Letter from PCU 1/1/94
PEOPLE FOR COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING
P.O. Box 27217
Washington, D.C. 20038
January 1, 1994
Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment
Department of Agriculture, room 217-E
14th and Independence SW
Washington, D.C, 20250
Dear Mr. Lyons:
On December 28, 1993 we received both a certified, return
receipt requested copy of a letter addressed to you from Carla
Newbre of Eugene, Oregon, and a copy of a Washington Post article
written by Guy Gugliotta.
Coincidently, both Ms. Newbre's letter and Mr. Gugliotta's
article pose the same erroneous idea: that People for Compassion
and Understanding speak "on behalf" of the Rainbow Family.
People for Compassion and Understanding is a group that
formed in response to amendments to 36 CFE 251 and 261, proposed
by the United States Forest Service on May 6, 1993, Federal
Register, Vol. 58, No. 86, pg. 26940.
The unifying agent of this group is a common agreement that
the proposed amendments constitute an unnecessary and intolerable
assault on the freedoms of belief, expression and assembly which
would affect every individual subject to the laws of the United
That this regulation would affect the Rainbow Family, as
individuals subject to the laws of the United States, is self-
evident. However -- as illustrated by Ms. Newbre's letter, and
notwithstanding Mr. Gugliotta's article -- our previous
correspondence to your office shows the idea that People for
Compassion and Understanding might have ever tried to "represent"
the Rainbow Family is totally unsupported.
Of course, we do not expect that Ms. Newbre's letter or Mr.
Gugliotta's article will diminish the consideration given by your
office to communications from People for Compassion and
Understanding. Nonetheless, please be advised that People for
Compassion and Understanding do not purport, or wish to,
represent the Rainbow Family.
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