So Many Wings: Re-imagining the Icarus Project’s Blog

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The Icarus Project is in the process of redeveloping our front-page blog as a space for powerful, transgressive stories, articles, interviews, and resources that aren’t being widely published in other alternative mental health media outlets. We want to center the voices and badass organizing of people of color, queers, working-class folks, people with disabilities, and other marginalized voices, offering space not only for counter narratives to the biomedical model of psychiatry, but also for a lot more beauty and brilliance in who gets to speak.

We want to expand the dialogue regarding mental health, human rights, liberation and healing. We hope to encourage reflection about how factors such as race, gender, class, ability, sexuality, immigration status, inter-generational poverty, and community culture play a role in how people experience "mental health" and the mental health system. We want to talk about who has access to services, both mainstream and alternative, and who doesn’t. We want to interact with growing movements in healing justice, disability justice, and prison abolition.

Interview w/Sins Invalid on Disability Justice Theory & Praxis

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Sins Invalid is a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized from social discourse. Jacks McNamara interviewed Patty Berne, Leroy Moore, Lateef McLeod, and Kiyaan from the Sins Invalid crew at Patti’s home in Berkeley on June 26, 2013.

Bringing on new Icarus Project Collaborators, Staff, and Expanding our Community

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Hey, The Icarus Project is planning to hire an organization development/operations manager type person (in NYC)  for an initial 6 month commitment to help us get our shit together and rebuild our infrastructure. What do you all think?

As we move into the next ten years, we are looking to strengthen our collective vision by keeping in better touch with the folks who use our resources and figuring out how to get more people involved in ways that work for them.  We want to pull together an advisory board and work with people and organizations that are doing work around issues relating to social justice, racial justice, radical mental health,  healing, and disability rights. We want The Icarus Project to be an organization that has the capacity to unite a lot of different groups of people who haven’t previously worked together.

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