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10-06-2008 6:15 PM -- By: Terry Banning, From: California
It seems like I was just watching Kirsten take her first steps and then, in a flash, I was hearing about her life's work from Mamie. She will always be a bright star in my memories and heart.
10-06-2008 5:24 PM -- By: ivan stanton, From: portland,oregon
for all kirstens friends &relatives, i know its a great loss;not only for you but humanity in general.there are special places for exceptional people.
10-06-2008 5:18 PM -- By: Elise, From:
RIP Kirsten. You will truly be missed.
10-06-2008 4:18 PM -- By: Deborah, From: Western Mass.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I never knew Kirsten, but I am deeply touched by the way she lived her life. She had so much courage, compassion, and commitment. What an amazing person she was. I send you my condolences.
10-06-2008 1:58 PM -- By: Jack Rosenfeldt, From: Redondo Beach, CA
Dear Steen & Family,
We are so saddened to learn the tragic news about Kirsten's death.
Grace & Jack Rosenfeldt
10-06-2008 1:17 PM -- By: Anabella, From: Florida
May you rest in peace! To the Brydum family, my heart goes out to you. As a young woman, i sit here and read about Kirsten only to be inspired by her way of life. What a wonderful person!
We need more people with the spirit and motivation that Kirsten had. My condolences go out to you and anyone else who was touched by this amazing human being!
10-06-2008 12:47 PM -- By: Fred Schirmer, From:
Steen, Please accept Shirley and my
sincere regrets for your daughter's
untimely death. It makes you wonder how things like this could happen. Nothing anyone can say will truely express the sorrow that you must feel. All we can do is offer our condolences and let you know that we will be there for you in your time of need.
Fred and Shirley
10-06-2008 12:32 PM -- By: swaneagle, From: Vashon, WA
I am sorry to become aware of Kirsten's work only after her brutal death. My heart goes out to her family and all who knew her. I honor her good works and hope her memory will inspire more to take up these vital projects. We need millions of Kirstens.
10-06-2008 12:10 PM -- By: kelly b anquoe, From: tahlequah
just heard today. others r working towards kirsten's goals. we must network. peace. kelly.
10-06-2008 11:54 AM -- By: michael, From: silicon valley
Though I do not know you personaly I can say that you touched my life. Anyone who lives a life for others is someone I can admire. Only God can answer the question of why. My condolences to the family.
10-06-2008 10:48 AM -- By: Ivy Zahn-Tully, From:
I will keep a memory of Kirsten's beautiful brave spirit.
10-06-2008 10:41 AM -- By: Scot & Heidi Sorenson, From: Clermont, Florida
The world will benefit from every minute Kirsten was with us.
Our condolensces from our family to the Brydums with much LOVE.
10-06-2008 10:16 AM -- By: Ann Marie Coviello, From: New Orleans
Please accept the condolences of a citizen of New Orleans. We are all so so sorry that this happened to your beautiful daughter. I never knew her but she must have been a very special young woman.
10-06-2008 1:12 AM -- By: Leslie Hunt, From: Long Beach, Ca.
May you find peace in knowing that in what I have learned of Kirsten she was a wonderful caring person. The world would be a perfect place with all of us having a heart just like hers.
10-05-2008 11:53 PM -- By: Dan Gingold, From: Brooklyn/SF
I first met Kirsten at the Really Really Free Market in SF. I remember she was wearing cowboy boots.
Years passed, and about 3 months ago I ran into her at a rooftop vegan communal meal here in Brooklyn. She told me she was traveling around the country, visiting activist groups and collectives. We figured out that we were both going to be at the RNC.
When I arrived in Minneapolis, the kind folks who let me stay with them, Jim and Corrina, said that another vegan would be staying at their house as well. It was the morning after my first night at their house that I woke up, took a shower, and came out to find that Kirsten had arrived. We laughed at the coincidence.
Over the course of the RNC, Kirsten and I grew to be good friends. We went to many of the demonstrations together and rode bikes around. I remember walking next to her in a march around the St. Paul Country Jail in support of all the people arrested. She kept staring at the fences and walls, and I asked her what she was looking for.
