From W.I.T.C.H. PDX:
"The figure of the witch is a powerful symbol. Though most iconic in the popular imagination as a dramatic silhouette with a pointed hat and black garments, a witch can be anyone. Witches are not just from Europe, and don’t just practice Wicca. We exist in a broad range of cultures and traditions (and in fact, black and indigenous witches have historically been persecuted by witch hunts more than anyone else.)"
In Boston, we share the desire to maintain anonymity because W.I.T.C.H. is every witch. We are the marginalized, the silenced, the subjugated, the ridiculed, the underrepresented; we will be silent no longer.
W.I.T.C.H. began in October of 1968 and was a a collection of several independent feminist groups in the United States. W.I.T.C.H., for them, stood for many things, including "Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell", "Women Inspired to Tell their Collective History," "Women Interested in Toppling Consumer Holidays," and more. If you wish to learn more about the original W.I.T.C.H., please continue reading here.
Today, we follow their spirit and strive to enhance political consciousness through public rituals, protests, and raising awareness of concerns in our communities around the city of Boston, as well as the country at large. For us, W.I.T.C.H. can mean different things on different days. We could be Women Invested in Toppling Corruption and Hate, Witches Inspiring Through Community Healing, or Women In Technology, Chemistry, and Health. In this spirit, we intend to engage our communities through activism and ritual; we look forward to seeing you around Boston and Eastern Massachusetts! If you'd like to know what we're doing, please follow our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for the latest updates.
ANTI-RACISM – ANTI-FASCISM – ANTI-PATRIARCHY – INDIGENOUS RIGHTS – GENDER SELF-DETERMINATION – WOMEN’S LIBERATION – TRANS LIBERATION – ANTI-RAPE-CULTURE – REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS – SEX WORKER SUPPORT – LGBTQIA RIGHTS – ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION – RELIGIOUS FREEDOM – IMMIGRANT RIGHTS – ANTI-WAR – ANTI-CAPITALISM – DISABILITY JUSTICE – PRIVACY RIGHTS – WORKER’S RIGHTS
WE DISAVOW ANY INDIVIDUALS OR COVENS CLAIMING THE NAME OF ‘W.I.T.C.H.’ AND FAILING TO UPHOLD THESE VALUES.
ANYONE PUBLICLY CLAIMING TO BE ONE OF US IS NOT ONE OF US – WE ARE ANONYMOUS.
For witches in other cities, or looking to start new chapters, please follow W.I.T.C.H. PDX's guide.