Published in the November 14, 2002 issue of the weekly Point Reyes Light (California)
West Marin Women Strip for Peace
by Ivan Gale
Participants using solely their bodies spelled out PEACE" as a light rain fell.
Portrait photographer and Light correspondent Art Rogers captured the moment from high atop a ladder using a homemade tripod standing about 15-feet above Love Field near the Green Bridge.
Participant Cynthia Clarkson of Point Reyes Station told The Light she hoped the photo will have a strong impact in America and abroad.
"Im hoping it gets distributed so that the message gets across that women in America want peace," said Clarkson. "I want to do everything I can to stop the war thats impending."
Marshall resident Donna Sheehan, who organized the group called "Unreasonable Women" for the photo, said shes been pondering for four years a way women can "be heard on a very deep level."
Decades since last protest
Other participants said it had been decades, in many cases since the 1960s, since theyve been in a protest.
Sheehan said the group first got the idea from a similar protest in Nigeria this past year. Sheehan said women fighting corporate exploitation stood nude in a vigil that lasted several days outside of Nigerias parliament.
"[The Nigerian women] shamed the men and won their cause," she said.
As the women circled together and readied for their cause Sheehan lauded the group for showing their courage. "Would you be willing to stand [naked] in front of the White House?" Sheehan said amidst cheers from the participants.
"America is destroying the world in its pursuit of resources," said Melinda Leithold. "Its thoughtless and feelingless."
As the women anxiously eyed gathering rainclouds, photographer Rogers moved them into position, posing each from his perch atop his ladder.
Afterward, organizer Sheehan said the day had proved to be a beautiful and powerful experience for all involved. "I think its going to a make a mark in the political and art world," she said.
Ana Carolina Monterroso contributed to this story.
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