Austin Tice: We Are With You

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Austin Tice is just another 30-something in pursuit of his dreams.

We kill ourselves every day with McDonald’s and alcohol and a thousand other drugs, but we’ve lost the sense that there actually are things out there worth dying for. … So that’s why I came here to Syria, and it’s why I like being here now, right now, right in the middle of a brutal and still uncertain civil war. Every person in this country fighting for their freedom wakes up every day and goes to sleep every night with the knowledge that death could visit them at any moment. They accept that reality as the price of freedom.

-Facebook post by Austin Tice

Austin Tice was awarded today The George Polk Award in Journalism for War Reporting, and as many honor his courage to cover stories which are so difficult to uncover due his family continues their appeal for his safety(Read more here).

He crossed the border from Turkey to Syria in May without a Visa and a drive to report on what was really happening in Syria.

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One of the last things he wrote on Twitter:

Listening to the shells usher in my birthday. Afghanistan, California, DC, Egypt, Turkey, Syria. What an insane year.

I gaze into the eyes of this photos of a 30-something who have seen far more courageous than I have and I feel hope and deep sadness. Hope for our generation that there are people who are willing to put their lives on the line to share the vital stories, buried between war, borders and politics.  Sadness that this bravery is now invisiblesilenced by forces we cannot directly fight and for all the citizens of the world who are living in places where freedom of storytelling is forbidden.
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Today we all have the opportunity to honor Austin Tice by living our lives courageously, in the best way that our lives allow. Even by choosing to read this, to visualize the crisis in Syria, the crisis that the Tice family is enduring and the crisis that Austin himself has been facing since his disappearance shortly after he wrote the above tweet. Perhaps reading this will be a call of action to live informed, to participate in life and do our best to positively contribute to the society in which find ourselves in. Often stories, tragedies like this are grouped into the category of “can’t do anything about it so I’ll just go watch Madmen”. Let the eyes of Austin Tice change any apathy that might be clouding your empathy: if anything in the knowledge that Austin Tice is just another 30-something who has ambitions to live life fully. We are not different or separate from him, inside all of us is a desire to live a purpose-driven life.
It is our choices that are shaping the world. Mr. Tice chose to be a Marine, go to law school and be a journalist in underrepresented areas in much need of a voice.  Wherever he is tonight, he is one of us, and we are one with him… Let our choices tonight honor him.
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5 Responses to “Austin Tice: We Are With You”
  1. Wow, this is an amazing post. “It is our choices that are shaping the world…Let our choices tonight honor him.” My thoughts are with Austin, and everyone here. Fight the good fight x

    • project1979 says:

      I’m so touched that this post meant something to you.
      His story really moves me, I am honored to have been able to write about him.
      Thank you for taking the time to write!

  2. Thank you for posting this. It is moving and I agree with your message. We should honor him by doing what we can to make our world a better place. He is a courageous man, and one who I see as a hero. Thank you for this beautiful post.

    It means a lot to me not just because I admire him, but also because I am very concerned about him as well. I was able to talk with him a bit on twitter and he is a great guy. We didn’t talk about much (mainly I was just sending him news articles about Syria), but I’m honored to have been able to speak with him. I hope he’s okay and can’t wait for him to be free. God Bless him and his family.

    • project1979 says:

      I am very glad you were touched by this post. It came from the heart! I am so moved by his story and feel compelled to do something to honor someone who has the courage to put his life on the line for others.
      Soon I’ll be creating a kind of petition so stay tuned on the blog-I’ll also post it on FB and Twitter. I thought of also doing some kind of video campaign, perhaps on Vine to promote the understanding of what is going on.
      Thank you, truly, for taking the time to comment.
      In friendship,
      Alice of project1979

      • Hi Alice, thank you for your response. You are doing a great job and, as I read your post, I could tell it was from the heart. You have wonderful ideas and I wish you all the best with the video campaign.

        I noticed you found my “Flash Mob 4 Syria” story. 🙂 Did you find it through a Google search? Just curious. Take care.

        Best Regards,
        Alex (poemsforsyria)

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