January 4, 2003

On Saturday January 4th forty women gathered at a ranch in West Marin County, CA, to spell the words "NO WAR" with their bodies. The women, part of a group called Unreasonable Women of West Marin Baring Witness, were filmed and photographed both naked and clothed while forming the words.

This is the third pro-peace demonstration that Baring Witness has staged since November 12th, last year. On that date, 46 women posed naked in the word PEACE, as did 96 women in their second event on December 29th, when 24 men also staged a pro-peace protest by forming a peace symbol with their naked bodies.

This startling form of protest has inspired women (and men) to stage similar protests against war. From Florida to Montana, California to New York - and also in the UK - the ‘international spelling bee’ is spelling out the Pro-Peace message with their bodies.

Baring Witness organizer, Donna Sheehan, has been interviewed by radio shows and newspapers nationwide, as well as the BBC. The first question is usually "Why?" Sheehan says women are feeling voiceless in the predominantly male push towards war. She thinks it is time for women to have as great an influence in running the country as they do in running their homes.

"If our homes operated on the same principles as the country," said Sheehan, "we’d all be permanently bankrupt, we’d be fighting with our neighbors and we’d have to pay people to be our friends. If our children acted the way our Administration acts, they’d be called schoolyard bullies, beating up smaller kids who might maybe try to do something to them some day. My beautiful country is becoming the most hated in the world. It’s time that the incredible strengths the US and its corporations possess be directed to making the world better, not deadlier."

Tax-deductible donations to Baring Witness can be sent to P.O. Box 753, Marshall, CA 94940.

Return to Baring Witness home page