[Announcements] Request for Comments – Hate Ban Language

The Board of Directors is seeking commentary on the following policy proposal regarding hate speech and hate symbols.

Advice is additionally being sought on whether to place this proposed amendment in (1) Corpora, which governs the SCA as a whole, including all kingdoms and Affiliates, or (2) the Corporate Policies, which govern only the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., not the Affiliates.

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The SCA bars the use of hate speech and hate symbols.  The use of such will be sanctioned. The SCA notes that not all offensive speech is hate speech and recommends that the dispute resolution process be applied in matters of suspected hate speech.

Hate speech is not tolerated in the Society.  Please report any instances of hate speech to your Kingdom Seneschal, the Society Seneschal or the President immediately.  For more information about hate speech and the reporting of same, please refer to the Bullying and Harassment Policy, which can be found in the Seneschal’s Handbook.

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Comments may also be emailed to comments at lists.sca.org. Please use “Hate Ban” in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to the attention of ‘Attn: Mission/Core’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789.

Commentary will be accepted until June 1, 2018.

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Statement from the Board regarding Hate Speech and Hate Symbols:

The Board recommends that the Kingdoms implementing a ban on individual symbols, such as the swastika, discuss this with the Kingdom populace to ensure such action best serves everyone.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

From Their Royal Majesties: Bids for Boxes for Crowns and Coronets

Unto the Populace of Calontir, Greetings!

The Kingdom is in need of new boxes for the Crowns and Coronets. The Crown currently has three sets of frequently-used Crowns, and the Heirs have two. Therefore, a total of 5 sets (10 boxes) are needed.

Anyone interested in making one or more sets of boxes is encouraged to submit a bid.

Your bid should include the following information:
-Design drawing, along with a description of how your boxes will meet the needs described below
-Budget
-Timeline
-(Optional, but encouraged): Photographs or other examples of similar work done by the bidder

Major qualities we are seeking for these boxes include:
-Protective: The major purpose of these boxes is to protect the Crowns during transport.
-Durable: The boxes must be able to withstand the rigors of years of packing and travel.
-Easily transportable: They should be stackable, packable, and easily carried.

Please base your bid on interior dimensions of approximately 6”x9”x11”. Successful bidders will be given access to take measurements of the set(s) of Crowns or Coronets for which they are making boxes.

Please submit your bid to the Their Royal Majesties at Falcon-Crown@calontir.org, Regalia Coordinator at regalia@calontir.org and copy the Kingdom Exchequer at Exchequer@calontir.org. Bids may also be submitted via post or hand-delivered.

Bids must be submitted by June 24th. Bids will be awarded by July 8th.

Questions should be directed to Rhianwen (Joan Steurer), the Regalia Coordinator.

In service to the Kingdom,
Rhianwen

Musicians Welcome at Bardic Bedlam

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute.
13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid. Public domain in the US

Musicians, think Bardic Bedlam isn’t for you? Think again!

We have an instrumental music challenge, a Period Music Jam Session, classes on medieval music theory, neumatic notation, and how to find medieval and Renaissance music. This is shaping up to be a great event, so don’t miss it!

Post expires at 7:15pm on Wednesday May 16th, 2018

Spring Crown Tournament List for the 70th Crown Tournament of Calontir

Reprinted from the Calontir website:


Their Royal Majesties Ashir and Ashland are pleased to announce the following List of Combatants and Consorts for the 70th Crown Tournament to be held in Their Shire of Oakheart:

Duke Dongal Erickson fighting for the honor of Qadiya Catalina de Arazuri

 

Duke Tristram of Lindesfarne fighting for the honor of Mistress Rhianwen ferch Bran ap Gruffydd

 

Herzog Hirsch Ross Eichman fighting for the honor of Hertogin Magdalena vander Meere

 

Caius Equitius Rectus Xerxis fighting for the honor of Countess Belanna de Rouge de Anjou

 

Sir Gavin O’Shannon fighting for the honor of Lady Elizabet Walker of Paisley

 

Sir Killian O’Connaill fighting for the honor of Mistress Rebecca Beaumont

 

Syr Daniel Steelbender fighting for the honor of Mistress Ishmala bint Yuhannah

 

His Lordship Pepin Lachemunt fighting for the honor of Her Ladyship Cecilia de Gatisbury

 

Lord Thorin Inn Harfagri fighting for the honor of Her Excellency Fionnghuala inghean Fhearghuis

 

Lord Zachariah MacDonald fighting for the honor of Lady Mel McAlpin

 

Lord Aethelred the Well Read fighting for the honor of Lady Kathryn Northrup

In Memoriam: The Passing of Logan the Boyer

On March 26th Logan the Bowyer passed away. 

