Widowsweave is an awareness raising series of performances highlighting the conditions of Iraqi Widows who often struggle to acquire even basic necessities such as clean water or adequate shelter. Through artistic durational activities the artist and public participants mark 3,000,000 lines representing the number of Iraqi widows from 30 years of war, tyranny and sanctions.


Kevin Valentine will have three new pieces in the Faculty Show at North Central College, Naperville. The reception is April 8th, from 6-8

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Calumet Park - Day 39 - 9,000

I had to use the branch I picked up yesterday at Gillson because it was so long and forked at the end that I was afraid that someone would poke their eye getting in and out of the van.  Is this analogous to anything in Iraq? Maybe some of the force used (cluster bombs, stealth fighters, depleted uranium bombs) was used because it had to be used.  They were to strong, too dangerous, to expensive or high profile not to use.

I don't know - but I do have a friend who was sad that he had been promoted to trainer just before Operation Desert Storm and never had the opportunity to fly a sortie in his bomber. We
are trained to do something, or we have acquired the right tool for something, and that training or tool wants to be used.  the more we have invested in the training/tool, or the more in our way it is, the sooner we are likely to put it to use.
Nearby steel mills remind me of the shipping and oil that passes through this area that has fueled Chicago since its founding.   Protecting oil is why we engaged Iraqi troops twenty years ago.

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