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First, at the Oregon Country Fair be sure to catch a MAD PRIDE event: Sunday, July 11, at 2 pm on Community Village stage hear the group NAKED TRUTH perform, along with news David Oaks, director of MindFreedom. (And each day of the fair at 6 pm, catch a workshop by David Oaks in the Community Village yurt. See MindFreedom 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, we will honor and thank the people of France with a Bastille Day Celebration in downtown Eugene at 4th and Willamette Streets, from 5-11 PM. This event is a benefit for the Committee for Countering Military Recruitment and Justice Not War.

Featured events at the Bastille Day Celebration include two French Cuisine Benefit dinners at Morning Glory Cafe and Fool's Paradise Teahouse, and 'Le Boot Bu$h Boutique': a sale of artful, fun fashions with peace and 'regime change for the United States' messages.

The public can participate in the 'People's Let 'Em Eat Cake' cake decorating contests. Baking enthusiasts can decorate a cake with images from the French Revolution, peace symbols or other social justice themes. A $50 gift certificate from Sweet Life Patisserie, a local bakery whose bakers will judge the entrants, will be awarded to the top winner. Cakes will be on display at 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 on site 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 the Committee for Countering Military Recruitment (CCMR) and Justice Not War (JNW). CCMR is an outreach informational program organized by Eugene PeaceWorks and Community Alliance of Lane County. Justice Not War is a peace organization founded after 9/11.

"Nearly 90% of the French people opposed the Bu$h regime's pre-emptive attack on the people of Iraq in spring of 2003," says event volunteer, 'Madame de la Boot Bu$h'. "They directed their United Nations representatives to oppose President-Select Bu$h 's war plans. Right wing TV/radio talking heads viciously urged a boycott of French products, blithely forgetting that without the support of French General Lafayette during our own American Revolution, we would likely still be singing 'God Save the Queen.' Last Spring, the French got it exactly right: no weapons of mass destruction, no Iraq connection to 9-11, no reason for nearly 1,000 US soldiers to die, many thousands wounded badly, tens of thousands of Iraqi deaths and maimings, including Iraqi children. We shall honor French opposition to Bu$h's egregious mistake," Madame de la Boot Bu$h adds.

Says Phil Weaver, Board of Directors, Eugene PeaceWorks, "These boutiques have been held on holidays since last Christmas. Bastille Day is appropriate for another display of recycled fashions transformed with peace and 'regime change for the United States' Art."

Media Only: July 12th, 2 PM. A special viewing of a scaled down version of 'Le Bastille Prison', currently under construction, will be available. 'Trompe l'oiel' (Fool the Eye) artists are completing this project at 299 Garfield. (Warehouses of Oregon Woods.)

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