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    Fire is an international Pagan activist organization formed and operating on the Internet via mailing lists and a web page. We have members in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and contacts in South Africa.

    Fire was begun in December of 1996 by Danica Nuccitelli, a Mills College student on her winter break. The constant barrage of Christmas images on television, the radio, store displays, and even the Internet finally drove home to her how Christian-centered our society truly was, and how silenced all other religions often were, and she decided to found this group. It is still run manually off of her Mills email account, and has now split it into three lists: one with all the discussion, articles, and action provided by the members; one with these messages bundled into a "digest" form sent out every few days; and one with solely action alerts and news stories.

    We use our mailing list to send out information related to all non-mainstream religions, from Asatru to Zen Buddhism. Our goal is to educate the public about these religions to eliminate discrimination against their followers. We also share experiences of discrimination and plan actions around them. We are constantly working to empower our members to educate their communities using activist and media tools.

    Our goals include having members in all countries, becoming a contact for accurate information about pagan religions to all forms of media, and forming a widespread number of community education groups to educate through picnics, school assemblies, and workshops. To join, email danica@mills.edu.


    See how fast we've grown!

  • January 9th, 1998 - Added a search engine to our site with HotBot.
  • December 17th - Received our three thousandth visitor.
  • December 1st - Created an online Pagan and activist bookstore in association with Amazon.com.
  • December - First issue of Pagan Connections, our activist zine, was begun, bridging the gap between Pagan activism online and in the physical world.
  • October 1st - Re-vamped site, cleaning up main page and adding graphical description of our site.
  • Early and Mid-September - Passed 2,000 hits. (and 2,100, and 2,200...)
  • September 11, 1997 - Created a kids' version of our site.
  • September 1st, 1997 - Survey of anti-pagan hate crimes begun, including a graph of crimes to date.
  • August, 1997 - New counter installed to tell us who was visiting our site when.
  • July 31st, 1997 - First nationwide action: Disney Day
  • Late July, 1997 - Passed 1,500 hits
  • July 25, 1997 - Java chat room introduced
  • June, 1997 - Passed 1,000 hits
  • Early April, 1997 - Passed 500 hits
  • March 24, 1997 - Last link on main page completed. (you're looking at it!)
  • Mid-March, 1997 - Web site revamped
  • February, 1997 - First action results from the list - Unitarian Universalists contacted for info on Caelum Moor controversy in Texas (see archives for more info)
  • February, 1997 - More than 100 members
  • January 18, 1997 - Counter added to web site
  • December, 1996 - This web site begun
  • December, 1996 - Added to Lizst, the searchable directory of mailing lists.
  • December 21, 1996 - First announcents sent to Pagan Digest and other mailing lists.
  • December 21, 1996 - Created


    Bring Solstice Cheer to "Holiday" Celebrations
    Donate Books to Pagan Prisoners
    Thank The Web Magazine for Pagan Awareness
    Pagan Connections Zine Starting
    Website Review Service
    Pagan Pride Celebrations
    Cyberpatrol Convinced to Stop Banning Pagan Sites
    X-Files Letters to Fox television attempting to end their tradition of Witch-defamation and offering to become a source for information on all Pagan religions.
    Wiccan Holidays A series of files provding information on the symbolism and activities of each Wiccan holiday, for use by schools, corporations, advertisers, and anyone else who wants to be Wiccan-inclusive.
    Los Angeles Times Mail campaign around stories portraying Wicca and Paganism badly.
    Cult allegations Widespread campaign calling for a response to repeated media allegations that Heaven's Gate and other cults were Pagan, and that Paganism is somehow dangerous.


  • A brochure on hate crimes against Pagans in the United States between 1996 and 1997: view the outside and inside.

  • In production: a fact sheet and informative brochure on the denial of religious rights to Pagan prisoners in the United States.

    Press Releases

    July 23, 1997


    Southern Baptists are engaged in their boycott of Disney because they feel that homosexuality is immoral and sinful. But other religious groups disagree. One is even going so far as to declare a "Disney Day," asking everyone who supports Disney's actions to show it on July 31st by wearing Disney merchandise, writing letters of encouragement to the company, and renting movies produced by Disney and Disney affiliates such as Miramax and Touchstone.

    The main call for a "Disney Day" comes from Fire, an online organization protecting the rights of non-mainstream religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism. Fire argues that the main anti-homosexual arguments today stem from Christian rhetoric, and that "religions which embrace a full range of diversity and sexuality need to speak out." A spokesperson for the group explained, "Although we oppose Disney's sweatshop practices, we feel that it's important to reward their support of human rights in the United States."

    July 31st is the anniversary of Disney's completion of the Karnival Kid, the animated feature where Mickey speaks for the first time, exclaiming "Oh, boy!" It was chosen to commemorate the fact that sixty-nine years after Disney cartoons first spoke, people are talking about Disney more than ever.

    - 30 -

    Disney UPDATE: September 6, 1997

    "Neo-Pagan faiths are modern-day reconstructions of ancient Pagan religions from various countries and eras. They experience a high level of discrimination and persection in North America, and are usually not practiced in public for reasons of safety." - Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance

    Last updated January 9th, 1998.
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