As our time there was winding down, I saw a woman studying the “How Many More Massacres” panel. I walked up to her to see if she had a question. She turned to me with such an intense gaze, I was startled. I had never seen such a look before. So intense. This middle aged, tanned, solid, clear, resolved, and yet sad woman commanded my attention, “I was there,” she said pointing to my list, of the number of Iraqis massacred by US forces in 1990, “On behalf of the Iraqi People, I thank you for this exhibit. I don’t think enough people know this is happening.” She turned and walked away. I was speechless. I wanted to hug her or say I was sorry for the intense pain she has felt, but she was gone. An Iraqi woman at SCC, we are such a global village. Surely, in our hearts, peace is on the upswing.
The SCC exhibit went on from 9-3 pm. Then my daughter Camille and I packed it up and joined the Sacramento Area Peace Action's Vigil at 16th and J Streets from 4:30-6 pm.