From BARING WITNESS
Photo: Eva Soltes
MAKING THEIR BODIES FIGURES OF SPEECH
West Marin women are serious
enough about PEACE to spell it out. Wearing nothing but afternoon
rain, 50 determined women lay down on Love Field near the Green Bridge
Tuesday afternoon to literally embody PEACE and "show solidarity
with the people of Iraq," said the organizers. "Women from
all ages and walks of life took off their clothes, not because they
are exhibitionists but because they felt it was imperative to do
so," the organizers added. "They wanted to unveil the truth
about the horrors of war, to commune in their nudity with the vulnerability
of Iraqi innocents, and to shock a seemingly indifferent Bush Administration
into paying attention." The coordinators, who came up with the
idea only a day earlier, said that the coming together of this group
on short notice was a testament to the seriousness with which the
women view the threat of war with Iraq. "Remembering that tens
of thousands of civilians have already died in Iraq as a result of
US bombing and sanctions, these women are not convinced by Bush Administration
fear mongering that one more person should die," organizers
said. They hope the president and news media take notice. (Photo
by Art Rogers ©2002 Pt. Reyes)
Women of West Marin
Sunday, January 12, 2003
Bay Area anti-war activists go nude in surge of creative vigils
By Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
NUDE WOMEN PROTEST WAR
Ninety-four mostly West Marin women on Sunday used their naked
bodies to spell out PEACE on Drakes Beach. Fifty women mounted
a similar demonstration in Point Reyes Station Nov. 12. This time 24
men also demonstrated in the buff, creating a large peace symbol on
the beach. Organizer Donna Sheehan of Marshall said the demonstrations
were a "precursor to the mass naked demonstrations in San Francisco
and Washington, DC, on Jan. 18." Sheehan said she expects "a
100,000 people men and women to disrobe for Peace" at
that time. Sundays female protesters expressed the "desperation
of women" opposed to the Bush Administrations plans for
war with Iraq. Sheehan said, adding that the men by forming the international
peace symbol were showing "solidarity with the women against global
domination and war." (Photo of women by Jan Watson.)
Drake's Beach, Marin Co, January 2003
January 3, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NUDE WOMEN PROTEST WAR AGAIN
On December 29th, between
storms, on a rocky, wet Pacific Ocean beach, over 100 women got naked
again to protest Americas policy of naked aggression. This
event is a precursor of what is to come.
"Our message to women all over the world, is be bold, be courageous, be
vulnerable for Peace." said Donna Sheehan of "Unreasonable Woman Baring
Witness", in Pt. Reyes, California.
"The US government
does NOT represent the average American women who care about the
sacrificing of husbands, sons, brothers, and lovers. We are the life
and care givers. There is an old Russian saying, "Every bullet
finds its target in a Mothers heart," Sheehan quoted. "We
are feeling agony and frustration. At this time in history, WE WILL
The women are extraordinary
ordinary people. They are Democrats, Republicans, librarians, attorneys,
waitresses, therapists, artists, from 19 years old to 70-somethings.
They are as uncomfortable as anyone else at making themselves vulnerable
in this way, yet they are willing to do so, because peace and justice
are the cornerstones of a sustainable society. They are willing to
do so, because they can imagine a future for peace, in which non-violent
resolution is the norm, and the habit of war has been broken. So
powerful is the message that similar actions, naked and clothed,
have taken place in Bolinas, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, Gainesville, Fl,
Missoula, Mt and New York City, with more to come.
The photograph and an article
appeared in the Point Reyes Light weekly newspaper.
Baring Witness can be sent to P.O. Box 753, Marshall, CA 94940.
Oceana Taicher removes her shirt yesterday at the start of a nude anti-war
protest at the Borello Ranch in Pt. Reyes.
Photo: Jeff Vendsel
December 28, 2002 at 08:52 AM
Florida Men Strip for Peace by FSN
This event was sponsored by the Green Party
of Florida and their many friends.
Inspired by the brave women of Marin County,California, who created
an image of the word "Peace," with their nude bodies,Florida
men gathered to create their own male statement for peace.
On December 21,2002, near
Gainesville, Florida, 22 men posed naked to send a stunning Peace
message to the American people and the war administration. Braving
the cold, these men from Fort Myers to Gainesville, gathered together
on a hillside to do the unthinkable: To Bare it all for Peace.
