Building Stronger Communities: Transformative Justice and Radical Mental Health

March 26, 2011
Come to this amazing event by AORTA and the Icarus Project who are both on tour from the Bay Area.  Break the Silence will be there to support, learn, and participate!  Also, I’d like to echo the note on accessibility below, please try to come fragrance-free!  There’s a lot that those of us who identify as able bodied do without realizing that make spaces and events inaccessible for community members with chemical sensitivities and other conditions.  Thanks.
Hope to see you there!
Building Stronger Communities: Transformative Justice and Radical Mental Health
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6-9pm
Cascade People’s Center (309 Pontius Ave N Seattle, WA 98109)
Sliding Scale: $5-20, no one turned away for lack of funds
Light Refreshments will be provided

What is Radical Mental Health, and what does it have to offer to Transformative Justice? This workshop will examine the fundamentals of Radical Mental Health and Transformative Justice and look at how they interact and overlap. We will talk about how we can strengthen our commitment to and work for social justice by deepening our understandings of these intersections. We will share frameworks, strategies, and resources for: self care, recognizing trauma, accessing resources, navigating a crisis situation, and building community support systems.

The Facilitators for this event are Kiran Nigam from AORTA and Jacks Ashley McNamara from the Icarus Project.

*AORTA is a collective of trainers
devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. We work as consultants and facilitators to expand the capacity of cooperative, collective, and community based projects through education, training and planning.  We base our trainings on an intersectional approach to liberation because we believe that true change requires uprooting all systems of oppression.

*The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of ‘mental illness’ rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework. We are a network of people living with and/or affected by experiences that are commonly diagnosed and labeled as psychiatric conditions. We believe these experiences are mad gifts needing cultivation and care, rather than diseases or disorders. By joining together as individuals and as a community, the intertwined threads of madness, creativity, and collaboration can inspire hope and transformation in an oppressive and damaged world. Participation in The Icarus Project helps us overcome alienation and tap into the true potential that lies between brilliance and madness.”–

This event is sponsored by:
The Capacity Project The Capacity Project works at the intersection of personal and social transformation to build the capacity and sustainability of individuals, collectives, and organizations doing social movement work. We do this by offering individual and group-based politicized healing work, political education/consciousness raising workshops, and Transformative Justice education/organizing.
For Crying Out Loud a group dedicated to preventing, addressing, and talking about sexual assault and aggressor accountability in an anti-authoritarian setting.
Break the SilenceBreak the Silence is a Seattle University group who believes that through creativity, education, and collective action we can fight against sexualized violence. By exploring the ways that personal experiences are linked to larger forms of oppression, we can transform our communities to embrace consent and be sex positive.
Tadaima – Tadaima is a radical Japanese American Community that redefines our connection to each other and our homelands, wherever they may be.

This space is wheel-chair accessible. We are hoping to make this event fragrance-free by asking folks to not wear perfumes, colognes or other scented products (including essential oils) and smoke far away from the entrance to the space. For more information on being fragrance-free, visit:

Directions from I-5 North or South: Exit 167 (Mercer St) off I-5, left onto Fairview Ave N, left at second light onto Harrison St, two blocks, right onto Pontius Ave N. We are adjacent to Cascade Park and the P-Patch, across the street from Immanuel Lutheran Church. Very close to King County Metro bus lines 8, 17, 25, 66, 70, SoundTransit 510, 511 and 545, and the South Lake Union Streetcar..

Questions? Concerns? Contact: or


Queer Youth Support Group

March 23, 2011

Documentary interview with Lorelei Lee

March 21, 2011

This documentary directed by Simone Grudzen and Jesse Kerman interviews Lorelei Lee, a porn performer, stripper, pro-dominant, student, and writer.  This short film testifies against the dehumanization and myths surrounding sex work.

Includes clips of Lorelei Lee talking about her work and life mostly in her apartment, but also at the dungeon she works at, interspersed with images of Lee in bondage.

