Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Jennifer Karmin, Thinking of Malachi Ritscher

Jennifer Karmin's recent response to the war:

Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2007 17:16:20 -0700
From: Jennifer Karmin
Subject: Malachi Ritscher: anti-war protester

SELF-IMMOLATION: A voluntary sacrifice or denial of oneself, as for an ideal or another person.

Most famously demonstrated by Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc on June 11, 1963 in Vietnam.

Most recently demonstrated by musician Malachi Ritscher in Chicago on November 3, 2006 as a protest against the Iraq war. One year ago, Malachi set himself on fire next to the Kennedy Expressway during morning rush hour. He left a statement and obituary on his website.

As the Iraq War moves towards year 5, I am taking some time to think about Malachi. I am wondering how we find new ways to express our sadness, rage, and
disgust. When does the turning point come? When is it enough?

Jennifer Karmin

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