Stafford Lake
near Novato, California
May 4, 2003


                                                                                                                                Photo: Scott Hess


A MESSAGE OF PEACE TO NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA

On Sunday, May 4th, 37 American men and women spelled out a message for worldwide harmony by forming the word PEACE in the Korean language with their bodies. It happened as part of the 11th May Day Festival at Stafford Lake, near Novato, California. Baring Witness, the organization that has inspired Peace spellings worldwide, was represented and organized by 73-year-old Donna Sheehan, its founder.

In deference to Korean sensibilities, the participants were not naked, as is normal for a Baring Witness action, but clothed in red, for maximum visual impact against the green hill on which they lay.

"We want to send a strong message that most Americans want peaceful solutions to international disagreements, as we know the citizens of North and South Korea do," Sheehan said.

She hopes this spelling of words of peace in other languages who now fear the United States, will spread worldwide.

"America has made so many enemies recently, we hope this will begin the healing and will encourage people from other countries to reciprocate. Government does not represent the opinions of all the people, in any country."

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