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Apr. 19th, 2009

Rainbow dog

jeanne_d_arc

Michigan Lobby Day Against Bullying

Already this year six young people in the United States have died due to bullying, with countless others attempting suicide or dropping out of school completely to avoid the unnecessary torment. It is time to put an end to the violence in our schools so all children can be safe.

Please join us and other Michigan organizations for the All American Lobby Day to end bullying in Michigan! Join us Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at Teamsters Hall (local 580), located at 5800 Executive Drive in Lansing, MI. We will lobby for SB 0159*, a law to protect all Michigan youth from bullying and increase the safety in Michigan schools. Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer will be train participants that morning on how to effectively lobby. Midday, we will host a press conference to let all Michigan residents know about this important bill.

We need your help getting the word out to others about this Lobby Day, so please work with us to inform, invite and mobilize your friends, family and peers in the upcoming weeks to get as many people involved as we can.

Some of the sponsoring and endorsing organizations include: the Michigan Democratic Party LGBT & Allies Caucus, the Michigan Democratic Party’s Youth Caucus, Michigan Equality, The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) College Democrats, Project Light, Order of St John the Beloved (a Catholic organization), the American Family Committee and the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Phil Volk at philvolk2004 at yahoo.com or (734) 474-5290.
Want to get involved prior to Lobby Day?

Each Tuesday beginning April 14th we will have a ‘work parties’ in Ann Arbor at 7:00p.m. in the lower level of Starbucks at 222 S. State St.
*Please read this important section of Bill SB 0159:

(iv) Is based on a pupil’s actual or perceived religion, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, height, weight, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or any other distinguishing characteristic or is based on association with another person who has or is perceived to have any of these characteristics.

Mar. 25th, 2009

scribbling woman

discipuladc

Making a list of links:

What are you favorite resources for:

A) Pagan civil liberties

B) general civil liberties

C) general Pagan stuff

Jan. 9th, 2009


linthal

In need of some assistance

Hey Everyone,

I have been helping a woman deal with some paranormal activity in her household, However the activity is still persisting and I am out of ideas.  Is there anyone willing to perhaps pick up the case, and possibly offer some new insight? She is in Parkville Maryland (just northeast of balitmore, and is very easy to get to!  If anyone at all is interested or knows someone that might be please let me know.

Steve

Jan. 2nd, 2009


saress

beliefs and book of shadows

greetings all!!

So i have finally got my book of shadows started online and while its not en masse yet, i am getting a good start. I just wanted to invite everyone to go ahead and check it out. It is just this particular LJ.. so all the entries on this account are actually for the BOS. you will have to add me as a friend tho, to see the entries.

Mostly I offer this up because after over 10 years of practicing, i have developed a very unique system of beliefs that strays a little from the typical wicca/pagan traditions. It may offer insight to any of you who are struggling with any aspects of either. I have included a version of it under the cut for easy reading.

As i said, feel free to add my journal and ask questions!!!

cut for consideration..Collapse )

x-posted. sorrry.

Dec. 4th, 2008

Rainbow dog

jeanne_d_arc

Update on California's Prop 8

From the National Center for Lesbian Rights:

The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear our challenge to Prop 8. That is good news, but we still must convince the Court that Prop 8 cannot stand. The lawsuit alleges that Prop 8 is too serious a change to the California Constitution to be enacted through the initiative process. In its very title, which was “Eliminates the right to marry for same-sex couples,” the initiative eliminated an existing right only for a targeted minority. If permitted to stand, Prop 8 would be the first time an initiative has successfully been used to change the California Constitution to take away an existing right only for a particular group. Such a change would defeat the very purpose of a constitution and fundamentally alter the role of the courts in protecting minority rights. According to the California Constitution, such a major revision of our state Constitution cannot be enacted through a simple majority vote, but must first be approved by two-thirds of the Legislature.
In May, this Court issued one of the most important human rights decisions from any state court in our nation’s history. The ruling not only eliminated the exclusion of same-sex couples from the right to marry, it also held that any type of government discrimination based on sexual orientation is subject to the strictest constitutional review. The ruling was courageous, brilliant, and honored the finest tradition of our judiciary: exercising its role in assuring that everyone enjoys full equal protection of the laws.

Now with Prop 8, not only is the ruling on marriage threatened, but the Court’s very role in interpreting and applying the fundamental constitutional principle of equal protection is under threat. Sadly, the duplicitous forces who ran the Yes on 8 Campaign are threatening the Court in the press with a recall effort if the Court invalidates Prop 8. That kind of attack on the independence of the Court is a serious threat to our democracy. The leaders behind the lies that fueled Yes on 8 don’t care about undermining the constitution and we know they certainly don’t care about equality, honesty and fair play. So, we must be the ones to stand up not only for our rights, but for the very concept of equal protection for all.

