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..

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Free tools at your disposal that treat you like a human being. Awesome.

January 27, 2011

Hey there!  Here are two awesome FREE tools that have been making my life a lot easier lately, for those period-inclined and/or pregnancy-prone of you, or for those of you in relationships with one of these lovely people.

The first is a period tracker called Monthlyinfo that I’ve been using for several years now.  It allows you to save the dates of your periods and other noteworthy events so that you have a continuous record (handy for those gyno visits), and after you have enough information entered, it will try to anticipate the rough date of your next period and ovulation.  Then you can send cool notices to yourself like, “You have approximately 1 day until your next ovulation, so keep it PG-13!” or “Yo! You’re gonna start bleedin’ soon! Bring on the tampons!” or whatever your fleshy bits desire.  The interface is easy to use and gives you a lot of freedom to use it how you want.

The second is scarleteen’s Birth Control Bingo, where you can answer a series of questions about your habits and lifestyle to narrow down which methods of birth control are best for you and your partner/s.  It’s a helpful tool no matter how open or specific you are when it comes to choosing a birth control (BC) method: how reliable you are at taking pills, whether you can afford BC, what your religion/belief system is, whether you need a method that your partner/s are unaware of, etc.  Then, once it’s narrowed down for you, you can read up in more depth on what your options are.  While you’re over there, check out everything else that scarleteen has to offer for teens and young adults on sex-positive sex ed.

Happy sexualities : )