Greater Houston has a small community of peace activists, relative to
its size. But we're a noisy, creative bunch. In this environment where
Big Oil dominates, you either express yourself or go nuts. On February
28, 2003, a few of us did both.
Founding members EJ and
the Naked Emperor had brainstormed on how to assemble some bold
individuals for some barrier-breaking BaringWitness photos. We recruited
among Rice University's Club 13, an informal, nocturnal,
shaving-cream-attired running club. We put together a flier to circulate
at the 15 February demonstration and at various local peace actions.
When the night of the
28th came around, about 40 activists walked from the weekly candlelight
vigil to a spot on Hermann Park's "Hippie Hill" to participate in the
photo shoot. We brought candles to make an illuminated (and clothed)
peace symbol first. Houstonians being notorious weather wimps, only a
dozen braved the windy 5C/41F weather to form PAZ, the Spanish word for
peace, in their one-button earth suits.
EJ and the Naked
Emperor had each independently envisioned spelling PAZ. Spanish is
nearly as widely spoken in Texas as English, particularly in parts of
Houston. It just helped the case that there weren't enough bodies to
Stay tuned for upcoming
Greater Houston Baring Witness events in March.
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