Please Show Support for the APA
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On August 17, 2000, a "We Still Pray" rally was held at the Reynolds High School stadium in Asheville, NC which, according to an 8/25/00 article in the
Asheville Tribune "attracted over 13,000 people who were able to get inside the stadium and an
approximately 24,000 who tried but were turned away, congesting traffic for hours in Asheville"
In response to this rally a regional Pagan group, the Appalachian Pagan Alliance, has sent letters to Reynolds principal Tony Baldwin and Buncombe County Superintendent Cliff Dodson asking to hold a "We Still Work Magic" rally on the Autumnal Equinox (September 22nd), citing that if Reynolds had been used by one religious group, it should be made available for all others. "I thought it was an inappropriate place to have it at the public school," said Ginger Strivelli, leader of the Alliance. "I'm all for them having their religious gathering, but it struck me as being a poor decision to have it at the school system." "I don't think it's the right place to have a religious gathering. But now they've done it, and they need to open up to respect the diversity of the religious groups in this area."
Lady Ginger Strivelli and the APA have received a great deal of positive feedback from the Pagan community, not only in and around the Asheville area, but from across the country and all around the Mother Earth! The APA greatly appreciates the support that it is being shown from fellow Pagans.
Realistically we know that it is next to impossible to show the support for this rally on the scale that the "We Still Pray" rally showed with sheer number of people attending. While we are positive that many of our fellow Pagans across the country would show up to this event if they could, it is just not possible for them to do so. We would still like to have some sort of "physical" support to show at the rally.
What "physical"support can you give? Letters. The APA may not be able to have thousands of people physically there with them at the rally, but they could have mounds of letters from supporters with them there to show a kind of "physical presence by proxy."
Please show your support by sending letters, cards, and postcards to:
Appalachian Pagan Alliance
Thank you and may all the Gods and Goddesses bless you!
The Appalachian Pagan Alliance
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