Lynn MacMichael

2003-06-03 Consequences of the Iraqi War part 1  Panelist #6 – Lynn has worked the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Nicaragua, Gaza, Israel and Iraq. She return to Iraq during the war with Iraqi Peace Team.  Lynn shares her experience as a Peace Team Member in Iraq and the people she met there from around the world.   https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2003/06/03/16161071.php

2003-05-28 CONSEQUENCES OF THE WAR IN IRAQ, BOTH HERE AND ABROAD. Wednesday May 28th, 6-9 pm New College Theater, 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco What are the consequences of the war for people in Iraq and in our local communities? How are movements here and abroad struggling to build solidarity and confront the reality of war and empire? This panel brings together activists involved in local social struggles in various regional contexts — from Pakistani and Kurdish activists facing the crisis in the Middle East to local and international peace and justice workers addressing the impact of the war on people of color here and abroad, the assualt on the rights of Arabs and Muslims in the US, Native American views on forced relocation then and now, and more. Join us for an evening of discussion, poetry and dance. Speakers and Performers include: Marley Shebala-journalist for Navajo Times; Soraya Serajeddini-Kurdish human rights activist; Lynn McMichaels-Iraqi Peace Team; Silvia Sweidan-Jordanian activist; Phil Hutchings-co-founder of Institute for Multi-Racial Justice & member of Black Radical Congress; Zulfiqar Ahmad-Senior Program Officer for South Asia at the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development; Representative from War Tax Resistars; Poetry by Jasmine Manning – Ojibwe from Ontario; Poetry by Caligraphy of Thought. Sponsored by the East Bay Coalition to End Sanction in Iraq and New College’s Center for Education and Social Action. Refreshments. Donation $10-15 sliding scale – no one turned away for lack of funds. For information call Yvette: 415-285-9564  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2004/02/03/20303.php

Jun 06, 2003 · Peace Activist Lynn McMichaels will show slides and talk about her recent trip to Iraq at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St. Berkeley Path Wanderers leads a Boundary Walk. Meet at the Reservoir, Grizzly Peak and Spruce St. at 10 a.m. 526-8001.   https://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2003-06-06/full_text

2019-04-16 East Bay Community Bands Together To Protect, Maintain ‘Lafayette Crosses’  In many ways, the Lafayette Crosses are an accidental memorial. In 2006, a handful of peace activists began putting up crosses on the hillside across from Lafayette BART as a protest against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lynn MacMichael was one of them.  “I just came down the block with a hammer and a shovel and we started digging,” said MacMichael.

Over the years, as casualties multiplied so did the crosses. At first it split the town, with many feeling the display was disrespectful to the military but then, slowly, the feeling changed. People began adding names and photos of lost loved ones to the crosses, and what started as a protest became a place of honor.  “I think it’s a way to honor people,” said MacMichael, “and calling it a graveyard is a little too narrow. I think it’s broader than that.”

While it cannot control what happens to the property, the group says it is committed to maintaining the memorial for however long it may be there.  https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/04/16/community-protect-maintain-lafayette-crosses/

2009-12-09 Lynn MacMichael Gaza Lecture https://archive.org/details/LynnMacmichaelGazaLecture1292009

 2013-03-19 Wars end, but crosses on Lafayette hill stay put Bob Hanson and Lynn MacMichael, who help tend the hill of crosses, walk on the slope.   https://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2013/03/19/wars-end-but-crosses-on-lafayette-hill-stay-put/

The Crosses of Lafayette On a hillside in this northern California town lies a field of crosses, one for every American soldier killed in our occupation of Iraq. This slide show is set to the passionate song “Memorial Day” written and performed by Laura Zucker of Lafayette (www.laurazucker.com/). The compilation of photos put to music is by Ko Blix of Berkeley, California (http://gallery.me.com/kofotofactory). With photo contributions by Chris Donton, Lynn MacMichaels and others. Uploaded by Daniel ben Avram (www.DanielbenAvram.com/). “Memorial Day” copyright © 2010 by Laura Zucker; “Crosses of Lafayette” iMovie copyright © 2011 by Brian Blix.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoLhLv5NGC4

Crosses of Lafayette  http://www.peacehost.net/Crosses/home.htm

2013-03-18  Lafayette crosses pay tribute to war dead  A sign at the top of the hill that tallies the dead is updated every month. Organizers used to erect a new cross for each new casualty, but they ran out of room years ago at about 4,000. Now they just put up a few new ones when they can, and rely on the sign to represent accuracy. As of Monday, it read 6,702.

‘So many’  Lynn MacMichael stared up at the number last week and fought back tears.  “So many, and still we have to put up new ones,” said the 72-year-old retired humanities teacher, who helps tend the display. “Some people call this a protest site, but that’s not what I see.  “For me, it is a memorial. When I see this hill, I think of the people who served and died overseas while we’re here driving our big cars and living our lives like normal.”  https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Lafayette-crosses-pay-tribute-to-war-dead-4365146.php

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