Take Back the Night has been an annual protest for more than 30 years. Typically held in September, the first march was held in Philadelphia, in October 1975. Susan Alexander Speeth, a young microbiologist, was walking alone one night and stabbed only a block away from her home. Organizers led a candle lit march through the streets shortly after. In 1976, after the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women in Brussels, thousands of women from more than 40 different countries marched in the streets.
This grassroots guide was developed by the Occupy Mental Health Project and is creative commons licenced. The authors encouraging updating, remixing and editing by folks who use this living document.
The guide covers the basics of radical mental health, how it interlocks with oppressive corporate and capitalist systems to relate to Occupy as well as tackling various topics within self care. The tips for sustainable protest range from practical advice on avoiding hypothermia in cold weather to less tangible ideas of solidarity and mutual respect. Many ideas like the tips in the coping with stress section go beyond the Occupy movement into the politics of everyday life.
"I'm hopeful to see you all here visioning a different future. A future based on equality, diversity and respect for the land. And I'm excited and I'm hopeful for the impact that you're having on the world.... And so I say to you today...if you wish to align yourselves with the dispossessed and the marginalized, reject the language and ideology of colonialism, conquest and exploitation." - Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, January 23, 2012
Not long after protesters set up camp on Wall Street, indigenous activists began to question the use of colonial language to claim spaces that have been under occupation for over 500 years.
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