This video from the USA says about itself: ‘First part of Gene Bruskin’s speech opening the National Labor Conference Against the Iraq War, held in Cleveland, Ohio, December 2-3, 2006′.
From the blog of the AFL-CIO (trade union federation in the USA):
Exhibit Brings Us Face to Face With Iraq War
by James Parks, Nov 6, 2007
Every day, we see images from the war in Iraq, but seldom do we see what the war has done to the lives of ordinary Iraqis.
Four independent photojournalists who worked extensively in Iraq outside the confines of the U.S. military’s official “embedding” program are delivering the message that the war is taking a terrible toll on the lives of ordinary, noncombatant people and their families.
Through images photographed over several years in Iraq, they show us slices of life as people try to survive amid the daily dangers of a war zone. There are cheerful pictures of dancers at a wedding party, tragic ones of women mourning the deaths of family members killed when an American missile landed on their home and terrifying photos, such as the one depicting a father holding up his hand to get snipers to stop shooting as he runs through the street with his terrified young son.
Kael Alford, one of the photojournalists, says:
We wanted to get the message directly from the people of Iraq, to connect to the grassroots. People in Iraq kept telling me that if the American people see what’s really happening to us, they wouldn’t keep supporting this war. They believe if they could look the Americans eye to eye, things would be different.
They would look around and say to me—and it became a dirty word—”this is freedom?”
Alford was the main speaker at a reception last night to kick off the five-day exhibition of “Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq” at the AFL-CIO building in Washington, D.C.
The 60-picture exhibit runs Nov. 4 –8 and is sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and its Labor and Peace Caucuses and the AFL-CIO Department for Professional Employees. A book accompanying the exhibit includes all the images and is available from The Union Shop Online . …
From the daily USA Today:
A national survey of black, Hispanic and Asian-American local elected officials being released today shows a heavily Democratic group that is more eager to get the United States out of Iraq than the public at large.
More than 83% of minority elected officials — ranging from state representatives to school board members — believe U.S. troops should be withdrawn from Iraq as soon as possible, according to the Gender and Multicultural Leadership Project Survey.