Several thousand Bay Area activists shut down the central financial district of San Francisco, known as Wall Street West.
The September 25, 2019 actions were part of international climate justice events, including the global student strike on September 20.
Reclaiming’s Bay Area Pagan Cluster – Witches Invoking Creative Climate Action, or WICCA – organized a ritual for mid-afternoon. The cluster processed down California Street singing We Are the Rising Sun, then did a short Equinox ritual in the middle of the “mural district” of Montgomery Street, ending with a spiral dance to Our Hands Will Work for Peace and Justice (Harvest Chant).
June 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a pivotal event in the history of GLBQT rights.
Here’s links to documentaries on youtube. Sadly, PBS – “public” broadcasting – is so busy monetizing its properties that it allows us to see only the first 7 minutes of its hour-long video.
Maybe it’s time for another uprising?
Photo: Kay Tobin, The NY Public Library Collections.
Luke Hauser is back with a book of Earth-based spirituality and magical activism in the tradition of Starhawk and Reclaiming.
The Teen Earth Magic Workbook – not for teens only! – focuses on empowerment, awareness, and action.
This unique and powerful tool, based on twelve years of rituals, classes, and grassroots activism at Reclaiming’s Teen Earth Magic camp, gathers 350 pages of Reclaiming-style magic plus 40 years of music and other resources – much of it free online.
Hundreds of ideas for teens, adults, teachers, and organizers – spellcrafting, divination, activism, pentacle magic, and much more.
Illustrated with dozens of photos from our California-based youth retreat, sibling camps Witchlets in the Woods and Redwood Magic Family Camp, and events such as the Spiral Dance and street activism, the book includes:
- step-by-step skills and practice in creating magical rituals
- sample rituals including an online ritual
- a whole chapter on magical activism
- interviews with participants about the meaning of magic and how we can use it to help change ourselves and the world
- dozens of spells and workings that can be done alone or in groups; solitary and small-circle magic
- dealing with curses and negative energy; pentacle workings; intuitive tarot and divination
- chants for rituals and everyday magic
- and much more!
With a Foreword by Starhawk, whose Earth Activist Training courses helped inspire Teen Earth Magic.
Lately I’ve noticed an ugly phenomenon in our fair bayside communities – careless and inconsiderate pedestrians have been taking over the sidewalks, forcing legally-sanctioned scooter riders to dodge, swerve, and ultimately to dismount and walk their electrified vehicles!
This has got to stop! Unfortunately, no one acts more entitled than a pedestrian on a sidewalk.
We need to get pedestrians under control before someone gets hurt. When I see scooters constantly having to dodge people on foot, I know it’s just a matter of time until a careless pedestrian is going to accidentally hit and kill a scooter rider. I’m surprised it hasn’t accidentally happened already. Those kind of accidents are to be expected when pedestrians get out of control.
Pedestrian Lanes & Laws
I propose that all sidewalks be marked with clear lanes, and pedestrians be required to stay in their lane unless they signal a turn at least 50 feet in advance.
Anyone intending to walk around SF or Oakland must obtain a license; provide proof of insurance (in case they accidentally hurt a scooter or a scooter-rider); and at all times wear a helmet, kneepads, and turn signals.
A Long-Term Vision
Ultimately, our urban vision must eliminate pedestrians entirely from the city. If enough scooters are strewn around on sidewalks and streets and dumpsters and lakes, there will no longer be any excuse for walking.
Join our campaign to eliminate pedestrianism! Email email@example.com
Image: San Francisco activists pile yuppie scooters in front of techie megabus.
Build a wall to stop homo sapiens from traveling across the continent?
The Rocky Mountains didn’t stop people. The Bering Strait didn’t stop people.
And you think a wall will do it? Maybe if you include lots of decorative razor wire?
Supply & Demand – Capitalism 101
Let me pause briefly to explain capitalism.
Sometimes there’s a demand for a product, or for labor, or for a better place to live – and as if by magic, a supply crops up to fill it!
It’s almost like there’s an invisible hand benignly guiding the whole operation.
People want flat-screen TVs? Capitalism fills the demand (and fills the Earth with the old models – more on that presently).
People want illegal drugs and non-prescription pharmaceuticals? There’ll be a supply – you can bet your stock-market money on it.
People demand better snack bars? Voila, Nugo bars, with 12 grams of protein and they taste like a Snickers bar! Now that’s progress!
So – when US farmers need cheap labor, when US yuppies need cheap house-cleaners, or when the CIA ransacks Latin American countries and induces people to trek hundreds of miles in search of a livable home – gee, small surprise that a supply rises to fill the demand.
Walls Just Won’t Work
Walls will never stop the law of supply and demand. There’s never been a wall, or a sea, that could stop humans bent on their destination.
