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TOPIC-SPECIFIC LINKS FOR HELP AND GUIDANCE CONCERNING RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION AND ASSOCIATED LEGAL PROBLEMS



CONTENTS
    Guidance for Finding Help/Giving Help
    Employment Issues
    Dealing with Police
    Evidence Used in Earth Religion Cases
    Case Documentation and Submission Form
    Laws
    Letter Writing
    Parents Rights and Concerns
    Natural Landscaping
    Nudity
    Pagan Prisoners
    Potential Legal Referral Sources for Earth Religion Cases
    Sites Offering Information on Obtaining Free Legal Aid
    Witches' Voice White Pages
    IRS
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"Anything I said is as a friend and pagan and is not legal advice (nor would be advice from a lawyer not specifically retained for your case). Tennessee as you likely already know is one of those states where there is a lot of bias among judges.  There are ways of using legal tactics to delay and "judge shop" for someone known to be sympathetic, or less adversely prejudiced, but for the most part they require money to have counsel familiar with local quirks engage the courts in a "legal dance"."-Liaison for ERLAN


National Congress for Fathers & Children 1-800-SEE-DADS, or
ncfc@nolawyer.com.
http://www.dadnkids.com/ncfc
(I think they added www.ncfc.org and are linked from the "nolawyer" site below.)

Some private resource list for family law issues:
http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/childrens_rights.html
http://www.divorcelawinfo.com/PA/cusres.htm
http://www.cwla.org/
http://www.abanet.org/child/home.html
http://www.primenet.com/~nolawyer/

GUIDANCE FOR FINDING HELP/GIVING HELP

http://www2.nfx.net/~firespring/eral/index.html

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES

AMER Guide to Handling Religious Harassment at Work
http://www.usit.com/tnglmoon/work-harrassment.htm

President Clinton's Guidelines on Religious Exercise and Expression in the Federal Workplace
(issued 8/14/97 after theSupreme Court ruling against RFRA on 6/25/97),at:
http://www.fpmi.com/lerpress/religiousguidelines.html

Project Law (among other things, deals with religious discrimination on the Job)
http://www.projectlaw.org

DEALING WITH POLICE

AMER Guide for Dealing with Police Harassment
http://www.usit.com/tnglmoon/police_harrassment.htm

Guidance for Pressing Charges (by Michael and Marija of ERAL):(Guidelines focused on a tenant violently attacking a landlord, but useful for other situations involving violence)
http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/ERAL/PRESCHRG.TXT

Law Enforcement Guide to Witchcraft, Wicca, etc.
http://www.tylwythteg.com/lawguide1.html

Complete Directory of Law Enforcement Agencies:
http://www.officer.com/agencies.htm

EVIDENCE USED IN EARTH RELIGION CASES

Much useful evidence is copyright; and most of it is not in digital form, so only a few items are posted on the Web. Certified copies may be needed as evidence in court.The most commonly cited piece of evidence used to establish Wicca as a religion, is the:
US Army Chaplain's Handbook: Excerpt ON Wicca
http://www.voicenet.com/~reinhart/rw/mil_wic.html
http://www.religioustolerance.org/wic_usbk.htm

Wicca, a Legal Scholar's Vuew
http://www.journey1.org/freedom/flynn.htm

The Pentagram A thorough document tracing the history and usage of thePentagram, by Bill Kilborn.
http://www.journey1.org/freedom/pentagram.htm

Case History of 1999 Michigan Pentagram Case
http://www.journey1.org/freedom/lincolnpark.htm

However, plenty of additional evidence exists.
Referrals to other webpages containing documents that have been used as evidence in legal cases involving Earth Religions would be appreciated.

For a packet of hardcopy versions of a packet of evidence, send $10 (to cover copying and postage) to
Lady Allyn
l36 Prospect Avenue
Middletown, New York, 10940
ladyallyn@hotmail.com
(914) 343-2372.

