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for Peace in Nicaragua these last three years has provided me with
experiences beyond my wildest fantasies. As a juggler in a country
like Nicaragua, one finds oneself in a very privileged situation.
I've been able to go places and to meet people that most visitors
rarely see. I've met everyone from wounded orphans to well-armed
contras, and found they all love to laugh and open up their lives to
the clown or juggler who brings them fun and joy amidst the traumas
doubt somehow that I will ever receive a higher compliment than the
appreciation shown to us last year when the head of a village
defense militia told us that during our show he and his comrades had
finally been able to forget the war for a few minutes. It was the
village where Benjamin Linder had lived. How inspired and humbled I
now feel to have seen the work that Ben, our brother juggler for
peace, had accomplished. It wasn't a world juggling record that
brought Ben international honors and respect, but his commitment to
the process for peace and progress for the Nicaraguan people.
performing before a president, especially a warmonger like Reagan,
is not one of my ambitions, because of Ben I unexpectedly found
myself this year a few feet from President Daniel Ortega. I blew
bubbles at him as he smiled up at my stilt walking clown face. We
were in a children's park which he was dedicating to Ben's memory.
my biggest lesson juggling in war-torn Central America has been
understanding that peace is something we take for granted because it
is ours without any struggle. In Nicaragua and many other countries
the right to live in peace is something that has to be won and
defended, sometimes by force.
the USA, many people know of Benjamin Linder, but most are not aware
of the many thousands of Nicaraguans who have been killed in the
US-backed contra war. Personally I feel this is wrong, unjust and
immoral. I am glad that as a Juggler for Peace I am able to find out
more about the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world,
and am able to use my skills as a juggler to bring about some
in Nicaragua this year, Jugglers for Peace received an invitation
from the director of the Cuban
circus to perform for a month at an international circus festival in
Havana next August. After that, we plan to return to Nicaragua in
September for three weeks of shows and visiting with our juggling
friends there. We also have plans to hold the first International
Jugglers for Peace Festival in Cuba in April 1990. This will be an
opportunity for jugglers from the US, Europe and Soviet bloc
countries to get together in the pursuit of mutual understanding and
believe there is a powerful political consciousness among jugglers.
By working together on projects such as these we can play a
constructive role in creating a world of Benjamin Linders, not
Ronald Reagans; a world of peace and not of war. Anyone interested
in Jugglers for Peace projects should contact us: Pahoa, HI.
Ellis - Pahoa, Hawaii
a combat juggling devotee and concerned juggler, I feel bound to propose
the following rules for combat at future conventions:
must have eye protection; head protection; be older than 16; have padded
clubs; sign a waiver; and use only three clubs (no missle attacks).
IJA should also certify a referee to monitor the game and prevent
flagrant pounding and unsportsmanlike conduct.
previous conventions I have seen or heard of attempts to create teams
and tournaments or create new games like capture the flag. Most of these
have failed. Combat jugglers seem to prefer the wild simplicity and raw
thrills of combat, pure and simple. Therefore, I have tried to keep
these rules from infringing on the simple fun of combat.
Waggoner - Lafayette, Louisiana