Disability & health justice, Conflict transformation, Youth liberation and Live action role play (aka: what to expect in the coming months)

(For more context read About me, this blog and this section in English)

My projects currently revolve around disability and health justice with a particular focus on mental health, an intense passion for the experiences of children/youth, POC, women and other marginalized people’s and a strong link to alternative perspectives on health and medicine as well as transformative justice/community accountability. My own experience as a queer young neurodivergent women of mixed heritage is a driving force of my work, and I try to consider how it enables and keeps me from understanding the experiences of others.

Here are some questions that populate my mind nowadays: How does ageism and ableism intersects in the experience of mad/sick/disabled children? And with being female, POC or working class? How does oppression and abuse creates and/or magnifies illness and disability? What are the many ways the Industrial Medical Complex itself acts as an oppressive force and creator of illness? What path to healing and transformation can we find that do not involve more oppression, including internalized, in respect and deep listening of our bodies? How do we relate to each other and become allies for collective liberation when we each hold different sets of privileges, oppressions and traumas? How do we deal with conflits constructively in this work, without destroying each other? How do we stop ignoring how common abuse is, particularly of children, disabled people and elders, and take action? While moving from punishment to accountability? How does the Industrial Prison Complex affects mad, sick and disabled people? How could a more accessible, freer, world feel like? Can we try it out sometimes, in play? How can plants and otherworldly creatures be allies in this work?

I am and will be working with the following books (to my current knowledge, meaning: it might change):

Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming her Way Home by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitetaker

Same Time Next Week: True Stories of Working Through Mental Illness edited by Lee Gutkind

Sick: A compilation Zine on Physical Illness, edited by Ben Holtzman

-Le Corps Accordé: Pour une approche raisonnée de la santé et du soin de soi (French forThe Body Tuned: For a Reasonnable Approach of Health and Self-Care) by Andréine Beil

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation by Eli Clare

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Partner Violence in Activist Communities edited by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani and Andrea Smith

Disability Incarcereted: Imprisonement and Disability in the United States and Canada edited by Liat Ben-Moshe, Chris Chapman & Allison C.Carey

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from the Social Justice Movement, edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown

Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

Escape from Childhood: On the Needs and Rights of Children by John Holt

As well as the blog Leaving evidence by Mia Mingus, a disabled femme of color, and probably many other blog posts and articles.

I will be making contact with Mia Mingus, The Icarus Project (building radical mental health networks in a world gone mad), Kai Cheng Thom from the Monster Academy (Mental health skills training by and for youth in Montreal) and anyone else I feel I must.

In the coming weeks I will be taking with friends a weekly online course on Trauma-Informed Conflict Transformation taught by the wonderful Raincrowe and on January 22 I will attend a workshop by Octavia’s Brood (Science Fiction from Social Movements).

I also intend to organize Live action role-plays (Larps), putting to use the skills I learned last Summer at the Larp Summer School in Lituania. While Larps are mostly famous for men running around pretending they are knights saving princesses, in the Nordic parts of Europe a different kind of Larps as emerged, called Nordic Larps. Nordic Larps aim to be not only fun but also political, meaningful and transformative. An example is a Larp -based on Ursula Leguin’s Sci-Fi books- called Mellan himmel och hav (Swedish for Between Heaven and Sea), in which people played during 3 days a world where there are no men and women but morning and evening people (who both had attributes of the female and male genders : the morning people concerned themselves with philosophy and decision-making and served as the objects of sexual gaze while the evening people served as the sexual initiators and were responsible for practical arrangements and implementing the decision of morning people ), and marry traditionally by groups of 4 (two morning people and two evening people). In the workshops leading to the Larp, the players learned to deconstruct gender and desire in the way they walked, talked, reacted and learned to behave as evening and morning people. THAT is how I think Larps can change the world and why I aim to organize some soon (though they’ll most likely last 3 hours than 3 days).

So, keep tuned to find out what glimpses of answer to the questions that haunt me I gathered from the books and articles, my contacts, the online course and Larping! Also for people in my community who want to collaborate or be part of what I’m working on, this is a good place to hear about opportunities 🙂

Blessings to you all!

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