After you review the evidence, determine what fits your beliefs, and contact your attorney, Lady Allyn can provide your attorney with specific information on how theevidence has been used successfully in custody and job discrimination cases. However, the best evidence is often your evidence:

CASE DOCUMENTATION AND SUBMISSION FORM

http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/ERAL/ERAL-IN.txt

When the form comes up in your browser, highlight it with your mouse, and copy it to a blank page in your word processor (copy and paste). By filling out the form and providing it and the requested documentation, attorneys and others helping you will have much of the information needed to provide appropriately focused assistance

LAWS

Freedom of Religion in the United States (by Marija) (a summary of pertinent Federal Freedom of Religion Law with a few key case abstracts, which needs to be updated given the fact that RFRA was declared unconstitutional by the US supreme court)
http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/ERAL/LAW-FED.txt

Genocide Act:
http://web.canlink.com/ocrt/genocide.htm

Know Your Legal Rights
http://www.witchvox.com/white/wknowyourrights.html

Witches' Federal Law Memorandum
http://www.journey1.org/freedom/memorandum.htm

Religious Freedom related laws (includes USA Federal, Canada, and Massachusetts):
http://www.CelticCrow.com/legal/legal.html

Supreme Court Decisions Related to Religious Liberty
http://w3.trib.com/FACT/1st.religion.html

Santeria in the Legal World
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/5883/santeria.html

Legal Search Homepage
http://www.lawguru.com/

Legal Form Search Engine
http://www.findforms.com/

Legal Search Metaindex
http://www.lawguru.com/search/lawsearch.html

Legal Information Resources
http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/legrts.html

Law Links (See Legal Subject Index, then Civil Rights, for Good Section on Religion)
http://www.findlaw.org/

The Ohio Legal System: Resources and Commentary Regarding the Laws of Ohio, by J. David Ingersoll, Esq.
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/4926/

State Statutes:
http://www.tir.com/~jwhalen/states.htm

More Law State Index:
http://www.morelaw.com/states/index.htm

A generic link that's usually useful for official state laws, regulations, or agency access.
HTTP://www.state.<2 letter postal abbrev>.us

Free Legal Forms (contracts, power of attorney, Wills, Articles of Incorporation, etc.)
http://www.delafe.com/form/indxfrme.htm

How to Read a Legal Citation
http://infoeagle.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/law/lawlib/GUIDES-H/legalcite.html

LETTER WRITING for Earth Religion Rights (Witches' Voice)
http://www.witchvox.com/twv/howtohelp.html

On contacting elected officials on Capitol Hill
http://legislators.com/wpost/contact.html

Get Info about your US Representative and Senators
http://congress.nw.dc.us/wpost/search.html

Email Your US Representative and Senators
http://congress.nw.dc.us/wpost/elecmail.html

It is often more effective to snail mail politicians. Please use both

PARENTS RIGHTS AND CONCERNS

Accused Witches in Recent Child Custody Cases
http://www.stanford.edu/class/law495/drobac.htm

Boilerplate Text for custody cases:
http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/ERAL/BOLRPLAT.TXT

Religious Differences in Child Custody & Visitation Disputes
http://www.zmlalaw.com/religion.htm

Parents victimized by Children's Protective Services
http://www.religioustolerance.org/cps_vict.htm

Witches' Voice Pagan Parenting website
http://www.witchvox.com/witches/xparent.html

National Congress for Fathers & Children 1-800-SEE-DADS, or
ncfc@nolawyer.com.
http://www.dadnkids.com/ncfc

The Divorce! Child Custody and The Modern Pagan (Witches Voice White Page Index)
http://www.witchvox.com/xwhite.html

NEW Cult Awareness Network (Has links on deprogramming, bogus brainwashing and mind control theories)
http://www.cultawarenessnetwork.org

An Overview:
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_cc_overview.html

Making YOUR Case:
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_cc_your_case.html

What DO Courts Look For?:
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_cc_in_court.html

Powerful Link Section To Other Related Sites:
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_cc_support_links.html

Relevant Supreme Court Decisions:
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_ccl_federal.html

Relevant State Court Decisions:
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_ccl_state.html

