BIRCH – updates re January 2021 meetings

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Questions and more information: BirchCommittee@gmail.com

BIRCH 2021 Important Information 

DATES

Now: Community Conversations on BIRCH proposals. Fundraising.

December 31: Registration deadline for BIRCH

January 11, 2021: Training and BIRCH Meetings Part II on Loomio begin.

January 16-17, 23-24, 30-31: BIRCH Meeting Part II. Three 3-hour Zoom Meetings.

BIRCH 2021 Registration:

Please use the link below to register, first as a participant and then as a representative if you have been selected by your community. In order to attend BIRCH 2021 you must register as a participant, even if you were already registered for BIRCH 2020 or if you are coming as a representative.

  1. Participants: https://forms.gle/N7NJg696i2LoTtFb6
  2. Representative: https://forms.gle/KWxFQDdfLU9QRHee9

E-mail list. We are currently compiling a BIRCH list to streamline our communications. Please email Reclaiming-BIRCH-subscribe@googlegroups.com to be added to this list. 

Call for BIRCH Committee members

Guidelines for Friendly Amendments

BIRCH 2020 Budget Statement

BIRCH Budget 2020/2021

BIRCH 2021Consensus Agenda:

Proposal #1: Revise BIRCH Structure and Process

Replace the original BIRCH structure from 2004. The new structure discusses proposals in communities BEFORE the meetings to inform Community Representatives’ consensus decision-making. This allows full participation with a more concise and nimbler consensus process. Anyone in Reclaiming may participate in the facilitated portion (Loomio) of the BIRCH meetings. All communities (5 or more) may select 1 Representative and 1 Shadow/Alternate to attend the online BIRCH meeting (Zoom). Ideally, every other year is an in-person meeting. 

Proposal #2: Change Principles of Unity to support Reclaiming’s evolution into an anti-racist tradition. Final proposal from DARC http://tinyurl.com/birch-darc-proposal

Proposal #3: Principles of Accountability

Draft to be expanded with community input: http://tinyurl.com/birch-account-proposal

•Create policies/accountability for transphobia in our communities 

•Create policies/accountability for racism in our communities. Commitment to an anti-racist change in our tradition 

•How will we implement it in our PoA in our communities? 

•We encourage trans/non-binary folks, people with disabilities, and BIPOC interested in refinining the Principles of Accountabilty to contact BirchCommittee@gmail.com.

Proposal #4: Magically and financially support marginalized people/communities to create the structures that they need to be in and support leadership.  

Questions and more information: BirchCommittee@gmail.com

New Anti-Racist Curriculum from Reclaiming’s DARC 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 local communities and camps, including readings, videos, and discussion questions.

Download the PDF here.

This is an open-hearted invitation to Reclaiming 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 members of the Reclaiming community will find ways to support each other in this work.

Download the PDF here.

Cauldron Journal – Just the Funny Stuff!

OK, time to get serious – we’ve thrown away 145 pages of filler and honed the Cauldron down to just the five funny pages – see contents below!

Funny Stuff – click here!

Of course you can still get the entire issue if you insist – some of the serious stuff is sort of funny, too! Here’s a free download:

Whole Issue – click here!

Print edition and all downloads – click here

Funny Stuff

  • Charge Card of the Goddess by Flame RosaNegra
  • Witches Grill: Top Recipes from the Burning Times, by Georgie Craig
  • Revolutionary Pagan Workers Vanguard – latest Reclaiming news!
  • and more!

Dia de los Muertos – Virtual Altars

In other years, Dia de los Muertos in San Francisco would mean a November 2nd community celebration honoring the dead, with altars in a local park and a candlelight procession through the streets of the Mission District.

In the face of the Covid pandemic, the Marigold Project has moved the 2020 commemoration online, with beautiful elemental altars created by local artists.

Click here to view the 2020 altars, photographed by Noah Berger for the Chronicle.

Reclaiming Cauldron – new experimental journal!

Welcome to the first and perhaps only issue of the Reclaiming Cauldron, a compendium of creativity from around Reclaiming. Folks from around our network wrote, photo- graphed, painted, and even helped proofread.

Print edition or free download – 150 pages of writings, artwork, photos, music and video links, book excerpts – and even some funny stuff!

You can download a free copy, or order a black & white ($20) or full-color ($30) print edition at WeaveAndSpin.org/cauldron

What New Orleans’ Common Ground Collective can teach us about surviving crisis together

Fifteen years after Hurricane Katrina, the Common Ground Collective’s uncommon success offers lessons on how to build effective mutual aid projects today.
Many Reclaiming people took part in post-Katrina restoration – Common Ground was one of the main groups facilitating volunteers and relief efforts.

