The writers then ask others of “Pagan and earth-based traditions” to join with them in signing the petition. To date, there are over 59 covens and groups, and over 2,674 individual signatures. The numbers are climbing and the organizers are listing the names on the support site as fast as time allows. In addition, organizers have suggested other ways to support the cause.
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TWH – In another signatory effort, the Huginn’s Heathen Hof wrote and published a statement called Declaration 127, in order to collectively “state their complete denunciation of, and disassociation from, the Asatru Folk Assembly.” Since Aug. 31, this statement has garnered the signatures of 43 organizations. The group also created a graphic for use on the websites of those affirming groups. That graphic can be seen to the left.
Public statements, similar to the one by Huginn’s Heathen Hof, have continued to circulate across social media, and have managed to filter out beyond the limits of the greater Heathen community. It was recently reported that True Friends-Camp Courage cancelled AFA’s Labor Day event after being informed of its policies and beliefs. This event was to be AFA’s first such gathering in the midwest. According to the news source, the camp cancelled the event because AFA’s “mission and areas of focus significantly conflict with [our] core values.” AFA has not made an official public statement in response to any of the develpments. However, member Joseph Bloch has published a number of blog posts commenting on the events.
Since that cancellation, there have been suggestions circulating that the Troth and other Heathen organizations or individuals were directly involved in forcing the camp’s hand. In response, Troth officials have publicly stated that they are “not at all responsible” for that action. At this point, it does appear that secular-based anti-Fascist organizations and activists, such as Conflict MN, staged a direct social media campaign to shut down the Minnesota gathering. We will continue to follow the story.
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PORTLAND, Ore. — On August 23, the Sekhet-Maat, Ordo Templi Orientis posted that it had been impacted by a tragedy. Fifteen-year old Fallon Smart, one of its member’s daughter, had been killed by a speeding car while crossing a street. On Aug. 20, friends set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help the family. The goal was set at $30,000, and within three days, they had reached that number and more. It is currently at $43,139. One family members wrote on the site, “These last few days have been the darkest our families have experienced. This tragedy has devastated two sets of parents, two sets of siblings, and a community who knew and loved her.”
Aside from the personal love for Fallon, there was a secondary reason for the outpouring of community support and that was pedestrian safety. A community of cyclists led a “Slow Ride” memorial and action Aug 26, with a goal of both being a ” memorial ride for the teen” and a way of “calling attention to pedestrian safety.” The ride stopped in front of city hall for a short period of time to “to address the city with [their] concerns for safer streets.” The family has expressed their hopes that such an action will bring city-wide changes to make the streets safer to walk, and prevent another teen death.
As for Fallon, as shown in the many online memorials, she will be remembered for many things, especially her kindness and her vibrant smile. One friend reported that Fallon help start a garden at school, because she “wanted bring the butterflies and birds back.” She sewed pillows for the cats at the humane society and sung in Bridging Voices youth choir. On the memorial site, Fallon’s uncle wrote, “Please hug your kids just a bit tighter tonight and for a little longer. And when you are out driving, please be aware of pedestrians and foot traffic.” What is remembered, lives.
In Other News:
- Updating political news from Florida, Augustus Sol Invictus lost in the recent Libertarian primary for a U.S. Senate seat. Since our last update, Invictus has continue to attract mainstream media attention, more often than not described as the “goat-blood-drinking candidate.” This year, Invictus ran for a spot on the Nov. 8 ballot and lost, but not before garnering 26.5% of the vote.
- Yesterday was World Goddess Day!
- Patrick McCollum Foundation selected this year’s youth delegates to the United Nations for the International Day of Peace, Sept. 21. Rev. McCollum said, “This year we are proud to sponsor Olivia Phillips from Malvern, Pennsylvania and Sasha Reed from Portland Oregon. Both women are outstanding examples of young people dedicated to a better world.” The two delegates will attend a number of peace events in New York City, representing the foundation as Pagans. Last year’s delegate was Rowan Weir.
- Emerald Rose has announced its farewell concert Oct. 8. “Our final concert will be held in the place where it all started. We invite you to come to our final musical party to mark the end of a long and happy journey, and to see old friends again at the turn of the season.” The day-long event will be held at Starbridge Event Center from noon to 10 pm weather permitting.
- The International Herb Association has selected Secret Medicines from Your Garden, written by Ellen Evert Hopman, to receive the Thomas DeBaggio Annual Book Award for the International Herb Association. Hopman noted that the book contains magical as well as medicinal uses of herbs. She told TWH, “Apparently herb magic is no longer threatening to the general public or at least to Herbalists.” An article was published recently about the book’s recognition. The writer asked about her Pagan beliefs in relation to herbalism. Hopman said, “I’m a Pagan for a reason. As a Druid, I see plants as sacred, animals as sacred, people as sacred. We have to see it all as sacred.”
The Wild Hunt would like to thank everyone who spoke with us at DragonCon and for the DragonCon Media staff for providing media support and great interview opportunities.
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