Clowns Against War:
Cawing for cause
April 8, 2007
War—a global movement established by the
notorious German clown Hacki Ginda—promotes
world peace through the art of comedy. Their
mantra is the acronym C.A.W. and Ginda is
determined to get the whole world cawing.
“We think crows
are pretty intelligent, just like people,
and we think they all could be clowns at
heart,” said Ginda.
War was created a year ago to prevent
devastation and detestation that currently
consumes the world. During the Afghanistan
and Yugoslavian war, the performer of 21
years, was constantly requested in sole
purpose of relieving survivors after the
annihilation. To Ginda this didn’t seem
sensible—instead of relieving pain, he
wanted to prevent it.
“The world of
clowns has access to everyone. A group of us
can be walking down the street and everyone,
no matter who you are, would look and
smile,” said Ginda.
the importance of laughter as a universal
language-- people who don’t speak the same
language, practice the same religion,
possess the same beliefs-- all contain the
ability to laugh. He anticipates that if
clowns can make the world happy, war would
Clowns are against war as a means of solving
disagreements between people or nations.
Clowns are FOR negotiations, conducted by
the best negotiators available, to resolve
disagreements between people and nations
Clowns are AGAINST racism, sexism, and
discrimination. Clowns are FOR respecting
humanity, every living thing, and out
home—the earth. This common humanity of all
people is demonstrated in out shared sense
of humor and shared desire for happiness.
Clowns recognize the ability to open
people’s hearts and minds with laughter.
Laughter is the real language of
understanding among all individuals. Clowns
believe laughter is a key to true love.
Clowns are AGAINST the manipulation of the
truth for immoral, divisive purposes. Clowns
are FOR the acknowledgement of the sacred
nature of every individual and of our
environment. Clowns are for universal
justice, liberty and equal treatment for all
Clowns believe that people who laugh
together will not wish to kill or harm one
Clowns have always had the right to speak
truth to power, without fear of reprisal,
since ancient times. We declare that this
right should never be extinguished.
Clowns believe that every human person is a
clown at heart and therefore, through our
shared collective conscientiousness, each of
us believes deeply in playfulness and the
desire to have fun together.
official Clowns Against War meeting occurred
at the Fourth Annual Moisture Festival
Comedy/Varieté show on March
26. Ten acts from acrobats to tap dancers
had the diverse crowd roaring with laughter.
In between performances Ginda would drop the
act and speak sincerely to the audience. He
emphasized the importance of world peace and
how laughter is essential in promoting this
To close the
show Ginda underlined the importance of
loving ones neighbor. He had the entire
audience stand up and solemnly swear never
to kill a soul; then had everyone caw to
reveal their approval.
futuristic mind-set, Ginda hopes there will
be a day when there are plastic
cards—similar to credit cards with no
monetary value—that anyone could use when
they’re feeling enraged or dispirited.
Located on the card will be an emergency
number that could cheer anyone up, and
performing across the globe, Ginda will take
his movement everywhere in hopes of gaining
a plethora of followers.
“It can’t go on
for just a day, you have to live a life like
that,” said Ginda.