February 2019

Newsletter

Hello friends, comrades, and community partners~ 

Thank you to everyone who came out last month to any one of the events that MHPU organized or supported.  We love watching our community of Radical Mental Health Workers grow and take shape.   

On January 19th several of us hit the streets with Cascade Abortion Support Collective for a counter rally. It was a very successful event and we want to give a big shout-out for those who organized and coordinated it.  This act of resistance was just one of many ways that mental health providers were able to visibly support the mission to create a world where obstacles to care, autonomy, community, and survival are removed.  That same weekend on January 20th, we marched through N/NE PDX for the 5th Annual Re-Claim MLK Day. Don’t Shoot PDX organized an awe-inspiring day of solidarity with children leading and giving voice to a new generation of activists. One youth read a statement from the Family of #AndreGladen who was unjustly shot and killed on January 6th of 2019 by the State Of Oregon at the hands of a Law Enforcement Officer.  The Unpresidented Brass Band  provided a soundtrack of music that lifted the mood with notes of hope.  

MHPU was at Gay Skate and it was super fun. What more can we say about queers, rollerskates, and laughter?! Um, there was also some neon tights, rainbow lights, and legit joy.  We're aiming to keep organizing fun stuff that truly helps us to safety plan for our resilience.  Keep an eye out for more playful MHPU events soon too! 

Our January Mental Health Worker Support Group was larger than it has ever been!  We're moved that we've gained momentum and have created a space-specifically for radical mental health workers to process and find support.  
Join us for one soon!     You can also connect with us on Instagram!  

In solidarity, 
Kirk, Karen, Nicci, Leah, Anna, and Carissa 

MHPU! Upcoming Events

Mental Health Worker Support Groups

Wednesday, February 20th 7pm-9pm 
1520 N. Alberta St.  
Facilitated by volunteers - Nicci and Anna

Monday, March 18th 7pm-9pm 
1520 N. Alberta St
Facilitated by volunteers - Leah and Kirk 
 

Pacific Northwest Family Circle 


Pacific Northwest Family Circle is an advocacy organization. Working with our supporters, we work to educate the public and change laws and policies in Oregon and Washington.  While we don’t provide social services, our Families provide emotional support to each other and Families beyond the Pacific Northwest. 

ACLU Lobby Day
Monday, Feb 18th
ACLU Lobby Day. The registration is "closed" but I bet if you brought your own lunch, you could still join us.  

National Feet to Fire Campaign -- Peaceful Protest #27
Tuesday, Feb 19th 11 am - 1 pm
Multnomah County Courthouse 1021 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204 map

If you can't join us in person, please consider calling District Attorney Underhill at (503)-988-3162 (while we're outside if you can) and read our demands. If you can’t leave a message or don’t want to call, you can also email: DA@mcda.us  
facebook event

Wednesday, Feb 20th 10 am - 1 pm
Justice for Patrick Kimmons
Portland Police: Youth Services Division 449 NE Emerson St, Portland, Oregon 97211 
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facebook event

Listening Session 
Thursday, February 21 2019
6pm-8pm 
Maranatha Church-  4222 NE 12th Ave 

Portland Police Community Listening Session on Alt-Right Texts
Facebook Event

Care Not Cops
Mobilization to the City budget forum
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

City Budget Hearing @ City Hall
Thursday, May 9, 2019 

*We will need MASS mobilization for the above events. More info as we get closer*  

Read more about the CNC report: 
“BUILDING CARE: PORTLAND COMMUNITIES RESPOND TO THE VIOLENCE OF POLICING”

WebsiteCare Not Cops

Don't Shoot PDX 

2nd Annual Black Arts Festival & BIPOC MarketPlace 
February 23, 2019 
2pm-6pm 
Reed College- 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 
Come celebrate and educate at the festival-style 2nd annual Black Arts Festival! The festival will include a full concert experience, local vendors’ (POC only) Marketplace featuring clothing, jewelry, artwork of all kinds, health and beauty products, and handcrafted goods. Community organizations serving the Black and African community or other communities of color will be tabling so stop by to learn about services, sign up to volunteer or donate! Food will be available from local Black and African owned restaurants. Enjoy a cash bar, and a free DJ performance! This event is kid-friendly and kid-focused space with licensed child care will be available.

Black History Karaoke for Social Change Fundraiser
February 28, 2019 
5pm-10pm 
DCBC -  14 NE Killingsworth
Join us on the last day of #BlackHistoryMonth for an evening of karaoke and community building.  All ages welcome. A suggested donation of $10.00 per entry, FREE admission for children. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  All donations benefiting Don’t Shoot PDX.

Please RSVP by visiting HERE.

April- 2019 
Asylum Assessment Volunteer Training
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. This training will prepare mental health providers to conduct crucial assessments and reports that support asylum seekers.  We'll send more information as we get closer to the training!   

May- 2019 
MHPU! Volunteer Orientation 
This is an orientation to the political leanings of MHPU! and how we collaborate with community partners. This will give volunteers an opportunity to orient themselves to values, practices, and ethics as it relates to radical mental health and anti-oppressive organizing. 

June-2019
Intro to Abolition and the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) for Mental Health Providers
This is a training for mental health providers to be introduced to the definitions of abolition and the PIC. We will reflect on ways in which the mental health system participates in systems of oppression, which reinforces the criminalization of Black, brown, Indigenous, houseless, trans and non-binary people. 

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!

#EmpathyRiot
#CollectivelyEnough