We need your help to educate the public about the importance of this case! We need you to talk to your friends and family, attend rallies and marches, post and comment on blogs, and write letters to the editor. As you do, please remember to applaud the Court and remind your audience of the threat that Prop 8 represents. We have examples of blog comments and letters to the editor to help you here: http://www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer?pagename=nclr_getinvolved_whatyoucando.

Also, on our homepage (http://www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer) you can download and read all the legal papers filed by many groups asking the Court to invalidate Prop 8. I hope you will take a moment to read through these arguments—they will help in understanding the full threat posed by Prop 8 and how critical it is that we speak out in support of the Court striking down Prop 8.

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, I am looking forward to time with my family—finally—and to a moment to reflect on the past months and what they mean for our future. There is no doubt that we face many challenges in the days and months ahead. There is no doubt that we have come through literally the best and worst of times. And there is no doubt that whatever happens next, we are in this together. I’m giving thanks for that.

This is important even to those of us who live in California but it is especially important for Californians to write letters to their newspaper editors and to post in their blogs.

Nov. 13th, 2008

Rainbow dog

jeanne_d_arc

Ask Obama to Stop Torture

Yesterday, religious leaders across the United States met with members of Congress asking them to support the formation of a select committee to investigate the use of torture since 9/11.

You can make the same request of the president- elect. You can do this in three easy steps:

1. Visit his transition website at http://change.gov/page/s/ofthepeople.
2. Fill out your contact information. Write "torture" in the "another issue" box.
3. In the "Your ideas" box, write something like "As a person of faith, I am deeply troubled by our nation's use of torture. Please act to end U.S.-sponsored torture by issuing an executive order based on the Declaration of Principles endorsed by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture."
Then click "submit form."

The website is also open to people who do not live in the United States.

Learn more at http://www.nrcat.org.

Nov. 3rd, 2008

thalesin

To counter Palins Association with a "Spirtual Warfare" group

We of the Pagan persuasion are in a position to put up a resistance to Palin's Witch Hunter group. I would suggest that tomorrow those that choose work whatever counter measure they can to assure this person is kept as far away from power as possible. The method you use is not important just that you put your thoughts and abilities toward this end.

Thank you.
scribbling woman

discipuladc

Are you ready to vote?

If you're a US citizen, you'll be inundated with reminders to vote tomorrow.
Today, I'm going to remind you to do your research. You probably already know who you want for president, but depending on where you live you probably also have judges, city council, board of education, propositions, and such to vote on. So many people vote based on a name or a gender or for the first candidate listed on these. Inform yourself. Vote like your civil rights depend on it, because they do.

Sep. 30th, 2008

inkwell

discipuladc

Religious Discrimmination as Free Speech?

That's the argument that a small city is taking to The Supreme Court. They claim that the decision to post the 10 commandments in a public park, but not a list of tenets submitted by a Pagan group, represents the city government's right to express it's belief.

For more info see:
The Wild Hunt http://www.wildhunt.org/2008/09/religious-monuments-case-coming-up.html

Sep. 26th, 2008

Rainbow dog

jeanne_d_arc

Palin's Pastor's "Witchcraft" problem

Palin's Pastor Problem
In the fine, new American tradition of presidential campaign "pastor disasters," Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin might have one she can call her very own, complete with its own sensational YouTube video and stunned cable TV commentary. You knew it was coming -- but probably didn't suspect it would involve witchcraft.

Back in the fall of 2005, when Palin was running for governor of Alaska, a Kenyan pastor named Thomas Muthee preached several times at Wasilla Assembly of God, Palin's church home for more than two decades. In one service, Palin joined Muthee onstage while he prayed for her.

"We say grace to be reigned upon her in the name of Jesus," Muthee prayed while Palin bowed her head. "We are asking you as the body of Christ in this valley make a way for Sarah even in the political arena . . . Bring finances her way even for the campaign in the name of Jesus . . . Give her men and women who will buck her up in the name of Jesus . . . Oh, Father, use her to turn this nation the other way around . . . "

So far, not that unusual. Intercessory public prayer is a common and often powerful form of encouragement and blessing in evangelical or Pentecostal settings, for politicians or anyone else. But Muthee goes on: "In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, every form of witchcraft is what you rebuke. In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, father make away now."

Check out the rest and get the link to the YouTube video at http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2008/09/palins_new_pastor_problem.html

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