Thursday, August 22, 2013

Efforts against Witch Hunt Pages on Facebook

This information was shared on the Heathens United Against Racism page (which is a great source of information) on Facebook.

The Lady Liberty League (LLL) of Circle Sanctuary has written an open letter to Facebook regarding some of the most hateful and violent content I have seen in a long time. There are many hate-filled pages going in all sorts of directions, which is a sad reality of the post-modern era. 

In the cases addressed by the LLL letter, the exhortation is for violence against those who practice "witchcraft." Since virtually everything Heathen would be defined as "witchcraft" by certain segments of society, this is one of those issues that all Heathens should stand together (along with Pagans, Wiccans, and others who would be targeted by the hate groups) to confront.

Heathens Against Hate supports LLL call for Facebook to uphold its own rules. Facebook, as a wondrous meeting place of ideas, should not be allowed to be used as a tool for those who would engage in violence or murder.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

In-Reach Designated Beneficiary of Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day

Part of In-Reach Heathen Prison Services' mission is to provide positive Heathen materials and messages to incarcerated Heathens. The absence of such materials abets the spread of racism- and bigotry-tinged materials because they are then the only materials that the inmates see.

In-Reach is now a listed beneficiary of book donations at Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day (August 31). Heathen book donations will be sent to the libraries of facilities with which we are in contact. Other Pagan book donations will be distributed though allied networks.

Folks who are able to make it to Philly on August 31 are encouraged to join us! Heathens Against Hate will have a presence at this event as well.

A list of needed donations is available at:
http://www.philadelphiapaganpride.org/2013/08/donations-info-for-pppd.html

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FOR RELEASE August 11, 2013 
Media Contact: Robert L. Schreiwer, 
philadelphiapaganpride@gmail.com 

Philadelphia Pagan Pride, Inc., is pleased to announce the return of Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Clark Park (4301 Chester Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143). The event runs from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, rain or shine. 

Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day is a family-friendly celebration of the harvest and reflects a variety of Pagan, Heathen, Wiccan, and other religious beliefs and practices. The day's events will feature a variety of workshops and discussions on religious and cultural aspects from the various traditions.

We have an exciting array of vendors and performers who will exhibit their wares and their talents. We are accepting additional vendors, workshop leaders, performers, and children's activity ideas up until August 15, 2013. Please visit www.philadelphiapaganpride.org to participate! 

Entry to the event is free, but we do request the donation of a canned food item or other provisions for our beneficiaries. This year, our beneficiaries are the food bank at the Mazzoni Center, Forgotten Cats, and In-Reach Heathen Prison Services. 

In 2012, Mazzoni Center's food bank Mazzoni Center's Food Bank provided more than 11,000 bags of groceries for over 1,200 individuals and families. For more information on Mazzoni Center services, please see mazzonicenter.org/content/food-bank.

Forgotten Cats is a humane trap, neuter, and release organization. the organization also provides adoption services. For more information on Forgotten Cats, please see www.forgottencats.org

In-Reach Heathen Prison Services is a joint effort of The Troth and Distelfink Sippschaft to bring positive materials and messages to incarcerated Heathens. In-Reach also accepts donations of other Pagan materials and distributes them through alliances and partnerships with other Pagan organizations. For more information on In-Reach, please see thetroth.blogspot.com/p/in-reach-program.html.

A detailed list of needed donation items may be found at:

Anyone interested in getting involved as a volunteer should contact us by e-mail at:

For more information, please visit www.philadelphiapaganpride.org.