Deeply troubled by the looming
war against Iraq, these serious peace advocates determined to express
their heartfelt desire for peace, by crafting the word "PEACE" and
the Peace Sign with their nude bodies. These images were captured
on film by renowned photojournalist and nature photographer, John
statement of this photo moment was enriched by the fact that many
of the men who came together to create these images were previously
unknown to each other. They were bound together by only one thing;
their united desire to stop the American war machine. " What
we did was outrageous, because war is outrageous," exclaimed
Bob Ellenberg. "All the peace loving people in the world need
to see what we have done." This depth of passion was echoed
by Frank Gubasta, who said, "I'd die for a better/peaceful world
for my sons to grow up in." These men intended for their act
to be a dramatic statement and they want the chance to express themselves
about war and peace. A candidate for Tampa City Council, Kelly Benjamin,
says, "I'd love to talk with anyone about peaceful alternatives
to this stupid war."
As the photo session took
place, the act took on a somber aspect. One of the participants,
Jim Cameron, describes the scene as the men moved to take up their
assigned positions. "As we walked in a broken group through
the tall grass, I was deeply touched at the sight of everyone against
the hills, trees, sunlight and blue sky. The group was composed of
young college students, old hippies, alternative culture folks and
Viet Nam vets. But the sight of everyone wading through the tall
grass was so archetypical and I guess reminiscent of the tragedy
of war." Once the men were posed for the photograph, Mark Kamleiter,
an attorney and peace activist, was struck by the same symbolism. "These
bodies, pale and white, laid out, exposed on the ground resembled,
symbolically, the dead that the pending war with Iraq will most certainly
This peace action was organized
by Diane Cardin-Kamleiter and Linda Pollini, two Green Party peace
activists. It sprang from a growing sense of urgency as this country
rushes to war. Despite at large peace demonstrations around the country,
the media has largely ignored the steadily growing peace movement.
Even the most conservative polls show that almost half of the citizens
in this county do not want a war with Iraq, yet the mainstream media
has neglected serious treatment of the anti-war sentiment in this
What is sought from this
daring act? That all those who see these photographs stop and reflect
on their meaning and hear the message of Peace.
San Francisco Peace Demonstration
Women of West Marin
Santa Cruz, CA.
Photographs by Stephen Laufer
A Birds Eye View: The Bonny Doon Beach naked peace sign
East Sussex ,England
Note the frost on the ground.
Despite cold weather, a group of 30 peace campaigners went naked
in East Sussex for their latest protest against any military action.
the ice of Lake Superior, USA a group formed a giant peace dove while
2 snowmobiles circled shouting insults. "It was very intense,
but very beautiful at the same time." This group of 95 formed
a continual line of peaceful touch-hand to foot. "The power felt
by all was immense. The image of faceless, oil guzzling aggression
circling us leaving us unphased and strong was incredible" said
organiser Honore Spickerman. http://www.barewitness.org/
Published on Sunday, January 19, 2003
People from McMurdo Station in Antarctica joined with the millions of
others around the world in calling for peace not war.With the Antarctic
Mt Range in the background we laid on the ice in a symbolic call for
peace.Seven continents united.
IL - 26 January 2003
MIDWEST WOMEN LIE NAKED IN THE SNOW
Photo: Mark Safron
River Beach, Mendocino, California
women posed in the Arabic translation of peace - Salaam.
Photo: Mark Safron
of people all over the world came together in a very significant
way to share their message for peace.
14,2002, artist Donna Sheenan and 50 of
her friends who
in their bid to attract the news media to the cause of Peace lay
down naked to form the word PEACE on Love Field in
Marin County, Ca. After
seeing the picture on the Internet, I had to go to Marin County and
meet this inspired woman and her friends
of these women as well as their audacious creativity encouraged
me to help Alan Moore, director of 'Musicians and Fine
Artists for World Peace' organize and create a Naked For
Peace action in my city, San Francisco, envisioning a message
reflective of San Francisco made up of couples or friends,
all ages over 18 yrs, all ethnic, cultural or sexual orientation
to spell out 'Make Love Not War'.
