The Icarus Project is a support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We advance social justice by fostering mutual aid practices that reconnect healing and collective liberation. We transform ourselves through transforming the world around us.
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.
The Advisory Board of the Icarus Project consists of individuals whose work is informed by experiences of mental health-based issues and oppression. This wonderful group of healers, cultural workers, community organizers, and rabble rousers advises The Icarus Project collective on our strategic and programmatic direction. Currently the Advisory Board is closed to new members, but we may open it to new members in the near future. Do you have interest in learning more about our Advisory Board?
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.