February 2018–April 2018
In this moment of of high-anxiety, it seems like everyone is talking about self care. In a society where women and femmes struggle under the weight of sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and classism—and are still expected to selflessly care for others—self care can seem (as Audrey Lorde put it) not a self indulgence but a crucial act of self preservation.
But care doesn’t happen in isolation. In addition to time and money, self care requires support. Care is made possible when we form community.
We rely on others to care for us when we are young, old, sick, sad, needy, and overwhelmed. We can meet each other’s needs in a variety of ways. But we might need more tools for creating support networks, more avenues for getting what we need, and more ways to make it possible to show up for each other, to give and receive support at the same time.
This quarter we’re considering what it means to care, and what it means to be healthy. What are all the ways we care for each other and our communities? And what can we learn from those of us who need care the most? Which assumptions about wellness should we challenge and investigate?
We’ll engage with these questions and many more with the help of artist in residence iris yirei hu, whose work deals with kinship, grieving, and ancestral knowledge.
Performances / Screenings / Readings
Ex: A reading & discussion of “When the Sick Rule the World” by Dodie Bellamy; reading & discussion of “Homeplace (A Site Of Resistance)” by bell hooks; a one-act play; a salon; etc
Lectures / Discussions
Work towards a local or national policy; short term projects that benefit our neighborhood, the WCCW community, or the city; research or study around the theme of Health/Care; projects that result in a new WCCW infrastructure. Ex: Small Fries Collective (Paid Family Leave + Universal Childcare); language justice; WCCW carpool system; etc
Programs that help us to assess & understand existing Health/Care resources. Ex: accessing resources for trans health care; applying for disability; Navigating Public Health and Benefits under Tr*mp; models for neighborhood emergency response; How To Have Hard Conversations; Finding your Voice and Promoting Community; bystander intervention training; rapid response training; etc
Identify or build a network, create a support group, or hold a regular gathering with community. Ex: Parenting As Protest; For Us By Us; Sick Club (support group for chronic illness); How We Organize; etc
Wellness and Self-care Practices / Workshops
Programs that help us develop our sense of personal and collective safety, or that address mental, physical, and emotional health. Ex.: Practicing Collective Care In the Time of Neo Fascism; Yoga for Social Justice; Healing Roots Meditation; etc
We’re informed & inspired by…
A Manifesto for Ultratranslation
Conflict Is Not Abuse
Homeplace (A Site of Resistance)
How To Talk To Your Kids About White Privilege
The Joyous Body
On Care and Parrhesia
Sick Woman Theory
WNYC’s There Goes the Neighborhood
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