In case you don’t know about the eyewitness reports of the occupation in Iraq given by American soldiers this past week-end, here – on the fifth anniversary of the formal start of the war – is a link to more information. I've followed this with a link that will allow you to listen to person after person speak of what they did and what they saw during their time in Iraq. In the San Francisco Bay Area, KPFA devoted three days to playing this testimony live, but I’ve seen no other notice of this event in which mostly young people spoke simply and courageously about what they’ve done in all our names.
Also, this past week-end, the Law School at USF hosted a symposium on the prison crisis in California. Speakers were lawyers, judges, prison officials, the head of the prison officers union, and others who spoke out in a nearly unanimous voice about the need for a new direction to public discourse about prison issues.
Both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee covered the keynote speech by the wonderful federal judge, Thelton Henderson
but neither paper gave any further coverage to the event. How can we have a public discourse without shared information?