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Blog des AK Psychiatriekritik der NFJ Berlin

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Dear Man: Sexism, Misogyny, & Our ‘Movement’

Thousands push the limits (their own and the system’s) on a daily basis to fight the oppression of individuals labeled with psychiatric diagnoses, and to change the way the world understands various kinds of distress. Some of us call the body of people engaged in this work a ‘movement’. I am one such person who is often referring to a ‘civil rights’ or ‘human rights’ movement within this context, although I recognize the problems with referencing a singular ‘movement’, as well.

But, if we are to accept this body as a movement, we must also be willing to take a real look at its flaws, downfalls, shortcomings and anything else that may run counter to our expressed goals.

One of the ways that this movement falls short is related to its treatment of women and the recognition that sexism is a very real and present issue herein.

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Madness, Mindfulness & Judaism: Meet Sascha Altman DuBrul

I met Sascha Altman DuBrul nearly 20 years ago when we were both punk rock kids hanging out at ABC No Rio on the Lower East Side, making zines and burning to clasp the ecstatic core of existence and change the world. He’s been a soul brother of mine ever since then, and in the ensuing years I’ve often stood back and beheld his life with wonder as its wound and twisted its wild way through squats, freight train yards, day labor sites, anarchist infoshops, tear-gassed protests, guerrilla gardens, radical circuses, renegade street parties, country farms, dead friends’ memorials, jail cells, psych wards, ashrams and university lecterns.

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Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness: A Counter-Narrative of Psychic Diversity

I’ll tell you a secret, Mad in America: before I ever get up and give a big talk like this I close my eyes and imagine that all my friends are there standing next to me. I take a deep breath and try to feel my connection to the larger movements for change I’m a part of. I think about all the people reading MIA looking for alternatives to the biopsychiatric paradigm and all the people who feel connected to The Icarus Project because it speaks to something deep inside of them that they’re not getting from the mainstream medical establishment. Then when I’m on stage I just tune to that frequency that’s way bigger than me, the same place I try to tune when I meditate, where I’m talking to the future from the past, smack in the middle of the present. I’m having a larger conversation with a whole bunch of people at once, unconstricted by time and space.

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Living In Between: Interview with Icarus Co-Founder Jacks

Icarista Nina Packebush Interviews Poet and Icarus Co-founder Jacks Ashley McNam, originally posted on The Literary Kitchen

I recently had the great pleasure of speaking with Jacks Ashley McNamara about writing and creativity, madness and identity, activism and survival. Jacks is a genderqueer writer, artist, activist, and Somatic healer. Jacks is the co-founder, along with Sascha Altman DuBrul, of the Icarus Project, an alternative, peer-run, mutual-aid mental health support network with over 12,000 members worldwide. The Icarus Project recently celebrated its tenth anniversary which happened to coincide with the release of Jacks’ new book of poetry, Inbetweenland, published by Deviant Type Press. Jacks was also the subject of the Ken Paul Rosenthal documentary Crooked Beauty. You may have even read about Jacks in the August 2013 issue of O Magazine as they talked about the history and future of the Radical Mental Health and Recovery Movement

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Living In Between: Interview with Icarus Co-Founder Jacks

Icarista Nina Packebush Interviews Poet and Icarus Co-founder Jacks Ashley McNam, originally posted on The Literary Kitchen

I recently had the great pleasure of speaking with Jacks Ashley McNamara about writing and creativity, madness and identity, activism and survival. Jacks is a genderqueer writer, artist, activist, and Somatic healer. Jacks is the co-founder, along with Sascha Altman DuBrul, of the Icarus Project, an alternative, peer-run, mutual-aid mental health support network with over 12,000 members worldwide. The Icarus Project recently celebrated its tenth anniversary which happened to coincide with the release of Jacks’ new book of poetry, Inbetweenland, published by Deviant Type Press. Jacks was also the subject of the Ken Paul Rosenthal documentary Crooked Beauty. You may have even read about Jacks in the August 2013 issue of O Magazine as they talked about the history and future of the Radical Mental Health and Recovery Movement.

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