, I am glad, if it relates to the real lives at stake here.

These issues must be broached, in my opinion, and I write this in conscience, even it is a conscience that few others recognize as such. Please consider these basic points.

Tom Blancagto

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remember me cuz I'm dead
by Che WaWa Sunday, May. 23, 2004 at 7:35 PM

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interaction/commentary
by tom blancato Thursday, Jun. 03, 2004 at 2:05 AM
tblan@telerama.com

Hoping to develop an interaction with some speeches from the event. I can't guarantee performing how others would necessary want to see in such a case, but in such matters, of course, doing for the other, rather than what one believes in their heart, is wrong. Indeed, the demand of others is separated from what is needful by an abyss, though I think this sort of distinction might seem a silly philosophical point to many. It is not, nor is it anywhere less important than in light, precisely, of mortalities like those remembered at this event and on this story. It is often foisted on us to perform somehow for others, of course, but that doesn't make it right. Anyhow, hope to interact, as I think there is a lot to think about, and the sheer gravity of the issue at hand, like social pressure, should not lead to solemn unidirectional thinking (i.e., dictation), plus the issues themselves, and many lives lost, certainly call for thought. People seem to post weird stuff on here, the last post I did seemed to spawn a weird posting that, frankly, I felt was a bit threatening. Of course, the poster remained anonymous, but I really and thinking more and more that such stuff is kind of wrong. Anyhow, if any one is intereseted, I will try to develop this interaction material. I think there needs to be a lot of pretty extensive thinking going on here.

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