June 2019


Hello friends, comrades, and community partners~ 

Welcome to our June 2019 Newsletter! We hope you are enjoying the start of summer and get a chance to take some time for yourselves. June is PRIDE month. We showed up in solidarity at the Trans March and it was inspiring and breath-taking to see so many people out. It was the largest Trans March in Portland to date! 

Pride was never about a parade. It was never about the ca$h that rainbows bring into businesses. While we must have awareness and respect the complexity of progress and the struggles and fights of previous generations—many in our community desperately need our solidarity now. There is an epidemic of violence specifically targeting the black trans women of the #lgbtq community. There can be no #pride for some without #liberation for all. The names on this list are the lives of black trans women murdered in the USA in 2018 and 2019. This list is only of the known incidents.#SayHerName #ProtectBlackTransWomen #blacktranslivesmatter 


We continue to organize volunteers following our Asylum Support Mental Health Evaluation Volunteer Training. Having a larger list of volunteers has already had a strong impact on our capacity to provide this much needed support to folks seeking asylum. We will continue to be working on administration of this project and look forward to having another training in the future. Thank you to our volunteers! Thank you to our partners, Innovation Law Lab!  Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Care not Cops coalition organized and showed up for several of the City Council budget hearings. City Hall was packed with community members at the final meeting and a diversity of tactics were utilized to emphasis the importance of funding community resources over increasing the police budget. Unfortunately, city council members still voted to cut funding from Parks & Rec instead of from the Portland Police Bureau.  The PPB asked for a 10 million dollar increase to their already existing budget of over $200 million a year.   

Yeah. You read that right. PPB already has a budget of over $200 million a year and city council voted to close down community centers and public pools by cutting funding from Parks and Rec. 

Follow Care Not Cops on Instagram to learn more about upcoming workshops in July! 


Join us on JULY 21 for community picnic! You can RSVP on our facebook event page! 

"The defense of self and of loved ones in the community is something everyone should have access to and be empowered to participate in. This is particularly true for marginalized communities who experience violence. Right now there is an intensity of state and institutional violence, including violence enacted by those who act as the state's private militia such as white supremacists, transphobes, homophobes and fascists."

About the class:  
Class is taught to the ability of those present. 

There is shower, laundry and sauna access. 
To protect yourself, those in class, the equipment and matt, please wear gym clothes (clothes only for the gym that are cleaned and washed after each use). Clothes with no buttons, zippers or pins ect). 
No shoes are worn on the mat.
Kids are welcome. There is no child care but there is semi-supervised space to play. 

Who is Empathy Riot!?

Mental Health Providers Unite! started out as a response to the 2016 presidential election results. As our affinity group has evolved over the last few years it has become clear that our work is not explicitly focused on uniting mental health providers. We are a core group of 6 people imagining a new radical world that has both love and intensity. So we've decided to change our group name to Empathy Riot!  For us, empathy riot means holding the complexity of compassion and chaos. It's a more expansive name that will allow us to organize specifically around a radical perspective of Mental Health.

Empathy is about growing, creatively connecting, and healing. 
Riot is about disrupting, interrupting, and challenging. 

As part of this name change we will be deleting our closed Facebook group for Mental Health Providers and transition to a community page that is open to the public. We invite you to like Empathy Riot's new public community page!  

We will continue our grassroots organizing and community collaborations. We look forward to new opportunities to cultivate connections with other radical mental health providers and to challenge the status quo in mainstream Mental Health.  

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

Please connect with us on Instagram! 

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!