14th Annual Paul Robeson Peace and Justice Awards Celebration

March 20, 2011

Saturday, April 9th, 4pm
@ Central Area Senior Center (500 30th Ave S, Seattle)

MOTHERS FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY celebrates 21 years of activism at their 14th Annual Paul Robeson Peace and Justice Awards Celebration, with theme “Standing Firm for Justice.” Awards to Tim Ford / MacDonald Hoague & Bayless, American Friends Service Committee, and Erica Newman. info 206-329-2033


March 20, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 7 pm
@ Town Hall (1119 8th Ave at Seneca, Seattle)

Every year, YouthSpeaks Seattle hosts a series of poetry slams with judges scoring writing and performance, Olympics-style – but the point is always the poetry. In this Final Slam, though, the stakes are great: Four to six young poets will make up the Seattle youth poetry slam team, which then has the opportunity to travel to the international Brave New Voices youth poetry festival and slam in San Francisco. This Grand Slam, hosted by Geologic of the Blue Scholars, is the culmination of the all-city Youth Slam Series, with 12 teen poets competing to secure a spot on the 2010 Seattle Youth Poetry Slam Team. The team will travel to the Bay Area in July to represent Seattle at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam, featuring young poets from more than 70 different cities. Presented by Arts Corps. Advance tickets are $15/$10 youth, at or 800-838-3006, or at; no one turned away at the door. info

Connecting the Dots: Building YOUR Sex Positive Family & Sex Postive Art

March 15, 2011
What: An ongoing Salon Series: What does it mean to be Sex Positive?
Schedule: Third Sundays
When: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Off site
Who: 18+.
Cost: Free


Imagine a world without sexual shame. Imagine a world accepting of all types of families. Imagine a world where children talk to their parents about the changes in their bodies and their sexual desires instead of looking to media for their sex education. If you are interested in making this world a reality, you won’t want to miss: Connecting the Dots: Building YOUR Sex Positive Family.

Join the director of the Center for Sex Positive Culture, Allena Gabosch and the founder of TantricBirth, Nekole Shapiro every third Sunday of the month as they facilitate a discussion designed to help raise our children without sexual shame.

For more information, visit:; or;

At The Little Red Bistro, 400 Dexter Ave. N., between Harrison St. and Republican St.


A side note on art & activism, one of my favorite visual artists is Favianna Rodriguez. Below is a screenprint of hers entitled “Sex Positivity” and you can get it from

Artist’s Statement: “This piece is a statement about unleashing your sexuality, and encouraging a positive, not negative, discussion around what sex means for all of us. The term “sex-positive” embrace social and philosophical attitudes promoting open sexuality with few limits. Sexologist, Carol Queen, explains: ‘Sex-positive is a simple yet radical affirmation that we each grow our own passions on a different medium… Sex-positive respects each of our unique sexual profiles, even as we acknowledge that some of us have been damaged by a culture that tries to eradicate sexual difference and possibility.’

I designed this piece initially for a a Latino conference dealing with sexuality, but then modified the design to make it a woman-centered message about sex liberation overall.”

Resist the War Machine: International Day of Action

March 15, 2011

Saturday, March 19th

Gather at 12 noon, Rally at Westlake Park: (4th and Pine – downtown Seattle)
March at 1 pm, Return to Westlake for concluding remarks

See you there!

Sponsored by ANSWER Seattle, SNOW coalition, Seattle Anti-Imperialist Committee, Veterans for Peace 392, World Can’t Wait




(3/3/2011) NATO Gunships Kill 9 Afghan Children; 3rd Reported Attack on Afghan Civilians in 2 Weeks

NATO helicopter gunships killed nine young boys in Afghanistan on Tuesday while they collected firewood in the northeastern province of Kunar. It was at least the third instance in two weeks in which the U.S.-led NATO force was accused of killing a large number of civilians. We speak with independent journalist Rick Rowley of Big Noise Films, who has extensively reported in Afghanistan. “The strategy on which the surge was built, and billed, is over and has failed,” Rowley says. “By every measurable means, the U.S. is losing the war.”

(3/2/2011) Afghanistan and the arithmetic of austerity: Getting out of just one foreign war could fix all the US states’ budget deficits. If the math is that simple, the politics should be

Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Idaho … these are the latest fronts in the battle of budgets, with the larger fight over a potential shutdown of the U.S. government looming. These fights, radiating out from the occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol building, are occurring against the backdrop of the two wars waged by the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan. No discussion or debate over budgets, over wages and pensions, over deficits, should happen without a clear presentation of the costs of these wars—and the incalculable benefits that ending them would bring.

First, the cost of war. The U.S. is spending about $2 billion a week in Afghanistan alone. That’s about $104 billion a year — and that is not including Iraq. Compare that with the state budget shortfalls. According to a recent report by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “some 45 states and the District of Columbia are projecting budget shortfalls totaling $125 billion for fiscal year 2012.” The math is simple: The money should be poured back into the states, rather than into a state of war.