The Healing Justice Practice Space will provide individual and collective healing, with the goal of creating and sustaining an environment of wellness and safety for conference participants. The space will welcome the contributions of volunteers who are interested in or are practitioners of various medicine and healing arts, including (but not limited to): reiki, massage, acupuncture, yoga, counseling, dance/movement, somatic, art therapies, sound, full spectrum doula support, etc. By providing space for an inclusive practice that is built in direct linkage with the Health is Dignity, Dignity is Resistance, Disability Justice, and Growing Safer Communities Tracks, we will hold an all gender, all bodied, accessible space for the AMC community during the conference.
Healing Justice Practice Space
Hey lovelies - is there some place where the Healing Justice Practice Space hours will be made public? I know it's not going to be open for the whole time, and I have some peoples who are planning on relying on the space so I'd love to be able to send them a link. Thanks!
Principles of The Healing Justice Practice Space at AMC:
* We Begin by listening.
* We are people of color, indigenous people, disabled people, and survivors of trauma, many genders, ages, and classes of people, and we are committed to leading the work of building healing justice at AMC.
* We do this work to lift up and politicize the role of health and healing in our movements as a critical part of the new world we are building.
* We honor individual and community agency, intuition, and innate wisdom, and therefore honor people's rights to make decisions about their own bodies.
* We understand that health and wellness should be determined by the individual or community receiving care, and for many of us this includes the reality of disability, illness, and harm reduction. We accept and encourage individuals and communities defining health, healing, and wellness for themselves, and not based on normative models of healing.
* We center the genius and leadership of disabled and chronically ill communities, for what we know about surviving and resisting the medical industrial complex and living with fierce beauty in our sick and disabled bodies. We say no to the medical industrial complex's model of "cure or be useless" instead working from a place of belief in the wholeness of disability, interdependance, and disabled people as inherently good as we are.
* We live in countries that deny health care access to people based on economic and identity status, and we must build alternative structures for giving and receiving care that are grounded in community and ancestral traditions and in the values of consent and equality. The Healing Justice Practice Space is a part of that work.
* We believe that medicine is media, and we work with the understanding that how we heal ourselves is directly related to how we see and interpret ourselves and the possibility for transformation.
* We are aware that the body does not live forever, and we honor death as part of the cycle of life.
- From the Principles and Guidelines of the HJPS AMC 2011
Basic Healer Agreements:
* Consent- To care, and to touch. We agree to get the consent of the people we work with to touch and to practice at all times.
* Self-care- If you cannot maintain your own wellness, it is difficult to heal. We ask our healers to make sure that they are taking care of themselves, and taking breaks that they need. Self care is important for us all.