Healing Justice Practice Space – Our Legacy
The Healing Justice Practice Space at the Allied Media Conference stands in a long historical line of communities coming together to center healing and wellness as a critical part of striving for social justice, both on an individual and collective level. In the last six years, there have been a number of projects founded, and events organized, that fed into the development of a Healing Justice Practice Space within the pre-existing framework of the Allied Media Conference, which has been organized annually for over a decade. These projects and events have also contributed to a growing movement across the country that promotes Healing Justice. While this legacy timeline is in no way comprehensive, it will give you a sense of some of the individuals and organizations who have directly inspired our work and/or played a critical role in the realization of a Practice Space in Detroit this June.
Short Language for the Visual Version of the timeline
2004 – Launch of Casa de Salud in Albuquerque, NM
2006 – Founding of the Rock Dove Collective in New York, NY
2007 – Unites States Social Forum in Atlanta, GA and Founding of Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective
2008 – Founding of Third Root Community Health Clinic in Brooklyn, NY
2009 – Alternative Economies of Care Caucus at the AMC
2010 – “Health is Dignity, Dignity is Resistance” Panels at AMC and USSF Health and Healing Justice & Liberation People’s Movement Assembly at USSF
Healing Justice Practice Space at USSF
2011 – Healing Justice Practice Space at CUAV’s SafetyFest
2011 – Health is Dignity, Dignity is Resistance Track at AMC
Healing Justice Practice Space at AMC
2012 – USSF Health and Healing Justice & Liberation Team Releases Documentation
Launch of Healing Justice website!
Healing Justice Practice Space at AMC!
Healing Together Caucus at AMC!
Long Version with more detail
2004 – Launch of Casa de Salud, which offers low-cost, culturally competent medical service—including alternative medicine—to Albuquerque’s uninsured, underinsured, and immigrant populations. The clinic’s low overhead—fueled by work-study students and an electronic medical record—allow it to offer services for a low, fixed price to all patients.
2006 – Founding of the Rock Dove Collective, a NYC-based collective of healers and activists who work to address issues of burnout and chronic illness within the social justice movement by promoting health and wellness as core aspects of organizational change, and address issues of accessibility in the health care system by promoting mutual aid, sliding scale, and other relational economic practices that create access to care.
2007 – The Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective is conceived by healers and organizers in the South as a response to the crisis of trauma, violence and social conditions in that region. Kindred grew out of health and wellness organizing centered around the Unites States Social Forum, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia.
2008 – Founding of Third Root Community Health Clinic in Brooklyn, NY by Green Wayland-Llewellin and Jacoby Ballard. Third Root is a worker cooperative that was created to provide affordable healthcare and enable health professionals to earn a livable wage at the same time.
2009 – Alternative Economies of Care Caucus is facilitated at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI by Rock Dove Collective co-founder Autumn Brown.
2010 – Anjali Taneja, creator of the CureThis blog and a member of the medical staff at Casa de Salud in Arizona, facilitates a panel at the 2010 Allied Media Conference and the 2010 USSF called “Health is Dignity, Dignity is Resistance” featuring Cara Page and Sonali Sadequee from Kindred, Nora from Detroit Community Acupuncture, Maryse Mitchell-Brody from Rock Dove Collectivem and TK Karakashian.
– A group of healing justice activists and advocates from around the country come together to organize a Healing Justice Practice Space at the 2012 United States Social Forum. At this same event, organizers host a Health and Healing Justice & Liberation People’s Movement Assembly (PMA), the outgrowth of which includes multiple regional networks of healers, collectives, and health justice activists supporting each other in advancing the work.
2011 – Yashna Maya Padamsee organizes a Healing Justice Practice Space at Community United Against Violence (CUAV) SafetyFest.
2011 – The 2011 Allied Media Conference hosts a healing justice track entitled “Health is Dignity, Dignity is Resistance”, organized by Adela Nieves (Whole Note Healing Collective), Anjali Taneja, and Autumn Brown. Workshops and panels on this track include collectives and clinics such as Gris Gris Lab (New Orleans, LA), Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective, Third Root Community Health Clinic, Rock Dove Collective, Casa de Salud, Whole Note Healing Collective (Detroit, MI), Mamas of Color Rising (Austin, TX), Young Women United (Albuquerque, NM), Young Women’s Empowerment Project (Chicago, IL), Tewa Women United, Detroit Full Circle Doula Collective, Planned Parenthood Mid and South MI, Detroit Evolution, and more!
The 2011 Allied Media Conference also hosts a Healing Justice Practice Space, organized by Autumn Brown, Triana Kazaleh Sirdenis (Detroit Full Circle Doula Collective), and Telesh Lopez (Third Root Community Health Clinic), with the support of members of the Disability Justice, Transformative Justice, and Healing Justice networks. The HJPS includes over 25 healers and 30+ volunteers to address the chronic and emergent health needs of conference participants over the 3 days that the conference is in session.
2012 – The organizers of the 2012 USSF Healing and Healing Justice & Liberation People’s Movement Assembly and the Healing Justice Practice Space release documentation on how they did what they did
2012 – In May of this year, the organizers of the Healing Justice Practice Space – Adaku Utah (Soular Bliss), Autumn Brown, Maryse Mitchell-Brody, and Triana Kazaleh-Sirdenis – launched this website to support networking, connecting, and resource-building for the Healing Justice movement. This website was built by Adaku Utah and Andrew Plisner and Amany Killawi, as a part of their work in the Detroit Future Media school.
June 29 – July 2nd we will host the AMC’s second annual Healing Justice Practice Space. This year we will have over 30 healers from around the country, over 20 “spacekeepers” guarding the safety and logistical needs of the space, as well as a Resource Center, a Liberation Health Fair, and ongoing skillshares for healers working in the space.