In the past month, four new Icarus-affiliated local groups have sprung up in several different states in the U.S. and folks in other locations are working on starting groups where there has never been a community-rooted radical mental health network.
In Greensboro, North Carolina meetings are being held bi-weekly at an after-hours
worker-owned bookstore, Glenwood Coffee and Books. Greensboro organizers have visited the Icarus group in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, and have experience in all sorts of awesome practices and endeavors - like non-hierarchical organizing models, re-evaluation counseling, and volunteer coordination.
To contact organizers in Greensboro, NC, please feel free to reach out to Bill H. by email email@example.com
In St. Louis, Missouri, an enormous amount of organizing energy and resistance has arisen in response to the killing of Mike Brown, an unarmed young black American male who was shot to death on August 9th by police officers. In response to collective trauma and losses within community, a local organizer was inspired to look into ways to support people’s mental health during times of stress, grief, and community crises...which was when they came across The Icarus Project.
Icarus STL has been meeting regularly at Mokabe’s Coffeehouse, a community conscious space, and has rallied alot of amazing people, energy, and ideas. Please contact organizers for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Here is a link to the Icarus Project STL Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291336934387478/?ref=br_tf and you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with organizers!
In Cincinnati, Ohio, Icaristas are meeting every Thursday at 7:00pm at Soapbox Books & Zines [1415 Knowlton Street]! This is an emerging group and you can get in touch with email@example.com to find out how to get involved!
In Denver, Colorado, folks are meeting every Friday from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at a conference room/meeting space on Arapahoe Street. Please check out the Icarus - Denver website for more information about the group and how to access weekly meetings! https://icarusprojectdenver.firebaseapp.com/Home
Upcoming Local Group and Icarus-affiliated Events
Mutual Aid Organizing Support Calls
Currently, there are local group organizing support conference calls that take place every other Thursdays to support active and emerging mutual aid organizers in staying connected, developing sustainable organizing strategies, sharing resources and brainstorming solutions to common difficult scenarios in holding community spaces for radical mental health support, discussion, and activism.
The next call is on October 23rd, 9:00pmEST/6:00pmPST.
Here is the dial in information:
Participant Access Code: 1038485#
Conference Dial-in Number: (712) 432-1500
These calls are a great way for new organizers to connect with other folks who are creating radical mental health spaces in their towns.
Here are the dates for the next few calls:
Every other Thursday, 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST
Crooked Beauty Film Screening
Tuesday, October 16th, 7:00pm
Glenwood Coffee and Books, 1310 Glenwood Ave., Greensboro
The Icarus Project - Greensboro will screen Ken Paul Rosenthal's film Crooked Beauty on Thursday, October 2nd at Glenwood Coffee & Books, 1310 Glenwood Ave., Greensboro. This event is being organized to catalyze dialog and to support radical mental health organizing and community building in Greensboro. A discussion will follow. Doors open at 7:00 PM with the film to start as soon as it is dark enough.
St. Louis, Missouri
Icarus Project STL: Healing Arts Support Social
Friday, October 17 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
5007 Waterman, St. Louis 63108
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1481017955502100/?ref=br_tf
Soup & nutritious snacks will be provided by Icaristas.
Chris Otto will be playing the flute.
We will have a meditative space to relax, eat, listen to beautiful music, and create collective healing.
Crooked Beauty Film Screening
@ Bay Area ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival
Friday, October 17, 2014, 6 – 8pm, $10
New People Cinema
1746 Post Street (between Webster & Buchanan)
San Francisco, California 94115
Book reading & discussion of Maps to the Other Side by Sascha Altman Dubrul before the screening.
Post screening discussion and Q&A with Director, Ken Paul Rosenthal
The Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective: Creativity and Madness Workshop
Friday, October 17th, 2014, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Eagle Street Coffee Emporium, 39 S. Market St.
for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 21st, 8:00pm
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville, NC
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/843086602391033/
For more information about local group organizing with The Icarus Project or to let us know about something happening in your town, please email email@example.com!
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