Michigan Pagans get some clarity on where some leadership stands

The Michgan Pagan political spectrum is afire with activism, and anti-activism, regarding the protest movements fueled by the outrage of the death of George Floyd. Mulitple protests, demonstrations, gatherings, and workings are filling the event calendars. In the early days, leadership was cautious to make their statements before more facts came out from preliminary findings. But now, several boards groups have made their official statements available.

PBN News wanted to delve further. We reached out for additional commentary with a 3 question open call. Some were able to respond. Others were more guarded when it came to how strongly their position statment’s impact was addressed. We present this information here in the hopes to give clarification to the stands taken.

Has your organization issued an official, or unofficial, position/statement?

Enafae Moore-Sweet, MEC President, Magical Education Council: Yes, it has been posted to our Facebook page, our Facebook Group and has been or will shortly be added to our website.

On June 12, 2020, MEC issued their first position statement.

Statement from the MEC board:

MEC was founded with the goal of making a safe and inclusive community for all as laid out in our mission statement right from the very beginning:

The Magical Educational Council was established for the following purpose: to create community by promoting the sharing of knowledge,experience, and fellowship among people who follow mystical and esoteric traditions.

In order to promote community, we do not include those paths or traditions whose doctrines advocate bigotry and / or violence against others on any basis including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religion

It is in the core of what MEC is and what we want to provide the community to stand against racism not only at our event, but in our community and in the world. To this end we had planned on using our Spring Town Hall to start an initiative of creating a community wide Diversity Board, however our plans were cut short by the pandemic that has threatened the health and taken the lives of so many.

This has not stopped our plans, but has delayed them. We are committed to continue to have ConVocation be a place for everyone in our community to feel safe, welcome, included and represented. When we can confirm that it will be lawful and safe to host a Town Hall (hopefully in October) we will be making announcements to invite those who want to help us improve ConVocation and all other events, groups and organizations be as representatively diverse as our community truly is.

In the meantime, know that we understand that we CANNOT understand what people of color have experienced in their lives, but we support you, we are listening to you and we are here for you.

Justice for only some is no justice at all. Black Lives Matter

Love Bembas, Detroit Magick Users Collective: We have issued an official statement as follows:
To the loved ones left behind when an oppressive and racist system took George Floyd’s life on May 25, 2020, the Detroit Magick Users Collective would like to express its deepest sympathy.


The Detroit Magick Users Collective condemns prejudice and racism of any kind, as reflected in our mission statement. We oppose white supremacy in all its forms. We believe that there is no other acceptable position on the matter.

George Floyd was a human being full of plans and dreams, just like all of us. And yet, he was callously killed by a system contaminated by racism. We will continue to pray for justice in the days to come, not just for him, but for all people of color who have been victims of police brutality, including the ones who may not have died or had their stories told. Enough is enough.


Regardless of race or religion, we are all in this together. We will not stop at justice for one man, we must work together to dismantle white supremacy.

Black lives matter.


If you wish to talk, or find ways to be part of the solution, do not hesitate to email us at detroitmagickuserscollective@gmail.com or reach out to us on social media.

Kyle Coviak, Great Lakes Witches Council:

I fully support basic human rights and the calls to end the prevalent usage of excessive force by police officers against ALL people, with the understanding that African American, Indigenous, and Latino communities are disproportionately targeted by police brutality and mass incarceration.

All lives will matter only when black and brown lives matter.

(This is also their official statement. Full disclosure, writer is a member.)

How do you feel, personally about this?

Enafae Moore-Sweet, MEC President, Magical Education Council: We are not sure who you are asking about personal feelings.  We are an organization and we discuss and make all official statements as a group.

On June 14, 2020, MEC gave a second statement.

After further reflection upon our previous statement we (the MEC board) have realized that we were not sufficiently clear on where MEC stands. MEC can not and will not tolerate racism of any kind, explicit or implicit. We stand with and support the fight to end injustice and systemic racism.

In the recent statement MEC posted, we focused on the actions MEC has committed to in continuing to educate and better ourselves and our community. We hear and acknowledge that in making that our focus we buried and undervalued the trauma and the severity of the issues faced by people of color and the importance of Black Lives Matter and related movements. This was not our intention. We Apologize.

The violence, bigotry and disenfranchisement that people of color face and have been facing for centuries cannot be allowed to continue. MEC will continue to strive to meet the goal of eradication of these plagues on our society and in our communities.

