Dressing Up for Peace


Saturday afternoon found us surrounded by fuchsia banners, pink crowns, rose dresses, magenta feathers, and blush-colored vests. No, a Claire’s boutique didn’t explode. We were with Code Pink at UFPJ‘s DC anti-war protest.

Code Pink’s call to action, according to co-founder Starhawk is this:

We call on women around the world to rise up and oppose the war in Iraq. We call on mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters, on workers, students, teachers, healers, artists, writers, singers, poets and every ordinary outraged woman willing to be outrageous for peace.

And on Saturday such outrageousness was everywhere. The Raging Grannies dressed up with bright-hued hats with the occasional flamboyant boa thrown loosely around the shoulders. Giant paper mache masks of Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Condoleezza hung out behind a courtroom skit condemning Bush. Flaming red costumers walked on stilts. Some camouflaged themselves as bugs. One person even donned a gorilla suit.

Our impression of the Capital being a chino wasteland evaporated with this carnival revelry. We’ve already started imagining our outfit for the March on the Pentagon.