A Statement from the Brothers of the Unnamed Path
We the Brothers of the Unnamed Path wish to express our condolences to the families who have lost so many individuals to racial inequality and violence. Especially most recently to the families of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor. We mourn with you and ask the spirits of their ancestors and ours to guide them home. May they find peace and may they continue to rise in power.
Secondly we would like to condemn the excessive brutal actions of the police system. Systemic racism is a sickness that our country has had since its birth. It can often be seen most prevalently in the actions of those who are ‘sworn to protect and serve.’ We call on our local and federal governments to pass quick and decisive resolutions that will address this inequality and bring to justice those who murdered Black and other people of color in their charge. We demand a new system that will work with the community rather than against it.
Thirdly we believe it is not in our power to tell our Black siblings how to grieve and how to demand change. The loss of life far outweighs the loss of possessions and goods. As queer individuals our own struggle for rights and acceptance is often credited to the Stonewall Uprising or as others call it, the Stonewall Riots. In the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Riots do not develop out of thin air, certain conditions continue to exist in our society that must be condemned…Riots are the language of the unheard…Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention.” Sometimes great trees that look ok on the outside are actually rotten and decaying on the inside. When they are like that they are often burned or cut down so that new growth will spring forth from their ashes.
Lastly we call on those who would call themselves allies; we call on you to stop and listen to those you are claiming to help. The focus right now is finding justice for our Black siblings and we need to listen to what they need. We need to use our privilege to lift up their voices and take ourselves out of the spotlight. Black Lives Matter, and we need to make sure they are heard.
“No Pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.” – Marsha P. Johnson
– The Brotherhood of the Unnamed Path
We just recently observed International Transgender Day of Visibility, which was born out of the need to celebrate trans people around the globe, the courage it takes to live openly and to shine a light on the hurdles and issues they continue to face. So for the conversation today we want to talk about why it’s so important to be visible.
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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.