Kendall V. Kendall (religious differences/best interest of the child):
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_ccl_kendall.html

The Ballard Case (A classic):
http://www.witchvox.com/white/wballard.html

ACLU on Students Rights:
http://www.aclu.org/issues/student/hmes.html

NATURAL LANDSCAPING

John Marshall Law Review presents an overview of "weed laws" and real-life cases of natural gardeners who won their rights to natural landscaping
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/greenacres/weedlaws/JMLR.html

Weeding Out Bad Vegetation Control Ordinances by Bret Rappaport and Bevinorn
http://www.for-wild.org/weedlaws/weeding.htm

Natural Landscaping Toolkit
A Source Book on Natural Landscaping for Public Officials
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/greenacres/toolkit/

USEPA, GREEN ACRES: Green Landscaping with Native Plants
http://www.epa.gov/greenacres/

Wild Ones Homepage
http://www.for-wild.org/

Backyard Habitat, National Wildlife, October/November 1998
http://www.nwf.org/nwf/natlwild/1998/yardon8.html

Books and Videos About Natural Landscaping Available at Defenders'
Library
http://www.mcdef.org/natbook.htm

43 Reasons Not to Mow:
http://www.acorn.net/evergreen

Stories about not mowing
http://www.acorn.net/evergreen

Paradise Lost - The Tyranny of Conformity Revisited, by Carol Wallace
at
http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/virtually_gardening/11040

Gaia Rising
http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/GaiaRising.htm

NUDITY

Naturist Action Committee of The Naturist Society
http://www.naturistsociety.com/NAC/

Central Florida Naturists - Marv Frandsen, active civil rights litigator is VP
http://www.central-fla-naturists.org/

Nudity related court opinions; some not widely found on online law sites,hosted by Bob Neinast.
http://home.att.net/~saran/court.htm

Research and sociology materials regarding nudity and peripheral issues;site host has strong Christian perspective, but has some excellent material.
http://home.att.net/~wdpeck/biblio.htm
http://home.att.net/~wdpeck/p_links.htm

PAGAN PRISONERS

Resources for Incarcerated Pagans
http://www.bloomington.in.us/~pen/resipo.html

POTENTIAL LEGAL REFERRAL SOURCES FOR EARTH RELIGION CASES

If you have such a case, get an attorney, preferably who is knowledgeable about the type of case you are involved with, and freedom of religion law in relationship to such cases. Also please consider:

A GOOD LAWYER (on what Attorneys and Clients should expect from each other)
http://www.agoodlawyer.com/

For possible attorney referrals (and possibly other help), try contacting:

ACLU Chapters
http://www.aclu.org/action/chapters.html

American Bar Association State Referral List
http://www.abanet.org/referral/home.html

Lawoffice.com (has interesting topical articles in most legal areas and a site map to find lawyers by category (including civil rights and constitutional law) and by state.

http://www.Lawoffice.com/

Earth Religion Organizations
http://www.conjure.com/COG/groups.html
and
http://www.conjure.com/COG/cog.html

Directory of Earth Religion Rights Activists by State
http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/directory.htm

Latest ERAL Public Contacts (see Case Intake form)
http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/ERAL/ERAL-IN.txt

American's United for Separation of Church and State
http://www.au.org/

Festival Organizers (also lists festivals at which one could network)
http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/CALENDAR.htm
and
http://www.witchvox.com/network/festivals.html

Metaphysical Shops
http://www.monmouth.com/~queen/sources.html

Religious Freedom Organizations
http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/religrts.html

Witches Voice Links
http://www.witchvox.com/xwotw.html

SITES OFFERING INFORMATION ON OBTAINING FREE LEGAL AID

CANADA:

Legal Aid Information
http://www.firstlinelaw.com/aid.html

INTERNATIONAL

Legal Aid Around the World
http://www.ptla.org/international.htm

UNITED STATES

Pro Bono Resources By State
http://www.abanet.org/legalserv/probono/home.html

Pine Tree Legal Assistance
http://www.ptla.org/links.htm

Pro-Bono Links:
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_legal_aid_links.html

