Mission: the awareness and acceptance of social nudism and nude recreation in this region

While some of our founding fathers, and perhaps some influential 18th-century mothers may have skinny-dipped from time to time, it somehow slipped their minds to mention nudism in the First Amendment. The amendment has somehow been applied in such a way that, while corporate political cash has fallen under free speech, the amendment has not been interpreted that being naked in public is somehow protected as free speech despite numerous efforts. Because being naked is neither mentioned in the Constitution, nor ruled as having been implied, there is really no such thing as “nudist rights,” just “nudist privileges.” 
 
Corporate cash has been ruled to somehow fall under free speech, but nudity has not. So what do we do since we can’t buy legislation? I participated in a minor way in two political campaigns last year, neither of which was abundantly funded. In the first, the best student I ever taught defeated an incumbent in one city council district, a feat only slightly more frequent than icebergs in the Gulf of Mexico. The second was in my district, the whitest, most conservative district in San Antonio, Texas. We are generally represented by Tea Party folks, climate change deniers, and, with one exception, people in favor of a so-called bathroom bill – people who, when they finish getting a bathroom bill, may discover that there are nudists in Texas and start proposing anti-nudity legislation. Anyway, a progressive (our council races are supposed to be non-partisan) won a council seat in a run-off against a candidate endorsed by the last five people who held the office, as well as by the chamber of commerce and other influential groups. Our newspaper credited both these upsets to the number of volunteers walking the streets and working phone banks.
 
As reported in The Bulletin and N Magazine, there have been some victories in the last few years for nudist privileges. Though occasionally, nudist groups hire a professional lobbyist or lawyer, and while AANR and some of the regions have attorneys, we have comparatively little of that. Instead, we have an army of individual people doing big and little things, including sometimes risking arrest. 
 
Oops, this is supposed to be the holiday issue. Here comes the connection. First, if you know part of the army that has achieved some nudist victories, like Bates Beach, beaches in Florida, and the Pacific Northwest, send them a holiday card thanking them. 
 
The rest of this is for AANR members who belong to AANR clubs that are not 100 percent clubs. For your holiday gift, give an AANR membership. Tell them it’s not about getting discount goodies. Tell them it’s about joining a movement to keep their government from making laws which would close their club. 

Taken from the AANR Monthly Bulletin, "Across the Board" brings information and thoughts from the Governing Board of AANR to you. The Board values your membership and wants to make sure that it is doing what is right for the members and clubs. The first step is good two-way communication.