December 29, 2002

On December 29th, between storms, on a rocky, wet Pacific Ocean beach, over 100 women got naked again to protest America’s policy of naked aggression. This event is a precursor of what is to come.

"We are inviting 100,000 women (and men) to strip on January 18 in Washington DC and San Francisco for the huge National Peace March in protest of the stripping of Constitutional rights by a government intent on war," said Donna Sheehan, an Unreasonable Woman Baring Witness, in Pt. Reyes, California. "Our message to women all over the world, is be bold, be courageous, be vulnerable for Peace."

"The US government does NOT represent the average American women who care about the sacrificing of husbands, sons, brothers, and lovers. We are the life and care givers. There is an old Russian saying, "Every bullet finds its target in a Mothers heart," Sheehan quoted. "We are feeling agony and frustration. At this time in history, WE WILL BE HEARD."

The women are extraordinary ordinary people. They are Democrats, Republicans, librarians, attorneys, waitresses, therapists, artists, from 19 years old to 70-somethings. They are as uncomfortable as anyone else at making themselves vulnerable in this way, yet they are willing to do so, because peace and justice are the cornerstones of a sustainable society. They are willing to do so, because they can imagine a future for peace, in which non-violent resolution is the norm, and the habit of war has been broken. So powerful is the message that similar actions, naked and clothed, have taken place in Bolinas, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, Gainesville, Fl, Missoula, Mt and New York City, with more to come.

The photograph and an article appeared in the Point Reyes Light weekly newspaper. They can be seen at

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