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Rainbow Gatherings and the Rainbow Family of Living Light usually abbreviated to "Rainbow Family" claim to express utopian impulses, bohemianismhipster and hippie culture.
The gatherings have roots clearly traceable to the counterculture of the s. Rainbow Gatherings have their own jargonwhich helps to create a sense of community and express their thoughts on society and social justice. History[ edit ] The original Rainbow Gathering was inand has been held annually in the United States from July 1 through 7 every year on National Forest land.
The first Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes, a four-day event in Colorado in the United States in Julywas organized by youth counterculture "tribes" based in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Twenty thousand people faced police roadblocks, threatened civil disobedienceand were allowed onto National Forest land.
This was intended to be a one-time event; however, a second gathering in Wyoming the following year materialized, at which point an annual event was declared. The length of the gatherings has since expanded beyond the original four-day span, as have the number and frequency of the gatherings.
Southeast was strongly represented as well. At least 2, people from throughout that region attended and provided support for the Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes on Strawberry Lake, above Granby, Colorado.
There was also strong representation from other regions of the U. Inthe United States gathering will be held near the 1. Between 10, and 30, are likely to attend the multi-day event, near Flagtail Meadow, with the largest crowds expected to peak on July 4th.
Documents are produced only as needed and maintained by various groups. The values held are love, peace, non-violence, environmentalism, non-consumerism and non-commercialism, volunteerism, respect for others, consensus process, and multicultural diversity. Non-commercialism[ edit ] As Michael Niman notes, "Rainbow Gatherings, as a matter of principle, are free and non-commercial.
There are no paid organizers, although there are volunteers "focalizers" who are crucial to setting up the gathering site. All labor is voluntary and never formally compensated; conversely, there is no monetary cost or prior obligation required to attend a Rainbow Gathering.
Aside from taking up collections the "Magic Hat" in Rainbow parlance for essential items purchased from the local community, there is little or no exchange of currency internally at a Gathering. The primary principle is that necessities should be freely shared, while luxuries can be traded.
A designated trading area is a feature at most U. It is called "trading circle" if it is circular and "barter lane" if it is linear. Frequently traded items include items such as sweets often referred to as "zuzus"books, zines, crystals, rocks, gems, and handcrafts.
In some rare cases people may even trade marijuana or smoking pipes usually when no police are in the area. Snickers bars have emerged as a semi-standardized unit of exchange at some gatherings. Some rainbow family participants make the claim that the family is the "largest non-organization of non-members in the world".
Consensus process[ edit ] Gatherings are loosely maintained by open, free form councils consisting of any "non-member" who wishes to be part of a council,  which use consensus process for making decisions.
According to the Mini-manual, "Recognized Rainbow rules come from only one source, main Council at the annual national gatherings. Each participant in the circle talks in turn while all others present listen in silence. A ritual talking stickfeather or other object is passed around the circle so as to allow everyone the opportunity to speak without being interrupted; this is an appropriation of a North American Indigenous custom.
At approximately noon the assembly begins a collective " Om " which is ended with whooping and a celebration. A parade of children comes from the Kiddie Village, singing and dancing into the middle of the circle.
New Age beliefs are prevalent. For example, the practice of chanting "Om" before a meal is an example of an appropriation of a Hindu practice.
Many members express a desire to find "higher self-awareness", to become one with nature and their fellow humans, or connect to a universal consciousness. At one gathering, a cable car was rigged to carry groups of four quickly across the meadow.
Faerie Camp was "alive with hundreds of bells and oddly illuminated objects. Regional Rainbow gatherings can attract as many as 5, Items which are strongly discouraged, by some, at gatherings include firearms, alcohol, tobacco and pets.Students Find Chemistry in Annual Murder Mystery Everyone on stage is a suspect in the annual Murder Mystery Dinner hosted by Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Chemistry.
Created by the department's Student Advisory Committee (ChemSAC) more than 10 years ago, science majors come together to present all-original scripts with .
In Faroese, "grind" literally translates to pilot whale, while "drap" translates to "murder" thus representing the largest extermination of marine mammals in all of Europe -- .
In the s, the media focus shifted to the increase in crime in the local communities closest to Gatherings, there is a strong tradition of Cultural appropriation, The Forest Service has dealt with the scale of the US Annual Rainbow Gathering in the past by assigning a Type 2 National Incident Management Team.
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Today, four annual publications, Crime in the United States, National Incident-Based Reporting System, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, and Hate Crime Statistics are produced from data received from over 18, city, university/college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in .
In the long term, violent crime in the United States has been in decline since colonial times. The homicide rate has been estimated to be over 30 per , people in , dropping to under 20 by , and to under 10 by