Rainbow Family peace group to gather in Pa. forest

Full story: The York Daily Record

Thousands of people are expected to flock to a national forest in northwestern Pennsylvania next month for the annual gathering of Rainbow Family.
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Let them alone

Quakertown, PA

#1 Jun 22, 2010
24/7 police patrols? Let them alone and patrol our inner cities where real crime is killing people. Let the peace people take care of their own. What are you afraid they will do?
The Other Karen

Kihei, HI

#2 Jun 22, 2010
The folks who come to Rainbow Gatherings are pretty good at self-policing. When a person acts against another, it's taken care of "in house" and if someone acts in a violent way, they are escorted out and taken down to town to the police.

Also, many long-time Rainbow folks choose to hang out in town outside of the stores and gas stations that some of the younger Rainbow kids sometimes loiter in front of, advising the youth not to be a nuisance, and to head back up to the site.

Mostly, the expense that the Law Enforcement wing of the Forest Service incurs, is spent flying in men AND THEIR HORSES from other states, putting them up in hotels and building "incident command posts" so that they can walk through the Gathering once or twice a day saying hello to the happy campers. They also will put up road blocks on the back forest roads so they can use broken tail lights as an excuse to get their dogs sniffing around the cars.

Often times, the townsfolk eventually ask the local police or the Forest Service LEOs to back off a bit, because the townsfolk find THEMSELVES getting pulled over too often.

The local sheriff's office and the local resource folks of the Forest Service used to manage Gatherings just fine. Now, the "Incident Command Team" swoops in, warning the townsfolk of all the impending doom, and racks up a million bucks in spending for no good reason.

Let the local sheriff's office give us speeding tickets. I think they can handle it.
The Other Karen

Kihei, HI

#3 Jun 22, 2010
And... umm.... what is a "self-styled" hippie? Don't we all create our own style?

Since: Jan 10

Jamestown NY

#4 Jun 23, 2010
I live locally and i dont mind getting stoped by the police every so often if it will get these scum out of our area! i work hard and pay aolt of land tax to enjoy the surrondings. the last thing i want to see is some dirt covered half naked kids sitting in front of the stores that me and my family are going into! im also sick of the loud vehicles going back in forth in front of our house, so they can go into town and beg for food and money! Go get a freakin job and take a damn shower... by the way try laying off the drugs for more than an hour and you might realise what you truly look and act like!!!!
The Other Karen

Kihei, HI

#5 Jun 23, 2010
Rainbows do their best to guide the kids who loiter in town and who ask for spare change to come back up to the site, and not be a nuisance. They are often kids with no home, on the road, and we try to show them acceptance and that everything they need can be provided back at camp.

They are not the best representatives of who Rainbows are, but are unfortunately the ones that townsfolk encounter the most.

The merchants tend to have no problem with the folks who hang out in town who are down for a supply run. Having people eat lunch on your store's front patio is a decent trade for the influx of revenue they receive.

Since: Jan 10

Jamestown NY

#6 Jun 23, 2010
the other karen---- "and Rainbows are known for often paying off theft losses before leaving town." Please please elaborate on how this takes place, I am very interested!!! also lets here more on this "but the influx of revenue to the merchants of the town will FAR outweigh any losses" - how much revenue (that they begged to recieve in the first place) do they actual bring in. couple packs a smoke and some milk, well thank God for them or we would be Bankrupt (how do we manage the rest of the year!!!!!) and that is sarcasm!
Problem Solver

York, PA

#7 Jun 23, 2010
Hope things are quite dry in the area during the celebration. As a forest lover, I would gladly sacrifice a forest, if the Forest Service would install an illegal alien style fence (they work well) around the entire area.
Then fly over and spread gasoline and torch the entire area with them inside. Problem solved. Remove all animals (whoa) prior to torching.

Since: Jan 10

Jamestown NY

#8 Jun 23, 2010
LOL kind of extreme but hey as long as the actual animals are removed...
Seer

United States

#9 Jun 29, 2010
We have an awful infestation of Rainbows in San Diego. They travel in huge groups, break occupancy laws, take up excessive parking, disregard the life style of the community, and the list could go on. For hating The Man so much, they sure do take and use enough of the resources The Man bought or works for. It’s a shame to have these folks hating on our country. I’m sure our Troops would prefer a weekend in the forest with their family to being at war. The group in SoCal totally overshadow the beauty of the word Rainbow.
hippie girl luvr

