Please support our Fast Friends vigil for innocence, even if you do not intend to fast.. Please take a moment on Saturday and think about what kind of impact Abeer Qassim Hamza might have had on the world, if she had not had her life stolen from her. Think about what kind of impact Abeer's little brothers might have on the World, if they grow up with the horrific memory they have unmitigated because of a lack of response from the American people. Prehaps a just and CARING response from Americans might prevent another two person from hardening into a terrorist, like Osama Bin Laden. America owes those kids a momentous debt. Let's give it some thought on what would have been their sister's 15th birthday.
Just a short note to let all those interested in the Fast Friends vigil for innocence this Saturday. Last night when I went to the regular Wednesday night vigil, Lois brought me the name of the little park where we will be meeting from 3pm to 4pm, on Saturday August 19th. She told me the park had been named for a girl who died as a teenager, so our meeting there seems particularly fitting. How many parks are named for teenage girls? She must have been a wonderment...
This morning I googled the name of the park and found the story of a young lady who would have made a GREAT KOSSAK, had she lived past the age of 16. She was spirited, sarcastic (Kossaks read : snarky)and witty, and could kid just about anyone out of despair. Her name was Etta Turner. She made such an impact on the people around her in her short life, a charity was set up in her name to help Bolivian children and women. Why Bolivia? Because she was an exchange student living in Bolivia, when she died in the bus accident. She had a particular love of the Bolivian people...
Here is the note /update I posted on my website this morning that has some links to the Etta Projects charity.:
Posted by : ilyana on Tuesday, August 15, 2006 - 05:29 PM PST
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This Saturday August 19th would have been the 15th birthday of Abeer Qassim Hamza. I am one of some folks who are going to fast and vigil in memory of Abeer, and symbolically all the innocents who have suffered in the Iraq War. I will be fasting from midnight to midnight. There will be a vigil ceremony downtown , at the same little park where 75 peace demonstrators met to vigil in spirit with Cindy Sheehan's nationwide, nearly a year ago. I'm also hoping there are presents! Lots of presents for Abeer's little brothers. We will light 15 candles for Abeer and maybe sing a song.
*Update: Locally we will meet at Etta Turner Park, whose address is:
1327 Bay Street Port Orchard, WA, at West Bay Center, from 3pm to 4 pm Pacific Daylight Time. Please join us, if you live locally. If not, join us in spirit during the same time, where ever you are. Be sure, if vigiling publically, to do so with at least one other person.
Until last evening I didn't even know the name of the park, but one of the people I vigil with Wednesday evening, Lois, brought me the information. Synchronistically, the park is named for a socially active teenage girl named Etta Turner. She was an incredible spirit who left such an impact on the people around her, that a charity was set up in her name to aid poor children in Bolivia. Etta died in a bus accident at age sixteen, while living as an exchange student in Bolivia.
The park, that is named for Etta, was built through the "burrito club" volunteers and funded by the Rotary club. The City of Port Orchard was given the park on February 22, 2005. Read the end of the March 2005 newsletter (a PDF FILE) for information on the park itself. I have contacted the Etta Project Charity to see if they will sponsor the fund raising efforts for Abeer Qassim Hamza's little brothers. Perhaps by Abeer's 16th birthday, we will have raised enough support to take good care of Abeer's brothers as they finish growing up. I will post developments as they occur.