January 2019

Newsletter

January 2019. Building community in many ways.
Here's what we're up to....  AND opportunities for you to get involved!   

Starting in 2019, MHPU will be joining a coalition of rad folks and organizations to broaden our shared definitions of care and begin the work to abolish the Portland Police Bureau’s Gang Enforcement Team (GET).  We invite you to join us in this work. 

Campaign Information Session
Sunday, January 13th 

Where: DCBC (14 NE Killingsworth St)
Who: Individuals and reps from organizations interested in joining and actively working on the CNC campaign
What: Our first monthly campaign meeting of 2019 will be a public space for community members and organizations who are interested in joining or supporting CNC to learn about our new campaign direction and how to plug in to the work directly.  

Anti-Policing Panel and Forum
Wednesday, February 6th 6pm-9pm:

Where: DCBC (14 NE Killingsworth St)
Who: Anyone interested in learning more about the campaign and being in conversation about policing and the GET in Portland

Come listen to organizations doing anti-policing work in Portland share about their work and how the gang enforcement team effects their communities, and join us in conversation to shape the goals and directions of Care Not Cops campaign.  

Along with providing direct support, CASC also organizes in Portland around reproductive justice issues and supports organizations that envision a better world based in collective liberation. 

MHPU is joining CASC in solidarity for a
Counter Rally for Reproductive Justice 
Saturday, January 19th 
1pm-4pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square 
701 SW 6th Ave

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Building a safer, more equitable, and just community isn’t as impossible as many of our political leaders would like to believe.  Through organizational work, non-violent direct action, art, education, community potlucks and so much more, groups like Don’t Shoot PDX have not only demonstrated that there is another way to truly care about our communities-  but that there are ways of doing the work to heal and rebuild. We are honored to support this work.  

MHPU will be joining the 5th Annual Children's March for Social Justice. Children lead with parents, community, and neighbors, supporting the promotion of free speech and social change.  

The march is for everyone. Service and emotional support animals are welcome. 

Amidst the larger political struggles, stressors, and fears, we know you are working hard to support your clients. We may feel exhausted, numb, or like we can never do enough. These and other symptoms, affect us collectively.

Let's meet these challenges together.

Join us for some joyful resistance at LGBTQ Skate night or stay connected for other opportunities to play and cultivate community.  

You can also pop by one of our monthly support groups - specifically for radical mental health workers!  

 

MHPU! continues to work with Innovation Law Lab to provide pro bono mental health evaluations to support asylum seekers. We have completed a pilot project and want to expand the volunteer base to increase access to this important resource. Please consider getting involved and keep your eyes peeled for a training in early spring on providing assessments for asylum cases.  

If you want to volunteer with this project, please email us your interest contact@mpunite.com