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PEN is a non-profit, proactive organization dedicated to educating the public about Paganism as well as building stronger, healthier communities through service. We work to claim our Constitutional right to freedom of worship, supporting that same right for others, operating under the principle that civil rights are indivisible. Founded in 1993 by Cairril Adaire, it has made a difference for the Pagan community by providing resources, educating the public, and offering innovative solutions to community problems.

PEN was founded for several reasons:
* The riots after the first Rodney King police brutality trial were a wake-up call to many Americans that our communities are falling apart. Discussion of religious freedom, or indeed any Constitutional rights, is pointless if our communities are not sustainable. In the belief that Paganism offers unique solutions to many of society's problems, PEN began with a deep commitment to strengthening bonds between neighbors of all faiths.

* The rising influence of the religious right in the political arena has led to increased tension within the Pagan movement. It is time for Pagans to organize themselves and educate their communities, in order to short-circuit any attempts by the radical religious right to curtail our liberties. PEN was also founded in the strong belief that Pagan participation in the democratic process will create a civil, tolerant society.

* When one considers that our spiritual ancestors gave their liberty, their livelihood, and sometime their lives for their beliefs, it is clear that Pagans in America today have few reasons left to keep silent. America is as tolerant as it's going to get on its own. Many non-Pagans welcome our message of Earth-honoring, respect for elders, and commitment to community. We are in a unique position to make a positive, lasting contribution to the seventh generation: a healthy planet and a healthy culture. Raise your eyes, raise your head, raise your expectations. Be proud to be Pagan.

PEN was incorporated as a non-profit organization in June 1997 and was granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS in May of 1998.
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