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Cairril Adaire

Cairril Adaire

Cairril Adaire is a solitary Celtic Witch and lapsed Discordian. She is the founder of Our Freedom: A Coalition for Pagan Civil Rights. She is an entrepreneur and also a professional musician with the world music ensemble Kaia. She blogs at irishsparks.com.  

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Resources for anti-racism work

This is the final in my series on racism in Paganism. It is devoted to resources we can use to educate and challenge ourselves with the long-term results of having a multiracial Pagan movement where all feel welcome.

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Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

[Image from http://www.literateape.com/blog/2016/12/19/i-fully-acknowledge-my-white-privilege-now-what]

This is Part 2 of my three-part series on race in Paganism

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Race and Paganism

“Racism is a problem CREATED BY white people and BLAMED ON people of color.” 

- Waking Up White, Debby Irving

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  • Nana T. A. D. Adedufira
    Nana T. A. D. Adedufira says #
    My, my, my, the angst. Okay I think it best to begin with an introduction. I am an African American of Anglo, Ewe, and Twi desce
  • Felicia
    Felicia says #
    Thank you, Nana. May I try to see if I understand you? It seems one must be accepted by the group or culture as well as by the
  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    Yes, thank you for sharing. A thing that often happens a lot in these conversations (on both sides) is that white folks end up spe
  • Cairril Adaire
    Cairril Adaire says #
    Thanks very much for all this insight! I think the distinctions you make between race, ethnicity, etc are all very helpful. I also
  • Cairril Adaire
    Cairril Adaire says #
    I hear you. It doesn't seem comfortable to say beforehand, "I have studied with a tribal elder," but do we feel that way because o

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Sexual misconduct and Paganism

The dam has broken. In fields of politics, sports, entertainment, journalism, and more, predominantly middle and upper class women are silent no more. It seems every day brings another list of men in a wide variety of fields who are accused of sexual misconduct.

 

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  • Cairril Adaire
    Cairril Adaire says #
    Hear, hear! Very well put. I agree completely.
  • Mark Green
    Mark Green says #
    I completely support the point of this post, but I would go farther: I believe that because we are sex-positive and allow erotic p

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Drowning in a Sea of White

I am working on a blog about race in Paganism, so I am posting this guest column by Elena Gutierrez. Elena is a mixed-race Latina, Tarascan (native Mexican), white young woman in the Midwest.

I am drowning in a sea of white. I am not at an actual sea with light colored sands and receding waves, but rather, the extravagant dining hall my grandparents eat at every night. I am ‘blessed’ with the opportunity to eat in the same dining hall when I go to visit them. The table cloths are of thick material and they are so white you would think they are brand new, straight from the package, rather than washed after each use from meal times. Maybe they are brand new. It would only make sense based on where they live. My grandparents, on my mother’s side, live in a retirement villa. They have to ask us in advance when we schedule a visit, if we would like to stay for dinner, if we respond yes, they have to hurry to make reservations. They are my white grandparents. I am drowning in a white sea that is made up of all the retired masters of their career fields. It is a white population who sit at their white tables with their white pearls hanging from their necks smiling with their expensive fake white teeth.

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Take action on US involvement in the Paris Climate Accord

President Trump’s administration has given mixed signals on the United States’ participation in the Paris Climate Accord. For those who don’t know, "The Paris Agreement (French: Accord de Paris), Paris climate accord or Paris climate agreement, is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

"The language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 196 parties at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015. As of September 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 162 of which have ratified it." (Thank you, Wikipedia!)

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The Burning Times and the “War on Terror”

[Image from http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2017/01/25/a_q_a_with_the_muslim_woman_whose_face_has_become_a_symbol_of_trump_resistance.html]

 

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  • Ariel Aron
    Ariel Aron says #
    I am so glad that you said this. I agree with you totally, and thank for the book recommendation. I am always speaking out on my s
  • Cairril Adaire
    Cairril Adaire says #
    Thank you, Ariel, for your thoughtful words. I agree that we have to connect the dots. Feel free to share the post! Blessings.

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