Nor will walls stop 911-style fanatics or Oklahoma City-type domestic terrorists, which some people think might be a greater threat than the Southern border.
(Nor will walls stop rising sea levels. But that’s another – if closely related – story)
Time For a Dome
No, if we want to secure the Beloved Capitalist Homeland (ie, the patches of Earth that on maps are labelled “USA”), a wall will simply never work.
We need a dome.
And not just any dome, but one designed by American ingenuity and technological prowess.
A noble dome, projecting our justice-loving essence upward and outward toward a hostile world that hates us because we are so free.
Picture it – a shiny bubble of ultra-high-tech plasticene, crowning our purple mountains’ majesty, above the fruit-filled plains where our much-revered corporate farms grow the bio-engineered self-harvesting foodstuffs that will sustain us after we fire all of the immigrant laborers.
And the jobs it will create! The plastics industry will boom. Engineers will grow rich computing and testing the exact parabolic arch of the dome. Universities will wax fat on the research handouts.
Even manual laborers will find work cleaning and polishing the dome’s inviolable surface.
Please Donate Now!
We face a national crisis! The government is stymied by legislative paralysis, party politics, lack of vision, and the Bozo in the Oval Office.
We The People must act to ensure our domestic security. If we begin constructing a dome, the American electorate will rally to our righteous cause, and the government will be compelled to assist us!
Please contribute generously, and we will begin building a dome now! Or at least talking a lot about it!
Email small, unmarked bills to: BuildTheDomeNow@Scammail.us
Freedom now! Build the Dome!
Decorative razor wire photo from Military Times.
Before it was smash best-selling novel, Direct Action was a tabloid newspaper published by Livermore Action Group of Berkeley from 1982 to 1986.
In fact, some have gone so far as to suggest that the novel’s author swiped not only the name, but the type-font as well, from the paper. We’ll let you be the judge when you download back issues of this classic activist rag from the 1980s!
Campfire Chants, released by Reclaiming, features a dozen street-friendly chants and songs written by Starhawk, T. Thorn Coyle, Suzanne Sterling, Ravyn Stanfield, and others.
Several of these chants were written for specific street actions – see the Lyrics and Lore booklet for details (see below).
Chants recorded by a small grassrootsy ensemble backed by conga, guitar, flute, fiddle, and more. Mixed ages and genders, with women’s voices up front. (Word is that Direct Action author Luke Hauser can be heard harmonizing in the background!).
Songs stream and download on all the usual sites – search <Reclaiming Campfire Chants>. Help boost the album by visiting Spotify and Youtube and giving it some Likes!
Free downloadable Lyrics and Lore book accompanies album – visit our website.
Underwear Ads & Maternal Concerns
Am I the only one that gets these bright, cheery underwear ads on the home page of my favorite pop-news website? Little pictures of the midsections of svelte young models wearing tight, colorful briefs.
The JPGs alternate in what old-school binarists would label a male/female pattern, which bothered me at first. But in my experience there are no hard and fast boundaries about who wears what undies, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on that count.
But I had to wonder – why do I get underwear ads, period, when I’ve never ordered underwear online? Continue reading “Online Underwear Ads – Was It Mom?”
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40
I grew up in the Protestant church (UCC/Presbyterian). I worked at Presbyterian youth camps as a young adult. I even attended a Presbyterian seminary with the idea of being a youth or social worker.
In the end, I had to admit my utter and complete lack of belief in God was an impediment to an effective and fulfilling career.
More than that – I didn’t want to be associated with, or to in any way promote, what the public face of Christianity was becoming in those years – an Evangelical wasteland that denies critical thought in favor of groveling before a supreme Lord whose only concern is whether you believe Christ is your personal savior.
But I’ve always found Jesus of Nazareth – the human, not the putative deity – to have interesting things to say.
“Love your enemies. Do good to those who persecute you.” Maybe I can’t LIVE that, but it’s challenging just the same.
The Least of These
During the 2018 immigration crisis (a crisis of heart, not of law), I’m reminded that I am an immigrant – I immigrated from a racist, homophobic hellhole in the lower Midwest to the marginally more enlightened coast. Thank God for that!
I’m also reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
And its partner in 25:45: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
That seems pretty straightforward, if you ask me.
Add to that the nearby words from 25:41: “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” – and I’d be a bit concerned about how I treat “the least of these.”
It certainly makes me examine my own life, even if I don’t believe in a final judgment.
I’ve seen some comments from conservatives saying in effect, “When Jesus said that, he didn’t mean illegal immigrants!”
To which I answer: “I hope you plan to die at the same moment as your lawyer – because you’re going to need him when you get to the pearly gates.”
I also recall Jesus’ words: “Judge not, that you not be judged.”
My answer: “Thanks for the warning – I’ll take the risk!”