Logan was a brother Boga Fyrd, and a stalwart supporter of the Barony of Coeur d’Ennui.

Logan also acted as a court herald when called upon. In fact, he was always ready to perform any service for his Barony and Kingdom.

Most people remember his kindness, his willingness to help and his joy. He was always willing to help new archers, and to expand our understanding of the art. But it did not end with archery; Logan would help anyone with anything. Simply being there, with a smile and a willing set of hands, was his great strength.

He also loved the making of things, receiving a Leather Mallet for his cooking and woodworking. He loved learning, and would ask very tough, detailed questions in his quest to grasp a concept.

Logan embodied the yeoman archer of “Strike the Drum” and well deserves to have the song sung in his memory:

 

 

Unslung Heroes Postponed to May 19th

Men harvesting wheat, Queen Mary’s Psalter, circa 1310. Public domain in the US

Due to site flooding Unslung Heroes has been postponed until May 19th (the date previously held by Melees and Mayhem, and still also occupied by Spring Arrows: Splitting Hares). The Kingdom Calendar has already been updated and the event site will be updated shortly.

Post expires at 9:25am on Monday June 4th, 2018

Current BoD Nominees

Men harvesting wheat, Queen Mary’s Psalter, circa 1310. Public domain in the US

The Chairman of Board is requesting feedback on the current list of Board Nominees. The list is at http://www.sca.org/BOD/nominees.html

Our own Contessa Giulia Isabella da VenezieSyr Duncan of Skeene and Honorable Lord Saito Takauji are on the list.

Also, new nominations are always needed. Any member of the SCA may nominate any member, including themselves.

Please direct any commentary, positive or negative, or any new nominations, to Chele Martines, Board Recruiting, PO Box 360789, Milpitas CA 95036, recruiting@sca.org

Please include your name and address, and the name and address of anyone you are nominating. You will be notified when your communication is received.

 

Melees & Mayhem Canceled

Detail from the Hunterian Psalter, Glasgow University Library MS Hunter 229 (U.3.2) circa 1170. Public domain in the US

It was announced today (March 29, 2018) that the Shire of Crescent Moon will not be holding Melees & Mayhem this year, but hopes to return next year.  Melees & Mayhem is on the Kingdom Calendar for May 19-20, 2018.

Post expires at 10:45am on Tuesday May 29th, 2018

Stile Field Battle at Gulf

Detail of fol. 5r from Royal Armouries Ms. I.33, circa 1300. Public domain in the US

by Baroness Ayisha bint Asad

Many of you have heard this already. The lucky ones have lived it. I beg your indulgence for repeating once more the glories of the Calon Host.

At Gulf Wars this year, there were three battles planned: the Town, the Field, and the Ravine. The Town was fought, and lost. The Ravine was flooded. It is of the Field I will now speak.

We gathered upon a Wednesday, fair and sunny. At the appointed hour of 1pm we mustered. With many still weary from the armored battle, our small group started out towards the field, a few stragglers trailing behind. No songs had we this time, but still our banner in front, and a wagon full of water and shields.

We were directed here, then there, as the generals organized their troops and counted the tally. Fourty-some per side, if memory serves. Anthills were active, and we were cautioned accordingly. Our Commander, Master Donald, was given our assignment: to harry and delay the enemy, as the cavalry to our side ran ahead and picked them off.

And delay we did! The first round, we advanced as one; then came the command to fall back. Twice, thrice, we retreated in good order, stringing along our adversary as their flank was picked apart. Then came the call to press, step and step again. Across the field we swept them, across the world’s edge, as our line held and theirs crumbled.

Few fighters we lost that round, and our side’s generals sang the praises of the Calon Host! Our enemies, too, saw our worth, and sent over their Masters to better deal with us in the second round.

We were hard pressed then, and many perished. What little I saw: Uji beset our foe, until he was legged. One reached forth to end him, and in that moment exposed himself to me. I took the shot, before I too was slain. My comrades fought bravely, but as the tide advances, so too the wave of the enemy overtook our lines.

The third and final round then came. Again we advanced, again fell back, and once again, we pressed the line. One by one our fighters fell, until four still stood – Ujimori, shield in hand, and no hand left to hold a sword. Baron Donald, Master of Defense, now defenseless, but still standing. Master Gawin, and a recruit from the West, Ibrahim, still stood with arms. Stepped forward they then with what they had in hand (or with what they did not). Other kingdoms fell in line, and together forced out the foe. A few scattered fighters then remained to be picked off, and the third round was ours!

The Calon Host fought as one, and both sides alike acknowledged our role in the fray.

(Apologies to anyone whose part I remembered incorrectly. Fog of war, and all that.)