The Eyes Wide Open exhibit, created by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), is a living memorial to the military personnel and civilians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan-- and a stark reminder of the human cost of war. Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War first opened in Chicago's Federal Plaza with just over 500 pairs of boots in January 2004. Since its last display on Memorial Day weekend 2007 with over 3,400 pairs of boots the exhibition has been divided into state displays to travel to smaller cities and towns.
Despite growing public opposition, Congress is repeating the mistake they made before the Iraq war began: giving President Bush an $87 billion green light for a muddled, unwinnable policy. Facing deep budget cuts, deficits and unmet needs at home, Americans are angry about war profiteering by U.S. corporations in Iraq. Last week's victories in Congress and the UN will lead us deeper into the quagmire without a fundamental change of course.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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