SJSU joins Mumbai in mourning

Mumbai Residents walk with candles in the street near The Oberoi Hotel during a demonstration against the recent terror attacks in the city on November 30, 2008 in Mumbai, India. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Count me as one San Jose resident who is saddened and outraged at the recent attacks in Mumbai. And if you count yourself as one too, there is a memorial going on as I type at El Paseo near the Event Center on the SJSU campus (see the campus map). It began at 11 a.m. and will go to 12:30 p.m. and is open to anyone in the community who needs an outlet for their grief.

Organizers are asking community members to wear white — the Indian color of mourning — and to pause for a 10-minute moment of silence today.

Also, Steve Sloan, a journalism instructor and campus tech support specialist, writes on his blog that he will be producing a podcast tomorrow (Dec. 3) at 4:30 p.m. in Clark Hall room 116 and wants to include campus and community reactions. He is inviting SJSU students and other members of the public who want to share their perspectives.

One more thing: Boston Globe’s The Big Picture blog uses few words, but still ranks as probably the most chilling reporting I have seen on the attacks on the city formerly known as Bombay. Many of the more graphic images are put behind a black box, but I do encourage you to click on them to reveal the gruesome reality of the attacks, if you have the sensibilities to view them. They also did an excellent series on the aftermath, where the photo on this blog post comes from.

EDITED TO ADD: Mumbai’s Metblog site has some terrific updates from bloggers on the ground there.

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