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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Don't Mourn. Organize 

In memoriam:

Rosa Parks (1913-2005), who took a seat and a stand:
She became a hero and a legend not due to serendipity--or a case of tired feet on one particular day--but because she and other activists had devised (after much conversation and argument) a sophisticated plan of action. The plan worked. Parks' action triggered a bus boycott that captured the attention of the nation and that yielded a civil rights leader named Martin Luther King Jr. The lesson: organize, organize, organize--and be smart about it.
Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander, Jr. (1971-2005), the two-thousandth American serviceperson to die in Iraq:
The spokesman for the American-led multinational force called on news organizations not to look at the 2,000 death as a milestone in the conflict. Lt. Col. Steve Boylan described 2,000 figure as an "artificial mark on the wall."

"I ask that when you report on the events, take a moment to think about the effects on the families and those serving in Iraq," Boylan said in an e-mail. "The 2,000 service members killed in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom is not a milestone. It is an artificial mark on the wall set by individuals or groups with specific agendas and ulterior motives."
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