Carrboro, North Carolina
March 1, 2003
Nineteen people gathered in Carrboro, NC on the afternoon of Saturday
March 1 to brainstorm and plan creative actions against the prospective
war in Iraq, in response to a call put out by Naked People for Peace
NC. At the start of the meeting, each individual shared their
inspiration for being present, each voice a unique yet complimentary
addition to the mix, culminating in a rich planning meeting.
Collectively the group shared a willingness to bare their bodies for
peace, in effort to draw more attention to the anti-war movement, and
to show that we are part of the same human family. As inspired by the
we decided to take our message to the lawn. The Baring Witness website
compiles dozens of photographs of people from around the world spelling
messages of peace with their naked bodies. We decided on a positive,
pro-active message that would represent our community and proceeded to
sculpt the words "End War!" with our bare bodies upon the earth. Our
bodies were at once a physical sculpture transcribing the voice of our
local community and an echo of the world-wide voice that speaks out
against war in Iraq. The afternoon culminated in planning for our next
action: the Naked People for Peace Procession, week of March 3rd. Time
is of the essence and the collective hope amongst this group is that
our efforts will inspire others to take creative action and that this
movement will gain momentum in NC.
Said one participant, "War is the antithesis of ALL life.
Our bare human bodies are potent symbols of life. We creatively used
our bodies to spell 'END WAR!' because we are for life - all living
beings. The very survival of the human family is dependent on whether
or not we heed this call/command."
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