For immediate release (dated January 12, 2012). Cottage Grove, Oregon. U.S.A.
Tomorrow (January 13) at 11 AM, the Barefoot Brigade of Cottage Grove is planning to walk into the library barefoot in defiance to their policy requiring shoes. This follows several incidents previously of people being asked to leave for having no shoes with no answer to 'why'.
We are hoping to have a discussion and change this policy by demonstrating that it is of no danger to any but those who don't look where they step. No reason has been presented so far, despite several inquiries, and our dispelling myths such as 'bare feet stink' or are 'dirty' (compared to shoes?). People with no shoes tend to notice more what's on their feet, in fact. The structural problems caused by shoes are well documented. Some people can not afford them, and although they should get free shoes if needed, still they have the right not to wear them either. To people who habitually walk barefoot though, the most compelling reason to change this policy is that wearing shoes temporarily seriously affects skin and causes cracking to the otherwise impervious toughened soul. For these reasons, we are walking peacefully to make conference with those in charge.
This issue, trivial to some, represents freedom to us.