|January 18, 2003
Why I love San Francisco
Photo courtesy of Donna Sheehan
A Cheeky Protest: Bay Area Anti-War Activists Go Nude in Surge of Creative Vigils
By Joe Garofoli
January 12, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Even as U.S. troops inch toward the Persian Gulf for a possible war with Iraq, anti-war
activists say it can be difficult to rally outrage or media interest back home. So
a group of Marin County women has resorted to the ultimate attention grabber: getting
Since November, more than 200 women -- calling themselves Unreasonable Women Baring
Witness -- have used their naked bodies to spell out anti-war slogans on three sites:
a Marin beach, ball field and dung-laden pasture.
While some may say the gesture trivializes and distracts from the gravity of the
anti-war message, Unreasonable Women organizer Donna Sheehan said desperate times
. . .
"It got your attention, didn't it?" joked Sheehan of Marshall, who said
she doesn't even go into the kitchen without a robe on.
Longtime activists say the Unreasonables are only one of a growing number of peace
vigils springing up across the Bay Area. In most cases, the vigilists are performing
small gestures of public devotion to a cause they see as being overlooked >>>
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