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.
Join author Luke Hauser for a profusely illustrated 25-minute journey through our past. We’ll focus especially on 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. Co-created by Groundwork and Reclaiming Quarterly.
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
Welcome to Reclaiming Quarterly’s latest project – a companion text to accompany Starhawk’s voluminous writings, featuring dozens of magical workings, ritual ideas, activist skills, pagan history, and more. The draft is now available for free download – print edition planned for 2021.
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.
Earth Activism Training – Restoration Intensive
February 23 – March 2, 2020
New Paradigm College – Lucerne, Lake County, CA
with Starhawk & Lindsey Dailey
This new long-term program is designed to give you the skills, experience and confidence to run a farm, ranch, retreat center or urban farm in ways that heal damaged ecosystems and sequester carbon.
Based around two ten-day intensives, ongoing internships, online resources and real-world experiences, the RLMT Program is designed to be flexible, credit work you’ve already done, while connecting you with land and career opportunities.
More info and registration: earthactivisttraining.org/
Pagan Cluster activist Lisa Fithian has released a new book of activist skills and stories, ranging from Seattle in 1999 to the present. Check it out:
Lisa’s Website – ShutItDownNow.org
Online Ordering – various options
Back Cover Description
A veteran activist’s guide to direct action and strategic civil disobedience as the most radical and rapid means to social change
For decades, Lisa Fithian’s work as an advocate for civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action has put her on the frontlines of change. Described by Mother Jones as “the nation’s best-known protest consultant,” Fithian has supported countless movements including the Battle of Seattle in 1999, rebuilding and defending communities following Hurricane Katrina, Occupy Wall Street, and the uprisings at Standing Rock and in Ferguson. For anyone who wants to become more active in resistance or is just feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, Shut It Down offers strategies and actions you can take right now to promote justice and incite change in your own community.
In Shut It Down Fithian shares historic, behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most important people-powered movements of the past several decades. She shows how movements that embrace direct action have always been, and continue to be, the most radical and rapid means for transforming the ills of our society. Shut It Down is filled with instructions and inspiration for how movements can evolve as the struggle for social justice continues in the Trump era and beyond.
While recognizing that electoral politics, legislation, and policy are all important pathways to change, Shut It Down argues that civil disobedience is not just one of the only actions that remains when all else fails, but a spiritual pursuit that protects our deepest selves and allows us to reclaim our humanity. Change can come, but only if we’re open to creatively, lovingly, and strategically standing up, sometimes at great risk to ourselves, to protect what we love.
Several thousand Bay Area activists shut down the central financial district of San Francisco, known as Wall Street West.
The September 25 actions were part of international climate justice events, including the global student strike on September 20.
Reclaiming’s Bay Area Pagan Cluster – Witches Invoking Creative Climate Action, or WICCA – organized a ritual for mid-afternoon. We processed down California Street singing We Are the Rising Sun, then did a short Equinox ritual in the middle of the “mural district” of Montgomery Street, ending with a spiral dance to Our Hands Will Work for Peace and Justice (Harvest Chant).
Young people around the world rallied, struck, and took direct action for Climate Justice on Friday, September 20.
Anchored by the Sunrise Movement, Extinction Rebellion, and other groups, this day of action challenged people and governments to take action now.
Reclaiming’s Bay Area Pagan Cluster, WICCA (Witches Invoking Creative Climate Action!), will participate and support this day of actions in downtown San Francisco