You're accessing this slice of literary goodness for free because we believe anyone and everyone should be able to access the best in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art. And because we don't ask our readers to pay for Guernica, we do—for web hosting, server costs, and the other incidentals necessary to keep Guernica up and running, and, most importantly, open and available to as many people as possible, around the world.
If like us you believe in a widely accessible Guernica, consider supporting the magazine with a tax deductible donation or by subscribing. We'll only be asking for two weeks, three times a year—asking for support from readers like you on your own terms: our all-volunteer staff gives to Guernica out of love, and we extend that friendship to you. If you love Guernica, click to help make sure an ever-growing community can continue to read, react, and participate. Each month, more than 100,000 unique readers visit guernicamag.com—even a small amount, a couple of dollars, from just half of those visitors would sustain us for many, many moons.
Our infinite thanks,
The Guernica Team
This Is Bravery
June 19, 2006
Peace Takes Courage is a fairly sophisticated anti-war blog maintained by 15-year-old Ava Lowry from Alabama. Since March 2005, Ava has posted what she calls “animations,” harrowing photo slide shows of soldiers’ funerals, combat imagery, and civilian injuries and deaths, interspersed with war stats and quotes from the grandiose statements of Bush and company, all choreographed to hymns or patriotic songs. Ava has received numerous death threats for a recent animation, WWJD, a selection of gut-wrenching photos of wounded Iraqi children, scored to “Jesus Loves Me.” When asked in a CNN interview if she meant the photo montage to be “flip,” Ava bravely and calmly responds that suffering Iraqi children “are God’s children too,” adding, “they’re suffering as a result of our actions.” Ava also states that she has received no hate mail from U.S. troops, active or inactive, only support, and that members of her own family are serving.
Readers like you make Guernica possible. Please show your support.