San Diego, CA

#10 Jun 30, 2010
rainbow hippie girls are so so hot super warm snuggly and verry good smelling...and the familly will also add thousands to a towns economy shouldnt hurt these little towns that complain
you should head to the site and see it.
my 2nd favorite is tall skinny jewish girls from philly now they are as hott as rainbow girls...
dirt loving hippy

Lubbock, TX

#11 Jul 5, 2010
Cigarettes, food supplies (probably NOT milk, it goes bad fast), a couple of hot meals, gas, incidentals, water, and ice bought by tens of thousands of people is not anything to laugh at. The average rainbow spends at least $75 dollars each. If we assume ten thousand, which is a low estimate, becomes 750,000 dollars OF ADDITIONAL INCOME in the community. I alone spent about $500 in the local area, because a lot of us wait to buy our supplies until we get to town to give to local economy a bit of extra green energy. That means that that number is a low estimate- extremely low. As a rule, we tip obscenely anyone asking for a tip.
We do get dirty though, we do, some of us stink after at least seven days in the woods, working hard to support each other and performing the upkeep on the area we inhabit, sorry about that. I wish we could keep it to ourselves; however, it would be a waste of our precious water resources to do so, therefore, we forego it. I love you, I am sorry you have such hard feelings toward the family. If you should decide to look before you leap into accusations, you are always welcome, my lovely fellow human. Namaste, brother.
Pharma Eng wrote:
the other karen---- "and Rainbows are known for often paying off theft losses before leaving town." Please please elaborate on how this takes place, I am very interested!!! also lets here more on this "but the influx of revenue to the merchants of the town will FAR outweigh any losses" - how much revenue (that they begged to recieve in the first place) do they actual bring in. couple packs a smoke and some milk, well thank God for them or we would be Bankrupt (how do we manage the rest of the year!!!!!) and that is sarcasm!
Tony

York, PA

#12 Jul 5, 2010
Let them alone wrote:
24/7 police patrols? Let them alone and patrol our inner cities where real crime is killing people. Let the peace people take care of their own. What are you afraid they will do?
They're afraid they might light up a doobie.
hippiecouple

Rochester, NY

#13 Jul 5, 2010
Just little info for you . We hate no one!All people are brothers and sister. And we love them all.
Try talking to a hippie you mite have your eyes open some.
Hmmm

United States

#15 Jul 7, 2010
dirt loving hippy wrote:
some of us stink after at least seven days in the woods, working hard to support each other and performing the upkeep on the area we inhabit, sorry about that.
<quoted text>
When I was in Sheffield getting gas it was clear a van load of Rainbows had just shown up, this based off the gear that was still packed on top their van. Having spent no time in the woods yet they still had a distinct aroma. So I guess it is safe to assume that being in the woods for a week has nothing to do with their hygiene, rather they were just friggin scum bags
dirt loving hippy

Lubbock, TX

#16 Jul 7, 2010
Hmmm,
Just apiece of advice, it is never safe to assume you know something when you do not do any research. Did you get a look at their license plate by any chance?
They may have driven for days before they even arrived here. That is joining you in your assumption they had just arrived, but they may have been leaving when you saw them. Some family comes weeks early to set up water lines and kitchens, and scout the safest, least harmful location for camps. They may have already been in the woods for weeks. They may not have wanted to schlep all their supplies down the hill to camp; it is quite a hill!
They may even have had supplies to donate to the family, we each contribute what we can to the gathering; it can be extremely expensive to feed this many souls. There is a specified location to do so, and it is not at main gate, where we park.
I have said in a previous post that a lot of us prefer to wait until we arrive to buy supplies in our host town to help their economy, but some of bring in supplies from our own town. There is no telling what they were hauling; it might even have been trash from the site, which we take great pains to haul far away from our host town to avoid being a burden.
You may be right, though; they just may not be overly clean people, preferring to embrace the natural smell of their body as opposed to trying ashamedly to cover it. We, as a species, have a smell, and it is glorious!
I love you!!
Hmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
When I was in Sheffield getting gas it was clear a van load of Rainbows had just shown up, this based off the gear that was still packed on top their van. Having spent no time in the woods yet they still had a distinct aroma. So I guess it is safe to assume that being in the woods for a week has nothing to do with their hygiene, rather they were just friggin scum bags
Timmy

Ellwood City, PA

#17 Jul 7, 2010
I have a local cabin in the area and i've heard about these weekends but not to familiar with them....can anyone help fill me in and add any info to where they might be camping so i dont accidently drive right smack dab into the middle of them. My cabin is not far from Sheffield, PA...
thank you,
Timmy
Wild Bill

