Day 1K

We have been in Iraq for 1,000 days now. This is a nice, round number, one that encourages reflection. G.W. has been reflecting too, finally admitting that US stup–, intelligence was faulty. We have [at least] 30,000 Iraqi citizens dead. Let’s put that in its proper context: that’s equivalent to an overcrowded classroom being exterminated everyday for over 3 1/2 years. We have [as of today] 2,140 American soldiers killed. Again, put that into proper context: a set of parents a day.

Let’s review my last 1,000 days:

  • Graduated from college with 2 degrees
  • Got a job
  • Started a blog
  • Ran HEADS
  • Started a Web Design Business
  • Bought a condo

I haven’t led to the untimely death of anyone. Maybe I should be President. Then > 30K would at least be alive. Let’s pray we’re not in Iraq for another 1K days.



About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

One response to “Day 1K”

  1. Dancewithme2 says :

    NICE and TRUE

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