Photo by Peter Lerrman/Wikimedia Commons

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Salon on the Reclaiming Principles of Unity

August 15, 2020 – 2pm (San Francisco); 6:00pm (Rio de Janeiro);10:00pm (London); August 16 at 7:00am (Melbourne)

We are pleased to announce a community wide salon regarding the recent proposed modifications to the Reclaiming Principles of Unity (PoU). This salon is occurring because we recognize that Facebook and/or e-mail discussion lists have limitations in their effectiveness for discussions of topics as important to our community as these. In this salon, we will directly address discussion points that were raised in the International Reclaiming WAF facebook group, regarding the line from the PoU that states, “We value peace and practice non-violence, in keeping with the Rede, ‘Harm none, and do what you will.’”

The purpose of this salon is to hear about (1) the history and intent of the formation of the Principles of Unity by former Reclaiming Collective members who remain active in the community and (2) the proposed changes by members of a Reclaiming group called Decolonizing Actions in Reclaiming (DARC). DARC is a group of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and mixed race Reclaiming community members who are intent on returning the Reclaiming Witchcraft tradition and Reclaiming communities into being radically accessible and inclusive of People of color through our efforts of decolonizing actions, social justice, compassion, integrity and love.

This salon will not be a general discussion group and it is not a decision making forum. It will be composed of 2 fishbowl sessions and small breakout groups. This salon is for active community members who are actively engaged in this topic. No other topics will be addressed.

This salon will take place via Zoom and therefore has a limitation of 250 participants. This session will be recorded for viewing by community members who are not able to attend. Priority for attendance will be provided for BIPOC community members. We kindly ask that only people who are able to make a firm commitment to attend register for the event. By signing up you are consenting to the recording of this session.

This session will occur on August 15, 2020, 2pm (San Francisco); 6:00pm (Rio de Janeiro);10:00pm (London); August 16 at 7:00am (Melbourne).

If you would like to attend this salon, we ask that you commit to completing the following pre-work:

2019 BIRCH Consensus Items: https://www.dandeliongathering.org/birch
DARC BIPOC and Mixed Race Reclaiming Convergence Statement to Reclaiming on Anti-Racist Practices: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17mPT7rU73kIoaW8uAseSKPHSISJUuOLeLsJaDzqi1IM/edit#heading=h.38z5r8zctnc.

Reclaiming Principles of Unity: https://reclaimingcollective.wordpress.com/principles-of-unity/

To register, fill out this link: https://forms.gle/jQN1UVFxvKAQuGcP8.

Details about how to join the salon will be emailed out to all those who register.

Earth Activist Training with Starhawk & Charles

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If you’ve always wanted to learn more about permaculture, here’s two ways to do it—I’m teaching a full permaculture design course, together with Charles Williams and other awesome guest teachers. You can also take just the first three weeks as an intro. And there’s a link below to a free webinar I’ve recorded, to learn more about it. We have some Diversity scholarships and work trade available, too! I’d love to get some more good Witchy energy into the permaculture world – love Starhawk

Learn how to design human systems that mimic natural systems, using a minimum of energy and resources and creating real abundance and social justice. We will cover principles and ethics, reading the landscape, how to heal soil and cleanse water, design integrated systems, harvest water, drought-proof land, build soil, sequester carbon, make compost, compost tea, and biochar, bio-remediate toxins, and more. Explore the solutions to climate change, and the strategies and organizing tools that can put them into place.

A Sampling of Topics plant guilds, food forests, edible landscaping, plants, animals, natural building, design, earth, water, climate, energy, spirit, social permaculture, organizing & activism.

Permaculture Principles, Ethics and Design Process
Climate Change Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation
Water Systems, Water Harvesting, Roof Water Catchment
Greywater and Blackwater Treatment
Bioremediation
Soil Building
Compost, Compost teas, Cover crops, No-till systems
Plant Guilds and Perennials

Join Starhawk, Charles Williams and an all star cast for Earth Activist Training’s first fully online Permaculture Design Certificate Course. We have been teaching this course for 20 years and now are adapting our teaching skills to the needs of the moment. We are excited to share with our global Earth Activist friends, family, and new community!

Students who complete the course requirement receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, recognized by PINA (Permaculture Institute of North America).

LIVE CLASS: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 PM Pacific starting July 21st. Classes will shorten to 90 minutes starting August. Registration below.

WATCH INTRODUCTION WEBINAR HERE:

REGISTRATION LINK:

earthactivisttraining.org/event/permaculture-design-course-online/

PAYMENT PLAN: In order for us to offer this option – there is an increase in our administrative costs so the payment plan option is for our $800 tuition. We are asking for a $200 down payment to reserve your spot and then $50 / month for 12 months totaling $800 by July 2021.

DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS: Earth Activist Training is committed to increasing the diversity of the global permaculture and regenerative land movements. Our goal is to provide access to our programs through scholarships for indigenous people and people of color working in environmental and food justice areas. Apply via the link below.

WORK TRADE AVAILABLE: We have transitioned our traditional in person work trade into a remote arrangement. The cost of this course increases with this option as there is additional administrative time.

We ask that you pay a 50% contribution (which is $400) and work trade for 20 hrs ($20/ hr + 30 mins communications). We are seeking remote skills such as: graphic design, video editing, grant writing, journalism, content development…