Brother K (Born October 22, 1947 in Miami, Florida) is one of the early American intactivists. He and his partner Carole Anne started protesting in Eureka, California, in 1980, calling their movement CARV - Citizens Against Ritual Violence.
In 1986, Brother K legally changed his name to protest his circumcision which he viewed as a spiritual mark on his body--the curse of an angry & ancient God.
During the 2012 AAP protest in New Orleans, Jonathon Conte wore the bloodstained suit for the first time in the United States. The next day, 6 male intactivists joined him, including Brother K. Brother K was impressed by the powerful symbolism of the bloodstained suit and continued using it, under the name Bloodstained men and their friends, and inviting all intactivists, men and women alike, to wear it. In 2014, Bloodstained men and their friends incorporated as a non-profit organization.
Brother K tours the country demonstrating in different cities.
On November 10 of 2014, Brother K was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and charged with obstructing governmental operations when a police officer was trying to issue a citation. He was released on bond and appeared in court on the specified day.
Brother K resides in Sacramento, California.
An Open Letter to the Intactivist Community
When I first started lobbying against circumcision in California in 1975, I became accustomed to the odd looks & condescension from some people; others, if not most, wholeheartedly endorsed my approach, and encouraged me to speak out more vigorously. In 1980 I completed my manuscript, "The Circumcision Instinct," an attempt to shed light on this ancient & strange custom. That same year I became convinced that direct action in the streets would be necessary to force the issue into the public consciousness (and conscience), so my friend, Carole Babyak, and I formed Citizens Against Ritual Violence (CARV), a protest group dedicated to exposing the deceit & misinformation behind the circumcision campaign in the United States.
We were somewhat successful in that initial endeavor. The Associated Press (AP) and United Press International (UPI) both sent out articles nationwide over their wire services, and newspapers across the nation, including many in California, covered CARV's activities. Many people reported to me that they also saw the television coverage on our picket in the Sacramento & San Francisco markets, as well as ABC nightly news, and many radio stations as well.
We were pleased to receive many letters from a widespread community across the United States, but perhaps most significant for the movement, we were gratified that Dr. Dean Edell, Marilyn Milos, Rosemary Romberg, Jeff Wood, and John Erickson (to name only a few) took a deep interest in our activities, and communicated their firm support in their correspondence with us.
My personal journey took on urgency in 1985, when I realized that I would always be circumcised unless I uncircumcised myself. Many men have other ways of accomplishing that task; in my case, I viewed circumcision as a spiritual mark on my body--the curse of an angry & ancient God--and I saw no way to uncircumcise myself except to renounce the birthname that was associated with that deity. I changed my name to Brother K, keeping a vestigial remnant of my birth name for some reason, which later became clear to me -- K stands for Kind.
Now that the AAP has stepped up their war against boys, I am returning in full battle gear for the fight. The circumcisers will not give up their sharp weapons willingly, and they have numerous ways to spread their propaganda among the American public. You can count on me to fight to my last breath to stop this barbaric practice against our youth.
Kind regards, Brother K