Baring Witness



Menstuff® has compiled the following information on men and women around the world Baring Witness for peace. The above are nude men gathered at Drake's Beach, CA on December 29, 2002. (Click on photo for enlargement - pun intended.)

Baring Witness
Women Strip In Central Park To Protest War
Wendy T. is at it Again in NYC
Naked Protestors
No Bush
No Bush - Taking It One Step Further

Baring Witness


It all started on November 12, 2002 in a field in West Marin, CA where naked women wrote out "peace" with their bodies. Then men and women gathered at Drake's Beach on December 29 to replicate the act. Then to Bolinas, Mendocino and Santa Cruz, California. Then it spread around the U.S. to Florida, Salt Lake City, Helena and Missoula, Montana, Champaign-Urbana, IL, Big Bend, TX, New Orleans, and on February 7, 2003 in the snow in New York City's Central Park at Bethesda Fountain . It's just not people in the U.S. willing to stand up, or lay down to support peace. From Antarctica to South Africa, from East Sussex and Derbyshire, UK, to Byron Bay, Australia, and Hong Kong, it's happening. And this is just one site primarily with people from Burning Man.
Source: www.barewitness.org/photoalbum/photoalbum.htm

Women Strip In Central Park To Protest War


Thirty women stripped in Central Park Friday morning as part of a protest against a war with Iraq. The women stretched out in the snow spelling "No Bush" with their bodies. The naked protest was during a heavy snowfall and 20-degree temperatures.

After spelling out "No Bush" the women ran back to an overpass, got dressed and had hot coffee and tea.

Then 12 of them sprinted out naked again, this time spelling out the word "war."

The Central Park peace demonstration was organized by Wendy Tremayne, an unemployed Manhattan artist. On her Web site, Tremayne urges people to send their stinky socks to the White House.

The women had feared being arrested since it is illegal to bare all in the park, but there were no cops to be seen. A lone bird watcher spotted the naked group through her binoculars from 60 feet away.
Source: www.msnbc.com/local/wnbc/a1486295.asp (No longer active.)

Wendy T. is at it Again in NYC


She writes: "I'm planning the next one which needs a few hundred volunteers. I'm launching it before March 1st, but it all depends on the turn out of volunteers. The more I get the sooner I can blast it off. This one's no nudity, and both genders can play. It's another visual image created by people. This one uses masses congregating very momentarily in a NYC public location. Interested in hearing more?? Visit www.wendypolyploidy.com or email iam@wendypolyploidy.com."

No Bush


Thirty of us posed nude this morning in NYC's Central Park at Bethesda Fountain. We laid in the snow using our bodies to spell the words NO BUSH and then rearranged to spell WAR. We did this to send a message to people around the world that Bush does not speak for us!

As we lay in the snow we screamed sentiments like "read my lips Bush!" Onlookers scurried for cameras and several watched in wonder as we ran to and from our spots in front of Bethesda Fountain and arranged frantically in subfreezing temperatures to form the words. We congregated at 6:30 AM at a nearby diner where we met each other for the first time, discussed our plan and then headed off to the park together in high spirits.

Over 70 women joined the project, though 30 of us braved the snow to make the shoot this morning. Everyone who posed found out about the project through e-mails that I sent out to friends and associates.

Other photos of volunteer nudes have been shot using women's bodies to spell words such as PEACE and NO WAR, beginning with a group of women in West Marin, California, who staged the spelling of PEACE as a pro-peace demonstration last November. Their PEACE photo spread virally on the web and inspired other women to organize photos of their own. There is now an organically growing collective that includes groups that shot photos in Antarctica, the UK , Cape Town South Africa, and Texas.

Our New York City photo is the first of its kind, as it is the only photo shot in a public location in a major city where there is virtually no private space. The other photos taken were shot on private land or in desolate locations. We didn't have the option, we're NYC! Increased security from 9-11 had us worried too. See also www.nydailynews.com/front/breaking_news/story/57974p-54308c.html
Source: www.baringwitness.org/photos.htm

No Bush - Taking It One Step Further


It wasn't long ago that we received an email suggesting to send George W. an envelope with some rice in it. "Place 1/2 cup uncooked rice in a small plastic bag (a snack-size bag or sandwich bag work fine). Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag. Wrap it in a piece of paper on which you have written, "If your enemies are hungry, feed them. Romans 12:20. Please send this rice to the people of Iraq; do not attack them. Place the paper and bag of rice in an envelope (either a letter-sized or padded mailing envelope--both are the same cost to mail) and address them to: President George Bush White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500."

"There is a positive history of this protest! In the 1950s, Fellowship of Reconciliation began a similar protest, which is credited with influencing President Eisenhower against attacking China. Read on:

"In the mid-1950s, the pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation, learning of famine in the Chinese mainland, launched a 'Feed Thine Enemy' campaign. Members and friends mailed thousands of little bags of rice to the White House with a tag quoting the Bible, "If thine enemy hunger, feed him." As far as anyone knew for more than ten years, the campaign was an abject failure. The President did not acknowledge receipt of the bags publicly; certainly, no rice was ever sent to China.

"What nonviolent activists only learned a decade later was that the campaign played a significant, perhaps even determining role in preventing nuclear war. Twice while the campaign was on, President Eisenhower met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to consider U.S. options in the conflict with China over two islands, Quemoy and Matsu. The generals twice recommended the use of nuclear weapons. President Eisenhower each time turned to his aide and asked how many little bags of rice had come in. When told they numbered in the tens of thousands, Eisenhower told the generals that as long as so many Americans were expressing active interest in having the U.S. feed the Chinese, he certainly wasn't going to consider using nuclear weapons against them."

However, that was a different time and a much different president. This president has made it clear that he won't listen - he doesn't care how many people rally for peace. This president is probably getting more defiant with an "I'll show you who's boss" atittude every time someone suggests anything but bombing the hell out of Iraq, everyone else be damned. And, an interesting side note is that the peace marches in Europe are marching against the U.S. and England and not against Iraq. They are tired of the bully riding roughshod over anyone who gets in His way. This suggests that all of the rice that was sent to him ended up in the trash - feeding no one. So, since he isn't interested in what anyone except the corporations have to say, we're thinking of other approaches. And, while this may be thought crass by some, it might garner much additional press for the cause of peace.

If you read the previous piece above, women (and men) all over the world have been baring their souls, and a lot more, to let the world know that George W. doesn't speak for us. .What a concept. What if women extended the No Bush campaign another level by taking that enveope, shave, and replace the rice with the shavings. Then, don't send it to the White House. Send it to the City Editor at your local newspaper or News Anchor at your local television station. Use your imagination. Who do you think might pick up the new "No Bush" story?

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Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age. - Adlai Stevenson



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