EUGENE, OREGON, USA
First, at the Oregon CountryFair be sure to catch a MAD PRIDE event: Sunday, July 11, at 2 pm onCommunity Village stage hear the group NAKED TRUTH perform, along withnews David Oaks, director of MindFreedom. (And each day of the fair at6 pm, catch a workshop by David Oaks in the Community Village yurt. SeeMindFreedom info in the Doors of Expression Booth.)
Then, on July 14 itself, be prepared for a truly Mad Mad Pride event:
This Bastille Day, July 14, wewill honor and thank the people of France with a Bastille DayCelebration in downtown Eugene at 4th and Willamette Streets, from 5-11PM. This event is a benefit for the Committee for Countering MilitaryRecruitment and Justice Not War.
Featured events at the BastilleDay Celebration include two French Cuisine Benefit dinners at MorningGlory Cafe and Fool’s Paradise Teahouse, and ‘Le Boot Bu$h Boutique’: asale of artful, fun fashions with peace and ‘regime change for theUnited States’ messages.
The public can participate inthe ‘People’s Let ‘Em Eat Cake’ cake decorating contests. Bakingenthusiasts can decorate a cake with images from the French Revolution,peace symbols or other social justice themes. A $50 gift certificatefrom Sweet Life Patisserie, a local bakery whose bakers will judge theentrants, will be awarded to the top winner. Cakes will be on displayat 6pm. Judging is at 8:00, just prior to the stormin’ of the Bastille!A model of the infamous prison will be constructed and demolished onsite by the public, peasants and revolutionaries.
Other highlights of the Bastille Day Celebration include:
· Revolutionary Art Show, organized by New Zone Collective.
· · Ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off the inception of the International People’s Peaceful Revolution.
· · A masquerade – dress as a French peasant, revolutionary of any era, or ?
· · Lots of live music and dancing on two stages.
Proceeds will go to theCommittee for Countering Military Recruitment (CCMR) and Justice NotWar (JNW). CCMR is an outreach informational program organized byEugene PeaceWorks and Community Alliance of Lane County. Justice NotWar is a peace organization founded after 9/11.
“Nearly 90% of the French peopleopposed the Bu$h regime’s pre-emptive attack on the people of Iraq inspring of 2003,” says event volunteer, ‘Madame de la Boot Bu$h’. “Theydirected their United Nations representatives to opposePresident-Select Bu$h ‘s war plans. Right wing TV/radio talking headsviciously urged a boycott of French products, blithely forgetting thatwithout the support of French General Lafayette during our own AmericanRevolution, we would likely still be singing ‘God Save the Queen.’ LastSpring, the French got it exactly right: no weapons of massdestruction, no Iraq connection to 9-11, no reason for nearly 1,000 USsoldiers to die, many thousands wounded badly, tens of thousands ofIraqi deaths and maimings, including Iraqi children. We shall honorFrench opposition to Bu$h’s egregious mistake,” Madame de la Boot Bu$hadds.
Says Phil Weaver, Board ofDirectors, Eugene PeaceWorks, “These boutiques have been held onholidays since last Christmas. Bastille Day is appropriate for anotherdisplay of recycled fashions transformed with peace and ‘regime changefor the United States’ Art.”
Media Only: July 12th, 2 PM. Aspecial viewing of a scaled down version of ‘Le Bastille Prison’,currently under construction, will be available. ‘Trompe l’oiel’ (Foolthe Eye) artists are completing this project at 299 Garfield.(Warehouses of Oregon Woods.)