New Pride Flag design by Daniel Quasar
We, the Brothers of the Unnamed Path, would like to wish everyone a happy, safe, and fulfilling Pride Month.
As we go to various celebrations around the country and world, let us not forget that Pride has always been a declaration that we have the right to exist. This month we celebrate the struggles and those who fought 50 years ago, for the rights and liberties we now have, during the first uprising at Stonewall. We particularly honor our gender non-conforming siblings and trans sisters of color who have always been at the forefront of our movement.
We are a spectrum of identities & sexualities, and this month we also remember that our community is still struggling in some areas. Our transgender siblings are targeted more now than ever. Our Intersex, Ace, Aro, and Non-binary siblings are constantly having to justify just being themselves. Intolerance and ignorance is something we must continue to fight against both outside and within our community.
So as we go forward, as we march, as we live, laugh and love, let us thank our queer Ancestors for all they sacrificed to get us to where we are today. Let us promise to continue to fight & to make the world a better place for those who still struggle and those who will come after.
Blessings and happy Pride!
STATEMENT BY THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE UNNAMED PATH REGARDING THE SEPARATION OF CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANTS FROM THEIR PARENTS.
The Brotherhood of the Unnamed Path denounces the actions by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency separating children of immigrants from their parents. We stand against these policies as dictated and enforced by the attorney general and the current administration. We condemn in the strongest terms the justification of these actions by statement of religious scripture or by indicating a need to intimidate and provoke fear.
We are all descendants of immigrants to this land. Our Brotherhood includes some whose families have been here only a generation, some whose families have been here many generations, and some are descendants from the people who set foot on the North American continent almost 20,000 years ago.
The Government of the United States, since its founding has had a sordid history in how it has treated people living on the North American continent, and frankly around the world. We acknowledge this and possess no intent to diminish the harm done to previous generations. We had hoped that our government would be loath to return to committing the atrocities that had been done in the past. We had hoped that those in positions of power and trust would exercise judgment with compassion and an enlightened understanding of what mistakes to not make again. Unfortunately, our hopes are diminished. Our fears are realized.
We call upon the government of the United States to immediately cease its practice of separating families. We encourage legal action, and as people are able and see fit, direct action to protest and disrupt these activities. We ask our ancestors, the spirits of this land, our guides and guardians to aid us all in these efforts.
Our Brotherhood and practices revolve around Love. We the Brotherhood of the Unnamed Path send our Love to all those families suffering and to those fighting against these practices of terror.
To those ordering, instigating, committing, and condoning these brutal deeds, be warned, the ancestors are awake, the spirits are awake, and the people are awakening. You will be held accountable for your acts.
June 17, 2018
(“Water is Life” in Lakota)
In August 2016, the Unnamed Path signed onto the Pagan Statement of Solidarity with Standing Rock –
As Winter sets in, with some Water Protectors heading home while others brace for the season, we reaffirm our solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the words expressed in the Pagan Statement of Solidarity.
We encourage everyone, as they are called, to work on this important issue as well as the numerous similar issues they face in their communities.
Hello friends, brothers and spiritual kin,
I find myself in a very angry place at the moment. Here we stand on the precipice of a very important election, and not only is the future of our country in question, but the future of our rights as human beings are being threatened.
On the California ballot there is a proposition being put up for the vote that would explicitly take our rights away as granted to us by the California State Constitution. Proposition 8 is precisely worded to eliminate the right for gays and lesbians to marry and codify it into the State Constitution overriding our long-standing constitutional principle that everyone in our state is treated equally regardless of sex, national origin, religion or sexual orientation. This would be the first time in California history that discrimination is codified into the Constitution to explicitly take away one group’s rights.
There are currently many advertisements on television and the radio spreading lies about the implications of the recent California Supreme Court decision, namely that somehow churches would lose their tax-free status or that kids would be forced to learn about gay marriage in schools, etc. These are all false. We have protections in place in state law that would prevent these things from happening. Because many of you don’t have time or don’t know where to research these things for yourself, I provide the following link for your edification:
Proposition 8 Fact vs. Fiction
Don’t believe the lies. Don’t fall for the fear campaign. But more importantly, please don’t take away my rights as a citizen of this state and as a human being. Please vote NO on Proposition 8 this November. I know I’m not a second-class citizen and I certainly hope you feel the same way.