For Peace in San Francisco
April 19 *Make Love Not War- A Get Naked
for Peace Project
Photographer: Randi Motson
Photo courtesy of Musicians
and Fine Artists For World Peace
a bright Spring day on a San Francisco nude
beach, the latest Baring Witness and butterfly
peace action took place, with over 100 men
and women lying naked in the sand to form
the words 'Make Love Not War'. The participants
gathered on Baker Beach, near the Golden
Gate Bridge as beach-goers and National Park
police looked on.
After an inspirational ceremony in a circle, the men and women were
arranged into the letters as several photographers and video-graphers
recorded the event
During the days proceeding
the event there were a few difficulties, the most serious being the
Golden Gate Federal Beach Administrators saying that ours was a commercial
venture and wanting $250 to give us a permit. When I showed them that the only money invovled in our event was Cosmic Cash / Dharma Dollars, they gave us what they termed a one day Freedom of Speech permit
and we were able to go ahead with the plan. With the over one hundred people who showed and other volunteers aat the beach who wanted to join in, we had enough to
spell our sign.
We all held hands in a circle
and sanctified our intentions. Love permeated the beach that day
as Tana, Cougar, Larry and Debbie Moore led us in a welcoming opening
ritual to sanctify our intentions.
As the Sun, Sky, Earth and
Ocean watched, the people formed separate clusters to make the 14
letters of our sign.
There was complete cooperation and comradrie between all as we arranged
ourselves into our Naked For Peace Love in Action. After walking among
the people helping to adjust the letters, it was time for Alan and
I to take our own places in the letter N.
I felt grateful to Donna
and all of the peace loving people who following their heart's true
motive joined in this uplifting and meaningful action. Lying still
on the warm sand with the others, our hearts and bodies formed into
a prayer for world peace, I felt the One Love, we were One Heart.
peace and love to all of you,
Traub is the Photographer/Artist who created
this photo of
The Make Love Not War /Naked for Peace Event held at Baker Beach / San Francisco.
Nov 8, 2005
Breasts Not Bombs demonstration is joined by Alan Moore and his 'Butterflies Not Bombs banner.
Alan is the Director of Butterfly Gardeners Association & Musicians & Fine Artists for World Peace
photo by Tian Harter
Shortly after noon on the steps of the California state capitol on Novemebr 7th, two women were arrested. The organization Breasts not Bombs was protesting against the Governor's ballot measures in the "special election" and other things it labels "indecent." Barebreasted and even nude protests have been shown to constitute protected speech under the 1st Amendment. But three days before the protest, a judge denied an injunction to prevent arrests. One of his arguments: "Do you think the founding fathers had this in mind when they drafted the First Amendment?" That's an old political tactic to pretend we are still living in the 18th century and to disallow anything politically difficult. The women arrested were the organizer, Sherry Glaser, and Renee Love. As usual, they may be charged with multiple offences.
About 50 peace protesters, called Artists Against War give the peace
sign with their hands after creating a naked peace symbol on Sunset
Beach on Sunday.
Photo by Richard Lam, Vancouver Sun
February 24, 2003
Women bare all
More than 100 disrobe and form words on Sonoma County hillside
in war protest By
Michael Coit, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
the latest pictures and news.February 15,
8 February, 2003
Australians bare all in anti-war protest
than 700 women have posed nude in Australia in a mass protest
against their country's support for possible military action
The naked demonstrators,aged
20 to 60, used their bodies to form the words "No war" on
the side of a hill in Byron Bay, New South Wales.
The naked demonstration came on the same day as a similar protest
in New York, where about 30 women stripped off in the snow to form
the words "No Bush" - an irreverent reference to US President
George W Bush.
36 women demonstrating
FOR PEACE, La Jolla, CA
Photo: Barry Logan
March 3, 2003
Nude anti-war protests are a growing trend
Australia -- Hundreds of Australian women have stripped off in
a naked show of defiance against the possibility of a U.S.-led war
Around 300 women bared all in Sunday's protest, laying down
on a Sydney sports field to spell out the words "No War".
"I would like to say to all the world leaders who think
they not as tyrannical as Saddam Hussein, you're lying, you do want war, you
have not exhausted all the diplomatic pathways," one protester said.
The cheeky demonstration was the latest in a series
of naked anti-war protests around the world.
