Los Angeles, California
February 9, 2003

                                                                                                              Photo: Miriam Geer
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Early on Sunday morning, February 9, 2003, 19 women gathered at a peaceful location in Topanga, California to express their feelings about war.

17 nude women -- from activist moms and artists to a costume designer and web design consultant -- formed the word “PEACE” with their creative bodies.  Next, they spelled the word “BUSH” and were surrounded by a cascading circle of red chiffon with a big slash through it to convey their message.  The women braved the rugged terrain under their nakedness.

This is approximately the 18th nude pro-peace demonstration that Baring Witness has staged since November 12, 2002.  This startling form of protest has inspired women and men around the world from California to Australia to stage similar protests against war.  Our goal is the creation by local groups of similar actions in every state, leading to a large event at the March 8th “Gather the Women” rally in Washington, D.C.

Tamara Rosen, organizer and participant of the Topanga action, said:  “Most people are afraid to stand up for what they believe in out of fear of being criticized by their peers.  This morning, women bared their souls and bodies to send a strong message of PEACE to President Bush and the rest of the world.  It was an honor to be a part of this very liberating experience.”

Judith Schonebaum, participant, said:  “It was so moving to feel a common understanding with the women who came (and the millions who did not) that we, as women, can not accept or understand this urge to destroy, kill innocents, be self-righteous and cruel.  Even this one step gives us the bravery to take another toward the difficult goal of making peace.”

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