Sunbear, Rainbow activist, dies at age 70

Tom Boland (
Sat, 31 Jul 1999 04:50:00 -0700 (PDT)

Going home to Rainbow Family Gathering campout for 2+ weeks was wonderful
for me.  But after my return, I learned that a dedicated, brilliant and
kind hearted 70 year old close friend had died there (with little or no
pain, I'm told) of a heart attack.

Sunbear was his name, although he was born Donald Chambers.  Princton
educated and a resident of intentional communities for decades, he had done
jail time with the Barrigan brothers and 11 others for pouring blood on New
Haven, CT draft board files (in the mid-1960s, if I recall my pacifist
history correctly).

After Rainbow, I returned to my work at the homeless-run center with
renewed calmness and stamina.  The news of poor people's privation and ill
treatment of homeless people continues to leave me angry and thirsting for
a world that finally embraces charity and justice.

We must reclaim the Spirit of Generousity. -- Rainbow Tom, gadfly of Bawsthun

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