"I'm trying to figure out a weak spot to get in." She had an amazing glimmer in her eye at that moment, and such a strong heart.
Another time the police were heading our way, tear gassing and concussion grenading people, and she convinced some kids driving by in a car to let us in their car, thus saving us from potential arrest.
Though I did not know Kirsten for very long, it was easy to see how amazing of a person she was. We went to either the Hard Times Cafe or the Seward Cafe most every day for breakfast, and we spoke a lot. During our many discussions, some of them late into the night with our hosts and other friends, I was always struck by her clear intelligence, how she would take my arguments and point out the flaws, and then respond with her own theories that always made so much sense.
She had many plans for the future, so much to write and create, and it breaks my heart to think that she won't be able to go forward with the activism she was so passionate about.
It breaks my heart.
Rest in Peace, Kirsten.
10-05-2008 11:36 PM -- By: Lisa Sorenson, From: Anaheim,Ca
My family and I are speechless at this terrible, terrible loss. Kirsten has touched so many lives and we were the lucky ones to have known her. I will remember her beautiful smile, her bubbling personality and her zest for life. And I will forever remember all of the Brydum parties. Those are memories that I will hold dear to my heart. I want you to know that we grieve along with you and are here for you always.
With much love,
Bruce,Lisa,Erin,Sarah and Lindsay
10-05-2008 11:22 PM -- By: Trumbull Plex, From: Detroit
Three of us are crowded around the house computer on the 3rd floor reading her journal entries. We are sad, confused and outraged about her death, especially sad for people who knew her well. Kirsten visited our city and collective a few months ago for a night.
Kirsten had a quiet, strong presence. She came to the beginning of a house meeting around the fire pit on the side lot to introduce herself. She said she was on her way to the RNC. The next day she organized zines that were in boxes in the theater--taking the time to do a job that had been neglected for awhile. She mostly organized feminist zines. It's inspiring to know that she was hopeful about re-starting our zine library even though the journal entries say that Detroit was rocky for her.
We're sorry we didn't get a chance to show her the energetic Detroit that we know and love, instead of the abandoned, dejected landscape and community she seemed to have seen.
While in Detroit, Kirsten was reserved--she even used a different name (Megan) on the first day but later used her real name. We never knew about her project.
Kirsten didn't talk very much while in the D, which is why we were intrigued to read her insightful, smart and compassionate journal entries. It has helped us get to know a comrade who came in and out of our lives within 24 hours.
Earlier this year, our community lost one of its warmest, most energetic and welcoming friends. Our thoughts are with Kirsten's community (close and extended) and understand their feelings of confusion, anger, helplessness etc. I remember not even knowing where I fit into the community when he died... Though his death did bring us closer together, it also bruised us deeply--maybe Kirsten felt some of our leftover hopelessness and grief from a rough winter and spring...
To her community and family, the thought of your existence and the spirit of Kirsten will encourage us to continue healing and working on projects she supported.
Please send us an address to which we can send mail.
10-05-2008 11:08 PM -- By: Lacey, From: Jamestown, RI
Kirsten was a remarkable woman. She is an inspiration. There is no time to be wasted...the world needs all of us to learn from Kirsten - her passion, action, enthusiasm, brilliance, modesty, creativity, love. She made this world a better place, no doubt in my mind. Thank you, Kirsten. Your spirit lives on!
10-05-2008 9:49 PM -- By: eric, From: worcester
Reading Kirsten's journal has been truly inspiring. Our movement has suffered a great loss. I believe however that through this tremendous loss her radical and visionary ideals will come closer to fruition. Long live CAN. May her passing bring us closer together and closer to collective autonomy.
10-05-2008 8:23 PM -- By: Maria Heil, From: Charlottesville, VA
My heart goes out to the Brydum Family. What a beautiful child you raised! Kirsten is now in the great hands of the Lord and a better place than the world we live in...all my love, Maria
10-05-2008 7:20 PM -- By: Debi Stickeler , From: San Francisco
There was always a light around Kirsten. She was truly a gift to this planet. I am sure she is continuing to serve wherever she now resides. She is truly missed.
