HEALING AS A RADICAL ACT OF RESISTANCE
Our current mental health system is often difficult to access for people who need it most to access. We need to increase access to mental health care and expand what therapy looks like.
In 2012, Southsiders Together Organizing for Power (STOP) fought in the Mental Health Movement coalition against Rahm Emanuel as he closed half of Chicago's public mental health clinics. This coalition is still fighting to keep the remaining 5 public mental health clinics open and fully funded, reopen the clinics and make them the healing spaces communities want, need, and deserve.
STOP, Black Lives Matter Chicago, & the #LetUsBreathe Collective are creating a mental health space that is artful, imaginative, expansive and free from stigma.
We are commemorating the occupation at Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic in 2012.
We also commemorate the Freedom Square occupation near Homan Square, a police torture black site.
We are making the connection that mental health requires healthy communities. We are highlighting that social ills such as racism, criminalization, gentrification, etc. cause & exacerbate mental health challenges.
We are creating a space with programming and various forms of practices people use to strengthen and heal their minds. Our space hosts traditional therapists, gardeners, yoga teachers, reiki professionals, comedians, dancers, tai chi artists, and more.
JOIN US FROM AUGUST 5 TO AUGUST 6
After initially giving his support to the community and families who have lost loved ones to violence, Alderman Willie Cochran has now threatened to shut down Healing Village. Come out and show your support, feel free to wear your PJs, we'll be out here all night sharing space and creating community.
We'll start festivities at 5pm followed by a 6pm press conference.
Come and go as you need.
play / discuss mental health needs / talk about community successes / get support
Another press conference will take place at 8am on August 6.
Can't come but want to help?
We are collecting:
- Book bags & school supplies
- Personal hygiene items
- Food for dinner/breakfast
- Nonperishables for 51st and Calumet foodbox (food desert)