Mr. Kurtz notes that the Rainbow family hippie gathering in the Black Hills National Forest over the July Fourth weekend appears to have come and gone without anything like the disruption of the Sturgis Motor Rally. The Rainbow event peaked with 1,700 people hanging out in the Hills, spending an entire morning in silent prayer (what? no Welcome Wagon from Family Heritage Alliance?). They have mostly dispersed, with a hardy few remaining to clean:
Rainbow member Katrina Wilson says the group has protocols for clean-up.
“Clean-up is usually just whenever the kitchens, the main crews are deciding it’s time to start packing up. And they’ll generally do the process for a few days at least, but it generally takes about a week. And all of the kitchens will pack up their stuff and begin leaving. And then whoever is left, the smaller camps who are just basically feeding themselves and just like getting smaller and smaller and smaller, they’ll stay and clean up. Of course everything’s voluntary, so mostly the people that stay behind are doing it because they love the environment and they want to make sure the forest is better than we left it,” Wilson explains.
…“There’s going to be someone who’s going to police this, they’ll have waves of people, I’ve been on clean up. And eventually it will go in a big pile. We will recycle everything we can, we have the magic hat and we will pay to dump what we can dump,” says [Rainbox participant Devta] Khalsa.
The magic hat is used to anonymously collect money to help fund the gathering. Khalsa says the clean-up will end when the government says the forest is clean [Chynna Lockett, “Rainbow Gathering Ends and Some Campers Stay to Clean,” SDPB Radio, 2015.07.08].
Wow—when motorcyclists dump 2,000 tons of garbage on Sturgis, they expect government to clean up the mess. The Rainbow people clean up their own mess, through charity. It sounds to me as if the Rainbow people are the true conservatives.