10-05-2008 6:53 PM -- By: RScottM, From: New Orleans
I didn't know Kirsten but I am disturbed that this happened to her. New Orleans is full of good people but unfortunately we have a corrupt government and an ineffective and equally corrupt police force. Rest assured that enough of us will carry forward her ideals and this won't have been in vain.
10-05-2008 5:47 PM -- By: Lise Vergo Petersen, From: Denmark
Dear Steen,Mamie and Erika
We are so sorry for your loss.
A beautiful person has been taken away from you.
Naturally we will always keep Kirsten in our hearts.
Our thoughts go out to your all: Brydums family and friends.
Love from Alice,Lise,Tom,Frida,Nadja and Jonathan
10-05-2008 5:37 PM -- By: stefans, From:
Until hearing the tragic news of Kristen's slaying in New Orleans I had not heard of Kristen nor her good work with the Really, Really Free Market. My heart goes out to Kristen's family and friends. She must have been a truely fine person. Many people measure their wealth by the volume of their purchases and waste. To rescue treasure before it enters the waste stream as Kristen Brydum did and for her and her compatriots to find a way for some of the material needs of the dispossessed to be met through the Really, Really Free Market is a magnificent act of possibility. A blanket becomes shelter, a utensil becomes nourishment, a bicycle becomes freedom, good cloths become a new job. What a wonderful idea, this Really, Really Free Market! It takes me to my father's praising of the Digger's Free Store. An image comes to mind of some of the items I can't throw away but must now pass on with renewed purpose.
10-05-2008 5:24 PM -- By: Rock Quarry, From: San Diego
Every new day I die a little bit more and more! How many more angels like Kirsten must we lose!! My faith in GOD continues to erode! Sub-species continue to multiply in our streets! Starry,Starry night, this world was never worthy of having one as beautiful as YOU!!(KIRSTEN)
10-05-2008 5:04 PM -- By: Frank Lindsay, From: Grover Beach CA
i taught you to parallel park, you taught me to be. i took you on you're first freeway driving journey, you taught me to hold on. i took you on you're first scuba dive, you took me to my first yoga experience that lasted for days afterward. you taught me to step to the edge of the light, and trust to then step beyond. you taught me to know that truth known instantly demonstrates,for that is the way you lived you're life.every journey with you was a dream into another level of consciousness and your departure from this world is but one more lesson in understanding the Love you shared. i am honored to have been you're friend. Love forever Frank
10-05-2008 4:58 PM -- By: mike, From: new york
kirsten was one of the first people i met after moving to san francisco several years ago, and i was always delighted when we were able to share moments together, whether sitting under the sun at dolores park, bumping into her on valencia street, or talking over coffee. her spirit and beauty gave so much to our world, and the deep sadness i feel right now will not eclipse the lasting memory of her love for people and hope for justice and equality. my thoughts are with her family... kirsten's legacy will not be forgotten.
10-05-2008 4:21 PM -- By: Laura, From: New York
I'm so sorry such a bright and caring person was taken from us. My thoughts go out to her friends and family.
10-05-2008 3:53 PM -- By: Adrian Carrasco Zanini, From: Berkeley, CA
May your soul rest in peace. Your smile and dedication to building a new America, free of greed and selfishness will help us continue in this struggle. You will be missed,but always remembered as the wonderful revolutionary that you are. You were so very right in choosing to rebel and as the preacher once said, we shall overcome!
WE ALL LOVE YOU FOREVER
10-05-2008 3:33 PM -- By: , From:
I have entered Kirsten on the site findagrave.com so that she may always be remembered.
If there are any corrections or additions anyone would like to make, please just let me know and I'll make them asap. Also, if someone could tell me where her final resting place is, I can add that, too. Thank you and my most heartfelt sympathies to the Brydum family.
[edit by SB] Visit Kirsten's Find A Grave Site
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