FW: fnb and rainbow

Andrew Newkirk Rose (arose@macromedia.com)
Fri, 5 Jun 1998 12:54:04 -0700

I second Tom's suggestion for people to check out Rainbow - it can really
challenge your assumptions in a good way.  Stay awhile - it takes me a while
for the mainstream wage-rent culture to wash away - I've been working way to
hard and I can hardly imagine how it feels to DO NOTHING for a while.
Rainbow is great.  My first gathering I carried water and gathered wood for
a couple kitchens and hung out and listened.  This cool guy asked me "what I
wanted" when I asked him what Rainbow was all about, as if anything was
possible - it's pretty mystical over all.

The mundane issues of shitting, eating, first aid, keeping an eye on drunks
(alcohol is only allowed by the cars, if at all, which are way away from the
circle), watching the kids, etc. are definitely real and need to have their
weight shared, and then everyone has time to explore and meditate and talk
and work together in great ways.  Rainbow has no amplified music and no
alcohol so there are lots of times when it's just wind chimes or just the
wind and you.  This is vastly different from concerts, dead parking lots,
urban gatherings, earth first rendezvous, etc. and all those things have
value for other reasons.  Activists may find Rainbow to be annoyingly
apolitical, but under the surface are a bunch of radicals.  Walk around and
you see people through the trees or across the meadow - maybe a family,
there are way more kids here than I expected.

Rainbow led me to FNB in some way because I met Diamond Dave at the 21st
Woodstock rainbow kitchen back in 90 and then recognized him in SF, so I
figured FNB was in line with Rainbow and turns out all the 5 gallon white
bucket dumpster diving stuff I learned at Rainbow was the same in FNB.    I
met Felipe who headed up Kiddie Village for a while out at the Nuke Test
Site and those guys taught me a lot, and really were the first men I met
(besides a couple professors) that I stood still long enough to listen to.

Not so many folks figure I'm sympathetic let alone a supporter / defender
but I definitely think Rainbow is great, and I will always take the time to
explain the magical good part of Rainbow when people want to talk about the
wierdness of it.

(I also went to the Burning Man thing which is vastly different, lots of
booze, lots of amplified music, lots of well off partyers from the Bay
Area - also cool for its own reasons).

> What do homeless people, Rainbow Family and Food Not Bombs have in common?
> All three groups are often commanded by authorities to move on or go to
> jail.  And both Rainbow and FNB are often faced by the "permit movie", a
> tool that seems designed to dissuade our presence - and block any means of
> our survival not completely subsumed to the wage-rent economy.