She protested a ton as a kid and teenager, but her "giant puppet" epiphany came when she attended a public meeting for the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. She was 23 and covering it for the local paper. The department of energy was there taking comment on a proposal to build new nuclear weapon parts. A flyer went around my church encouraging people to show up and protest.
The meeting was at 8. The protest was at 7:30. It was an all-out goofy protest with a guy dressed as Uncle Sam, various people dressed as dead people, etc. A few people going to the meeting stopped, shrugged and walked on. Mostly for the entertainment of their friends, the pageant continued. They acted out skits, they threatened doom, they packed up to leave.
The meeting was just starting and I asked why they were going. "Well, it's sort of late," one (admittedly old) lady said.
I swear, it was a protest a satirist would have invented. It just really happened and I was there.
"Um... Don't you want to actually SPEAK at the meeting?" CC asked.
"What's the point?" Someone else said.
It was then that CC decided that she had just witnesses an act of masturbation, yet somehow she was the one who felt dirty.
But she went in an watched the meeting where about half of the speakers spoke against the proposal, mostly justifying their objections by Jesus' calls for peace (It WAS South Carolina.) As private citizens speaking to public meetings go, they did well.
And not one of them was dressed as Uncle Sam.
who did twice march against the war in Iraq afterwards, but dressed in jeans and a tank top both times.