activism, Black Lives Matter, Resources & Downloads

Anti-Racism Curriculum from Reclaiming’s DARC work group

DARC (Decolonizing Actions in Reclaiming Communities), a group of Black, Indigenous, and Mixed Race people from around Reclaiming, has created a booklet detailing a participatory workshop for communities, camps, and congregations, including readings, videos, and discussion questions.

Download the PDF here.

This is an open-hearted invitation to communities, covens, camps, and other groups to tackle the big issues of race, racism, anti-racism, and decolonization.

This resource outlines a participatory workshop, with readings, videos, and discussion questions throughout. If you are facilitating this workshop, please read through the entire document first, then feel free to pick and choose which items your group will focus on, based on the group’s composition, interests, level of understanding, and time. Hopefully all groups – from the 101 level on up – will find something valuable to spark discussion here.

Depending on the nature of the group, you might wish to create sacred space or use other techniques such as icebreakers, rounds, or small-group activities to build relationships and trust between community members and thus create a reflective space for listening within and without, a safe(r) space for speaking truth, a brave space for taking risks and daring to make mistakes.

Doing anti-racist work can be tricky and may require strong facilitation skills. Facilitators might want to work in pairs or teams or rotate leadership. We are hoping that people will find ways to support each other in this work.

Download the PDF here.

activism, Resources & Downloads

Classic Direct Action Rags – new downloads!

We just posted several new issues of the original Direct Action newspapers – namesake of Luke Hauser’s novel and source of many of the stories contained therein.

Free downloads of a dozen original issues as PDFs, along with activist handbooks and a PDF of the book.

Click here!

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activism, Climate Justice, Culture, Photos, Resources & Downloads, Video

Youtube – A Brief History of Nonviolent Direct Action!

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Direct action has a long and honored place in American history – from the revolution itself through abolitionists, suffragists, union organizers, civil rights advocates, feminist and gay rights activists, and on to today’s vibrant climate and social justice organizing.

Click here for A Brief History of Nonviolent Direct Action

Join author Luke Hauser for a profusely illustrated 25-minute journey through our past. We’ll focus especially on nonviolent organizing from 1980 to the present, with sections on the 1980s anti-nuke movement and 2011’s Occupy actions.

Originally created around 2000, the show has been updated with a revised text and many new images.

So make a big bowl of popcorn, pull up your beanbag chair, and get ready for a journey through our history!

Photo by Janet Delaney.

 

 

 

Culture, Resources & Downloads, Workshop

Magical Writing Class – Begins Sat May 23

Online Magical Writing class (via zoom) – next class Fall 2020.

Spring 2020 class with Irisanya & George (aka Luke Hauser) – full
Join us for a magical writing class via zoom, Saturdays from 12-2pm PDT, six weeks beginning Saturday May 23.
Using the tools of Reclaiming-style magic, we’ll create sacred writing space and magically invoke inspirations, allies, characters, ideas, voices – and words!.
Each week we’ll share writing exercises and games, as well as taking a close-up look at various aspects of our craft.  Tools and skills are useful for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, scripts, dissertations, blogging, sidewalk-chalking, and more.
Here’s a downloadable booklet that shows some of the things we’ll be doing. Every circle is different – let us know if you see things you’d like us to cover.
Timing/Tech:  Six sessions, Saturdays 12-2pm PDT, beginning May 23. Via zoom.
Cost: Requested donation $99-299 sliding scale – please place yourself generously on the scale to support our diverse group. Some scholarship assistance available.
Contact: George <georgefranklin1982@gmail.com>, or Irisanya <irisanya.moon@gmail.com>
Teachers: Irisanya and George are Reclaiming teachers active in various NorCal camps and communities. Last time we co-taught, it was Newts Path (ages 4-8) at Witchlets family camp.
Irisanya (she/her) is an international teacher, blogger, and author of several non-fiction books. Details at www.irisanya.com
George (he/they – aka Luke Hauser) is a community organizer and author of several fiction and nonfiction works – visit DirectAction.org
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activism, Resources & Downloads

Dancing the Spiral: A Companion to the Writings of Starhawk

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Welcome to Luke Hauser’s lastest project – a companion text to accompany Starhawk’s voluminous writings, featuring dozens of magical workings, ritual ideas, activist skills, pagan history, and more.

Dancing the Spiral – free download and more info.

Created in cooperation with Starhawk and Teen Earth Magic witchcamp, the goals are: (1) an exciting and challenging book for people working alone or with friends; (2) inspiration for folks to form a circle so they can do these workings with others; and (3) a fun book to flip through and get inspired!

The book also features pages of magical and activist resources – books, music, websites, free downloads, and more.This initial mock-up already contains much of the material, including the just-completed history essays.

We hope to complete and publish this book as a PDF and print edition sometime in 2021. Meanwhile, we’ll post drafts as they develop.

Dancing the Spiral – free download and more info.

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Culture, Resources & Downloads

Our Magical History – A New Essay

“Presents an enormous amount of material in a very attractive and readable way.”

– Michael D. Bailey, Department of History, Iowa State University / Associate Editor: Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft

Who are these people who call themselves Pagans, Witches, and workers of magic? Where did they come from?

Join Luke Hauser for an illustrated, occasionally tongue-in-cheek journey through our magical lineages, from ancient Mesopotamia to Gardner, Valiente, and the Wiccan Revival of modern days.

Plus a section our activist ancestors such as suffragists, organized labor, and the Civi Rights movement.

Click here for free download | Click here ​to read online

Think of this as a pleasant excursion, not a treadmill.

Read what calls to you. Skip around as you wish. Feel free to ignore entire sections.

Just know that when you reach the Isle of Apples, you may be tested on this material.

Click here for free download | Click here ​to read online

“Erudite, good-humoured, generous, with that open-minded readiness to recognise merit in many different sources of inspiration that is one of the best features of the Reclaiming tradition.”

– Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol

Graphic: Hieronymus Bosch

activism, Culture, Resources & Downloads

The Diggers – revolutionary ancestors!

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In 1649, near London, a rag-tag group of radicals staked a claim to common land and began to clear and plant it so it would be a “common treasury for all.”

The Diggers – an essay

Among our most interesting ancestors, these English revolutionaries were forerunners of groups like Food Not Bombs – claiming unused resources in the name of the community.

Here’s a short article about the Diggers of 1649 and their place in the revolution of the 1640s.

Click here for a bunch more history articles, including the 40-page illustrated essay “Our Magical Ancestors – available as free PDF or read online.