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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Remembering Marla

Marla Ruzicka, a model for us all, died from a suicide bomb attack, in Baghdad on April 16, 2005. Faiz Ali Salim, CIVIC's Iraq Country Director, was also killed.

I will let others who knew her better say more. From Kevin Danaher and Medea Benjamin:
"One of the things we can do to honor Marla Ruzicka is to carry on her heartfelt work to build a world without hunger, war and needless suffering. And every time we start to get depressed about the state of the world, we should take inspiration from Marla's boundless energy and throw ourselves back into the work of global justice with the same kind of passion that was Marla's most endearing quality."

CLICK HERE to see a journalist's video remembrance of Marla in Iraq just before the war. Turn up the sound to hear the poignant soundtrack by Emmylou Harris.

Donate to continue her work: http://www.marlafund.org




  • At 3:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Here is the poem I wrote in memory of Marla and Faiez.


    You now are an example
    for the whole world
    For me
    of Humanity,
    of what it means to love each and every one of us.
    Your life is the ladder we should climb,
    peaking at a place where warmth, determination and struggle
    where our drive meets the sunrise often,
    where we conquer fear as you have
    driving on the endless airport road in Baghdad to the JAG
    creating friendships among enemies, in a war zone
    putting a true face to Resistance at home.
    summoning power to the hands of victims
    you both have conquered many, many fears
    for yourselves, for so many others
    your mothers
    you have stared killers in the face
    ones with guns,
    ones with power
    and managed with Humanity, Dignity and Work to force change
    in front of tidal waves of resistance
    Over 28 MILLION U.S. dollars for Iraqi and Afghani Victims
    A tremendous Feat
    that many of us strangle ourselves to accomplish
    today, we have all lost someone great.
    We must now have gratitude for what you have given,
    and regrets for not supporting you
    those in Power should be ashamed of what you've shown them
    I now ask myself and others to Act fervently, everyday without stop,
    as you both have.

    -for Marla Ruzicka, founder of CIVIC (Campaign for innocent Victims in Conflict) and Faiez Ali Salem, CIVIC’s Iraq country Director killed April 17, 2005 by a car bomb on the airport road in Baghdad.

    Go to: www.civicworldwide.org to contribute to their on-going work and to become a part of their community.

    Jessica Rucell,
    SFT Board of Directors


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