Instead of having tables that are organized by numbers, we wanted to highlight some of our heros - and include a bit of a popular education format for the kissing game. We know that people would want us to kiss, so we collected vintage noise makers and instruments. So, if someone wanted to see us smooch, they had to make some noise with the toy on their table and answer a skill-testing question about the Hero that was featured on their table.
So, one of the hardest part was picking just 13 people, but we managed. We are amazed by their work in the nonviolence field, animal rights, civil rights, environmentalism, and overall commitment to living their lives as best they can. Some are artists (poets/authors), and some are inspiring folk who became heros by a simple decision to challenge the status quo. After choosing them, we colour-photocopied Mexican Bingo cards unto paper and put the names of our heros on the other. Then, when it was time to see where people were sitting, we put up each table and community hero up on the wall, encircled by the fabric flags i made. It was like our friends and family were having dinner with these people!
Here are our heros:
American Indian Movement (AIM)
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Fannie Lou Hamer