After further reflection upon our previous statement we (the MEC board) have realized that we were not sufficiently clear on where MEC stands. MEC can not and will not tolerate racism of any kind, explicit or implicit. We stand with and support the fight to end injustice and systemic racism.

In the recent statement MEC posted, we focused on the actions MEC has committed to in continuing to educate and better ourselves and our community. We hear and acknowledge that in making that our focus we buried and undervalued the trauma and the severity of the issues faced by people of color and the importance of Black Lives Matter and related movements. This was not our intention. We Apologize.

The violence, bigotry and disenfranchisement that people of color face and have been facing for centuries cannot be allowed to continue. MEC will continue to strive to meet the goal of eradication of these plagues on our society and in our communities.

Hatred and intolerance have no shelter within our community or at our events and therefore must be actively uprooted. Racists and bigots of all stripes can stay home, they will not be welcome among us.

Love Bembas, Detroit Magick Users Collective: Personally I feel this statement makes our standing clear, and tells the members of our community we will not allow discrimination in our social sphere, and further, we vehemently oppose white supremacy and police brutality. Our hope in writing this is that it is a call to action and collaboration to make police brutality a thing of the past.

 Where do you feel Pagan organizations are in regards to having resources for understanding how to respond to members, or questioners from the dominant non Pagan society, regarding your organization’s response?

Enafae Moore-Sweet, MEC President, Magical Education Council: We cannot speak to other pagan organizations.  The level of protests and community action against the treatment of people of color and systemic racism has been astronomical and such a sudden force in this country and around the world that we did not have the resources where we would have liked them to be to help further the cause of justice.  This was the motivation behind our plans to create a Diversity Board so that all members and organizations in the Pagan Community would be able to be reached and have someone to reach out to, to ensure our community was representing and supporting people of color, LGBTQ+ people and anyone else who has been marginalized, disparaged, or had violence set upon them.

Love Bembas, Detroit Magick Users Collective: We cannot speak for other organizations, though I can tell you that the members of our collective have varied backgrounds and knowledge, so between us we hope to be able to respond to questions resulting from our statement.  We do not claim to have all of the answers between us, and seek information from experts outside of the collective as the need arises.

Michigan Pagan Festival issued their own statement in a very decisive fashion on their official stance.

We at Michigan Pagan Festival are outraged by the marginalization, oppression, systemic racism, and lack of accountability by the people who are supposed to serve and protect our communities. Within the Pagan community, we need to acknowledge the importance of our Black sisters and brothers who often do not receive equitable treatment and face cultural appropriation, silencing, and discrimination. THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL ISSUE. IT IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE. #BlackLivesMatter We want to be clear about the urgent need to take action to dismantle white supremacy in ALL of its forms.

We are calling on you to do four things:

1. We call upon all organizations and individuals including ourselves to start leading by example. Be the change you want to see in the world.

2. Get real with yourself and others. Have an honest conversation with yourself about implicit bias. Do not excuse racist behavior, regardless of who the source is. STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR BAD BEHAVIOR.

3. Open and honest two-way communication. This is how you find your voice. Hold family, friends, coworkers, and anyone you interact with on a daily basis accountable for their words, actions and deeds. Use this as a way to create the opportunity for education.

4. Use your resources and your platform to take a stance. This is not the time to hide in fear from having difficult conversations. It is only through difficult conversations that we can grow. Changing this narrative begins with standing up for what is right and using our voices, our actions, and our money to fight racist oppression. The only way to change this systemic problem is to speak out, elevate Black voices, and denounce the practice of police brutality.

We see you, we love you, and your lives are valuable.


Pagan leadership across the Southeastern, and Mid Michigan, regions are organizing peaceful protests, vigils, and other events. They are doing the work on the ground. We will continue to bring you their stories of bravery and conviction as they come to us.

Michigan Pagan podcast 3 Pagans and a Cat broadcast their beliefs into the soundwaves. Their episode 095:Protest brought a lot of hard hitting thoughts. We urge you to have a listen.

This process of adjustment from the sidelines to the social media front lines is difficult. Moving forward, we expect more organizations to come out with their stance, pro or con. It is a brave new world, witches.

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2 Replies to “Michigan Pagans get some clarity on where some leadership stands”

  1. Thank you for covering this. I think the rapidness with which groups and organizations are clarifying their positions, compared to the last two decades, is encouraging.

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