Pagans & Politics: The Power of Pagan Activism

Examine your feelings about political activism, from the smallest to the scariest steps, and find what you feel most comfortable with. Get in touch with your powers of manifestation as you move beyond self-directed concerns and integrate with your community, whether that be local, regional, national, or international. Feel your power to change the status quo and build solidarity with others who share your values, regardless of spiritual path. Power up!

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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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womenandchildren

This was a blog I wrote a long time ago, before I was introduced to the glorious world of trans. This post applies not just to the plain usage of "Women and children first" but the potential for stripping men (trans or no) of their value and dignity. It also applies to how some practitioners, especially Wiccans, identify womyn with receptivity and passiveness rather than passion and power. Hopefully you find this thought-provoking.

It's August, it's hot, and I'm pissed. Regrettably, only the first two are seasonal.

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Millennials leaving the Right

Since I founded the Pagan Educational Network in 1993, I have kept a close eye on the religious right (or “evangelicals”). I thought it was pointless to reach out to them since they had such strong prejudices and felt we’d have much better luck with moderates (which was true). But the religious right is dangerous to Pagans, from efforts by Senator Jesse Helms and Representative Bob Barr to strip us of constitutional protections to church-motivated violence against Pagans and damage to Pagan businesses.

 

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Adopt a Native Elder

One of my favorite organizations is Adopt a Native Elder. For $200/year you can "adopt" a Navajo elder and help supply them with critically needed goods and supples. You can also form a relationship with them. 

The elders are in dire poverty yet hold the wisdom of the tribe. They create beautiful traditional handmade rugs which they sell in a big show in March. If you can't afford the $200, you can donate in smaller amounts to help supply the materials needed to create the rugs. This contributes to the amelioration of poverty and supports an Indigenous tradition going far into the past.

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  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    Thank you so, so much for sharing this information. I cannot wait to be able to get involved, this is definitely a serious goal no
  • Cairril Adaire
    Cairril Adaire says #
    Glad you liked it! While I was hunting around their website, I found 3 different ways to give, so there should be something for yo

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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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