Aiken, SC

#18 Jul 7, 2010
dirt loving hippy wrote:
Hmmm,
Just apiece of advice, it is never safe to assume you know something when you do not do any research. Did you get a look at their license plate by any chance?
They may have driven for days before they even arrived here. That is joining you in your assumption they had just arrived, but they may have been leaving when you saw them. Some family comes weeks early to set up water lines and kitchens, and scout the safest, least harmful location for camps. They may have already been in the woods for weeks. They may not have wanted to schlep all their supplies down the hill to camp; it is quite a hill!
They may even have had supplies to donate to the family, we each contribute what we can to the gathering; it can be extremely expensive to feed this many souls. There is a specified location to do so, and it is not at main gate, where we park.
I have said in a previous post that a lot of us prefer to wait until we arrive to buy supplies in our host town to help their economy, but some of bring in supplies from our own town. There is no telling what they were hauling; it might even have been trash from the site, which we take great pains to haul far away from our host town to avoid being a burden.
You may be right, though; they just may not be overly clean people, preferring to embrace the natural smell of their body as opposed to trying ashamedly to cover it. We, as a species, have a smell, and it is glorious!
I love you!!
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Some people gall it glorious, most people (and the medical community) call poor hygiene an invitation for infectious disease.

Is it little more than ironic that poor hygiene brings infectious disease, and you find poor hygiene glorious, yet your group is an infectious disease?
dirt loving hippy

Lubbock, TX

#19 Jul 7, 2010
Timmy, the event is officially over today, there will still be people out there, making the land better than new. The family is camped in such a place as to avoid someone accidently running upon it. It is at the end of Yellow Hammer on 666, a few miles after the end of the road.
Don't worry, brother.
global warming denier

Washington Boro, PA

#20 Jul 7, 2010
Seer wrote:
We have an awful infestation of Rainbows in San Diego. They travel in huge groups, break occupancy laws, take up excessive parking, disregard the life style of the community, and the list could go on. For hating The Man so much, they sure do take and use enough of the resources The Man bought or works for. It’s a shame to have these folks hating on our country. I’m sure our Troops would prefer a weekend in the forest with their family to being at war. The group in SoCal totally overshadow the beauty of the word Rainbow.
You mean... BUMS ???
dirt loving hippy

Lubbock, TX

#21 Jul 7, 2010
Most people do look down on those who choose to think for themselves and live outside the box. Most people are disgusted by, and disconnected from their own body. Each person, as I mentioned earlier have a scent, which is as specific and unique as a fingerprint. To me, that means it is offensive to the creator to feel ashamed of the body and all its glory. That’s just my opinion.
If we had 'bad hygiene' as a group, we would all be suffering stomach ailments, and be a very sickly group indeed, considering the close quarters we enjoy during these reunions.
I was not talking about hygiene in regards to hand washing, brushing teeth, and flossing. I was not talking about hygiene at all, according to the definition of the word. I hate to nitpick, but I believe it is important to define our terms here since you are obviously ignorant (not stupid, but lacking in knowledge) about thoughts behind the subject. I was talking specifically about over cleanliness, the idea officially known as the ‘hygiene hypotheses.
Unfortunately, I must respectfully correct you on the medical community's thoughts on ‘poor hygiene’. The medical community is undecided on the benefits of cleanliness in the form to which I am referring, and there is some proof that people need to be exposed to a wide array of microorganisms in order to keep their immune systems alert. While avoiding germs can prevent infections, exposure to pollen, dust, and microbes allows your immune system to fight back. This strengthens your immunity and prepares it for future assaults.
When we over sanitize our environments, our immune system doesn't build a normal response to foreign substances, and this can set us up for future disease. This idea is being examined in relation to raising the instances of MS, asthma, Crohn’s disease, immunity disorders, the rise in allergies, and eczema. In addition, the body produces natural oils that protect us from over drying of the skin, dehydration, and the entrance of some microbes into our systems. I could you links for this information, but I believe you can peruse the AMA website or the Harvard school of Medicine if you would like to verify what I am saying.
As far as the group with which I belong being an infectious disease, well, I am not going to argue your view with you; it is yours. You have a right to feel however you want, but without any knowledge about what you speak, it is just prejudice you are spouting.
Prejudice is a dangerous thing. We, as a society, seem to have a problem with humility and acceptance, choosing to assume our superiority over a group based on a stereotype, whether it is true or not. I love you, hopefully though, just for your own enlightenment, you will attempt to expand your thinking.
Namaste, my beloved brother.

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