In Byron Bay, north of Sydney, 250 men
dressed in their birthday suits to spell out "Peace, man."from CNN
few really dedicated people can offset the ill effects of masses of
out-of-harmony people, so we who work for peace must not falter, we
must continue to pray for peace and to act for peace in whatever way
we can. We must continue to speak for peace and to live the way of
peace; to inspire others, we must continue to think of peace and to
know it is possible. What we dwell upon we help to bring into manifestation.
One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many
people, giving some of their time, can make history.
no greater block to world peace or inner peace than fear. What we
fear we tend to develop an unreasoning hatred for, so we come to
hate and fear. This not only injures us psychologically and aggravates
world tension, but through such negative concentration we tend to
attract the things we fear. If we fear nothing and radiate love,
we can expect good things to come. How much this world needs the
message and example of love and faith!" This
is the way of peace:
Overcome evil with good,
falsehood with truth,
and hatred with love.
from "Steps Toward Inner Peace' by Peace
and pictures below provided by Alan Moore,
Director of Musicians and Fine Artists For World Peace
and Patch are endorsers
October 4, 1999
Delgado OF THE EXAMINER STAFF
50 people march nude on Van Ness to draw attention to Y2K dangers
activists get arrested to draw attention to their cause. Others
scream and rant in hopes that people will listen. Some
nuclear activists, on the other hand -- well, they get naked.
Dr. Helen Caldicott and Patch Adams led 50 other people who gathered
Sunday night near City Hall for a conference on the potential dangers
of Y2K-in a nude demonstration along a block of Van Ness Avenue. Desperate
for press attention for their cause, they opted to get covered by uncovering.
The nude march was led by Patch Adams, an activist and doctor who inspired
the movie based on his lifetime of unconventional approaches to adversity.
people like us really have so few tools to face a capitalist system," Adams
told the crowd as they uncomfortably disrobed outside Herbst Theater
in the War Memorial Building.
"All we really have are ourselves and our ideas.
Our ideas have not done the job."
With those words, the crowd whooped
and hollered their way out of the building and onto Van Ness for
a quick stroll down the street, chanting, "Disrobe for disarmament," and, "News,
Along Van Ness Avenue, some cars slowed to gawk and others honked
at the protesters, who cheered in response.
air was chilly enough to have a noticeable effect on some participants,
but there was no shortage of enthusiasm among the participants.
Photos above are courtesy of Barbara Wiedner via Alan Moore
5 July, 2002, 20:09 GMT 21:09
the slogan "let bulls die in peace" painted on their
bodies, the activists from across Europe and the United States
drew curious crowds with their dash.
UK, from BBC News:
Nude protest at Pamplona bull run
want to ban bullfighting from the festival
Naked animal rights campaigners have demonstrated in the Spanish
city of Pamplona to protest against the start on Sunday of the
hugely popular annual spectacle of bulls chasing dare-devil young
men through the streets.
At least a dozen young activists from various European countries
and the United States said they wanted to draw attention to the
suffering of the bulls during the animals' three-minute charge
through the old city.
group say they will make the naked romp an annual event to create
an alternative to the bull run.
heroes are controversial. They face public disapproval, physical
endangerment and, sometimes, imprisonment. Yet peace heroes
exist all over the world, in every region, country, culture,
for World Peace
for Peace ,
*Suttner, Courtney, Royden, and Weil
*Jane Addams, Woman's Peace Party, and WILPF
*Women Strike for Peace
*Feminism and NonviolenceYou assist an evil system
most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system
never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking
of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his
or her whole soul...Quotes
Take Five for Peace
Golden Rule not the Rule of Gold
The Protest Songs
Desperate Passion: An Autobiography
by Helen Caldicott
Posters & Quotes
"In our time
the military mentality is still more dangerous than formerly because
the offensive weapons have become much more powerful than the defensive
ones. Therefore, it leads, by necessity, to preventive war. The general
insecurity that goes hand in hand with this results in the sacrifice
of the citizen's civil rights to the supposed welfare of the state.
Political witch-hunting, controls of all sorts (e.g., control of teaching
and research, of the press, and so forth) appear inevitable, and for
this reason do not encounter that popular resistance, which, were it
not for the military mentality, would provide protection."...Einstein "The
Military Mentality"...Einstein Quotes
"Next the statesmen
will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked,
and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities,
and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations
of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is
just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this
process of grotesque self-deception."...Mark Twain, The Mysterious
Stranger Mark Twain Quotes
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