New Mad Maps Guide Coming Soon!

Intergenerational Trauma: Healing from Legacies of Abuse, Tapping into Legacies of Love and Resistance

We live in a violent society that doesn’t acknowledge, name, or confront the trauma it causes. The consequences of war, colonialism, racism, patriarchy, heterosexism, and capitalism have been erased from history books and replaced with romantic narratives of white men’s exploits. With nowhere to put them, our traumatic experiences are locked away in our bodies and wherever we go, we carry the violence that was inflicted upon us.
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Our Voices Heard: Icarus @ the Arcus Center Global Prize finals

This month, the Icarus Project got to bring the story of our organizing to an audience of organizers and students at the 2015 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership finals at the Arcus Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Agustina Vidal, our Resource Development Coordinator, and Elliott Fukui, an Advisory Board Member, presented stories and ideas from the Icarus community and engaged in reflective dialogue and relationship building with social justice organizers from around the globe.As a member of Icarus, you already know that emotional distress and mental health issues can affect anyone, no matter where they live or how they look or what their identity may be, so you probably won’t be surprised to hear that our stories of struggle and hope resonated with many. It seems that mental health systems and societies across the globe continue to marginalize, shame, and otherwise degrade people who give expression to emotions and experiences that challenge the status quo. Icarus reps created community in Michigan in the limited time provided by offering a space to share and honor private (and public) struggles in the emotional realm, just like we do wherever we find ourselves. We are so grateful for this experience and look forward to building upon the collaborative energy in Kalamazoo.Here’s Agustina & Elliott’s fundraising presentation if you’d like to check out our work and the warm response we received — it was only 20 minutes and we covered the social justice aspect of our mission + vision but didn’t get into our personal lives, choices, and variety of ways in which we conceptualize our emotional experience. We think it’s got a lot of good information about our current work and programs and worth sharing. Watch the video here.

Our Voices Heard: Icarus @ the Arcus Center Global Prize finals

This month, the Icarus Project got to bring the story of our organizing to an audience of organizers and students at the 2015 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership finals at the Arcus Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Agustina Vidal, our Resource Development Coordinator, and Elliott Fukui, an Advisory Board Member, presented stories and ideas from the Icarus community and engaged in reflective dialogue and relationship building with social justice organizers from around the globe.As a member of Icarus, you already know that emotional distress and mental health issues can affect anyone, no matter where they live or how they look or what their identity may be, so you probably won’t be surprised to hear that our stories of struggle and hope resonated with many. It seems that mental health systems and societies across the globe continue to marginalize, shame, and otherwise degrade people who give expression to emotions and experiences that challenge the status quo. Icarus reps created community in Michigan in the limited time provided by offering a space to share and honor private (and public) struggles in the emotional realm, just like we do wherever we find ourselves. We are so grateful for this experience and look forward to building upon the collaborative energy in Kalamazoo.Here’s Agustina & Elliott’s fundraising presentation if you’d like to check out our work and the warm response we received — it was only 20 minutes and we covered the social justice aspect of our mission + vision but didn’t get into our personal lives, choices, and variety of ways in which we conceptualize our emotional experience. We think it’s got a lot of good information about our current work and programs and worth sharing. Watch the video here.

Black Lives Matter

The tragedy at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston is another event demonstrating the relentless racism against Black people, who are disproportionately targeted by police brutality and social violence. White people must participate in fighting racism and ensure that dialogue about this event centers the experiences of being Black in anti-Black America. These racist murders at a historical site of Black resistance are indeed also about mental health. But we should not be primarily concerned with the supposed mental health status of racists who attack Black people and terrorize Black communities. Instead, we must center the trauma that comes with being a part of an entire section of the population whose lives and well-being are constantly under threat. For those of us who are white allies, we must shift the center of the conversation away from another white racist and instead center Black folks, and confront white privilege in ourselves and our society. You can support anti-racist, Black-led organizations by donating to the ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ movement, or you can also directly donate to the Emanuel AME church. The Icarus Project joins countless voices across the country asserting that #blacklivesmatter ‪#‎blackresistancematters‬.http://www.emanuelamechurch.org/#http://donatenow.networkforgood.org/movementforblacklives