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Memorial created 10-1-2008 by
Steen Brydum
Kirsten Brydum
January 22 1983 - September 27 2008

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10-02-2008 12:14 AM -- By: Melissa Sonsma,  From:  

To Steen,

We are so terribly sorry for the loss of Kirsten - our mother Linda has told us some lovely stories about her, and we have been moved by reading about how much she tried to help others during her very full life.

Much love to you, Melissa & William Sonsma

10-01-2008 11:20 PM -- By: Blake Bogosian,  From: Van Nuys  

Kirsten was good childhood friend and I will never forget her energy. She was the most positive friend I had growing up.

10-01-2008 10:43 PM -- By: The Flick Family,  From: Gig Harbor, WA  

Steen, My heart just goes out to you and your family. Though I never got to meet your beautiful girls, I heard nothing but good things from my mom. She was proud too of their adventures. Both sound so spirited. I hope you & Erika find comfort in each other and the many, many friends that are offering their love and support. Our thoughts are with you.

Love, Wendy

10-01-2008 10:03 PM -- By: David Langstaff,  From: Chapel Hill-Carrboro, NC  

I got to know Kirsten during my brief stay at the New College of California, where we worked together trying to prevent the school's collapse, and to see the best of its vision realized. During that time, I developed a deep respect for Kirsten. She was a wonderful person that I wish I'd gotten to know better. What little time we had together I will continue to value. To her family and friends, I am truly sorry for your loss. Kirsten has been appreciated and will be remembered.

10-01-2008 9:09 PM -- By: Natalie Rold,  From: San Francisco  

Kirsten, I only knew you for a short time, but it doesn't take much time to experience the complete compassion and creativity that you had for others and your community.You will be dearly missed.

10-01-2008 8:51 PM -- By: Diane Wilkinson,  From: Orange County  

Kirsten, beautiful beloved sister of Erika and daughter, granddaughter, cousin, and friend to so many. you were on the road having the trip of lifetime. So many people love you. the world is empty with out you.

10-01-2008 7:28 PM -- By: member of kirsten's extended community,  From: pacific northwest  

my heart is with you and your family. my friend sali was murdered just a few days before kirsten in oaxaca. they were both doing incredible work. and it is hard to imagine that these two passionate young women are gone. may we all take up there passions as our own.

10-01-2008 6:43 PM -- By: Sunni Brydum,  From:  

I don't know what to say. I haven't been able to sleep, or eat, or process anything. I can't believe what has happened or that I am so far away from all of you, my family, at this unbelievably painful time.

I want more than anything to be able to attend Kirsten's services, but things don't look too good on that front. Like Rachel, I'm currently across the Atlantic - although everything I'm doing here has been thrown into sharp, harsh perspective.

I'm trying to gather my thoughts to compose something coherent, but I don't think there's any coherence to be made out of what has happened.

I love you all.

10-01-2008 6:31 PM -- By: Rachel,  From: London  

Yesterday I learned that kind and amazing Kirsten Brydum was shot to death in New Orleans last weekend. Word trickled back to the Bay Area slowly, and then reached me through a friend. I don't have much to say about Kirsten's death, except the obvious: This is completely f***** up and shouldn't happen to anyone, and particularly not to someone as compassionate and kind as Kirsten.

There's lots to say about her life, and all the work Kirsten engaged in, including the Collective Autonomy Tour that took her to New Orleans. As I'm pretty alone in my sadness, here in London, I'm going to write about the woman I knew. The alternative is crying alone, or perhaps in the presence of a friend who didn't know her. For me, this is better.

I met Kirsten at the Really Really Free Market a couple of years ago. We were introduced by our mutual friend, Greg, who knew I was doing the Compact and that Kirsten was very involved in organizing the market. For a while, I only saw Kirsten at the monthly RRFMs, or read her words about the market in the list emails. She always emphasized that it is our market, and encouraged folks to engage. And slowly I started to feel like I was part of the RRFM, always in my own way, which is really really the only way to be a part of such a multi-faceted community.

I got to know Kirsten outside of RRFM, and mostly inside of Station 40, where we both worked on the Dirty Dove Infoshop with a beautiful band of other people. During the sewing basics workshop last fall, Kirsten taught me how to patch my own pants, using a sewing machine. She laughed just enough about my fear of the machine eating my fingers to loosen me up and make me receptive. Kirsten was primely suited to be my teacher in this skillshare. I hope I taught her something about SF ecology or kitty wound care in return.

Kirsten worked really hard for a lot of projects like Dirty Dove, that emphasized alternative economies or education. She put her energy into her principles, inspiring many of us to do the same. And she fleshed out those principles, addressing economics with RRFM, education with Dirty Dove, and even food with Access Cafe. Kirsten was engaged in a cross country journey, collating resources of alternative institutions, hoping "to network with people and connect projects" and "to facilitate research and resource sharing". Horribly enough, she was killed while trying to see the best of our communities.

I'm not going to see Kirsten smiling in sunny Dolores Park again, or help her with Shiloh, her cat. Our community has lost the great brilliance of her piercing brown eyes and whipsmart mind. To any friends reading this, I love you. And I'm so sorry to not be there with you. in solidarity and with love and sadness, rachel


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