Eyes Wide Open, the American Friends Service Committee's widely-accalimed exhibition on the human cost of the Iraq War, features a pair of boots honoring each U.S. military casualty and a field of shoes to memoralize the Iraqis killed in the conflict. Eyes Wide Open has toured to over 100 cities across the U.S. and has been visited by hundreds of thousands of people.
AFSC has opposed every war since its inception in 1917, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are no exception. AFSC has been a steadfast voice for an end to the reliance on military solutions, withdrawal of US military forces and support for civilian-led reconciliation and reconstruction to resolve the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our advocacy and education work stretches across the country utilizing a network of staff and volunteers to bring the message of the human and economic costs of the war to the general public and to our elected officials. We focus on alternatives and explore the root causes of violence.
There are many ways to participate in our work on Iraq and Afghanistan, such as volunteering to host the Windows and Mirrors exhibit, participating in an open conference call briefing with an expert, sharing one of our videos on YouTube, or signing up to receive our email action alerts.
Justice and Peace Festival participant examines the names on boots in the Eyes Wide Open exhibit in Kansas City.
Congressman Andre Carson reads the names of fallen Hoosier soldiers at Indianapolis’ Monument Circle, April 2008.
Robert Cray, blues musician, singer and song-writer of "Twenty" a music video featuring the Eyes Wide Open boots.
Eyes Wide Open State Exhibits
Due to the growing number of US casualties, the Eyes Wide Open National Exhibit has become too large for the AFSC to tour. Instead, the AFSC will be splitting the exhibit into 50 state exhibits to continue the work of bringing Eyes Wide Open into smaller communities across the country. Working with AFSC offices, Quaker meetings and peace groups across the country, the Eyes Wide Open state exhibits feature the boots of the soldiers from their home states in addition to a memorial to the Iraqi civilian casualties.