Consult an attorney for free:
http://www.uslaw.com/

American Bar Association-Pro Bono Aid:
http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono.html

Georgia Indigent Defense Council:
http://www.gidc.com/

Idaho Legal Aid:
http://www.Idaholegalaid.org/

Legal Aid Bureau (Maryland):
http://www.nlada.org/links.htm

Justice Information Center:
http://www.ncjrs.org/

National Center on Poverty Law (Help for low income people):
http://www.povertylaw.org/index.htm

National Center for Youth Law:
http://www.youthlaw.org/

Northwest Justice Project (self help and resources for low income people in Washington state):
http://www.nwjustice.org/

State Government Guide (Local resources and directories):
http://www.governmentguide.com/state/directories.adp?type=msie

The Defender Association (Washington state):
http://www.defender.org/

WITCHES' VOICE WHITE PAGES

Your Right to Home Worship, legal summaries, and form Letters
http://www.witchvox.com/xwhite.htm

Witches' Voice Web Site Submission Form at the bottom of
http://www.witchvox.com/network/xwebsites.html#sitelist

IRS

IRS guidelines for establishing 501(3) organizations, download IRS Publication 557. The URL for
this, as a PDF file for Adobe reader software, is
ftp://ftp.fedworld.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p557.pdf

SACRED EARTH ALLIANCE LINKS

Sacred Earth Alliance (SEA) Homepage with Links to Current Directory of Public Earth Religion Rights activists:
http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/SEAHomepage.htm
(link from this page to be replaced by an annotated directory and Yellow Pagers, based on filled out questionnaires and the information in this directory, when programming and data entry is complete).

A general summary of Earth Religion Rights organizations (with links)
http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/erro.htm

ERAL, an e-mail list focused on fighting religious discrimination using the law and other means.
For details, see: http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/eral.html (which also links to many other organizations and legal aid resources on the web). To receive a subscription registration form,e-mail eral-request@dreksys.com. The body of the message should be ONLY the word: Subscribe

FIRE, an e-mail list focused on fighting misrepresentation of our beliefs and practices in mass media: and other issues. WADL, WARD, the Dendrite List, and some other organizations also have mailing lists that deal with all of the above issues. Subscriptionsare available throughhttp://www.onelist.com

Lady Liberty League News on-line: send e-mail to: circle@mhtc.net with "LLL NEWS Subscribe" in the subject line.

News on selected Earth Religion Rights cases:
http://www.circlesanctuary.org/liberty
http://www.witchvox.com/wvoxmap.html

Submit information useful on Earth Religion Rights cases to a National archive by e-mailing
Wren@witchvox.com or snail mailing it to:

Wren Walker
P.O. Box 4924
Clearwater, FL 33758-4924

and see the Witches Voice
http://www.witchvox.com/

ERLAN is primarily a communications forum with a clergy activist and legal rights focus, with a number of  lawyers and larger number of pagan clergy and organization leaders. working list, ERAL (Earth Religions Assistance List), a closed list of under 100 members all subject to confidentiality agreements.  Responses depend on who if anyone has time plus interest currently, within the limits of a volunteer organization.
We maintain some online resources, found at the "Helplinks" link off
http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/eral.html
In addition, we do have a paralegal who is able to provide local counsel with certified copies of a collection of reference documents often useful to local counsel, some of which are found in unofficial form on that site, and others of which are not due to Copyright issues.
EARTH RELIGIONS ASSISTANCE HOMEPAGE
http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/eral.html

SACRED EARTH ALLIANCE HOMEPAGE
http://members.aol.com/lcorncalen/SEAHomepage.htm

Additional Links
Press Releases
W.A.R.D.[Witches Against Religious Discrimination] Eye of Justice : Wings of Liberty : WARD of your Rights 877-367-8481 - Toll Free
AREN
W L P A[Witches League for Public Awareness]
Interfaith Relations And The Churches
Nashville Bar Association:
ACLU statement "Religion in Public Schools
Case Law a collection from various sources
The Pagan Student and Teacher's Bill of Rights


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