Greater Houston has a small community of peace activists, relative to
its size. But we're a noisy, creative bunch. In this environment where
Big Oil dominates, you either express yourself or go nuts. On February
28, 2003, a few of us did both.
members EJ and the Naked Emperor had brainstormed on how to assemble
some bold individuals for some barrier-breaking BaringWitness photos.
We recruited among Rice University's Club 13, an informal, nocturnal,
shaving-cream-attired running club. We put together a flier to
circulate at the 15 February demonstration and at various local peace
the night of the 28th came around, about 40 activists walked from the
weekly candlelight vigil to a spot on Hermann Park's "Hippie Hill" to
participate in the photo shoot. We brought candles to make an
illuminated (and clothed) peace symbol first. Houstonians being
notorious weather wimps, only a dozen braved the windy 5C/41F weather
to form PAZ, the Spanish word for peace, in their one-button earth
and the Naked Emperor had each independently envisioned spelling PAZ.
Spanish is nearly as widely spoken in Texas as English, particularly in
parts of Houston. It just helped the case that there weren't enough
bodies to spell PEACE.
Stay tuned for
upcoming Greater Houston Baring Witness events in March.
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