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In June 1988, at the Eastern Party at Camp Akiba in Pennsylvania, leaders from FKK and ASA met to...


ACFRI The Association For Clothing Free Rights was formed at the Eastern Assembly in June 1989, again with the aim of fulfilling legal challenges. Replacing the NNLC, ACFRI was deemed «all-inclusive.» It was to look after the interests not only of naturists and nudists, but also of any other group who was sympathetic to clothes-free lifestyles. ACFRI hoped to identify specific, winnable legal cases that would have a positive effect on clothes-free living. It also planned to become more effective in public relations and in controlling how the media and consequently the general citizenry would see clothing-free rights. In many people's thoughts yet, the most practical function of ACFRI was that, for a little while, it bridged the difference between FKK and the ASA. In the late 1980s the ASA remained firmly aligned with the special interests of its allied nudist clubs. It comprehended its role to be an umbrella organization that would protect and nurture the business interests of ASA clubs (and not necessarily the many non-ASA clubs, and definitely not the free beaches). FKK had emerged as the only effective voice for clothing-optional use of public lands. Although ASA at the time promised it could take care of everyone's needs who wanted to enjoy social nudity, that aim was obviously not within the organization's ability or want. FKK on the other hand, did want to make naturism inclusive but was not in a position to offer that type of legal help or business advice to the landed clubs that ASA was experienced in providing. ACFRI, therefore, was assumed to be link for both organizations, with whole allegiance to neither. ACFRI was to be a membership-based and membership- follow . It expected to receive its backing from important contributors and view . Its initial nine member board was picked from experienced naturist leaders across the US and Canada. They included Lee Baxandall, Toni Egbert, Lee Beverage, Larry Landrum, George McCormick, David Southall, Turner Stokes, Judy Williams and Walt Zadanoff. So far in the development of unified, or at least unifying, naturist/naturist coordination, FKK and Lee Baxandall had been playing dual roles. On the one hand Baxandall used FKK to press for an powerful power to fulfill anti-nudity challenges, and he certainly needed to have a directing hand in each of their manifestations. At precisely the same time he hoped to see a competent group of grassroots-oriented naturists come and take the reins themselves. FKK continuingly supplied a comfortable location in its assemblies for formative meetings, and CWS was always available to report on the groups' attempts and successes.